8 February 2017

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

Consumer Participation Mapping Report

HealthWest is proud to launch our Consumer Participation Mapping Report. This report explores how our members are partnering with consumers in organisational planning and decision making.

Many thanks to all our members who contributed to project development or completed the mapping survey, and to Elle Scott who developed the survey during her student placement.

More info: You can download the mapping report and a two-page summary of key findings here.


Expression of Interest for Leadership Group Members

The North & West Health Promotion Community of Practice is looking for 2-3 new members to join its Leadership Group. If you are an early careers health promotion professional please express your interest to helen.scudamore@healthwest.org.au.

More info: Download the Expression of Interest here.


Welcome Mohammad

Mohammad Daud Karimi has been recruited to the role of Project Officer for the new project A Seat at the Table: Young people from refugee & asylum seeker backgrounds talk mental health. The project seeks to bring young people together with local service providers to promote mental health and participation in mental health services in Melbourne’s western region.

Mohammad has extensive career in public health in Australia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with experience in health program management, development, evaluation and research. Most recently Mohammed worked at Link Health and Community and completed a Master of Health Administration at LaTrobe Uni. We look forward to commencing this new project!

Please forward your enquiries about the project to mohammad.karimi@healthwest.org.au. Welcome to HealthWest Mohammad!


Updated: Mental Health Pathways for Refugees & Asylum Seekers

The Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health Working Group has updated the referral pathways guide and support document. This information will assist settlement, refugee, health and community service staff in navigating the mental health service system. The updated tool includes service for children and young people. It also includes new services such as the Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service and the Cabrini Asylum Seeker & Refugee Health Hub. Please distribute this resource to staff whom may work with refugees and asylum seekers.

More info: To download the resource, click here.


Assessing Health Literacy Practices

Health literacy was identified as a priority in HealthWest’s strategic plan 2013 – 2017. To help assess the impact of our work, HealthWest surveyed our members to find out how health literacy practices in our region have changed during this time.

More info: Download a summary of the survey results on our health literacy project page.


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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Improving patient-clinician communication at transitions of care

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has developed resources for health workers and consumers to improve patient-clinician communication at transitions of care.

Effective patient-clinician communication is particularly important when all or part of a person’s care is transferred between providers, locations or different levels of care. This is known as ‘transitions of care’ and at these times there is an increased risk of communication errors occurring.

More info: Access the information sheets and posters online.


Article: A patient feedback reporting tool for OpenNotes: implications for patient-clinician safety and quality partnerships

This article reports on the use of a patient reporting tool alongside the OpenNotes approach. Patients were invited to use a patient portal through which they could provide feedback on their clinicians’ notes. High levels of comprehension, finding the tool valuable, wanting the tool to remain and positive clinician-patient relationships were reported.

The study concludes that: ‘Patients and care partners reported potential safety concerns in about one-quarter of reports, often resulting in a change to the record or care. Early data from an OpenNotes patient reporting tool may help engage patients as safety partners without apparent negative consequences for clinician workflow or patient-clinician relationships.’

More info: Read the abstract here, full text is available for purchase.


Patient-reported outcome measures

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has recently published two documents related to patient-reported outcome measurement (PROM):

  • An environmental scan of the Australian healthcare sector
  • A literature review

The evidence collected for these two documents will form the basis of a new Commission project to support the appropriate, consistent and routine use of PROMs in Australia.

More info: Download both documents on the Commission’s website.


What’s Your Big Idea for Brimbank?

Brimbank Council is asking the local community to have their say about what they would like to see Council focus on to keep improving Brimbank.

Feedback will inform Council’s Long Term Community Plan, the next four year Council Plan as well as the Council Budget for next year. Brimbank community members can have their say online or attend a consultation session from 7 February.

More info: For further information go to the consultation website or see the attached flyer here.


Call for papers: Interventional Approaches to Health Literacy in Pharmacy Practice and Education

Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy is calling for papers for their special issue on Interventional Approaches to Health Literacy in Pharmacy Practice and Education.

More info: Read more here.



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Service Integration

Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, social capital and the transition to employment

This report from the Centre for Multicultural Youth explores the role of social capital in young people’s transitions to skilled employment. The report includes a number of recommendations for consideration.

More info: Read the report here.


Intimate partner violence contributes highest health risk to women aged 18 to 44

New research published by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) shows that intimate partner violence has serious impacts for women’s health, affecting mental health, problems during pregnancy and birth, alcohol use disorders, suicide and homicide. The research finds that intimate partner violence contributes an estimated 5.1% to the disease burden in Australian women aged 18-44 years, which is higher than any other risk factor in the study, including tobacco use, high cholesterol or use of illicit drugs.

