8 July 2015

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

Evaluation Report Reducing Gambling Frequency with CALD communities

The Reducing Gambling Frequency Project is a prevention and intervention project funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF). Implementation of the project commenced in February 2015 and this report relates to the period February to May 2015. The Foundation has extended project funding until 1 December 2015.  The intention of the project is to reduce gambling frequency of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) seniors groups that recreate at electronic gaming machine (EGM) venues. HealthWest Partnership has worked with six key ethnic community organisations and the Ethnic Communities Council to undertake this work.

More info: read the Executive Summary or the full report.

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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Maribyrnong Community Grants now open!

Maribyrnong City Council’s annual Community Grants Program supports local projects or initiatives that benefit the Maribyrnong community. Grants can support activities that contribute to community strengthening, arts and cultural development, environmental sustainability, revitalising Braybrook, and encouraging wellbeing.

Grant amounts range from $500 to $15,000. Applications for projects occurring in 2016 are now open and close 25 August 2015 at 4pm.

More info: visit the Maribyrnong City Council website.

National Standards for Volunteer Involvement

Does your organisation work with volunteers? Have you read the new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement yet?

Launched in May, the new Standards provide a sound framework and reflect best practice in volunteer management in Australia’s current work environment.

More info: view the Standards.

Health Literacy Lab

The Lab’s goal is to help health professionals develop good, fundamental concepts and insights about language and design. With a range of free lessons, the Health Literacy Lab is a place where health and safety communicators can hone their skills.

More info: visit the Health Literacy Lab website.

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Service Integration

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) commenced on 1 July 2015. NWMPHN is one of six Victorian PHNs which will be responsible for bringing together doctors, hospitals, allied health services and other health providers and organisations to create better health care and outcomes for the community.

NWMPHN will be run by Melbourne Primary Care Network (MPCN), a consortium drawing on the skills and experience of Royal Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospitals, the Royal District Nursing Service and the previous Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local. The new network will focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing health services in the north and west, particularly for those at risk of poor health outcomes.

MPCN is also establishing a Peak Clinical Council and a Peak Community Advisory Council, tasked with ensuring NWMPHN decisions and investments are evidence based, locally relevant, cost effective and driven by the needs of the community.

More info: visit the MPCN website.

Inquiry into Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care: invitation to lodge a submission

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health has commenced an Inquiry into Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care and is inviting submissions from interested individuals and organisations.

HealthWest will contribute to the response coordinated by all Victorian Primary Care Partnerships. We are interested in hearing from our members about any case studies highlighting the following:

  • Best practice in chronic disease prevention and management
  • Innovative models which incentivise access, quality and efficiency in chronic disease prevention and management
  • Best practice of multidisciplinary teams’ chronic disease management in primary health care and hospitals
  • Models of chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care which improve outcomes for high end frequent users of medical and health services.

If you would like to share a case study from your organisation please contact Agnieszka Kleparska, Integration and Evaluation Coordinator, on 9248 9659 or agnieszka.kleparska@healthwest.org.au by Monday 13 July 2015. Submissions close on 31 July 2015.

More info: read the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry.

WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services

The World Health Organisation (WHO) global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services is made up of two linked documents: 1) the strategy itself, which presents a compelling case for a people-centred and integrated health services approach, along with a look at the way forward, and 2) People-centred and integrated health services: an overview of the evidence, which presents a number of case studies and the evidence on the benefits that people-centred and integrated care can bring to people, communities and countries.

More info: visit the WHO website.

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A Practical Guide for Managing and Conducting Gender Assessments in the Health Sector

This guide helps understand the ways in which the unequal roles and opportunities in women’s/girls’ and men’s/boys’ lives impact health outcomes. It assists identifying opportunities to reduce gender inequality in order to improve health outcomes. It also ensures that health programming is contributing to gender equality at the same time that it is achieving health outcomes.

More info: view the Guide.

New resource to support prevention of AOD harms

A new online resource has been launched to support the prevention of alcohol and other drug harms. My AOD Prevention, funded by Drug Arm Australia and the Australian Department of Health, contain best practice and theory in prevention harms related to AOD harms.

More info: visit the My AOD Prevention website.

