7 September 2016

Welcome to HealthWest’s fortnightly newsletter. Read on for the latest in health news, resources, events and more!

News at HealthWest
Health Literacy and Community Partnership
Service Integration
Aboriginal Health
For Your Diary

News at HealthWest

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Diabetes Out West Website

The Diabetes Out West website is a new resource for residents of Braybrook. In Braybrook a greater proportion of younger adults have diabetes compared to the national average. Women rather than men experience higher levels of diabetes, opposing the national trend, with high rates of gestational (pregnancy) diabetes. Our research suggests residents are often unaware of the great local services, many of which are low cost and accept self-referrals. The website is designed to educate people about their diabetes and what support they can get in their local community. It encourages people to be proactive in their care, rather than relying solely on their doctor to make decisions. The website is easy to use and easy to read. It contains information about who can help, what they can do, where you can find support locally and much more.

More info: Visit Diabetes Out West here, or for enquiries, contact Tanya Sofra.


Welcome Sally

Sally Butzkueven has been recruited to the role of Project Officer for the Pathways for Children and Developmental Delay Project. The project seeks to promote a more equitable and responsive service system that better meets the growing demand for services for children with developmental delays. Sally has extensive experience as a senior clinician in children’s allied health and in recent years Sally has led a number of projects at Western Health. Please forward your enquiries about the project to sally.butzkueven@healthwest.org.au.

Welcome to HealthWest Sally!


Something To Do: Healthy Ageing Forum

This one day forum on senior’s social isolation and gambling harm on 14th September will include presentations from Gerard Mansour, Victorian Seniors Commissioner, Anna Thomas, Senior Fellow, Australian Gambling Research Centre and Ronda Held, CEO, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria.

More info: For further details and registration, click here.


Cognitive Screening Training

This event is an initiative of the Western Intake Network Group (WING). Facilitated by John Price from Alzheimer’s Victoria, this program aims to provide intake and assessment workers with knowledge and skills in basic screening and assessment to identify potential causes of cognitive change and where to refer for support. This workshop will focus on the screening tools discussed at the last WING forum, the Mini-Cog and Luria screening tools.

When: 6th October 2016
Where: Meeting Place, Sunshine
More info: Click here.


HealthWest Blog – latest posts

Our revamped blog provides a platform for our members to discuss issues and share their work, including challenges, solutions and reflections.

This month we have a post from Diabetes Victoria and Tweddle Child & Family Health Service. Click here to read the blog.

If you are a HealthWest member, and would like to contribute to the blog, please contact Claire East: claire.east@healthwest.org.au.

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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Call for abstracts

Abstract submissions are now open for the Improving Consumer and Carer Engagement in Healthcare: Partnering with Consumers and Health Literacy conference.

More info: see the Change Champions website or download the call for abstracts.


SBS Radio empowers new migrants with weekly Settlement Guide

To meet the needs of new migrants and emerging communities, SBS has launched a weekly ‘how to’ guide on setting up life in Australia.

Available in 30 languages, SBS Radio’s Settlement Guide is a weekly series of audio and digital packages designed to assist multicultural communities to learn about life in Australia. Drawing on expert advice and tips from service providers, each week the Guide focuses on a facet of daily Australian life that new migrants and emerging communities might find unfamiliar – from how to vote or lodge a tax return to guides on water and fire safety, healthcare and housing.

More info: Visit the Settlement Guide here.


Translation is not enough: Cultural adaptation of health communication materials: A five-step guide

This guide introduces an innovative five-step, stakeholder-based approach to adapting health communication materials. Translation alone is not enough. Too often, little or no attention is given to end-user comprehensibility and the cultural appropriateness of even well translated materials.

  • Step 1: Careful selection of materials and process coordinators
  • Step 2: Early review by content and linguistic experts
  • Step 3: Translation and quality check
  • Step 4: Comprehension testing
  • Step 5: Proofreading, design, networking and evaluation

More info: read the guide here.


Decision-making support resources

These support resources contain information about providing decision-making support to people with mild and moderate cognitive disability. They have been developed by Scope and Carers Victoria.

Print and film resources have been developed for three groups:

  • service providers
  • families and carers
  • legal professionals.

More info: The resources can be downloaded via the Scope website.