More info: Read more here.


Report: Paid domestic violence leave

This paper considers the likely utilisation of paid family and domestic violence leave provisions if they are extended (as has been proposed) to apply to all paid employees in Australia. This review confirms that these provisions, in practice, are not frequently utilised and the associated costs are likely to be offset by benefits to employers associated with reduced turnover and improved productivity.

More info: Read the report here.


Early interventions in Family Violence

This report from Domestic Violence Victoria provides a qualitative snapshot of the early intervention landscape through the perspectives of specialist family violence practitioners and universal service providers in education, early childhood and health settings, as well as women who have experienced family violence.

More info: Read the report here.


My Aged Care Service Directory

The online multicultural Aged Care Service Directory aims to provide generic service providers and organisations with an easy and accessible way to identify and connect with linguistically and culturally specific services for their clients from diverse backgrounds.

More info: To register your ethnic or multicultural organisation click here or seek assistance via admin@eccv.org.au, or read more here.


Toolkit for Younger Onset Dementia

The Prescription for Life, supporting those LIVING with younger onset dementia is a 70-page electronic-talking book aimed at giving staff a deeper understanding of how to support someone who has been diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, there are approximately up to 25,100 Australians living with YOD. This free online resource has been launched by the Lovell Foundation, together with Edith Cowan University (ECU) and not-for-profit aged care and retirement living providers Bethanie and Mercy Health.

More info: Read more here.


Release of the Chronic Care Guide

The Department has released the Care for people with chronic conditions guide for the Community Health Program. This guide updates the previous chronic disease management guidelines.

More info: Download the guide here.


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Heat Alert

Planning and preparing for extreme weather conditions is critical in ensuring the health of all Victorians.

More info: Subscribe to the health alerts of the Department of Health and Human Services here.

Prevalent and Preventable conference report

Late last year, Our Watch and the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) held a three day conference: Prevalent and Preventable: International Conference on Practice and Policy in the Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children.

Local and international experts on violence against women to discuss the emerging opportunities and challenges facing the sector. Our Watch has since developed a reflections report on the conference, capturing some of the key themes that were discussed.

More info: You can read the Prevalent and preventable conference report here.


International Women’s Day 2017 campaign resources

Use International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, 2017 as an important opportunity to:

  • celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women.
  • declare bold actions you’ll take as an individual or organization to help progress the gender agenda because purposeful action can accelerate gender parity across the world.

More info: To find out more, click here.


Toolbox for fathers to support them developing their son’s respectful sexual behaviour

White Ribbon New Zealand has new toolboxes for fathers to support them in developing their son’s respectful sexual behaviour.

More info: View the toolboxes (one for young fathers and another for older dads) here.


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Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal Workers Save the Date

On 30 March 2017, The Long Walk and North and West Region Primary Care Partnerships Koolin Balit Consortium are jointly convening a one-day “Working in Two Worlds” forum. The forum aims to consult with Aboriginal People working in mainstream health and community services organisations. This is a really important opportunity to inform a model of support that is safe and appropriate for Aboriginal people working in mainstream organisations.

Where: Essendon Football Club
When: 30th March
More info: Read more here.


Diabetes Clinic

Free specialist health clinic at cohealth Braybrook provides culturally sensitive holistic care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at risk of, or diagnosed with, diabetes or pre-diabetes. All patients see a specialist endocrinologist. Clinic staff include an Aboriginal Health Worker. To refer a community member, phone clinic nurse Sally Berger on (03) 9334 6656 or email atsi.team@cohealth.org.au

More info: Download the flyer here.


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For Your Diary


2017 Participation for CALD Seniors Grants Program – closing 24th February

This grants program provides funding for projects that help isolated people from CALD backgrounds connect with existing or new support networks and activities.

Activities could include:

  • assisting older Victorians to use public transport so they can participate independently in the community
  • creating a choir to help older migrants to learn English
  • technology and English classes to support seniors being more tech savvy or communicating with relative oversees
  • establishing community gardens to utilise skills and create socialising opportunities.

Since 2011, the Participation for CALD Seniors Grants Program has funded more than 200 community projects helping over 3,000 culturally-diverse seniors to get involved in the community.

More info: Further details and guidelines here.



Power, Politics, Privilege Conference February 16-17 2017

This conference responds to politics of privilege, displacement and boundary-making: including urban design and built environment, architecture, political economy, security, and other fields.

