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Welcome to this month’s edition of the HealthWest Update, it’s hard to believe that it’s already April!

HealthWest and partners are continuing to prioritise social inclusion, and particularly meaningful community engagement.

In 2018, HealthWest and the Western Region Primary Prevention Taskforce joined forces with Inner North West PCP to scope out social inclusion as a shared priority issue across nine local government areas. Members have told us that they would like to get better at engaging meaningfully with their communities.

So what does meaningful community engagement have to do with social inclusion?

meaningful engagement and having a voice
Meaningful engagement looks at the ‘have a voice’ part of social inclusion. When people are involved in decision-making processes, the programs, services and policies that they influence are more likely to be appropriate and better designed to meet the diversity of the community. People also feel more connected to what is happening in their community.

HealthWest and our partners are currently working to develop a toolkit of resources, guides and frameworks for those who want to increase their organisation’s meaningful engagement with community. It is being designed to be used by people right across organisations, but the main audience will be those that are working on primary prevention activities.

If you would like to know more about the work we are doing in meaningful engagement, please get in touch with myself or Helen Scudamore

Kind regards,
Anna Vu
Prevention Manager
(03) 9248 9659

Project Updates

Cross-sector Community of Practice

The Western Melbourne Cross Sector Community of Practice held a forum looking at some of the practical aspects of consumer choice and control. We showcased some work undertaken by service providers and consumers, and discussed how we can improve our own practice.

Consumer choice and control
Many thanks to presenters from:

  • Moonee Valley City Council and Valley Carers
  • Eastern Health
  • Consumer advocate Deb

The Cross-sector Community of Practice is supported by Inner North West PCP, HealthWest and the National Disability Service. Find out more about the Cross-sector Community of Practice on the INWPCP website.

Save the date! The next forum will be on Tuesday 28 May.

Email Isabella to be kept up to date

EmailMore info: Mindy Allott, Systems Integration Manager, 03 9248 9658


Since the conclusion of the first Working Together With Men project, the Men of Brimbank continues to meet and take action to prevent violence against women. At the March monthly catch up for the Men of Brimbank, we reflected on the issues of violence against women and considered how to ensure the sustainability of the project.



Our new Resources page on the HealthWest website brings together a range of resources from recent and ongoing projects into one useful location.

Click on each image below or visit the HealthWest Resources page.


Standards for Workforce Mutuality


Identifying and responding to family violence resources


Sustainability toolkit

health literacy online showcase 2018

Vic PCP online health literacy course

Resources for communicating clearly

Community Participation Resources

diabetes out west website

How to Start a Community Project in 10 Steps



Access & Equity Resources

Partnering in healthcare framework

Safer Care Victoria’s new Partnering in healthcare framework will help health services respond to the needs and expectations of consumers. It aims to help health services involve consumers to deliver care that is safe, person and family centred, equitable and clinically effective.

Download the framework and supporting resources

Counting Culture guide

Mapping the cultural diversity of your workforce lets you assess how well your organisation supports the markets, customers, and clients it wants to serve. In DCA’s Counting Culture guide, six principles provide guidance on how you can map the cultural diversity of your workforce in a way that is respectful, accurate, inclusive, and well suited to the multiculturalism of Australian businesses.

Read the six principles

Ready to take action on workforce diversity?
The HealthWest Standards for Workforce Mutuality can help you employ and support a more diverse workforce.

Prevention Resources

From girls to men: Social attitudes to gender equality in Australia

From Girls to Men: social attitudes to gender equality issues in Australia is a research program hosted by the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra. This report focuses on the presentation of our quantitative findings derived from a national survey of 2,122 Australians about their attitudes to issues of sexism and gender inequality. One finding that is key to HealthWest’s work is that ‘42% of Australian men believe that men and boys are increasingly excluded from measures to improve gender equality’.

Read the report

Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor’s 2018 Report

In March 2019, the second Monitor’s Report on the implementation of family violence reform in response to recommendations from the 2016 Royal Commission was tabled in Parliament. This report focusses on:

  • The Orange Door – Support and Safety Hubs
  • incorporating the voices of victim survivors in all aspects of reform
  • prevention – in order to break the family violence cycle
  • foundational issues from the 2017 report.

Read the report

For your Diary


Mental Health Royal Commission Community Consultations

Beginning next month, the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System will hold a series of community consultations across the state, to hear from people with mental illness and their carers.