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Service Integration

New data: Humanitarian arrivals in Melbourne

The Humanitarian Arrivals and Health Services research project sought to identify the location of humanitarian arrivals across Melbourne and the availability of health services that addresses their needs. The research was developed in response to need and a lack of available evidence and demographic data on humanitarian entrants within Victoria making it very difficult to plan and prepare for the needs of these rapidly changing populations. This data provides some valuable new insights for planning services locally.

More info: View the data here.


Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence

The Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) model is now being implemented by hospitals across Victoria. Based on international best practice, the model has two overarching principles and six key implementation elements for a staged approach that is applicable to any Victorian health setting. A number of resources are available to support this model including a management guide, training tools, communication tools and a large suite of template and tools to support implementation.

More info: View the project here.


Community Conversations – Creating a shared vision for a future family violence system

You are invited to be part of the conversation and share your vision for a Victorian system, which can provide effective prevention, response and recovery choices for anyone experiencing family violence. A consultation will be held in Melbourne on Wednesday, September 21st, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

More info: To register, click here.


Consultation: Statewide System Design, Service and Infrastructure Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services is currently consulting on the development of this plan. The statewide plan aims to ensure the Victorian public hospital system is optimally designed to provide high quality, safe, efficient, patient centred care now and into the future. This plan will have a 20 year forward outlook. The consultation is due for completion by July 2017.

More info: View the plan here.


My Aged Care Updates

From 1 July 2016 people seeking access to Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) services for the first time, or existing clients whose needs have changed significantly, need to contact My Aged Care to discuss their needs and have a client record created. These information sheets provide updates regarding referral pathways for Access & Support, nursing and allied health services.

More info: 


 Regional Aged Care Profiles Tool

The Regional Aged Care Profiles Tool is an interactive tool which presents graphical and tabular information on recipients of aged care services and operational government-funded aged care places for a selected aged care planning region (ACPR). ACPRs are used by the Australian Government in the planning and allocation process to determine the geographical distribution and types of aged care places to be made available across Australia.

More info: View the tool here.


Boosting language services in Victoria

The Victorian Government has announced it will undertake an independent review of language services in Victoria. The review will examine the procurement of interpreting services, the demand for and quality of interpreters, new technology and workforce development.

More info: Read the media release here.


National Disability Service Learning & Development Calendar

The National Disability Service Learning & Development Calendar offers a range of professional development opportunities to assist with transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), including organisational change, marketing, costing and pricing.

More info: Download the calendar here.


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Safe Spaces for Muslim Women

Women’s Health West’s Our Community, Our Rights Program participants recently launched the Safe Spaces Resource Kit, aimed at enabling businesses and organisations to welcome Muslim women into safe spaces. The project was inspired by Women’s Health West’s decision to identify their office as a safe space for Muslim women, following the Martin Place siege and the ensuing pockets of anti-Muslim sentiment.

Our Community, Our Rights program participants decided to expand the number of Safe Spaces available to women, by designing a resource kit that can be used by community sector agencies. The project increases the chance that women will see a Safe Space in the course of their day and know that they are supported by the broader community.

More info: Visit the Women’s Health West website.


Shining a spotlight on the social determinants of health

Each Saturday afternoon for the month of September there will be a spotlight on the social determinants of health as Professor Sir Michael Marmot presents the 2016 Boyer Lectures.

The lectures will focus on health inequalities, examining the different conditions in which people are born, grow, work and age, and the challenges in tackling the causes and consequences of health inequality.

More info: Visit the ABC Radio National website to access recordings of the sold out lectures.



Applying a Health Lens to Business Practices, Policies, and Investments

This workshop summary looks at applying a health lens to the role and potential of businesses in improving economic well-being and community health outcomes.

It explores what businesses can offer the movement to improve population health and areas of potential, as well as models for how businesses can impact the determinants of health, and developed a platform for discussing how to promote and support health in all business practices, policies, and investments.

More info: Download the free workshop summary here.


Is loneliness an issue of inequality?

A new piece of European research, published in Preventive Medicine, investigates how older people’s loneliness varies according to their level of wealth and how those with the least experience more loneliness than the wealthiest. A summary of the research and links to the full paper are available on the Campaign to End Loneliness Blog.

More info: View the blog here.