  • Space, borders and belonging at the local, national or global scales, including the digital and non-material, as well as radical geographies which respond to mass migration, urban diversity and the reconfiguration of political space
  • New meanings of community: including new strategies of cultural identity and resistance, new solidarities, and possibilities for belonging.

More info: Read more here.


15th World Congress on Public Health

The 15th World Congress on Public Health will be held 3 – 7 April 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level.

More info: Further details and registration here.



Diabetes Expo

Diabetes Victoria presents Diabetes Expo 2017 which aims to connect consumers with leading experts in the field of diabetes, product suppliers, health professionals and local health care services.

When: 25th February
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
More info: Visit the Diabetes Victoria website here.


Prevention of Chronic Diseases – Healthy Ageing

A forum presented by the Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) on a range of chronic diseases, including a Tai Chi for Diabetes Demonstration .

When: 24th March
Where: The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
More info: Download the flyer here.


Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2017

The international Global Alcohol Conference (GAPC) is being held in Melbourne Australian in October 2017. This is a leading forum for the world’s leaders in alcohol policy and researchers. The 2017 GAPC will be co-hosted by Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) and Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA).

More info: Visit the conference website here.


Melbourne Metro

Home Care Forum

There some spots left for the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria home care forum aimed at providers of home care. Forum to include a presentation on changes to home care and a panel discussion on ways to strengthen the delivery of culturally inclusive home care in ethnic and multicultural communities.

When: 24th January, 9am-12.30pm
Where: Municipal Association of Victoria, Melbourne CBD
More info: View the event page here.


The Carers – exhibition in the City Gallery @ Melbourne Library

What is it like to care for a family member at home when they are in palliative care? How does that change your relationship? How does it change how you live your life? How do you cope with grief? Photographed while talking openly about their parents, partners, siblings and children, the participants reveal their experience of this difficult time, and acknowledge how the experience has changed them.

More info: The exhibition launch will be on Thursday 9th February at 6pm. Exhibition runs 8th February to 3rd March 2017 at City Gallery @ Melbourne Library, 253 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000. Click here for further details.


Aged Care Workshop: Assessment, Care Planning

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) is offering an interactive workshop suitable for those involved in the provision of HACC and packaged care in the home, assessment officers, case managers, and allied health professionals. It will cover effective strategies in person-centred practice, health literacy and cultural safety, fundamentals and complexities of assessment and how to undertake goal directed care planning – setting goals and developing care plans in partnership with the client.

Where: National Ageing Research Institute, Parkville
When: Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8.45am – 4.30pm
More info: Read more here.


Training opportunities with Volunteering Victoria

Volunteering Victoria has a number of interactive workshops coming up to provide information on working successfully with volunteers and building a best practice volunteer program.

Let’s Talk about the ‘C’ Word: Managing Conflict in the Workplace
February 14, 2017 @ 9.30am-12.30pm
Info and booking here

National Standards Workshop
February 28, 2017 @ 9.15am-12.45pm
Info and booking here

Volunteer Essentials: Volunteer Management and Supervision
February 28, 2017 @ 1.30pm-4.30pm
Info and booking here

Volunteer Essentials: The 3 Rs- Recruitment, Retention and Recognition
March 27, 2017 @ 9.30am-3.30pm
Info and booking here



Western Region

Brimbank – Understanding a Community Group’s Constitution or Rules

A part of Brimbank’s Community Governance Program this workshop covers constitution and rules under the Associations Incorporations Reform Act 2012. It will include a step-by-step explanation of common rules and what they mean and the legal process.

When: Monday 13th February 5.30-8.00pm
Venue: Albion Community House, 61a Selwyn Street, Albion
More info: Book online here.


The Getting of Wisdom Conference – Learning In Later Life

You are invited to join us at our upcoming conferences in Ballarat, Melbourne or Wellington, or you can attend all three. We take intersecting themes in our attempt to better understand the nature and future of learning in later life. The themes are about place, equality, empowerment and identity. You can register just for the Ballarat (14th Feb) or Melbourne (15th Feb) conference days. City of Ballarat is providing a civic welcome for the Ballarat part of the program.

More info: Read more here.


WOW – Women of the World Festival Melbourne

WOW is a three-day festival of critical conversations, music, film and performance, celebrating women and taking an in-depth look at the remaining challenges to gender equality. With Footscray Community Arts Centre being home to many international communities with both local and global contexts, WOW Melbourne will mirror this diversity in all of its intersections across themes, challenges and celebrations.

When: Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March 2017
Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre, Footscray
More info: Visit the website here.





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