27 APRIL 2022


This is HealthWest Partnership’s last e-news and update.

The staff group will be finishing over the next few days and I will be available until the 19 May. The website will be live until the 31 May 2022.

The Department of Health has funded VicPCP to develop a web-based resource repository to preserve and share 22 years of the Victorian Government’s investment in the Primary Care Partnership Program. VicPCP has engaged La Trobe University, Australian Institute of Primary Care and Ageing to build a purpose-built website with search functionality that will be publicly accessible for a period of 5 years. This should be live by mid to late June 2022, and HealthWest resources will be uploaded. Emma Fitzsimon is the contact for the Statewide PCP repository

As we close our door, I wish to thank our Management Groups and Community Advisory Group, who have wisely guided the direction and purpose of HealthWest over many years. I also pay tribute to the current and past staff, who have always brought their skills, knowledge and whole selves to the work. Lastly I thank the membership, who are the key activists and implementers of the system change and improvement that results from our collaborative work. It has been a pleasure and honour working together to create better health in Melbourne’s west.

We are handing the stewardship of population health and health promotion in our catchment to the Western Health Public Health Unit at Western Health. For further information please contact Kate Cranwell- Operations Director, email:

I wish you all the best

Gail O’Donnell
Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9665


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13 APRIL 2022


Welcome to our April eNews.

The last month has been full of many highlights. This week we released our legacy video, Approaches to public health in Melbourne’s west (below), where six partners reflected back on our collective work. It is a wonderful video, focusing on the ways we love to work, and I encourage you to share it with others.

Our project updates below will fill you in on the progress we are making in the Workforce Mutuality Accelerator program and some exciting upcoming work in the Evaluation Capacity Building project.  HealthWest has also been invited to present on the Make it Easy Handbook at the May National Medicines Symposium. Kristie Cocotis (Diabetes Vic) and Deborah K (consumer advocate), will present on behalf of HealthWest and Inner North West Primary Care Partnership.

We are also in the process of making sure our key resources find new homes – more information is available below. Please be sure to download the resources you are interested in, and take the opportunity to request print copies (if available) via the link below.

We will be in touch one last time at the end of April.

Gail O'Donnell

Gail O’Donnell
Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9665


NEW VIDEO – Approaches to public health in Melbourne’s west

Six practitioners speak from their professional and personal experience of various collaborative approaches to public health issues. These examples come from HealthWest’s partnerships with a wide range of organisations, community members, funders and key stakeholders in the region.

Thank you to Willow BerzinDean Lever and the team at Paper Giant who created this wonderful video that captures the essence of HealthWest Partnership. Special thanks are extended to the six interviewees who gave generously of their time and energy to pay tribute to our achievements together.



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UPDATE: Workforce Mutuality Accelerator continues

HealthWest continues to work with six organisations on the Accelerator Program, which offered our members the opportunity to participate in funded activities designed to improve diversity, inclusion and mutuality in their workforce. By all reports, these organisations are tracking well, with our partners MindTribes and Diversity Atlas / Cultural Infusion impacting on positive changes within organisations.

Participating organisations will continue their work on the Accelerator program throughout May, and the project model will be evaluated throughout June. Evaluation findings will be shared with those participating in the program.

UPDATE: Evaluation Capacity Building

In March we released the report Evaluation Capacity Building in Primary Prevention: Learning Enquiry Final Report. This report is a culmination of work we have done in the monitoring, evaluation and learning space since 2019, and continues to gain interest from the sector. To make the report more digestible than its 57 pages, HealthWest is currently working with illustrators to turn the report’s key messages into a picture that illustrates the system and opportunities for different actors to work build capacity across our system.

HealthWest is also partnering with Cultivating Change to run a workshop on Evaluation Capacity Building in Primary Prevention at the upcoming national conference: PreventX: What’s next?. We are very excited by this opportunity to tell the story of our work, and give those working to prevent violence against women and family violence tools to begin building capacity in their own settings.

HealthWest’s Resources

VicPCP has received funding to develop an online repository to preserve important PCP resources and records for a period of 5 years.

In the meantime please visit our website to download your own copy of our resources. Our website resource pages will also indicate if that particular resource is housed on other sites such as on our partners’ sites or on APO online.

Where to find HealthWest’s resources online

HealthWest’s most recent resources are all available on our website at


Some of HealthWest’s older resources may also be found under Past Projects. Email if you are looking for a specific resource.

Prefer print? Get your copies of HealthWest print resources

We have some remaining hard copies of resources to give away! If you would like a hardcopy, please register by Tuesday 26 April 2022, 5pm. We have a limited number available, so first come first served.

Get your HealthWest Print resources (external link)

Workforce Mutuality Toolkit

Make it easy Handbook

Working Together with Men

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HealthWest acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri, Bunurong, and Wadawurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation, and pay our respects to their cultures and their elders past and present.