September 1, 2014
New Aboriginal Health Workers at Werribee Mercy & Western Health
This project is focused on improving the system that supports Aboriginal people moving from hospital into community services. It is being piloted at 2 sites:
- Werribee Mercy where Marie Mullins is the project officer
- Western Health where Amy Hansen is the project officer
Both project officers are working toward providing stronger links to healthcare providers outside of the hospital system.
Recently Marie and Jasmine held the first ever flag raising ceremony at the hospital to celebrate NAIDOC week with partners and the community of Werribee.
Home support & community care is growing and changing
We are launching a data report based on Home & Community Care (HACC) data in the west. Key stats for 2011/12:
- 28% more consumers than in 2006/07
- 49% born overseas
- 67% are aged 65+
- No. of new consumers is declining
- Fewer people have a carer
- Increasing demand for allied health
- 28% access 2 or more services (compared to 48% across Vic)
- More people born overseas accessing mainstream services
Working together in Melton
Key Partners: HealthWest, Djerriwarrh Health, Carers Victoria, cohealth, Marla Women’s Group, Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation, ORS Group, Western Health, Melton Council.
Aim: to connect the Melton Aboriginal community with local services to help close the gap.
Community day: Joining the Dots (April 2014) brought service providers and the Melton community together to promote health and wellbeing services & enjoy cultural activities.
Future directions: To develop a local action plan to address the broader issues affecting health and wellbeing within the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Melton.
Integrated Mental Health Services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
We are investigating how public mental health services in the western region can better respond to refugees and asylum seekers who have a mental health problem, or who are at risk of experiencing mental health problems. We are currently working on referral pathways and resource tools.
Our core partners are:
- Settlement agencies
- Area Mental Health Services
- Community Mental Health Support Services (formerly PDRS)
- Community Health
- Department of Health (NWMR)
- Specialist refugee health services
Workforce Development for the Future
Across the home support and community care sector new reforms, increase in service demand and change in service users has highlighted the need for further exploration into workforce development.
HealthWest have created a workforce development discussion paper to inform strategic planning and promote informed debate regarding workforce development within the sector.
The discussion paper was launched alongside the HACC data report in August.
New Tool to Self-identify Needs in Hobsons Bay & Wyndham
The SloN tool is sent out to consumers at the point of intake, creating an opportunity for consumers to identify their own need before first assessment.
Home and Community Care (HACC) partners in Wyndham & Hobsons Bay piloted the tool. They found that it:
- Allowed clients to think more broadly about HACC services
- Initiated conversations that may not have occurred otherwise
- Offers a simpler way to discuss goals
- Was easier to work on goal setting with the client
The working group are now making adaptations based on feedback from staff. Further exploration into a carer version is also in progress.
Community Action on Diabetes in Braybrook
This 12 month project is based around responding to diabetes in Braybrook. The project will take a place based approach incorporating community development, chronic care, health literacy and health promotion.
The project will begin by collecting a rich data set for diabetes in Braybrook, and then using feedback from multiple sources and sectors including various community groups and community members, respond to the needs of those living in Braybrook who are diagnosed with diabetes.
Nearly one in five people in the Brimbank LGA aged 55 and over has type 2 diabetes. 43.3%.