The Australian-first Female Friendly Sports Infrastructure Guide

The Victorian Government has released a simple-to-use online guide will help councils, sporting clubs, architects and designers make grassroots facilities more welcoming for women and girls.   The Australian-first Female Friendly Sports Infrastructure Guide, provides the latest tips, tools and techniques to build or repair sports facilities for the record numbers of women and girls taking to the pitch.

More info: You can access the guide here.


Victorian Honour Roll

Nominations are now open for the Victorian Honour Roll, celebrating 20 new exceptional women who have made a significant and lasting contribution to their local community, the nation or the world.  The awards are looking for nominations from women across all industries and fields of endeavour, including women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal communities, women with a disability and younger, regional and rural women.  If you know an extraordinary woman who deserves recognition for her contribution, leadership and achievements, please nominate her for the 2017 Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Nominations close 5pm Friday, 7 October, 2016.

More info: Click here.


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Aboriginal Health

Koolin Balit – Post-release prison service coordination project

HealthWest has conducted a service mapping exercise for post release Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as part of the initial phase of the Koolin Balit project. The summary report ‘Finding the Way’ is available on our website and has paved the way for the next phases of developing improved access to culturally safe services for the local Indigenous community.

More info: Read ‘Finding the Way’ here.


Koolin Balit Evaluation

The Department of Health and Human Services commissioned four external evaluators to evaluate the Koolin Balit investment for Victoria. The evaluation is due to conclude in the coming months. This update presents some of the early findings.

More info: View the evaluation here.


Prison and Aboriginal Health : Songs and Stories of Indigenous Incarceration

The over-representation and treatment of Indigenous Australians in the justice system is once again making headlines, however a documentary, Prison Songs, puts a human face to the experiences of inmates.

More info: View the documentary here.


How big a problem is ice use among Indigenous Australians?

There has been particular concern about increases in methamphetamine use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. What do we know about ice in these communities, and what are the effective responses?

More info: Read the article here.


RACGP calls for urgent action to support the health and wellbeing of Australia’s youth

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males are experiencing the highest rate of youth suicide in the world and health outcomes for all young Australians – particularly the disadvantaged – are falling. These disturbing results are revealed in a recent report.

More info: read the report here.


My Aged Care for older Aboriginal people

From 1 July 2016 people seeking access to Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) services for the first time, or existing clients whose needs have changed significantly, need to contact My Aged Care to discuss their needs and have a client record created. This information sheet summarises the way in which older Aboriginal people can be supported through My Aged Care registration, screening and assessment processes.

More info: Download the info sheet here.


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For Your Diary


VicHealth’s – Active Club Grants

Applications for the 2016-17 grants for promoting sports and fun activities to female participants are open until 23 September and will provide grants of $3000 and $10,000.

The newest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants emphasises rewarding Victorian community sports clubs that promote social sports and encourage women to get active.

More info: Click here.


VicHealth’s Alcohol Cultural Change Grants

Applications for the 2016-17 grants for local governments to change harmful drinking cultures in their communities close 13 September.

VicHealth’s Alcohol Culture Change Initiative provides a pool of $1.3 million to change harmful drinking cultures across 2 stages of funding.

More info: Click here.



Motor Neurone Disease (MND) 101 Webinar

Facilitated by MND Victoria, this webinar will provide information and practical advice regarding some of the common experiences of people living with MND and develop an appreciation of the importance of quality of life for someone facing a life limiting illness.

When: 15th September
More info: Click here.   



National Multicultural Women’s Conference – Sydney (3-4 November 2016)

This national event is an outcome of an innovative partnership between Settlement Services International (SSI) and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), with support from Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW, that will provide a holistic perspective towards shaping a shared vision and driving change.

More info: Click here.




UN International Day of Peace Conference in Victoria

Each year International Day of Peace is observed on 21 September. The United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and between nations. The theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”.

There will be a conference in Melbourne by 2 international organisations: The Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP), having General Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC and the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) which has Special Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC.

When: 19th September (9.30-4.30pm)
Cost: $20.00
Contact: For more information please contact John or Anne Bellavance on 5968 2664
More info: Click here.


12th ADMA National Conference: Person Centred Healthcare

The Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) is presenting a conference of person centred care. The conference will feature a pre-conference workshop on health literacy. Keynote speakers will include Dr Ellen Nolte, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Prof Frances Mair, Head of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow.