VicHealth ‘Community Activation Program’ winners announced

VicHealth has funded five councils to create temporary areas for physical activity within their local communities. In the west, Brimbank and Melton City Councils were successful. These projects are:

Brimbank City Council
Pollard Gardens on Corio Street in Sunshine will be converted into a pop-up leisure centre that will target mothers with young children and young people in the area. The centre will feature shipping containers for storing equipment, dancing boxes, pole art gardens with bike-powered lights and a sports area. The range of activities to be offered from local providers and the council may include tai chi, body pump, volleyball, circus skills and kids fitness.

Melton City Council
A piece of vacant land on the corner of Palmerston Street and McKenzie Street in Melton will be transformed to encourage a range of physical activities ranging from circus skills and dance, to tai chi and sport. The council is planning to install comfortable surfaces, moveable objects for play and light exercise and artistic elements in the park which will be designed for use by everyone in the community.

All five spaces will be open from September this year.

More info: visit the VicHealth website.

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Aboriginal Health

ACES Respite support for frail aged carers

The ACES primary carer support program provides a respite worker in the home to allow carers to take a break from their normal care giving duties.  The respite service can also assist by taking people out of the home for recreation and social activities or to ACES HACC programs.

More info: view the flyer or to enquire about booking the service, contact the ACES Respite office on 9383 4244.

cohealth’s Wellness Dreaming Project

The Lowitja Institute have released a series of reports from the Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys (IAPJ) study, which is Stage 3 of the Managing Two Worlds Together project.

The study focused on the journey that Aboriginal patients take through the health system. They include journey mapping tools that can be used for quality improvement and education. The reports provide a series of case studies that explore how the tools could be adapted and used to make real improvements in communication, coordination and collaboration within and across a diverse range of patient journeys.

More info: view the flyer or contact Karen Ingram on 8398 4151 Karen.Ingram@cohealth.org.au or Nellie Flagg on 8398 4114 Nellie.Flagg@cohealth.org.au.

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For Your Diary

Melbourne Metro

Forum to explore social disadvantage and obesity

Children and adults who live in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas generally experience higher levels of obesity. So how do we address these inequities? Associate Professor Anna Peeters, Head of Obesity and Population Health at Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, is meeting with experts in the UK, US, France and The Netherlands to identify obesity prevention policies likely to improve social inequalities in obesity.

When: Tuesday 4 August, 4.30-5.30pm
Where: AMREP Theatre, 75 Commerical Rd, Prahran (adjacent to The Alfred Hospital)
Cost: free
More info: visit the Baker IDI website.

Primary Health Networks: maximising the potential

The National and Victorian Primary and Community Health Networks in association with the Australian Institute of Primary Care & Ageing at La Trobe University bring you a forum on maximising the potential of primary health networks. The one-day forum will provide an opportunity to hear the latest from the Commonwealth Department of Health and be updated on health reform across state governments.

When: Friday 24 July, 9am-4pm
Where: Rydges on Swanston, 701 Swanston Street, Carlton
Cost: $320
More info: register online.

Your Shout: Action on Alcohol Conference

This one-day conference will:

  • Showcase key research into alcohol supply and related harms
  • Identify challenges faced by those who seek to reduce the availability and impact of alcohol
  • Suggest prevention and regulatory strategies that can reduce the harm caused by alcohol

Outline how stakeholders can influence the availability and misuse of alcohol.

When: Thursday 23 July
Where: Karralyka Centre, cnr Mines Rd and Wilson Rd, Ringwood East
Cost: $120
More info: visit the Karralyka Centre website.

Influencing Decision Makers workshop

This workshop will assist participants’ understanding of working with and influencing decision makers. It will provide you with an overview of government processes and practical advice regarding points of influence. It will also assist you to identify points of entry, explore what influences decision makers and how these factors can impact outcomes. Appreciative Inquiry will also be used to tap into the wisdom and best experiences of all participants, when they successfully engaged a decision maker.

The session will be stimulating, practical and enjoyable, co-facilitated by local politician, consultant and academic Micaela Drieberg, and the highly experienced Max Hardy.

When: Thursday 16 July
Where: Donkey Wheel House, Depot Room, Level 2, 673 Bourke St, Melbourne
Cost: from $440
More info: register online.

Local Area

Life After Dieting

Based on Dr Rick Kausman’s approach and book, this six week program run by ISIS Primary Care is a must if you want to:

  • Feel good about yourself and your body
  • Decide your own most healthy comfortable weight
  • Make changes that are healthy and enjoyable.

When: runs on Mondays, 3 August to 7 September, 1pm- 3pm
Where: Cairnlea Community Hub, 80 Carmody Dr, Cairnlea
Cost: free
More info: view the flyer.

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