When: April and May
Where: Multiple locations across the state
More info and to register

Population health seminar: Prevention of chronic disease & healthy ageing

Hosted by the Australian Disease Management Association. Hear presentations on social isolation and loneliness, social prescribing, sitting less moving more, personal and social wellbeing and art therapy, pet therapy, mental health and more.

When: Friday 5 April 2019
Where: Lecture Theatre, Education Centre (formerly AMREP), The Alfred Hospital, 80 Commercial Road, Melbourne
RSVP by: Friday 29 March 2019
More info

Workshop: Bystander Action to Prevent Violence Against Women

Build the skills and confidence to take a stand and speak out against the attitudes and behaviours that foster violence against women. This workshop is designed for all audiences interested in taking action to prevent violence against women.

When: Thursday 11 April, 9.00am – 12.30pm
More info and to register

Workshop: Gender Equity in the Workplace

Explore gender, gender inequality, unconscious bias and workplace tools and strategies to promote gender equity in the workplace. This workshop is designed for all audiences interested in creating equal, safe and respectful workplaces, including managers and human resources staff.

When: Thursday 11 April, 1.30 – 5.00pm
More info and to register

Forum: West Metro Alliance

For individuals who lead and manage staff whose clients use CHSP, HACC-PYP, HCP or NDIS funded services, including of Assessment and Intake services. This may include direct service providers for some organisations.

When: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Where: Victoria University Sunshine Campus, 460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine
More info and to register

Sons of the West is back again in 2019!

Sons of the West is a free and fun men’s health program

  • Learn more about your health in a safe, inclusive space
  • Make friends for life
  • Try fun new types of physical activity

When: April and May
Where: Western region of Melbourne 
More info and to register


Courses for working with people from refugee backgrounds

Foundation House has a range of courses for those working with people from refugee backgrounds:

  • Front of House Health Staff [Free]
  • Incidental Counselling
  • School’s In for Refugees [Free]
  • Understanding Refugee and Asylum Seeking Experiences in the Early Years [Free]
  • Counselling People from Refugee Backgrounds
  • Seeking asylum: working with prolonged uncertainty

More info 

Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Open Day

Everyone is welcome to come along and look at the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s building.

When: Sunday 5 May 2019
Where: Sunshine Hospital, 176 Furlong Road, St Albans
Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s website

4-day course: Health literacy

Reach more clients and improve communication
The Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH) is running a 4-day Health Literacy Course. This course aims to help you make it easier for consumers to find, understand and use information about your services. From the course you will:

  • learn theories and practical skills to improve written and spoken communication with clients;
  • be introduced to tools to test how easy it is for clients to find their way around your organisation; and
  • apply the knowledge from the course directly to your work through two short work place projects.

Mercy Health was one of the first organisations to participate in the course and they have used health literacy principles and strategies to successfully improve consumer input into client resources. Link to full case study on Mercy Health

When: 7 May 2019
Where: CEH, Richmond
RSVP by: 5 April 2019
More info

Symposium: Innovation: Initiatives to Alleviate Loneliness

Friends for Good is proud to present Innovation: Initiatives to Alleviate Loneliness, an exciting opportunity for academics, not-for-profits, governments and businesses to discover, discuss and contribute to initiatives tackling loneliness right now.

When: Monday 13 May 2019, 1.00-4.30pm
Where: RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne
More info

Forum: Health Cares About Family Violence

Western Health invites you to their 7th annual forum dedicated to identifying and responding to Family Violence in health care settings. The theme for 2019 is: Keeping Kids Safe

When: Thursday 16 May 2019, 9.00am – 4.30pm
Where: Sunshine Hospital, Auditorium, Level 1 176 Furlong Road, St Albans
More info and to register 

Conference: Communities in Control 2019: Get Angry. Then Get Organised.

Every year for more than a decade the Communities in Control conference has offered an opportunity for community group workers, volunteers, supporters and others at the grassroots (particularly local governments) to look up from the coalface and look around them and see what could be possible.

When: Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 May 2019
Where: Moonee Valley Racecourse, Moonee Ponds
More info


Conference: Public Health Prevention

The Public Health Prevention Conference is convened by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). In 2019, the Public Health Prevention Conference will focus on smashing the silos, exploring sub-themes of economics of prevention and what is working, what needs to be strengthened and what are the biggest gaps in prevention systems.

When: Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 June 2019
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne
More info and to register