When: 20th – 21st of October 2016
Where: Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre
More info: Click here. 


Crime Prevention and Communities conference

The Australian Institute of Criminology and the Queensland Police Service are hosting Australia’s third major Crime Prevention and Communities conference in Brisbane on 3-4 November 2016.  The conference, Innovative responses to traditional challenges, aims to inform local government, urban planners, policy makers, police, criminologists, non-government community organisations, researchers and students about best practice, policy, evaluation and research. The conference will feature speakers from contributors a range of crime prevention projects and programs.

More info: Download the program here, and register here.


Melbourne Metro

Something To Do: Healthy Ageing Forum

Isolation and loneliness are a growing issue for Victorian Seniors. A recent senior’s commission inquiry estimated there to be over 180,000 chronically lonely seniors across Victoria by 2030. Loneliness is a key driver for gambling among seniors, with significant gambling harm in the community being borne by those over 55.

When: 11am-3pm, Wednesday 14th September 2016
Where: Victorian Local Government Association, 60 Leicester St, Carlton
Who: Positive ageing and aged care workers, managers and policy makers
Info: Registration and enquiries: contact the VLGA on 9349 7999 or book online here.

Health Literacy Forum

The Victorian Primary Care Partnership (PCP) Integrated Care Network is running a health literacy forum. Keynote speakers include:

  • Sophie Hill, La Trobe University
  • Lucio Naccarella, University of Melbourne

When: Wednesday 14 September, 9.30am to 3pm
Where: Queen Victoria Womens Centre, Victoria Room, Level 4, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (Note: this is a changed address. If you have previously booked in, please note the new address).
More info: For further details and to register, click here.

Victorian Seniors Festival

The 34th Victorian Seniors Festival will see more than 1500 free or low cost events and activities take place across Victoria.  Festivities kick off with Celebration Day at Federation Square on 2 October 2016.

More info: Click here.


Diabetes Foundations and Extensions

Presented by Diabetes Victoria, Diabetes Foundations provides a strong grounding in essential information about diabetes including pathophysiology, prevention of complications and an overview of management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes including psychological issues. Diabetes Extensions builds on the material covered in Diabetes Foundations.

When: 4th & 5th October
Where: Diabetes Victoria, Carlton
More info: Click here for Diabetes Extensions, and here for Diabetes Foundations.


Many Ways to Help Gambling Awareness Conference

The conference is a key event for the prevention and treatment of gambling-related harms in the region. Focusing on three streams – Treatment, Prevention and New Horizons, the 2016 conference will bring together local, national and international speakers and delegates.

When: 17- 19 October 2016
Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne
More info: Click here.   


Cultural Competency and Settlement

The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) is delivering Cultural Competency & Settlement: Working With Refugee & Migrant Young People training which explores the essential skills and knowledge required for effective work with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. This is suitable for Case Managers, Youth Workers, Social Workers, Volunteers, Other Front Line Staff, Managers.

When: 4th October and 9th November
Where: Carlton
More info: Click here.


Western Region

Melton South Dream Big Festival

You are invited to the Melton South Dream Big Festival, a two day celebration of arts and wellbeing in the community. There will be free entry and free activities for all ages. Activities range from a pop-up services hub to a twilight market, sports and arts activities and a free community BBQ.


  • Linking Melton South Pop-Up: Friday 9 September, 12pm-3pm
  • Twilight Market: Friday 9 September, 4pm- 9pm
  • Health and Wellbeing Expo: Saturday 10 September, 12pm-4pm

Where: Mount Carberry Reserve & Melton South Community Centre, Exford Road, Melton South

More info: Download the flyer here.


Enabling Women Leadership Program

The Enabling Women Leadership Program provides an opportunity for women with disability from diverse backgrounds to come together and share their lived experiences and support one another to achieve their goals.

The program is being offered through Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council for women living within the western region. The program will run one day a week at Footscray Town Hall during October/November, commencing on Tuesday October 25th.

There will be an optional information session on Wednesday 14 September 2016, 1 – 2.30pm at Maribyrnong City Council Offices, Cnr Hyde and Napier St, Footscray

More info:  Applications close Monday 26th September. View the information session flyer here here or download a copy of the application form from the WDV website here.

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