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HealthWest Partnership aims to bring local communities, organisations and councils together to achieve real improvements in health and wellbeing for everyone in Melbourne’s west.

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Welcome to December’s HealthWest Update.

As we are all busy wrapping up 2020, hopefully many of us are looking forward to well-earned breaks over the summer period.

Image by pen_ash from Pixabay

For HealthWest the past month has seen us working with our Management Group and our Community Advisory Group to progress planning for our work in 2021. We have been looking at how to apply our strategic priorities to improve outcomes in a region recovering from the disruption that the pandemic has caused. We will continue our commitment to partnership and collaboration, building evidence and sharing knowledge, and advocacy and support to work towards an equitable future for Melbourne’s west.

Job opportunity: Evaluation Project Manager

Contract: 0.6-0.8 FTE until 30 June 2021
Apply by: COB Friday 11 December
Secondment will be considered for the positionHealthWest has led work to increase capacity to apply monitoring, evaluation and learning to primary prevention work in the west.

Anna Vu
Acting Executive Officer
Work mobile: 0428 307 892


Community Conversations interviews completed

In recent months, HealthWest has been working with our partners, Centre for Multicultural Youth and Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health on our project: Community Conversations for Economic Inclusion. Our partners have conducted a total of 20 interviews with community members in the west to gather community information and ideas about economic inclusion and exclusion.

Themes covered included:

  • What “good work” and “bad work” means to them
  • Experiences of discrimination or unfair treatment
  • Future visions for life and work
  • Barriers, enablers and opportunities to employment
  • Priorities and key messages for decision-makers

We are now working to bring together the rich data set collected into a report that will guide ongoing regional planning to address/reduce the impact of race-based discrimination on economic inclusion in the west.

To be informed when the report is released,

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Not too late to get involved with 16 Days of Allyship!

Being an ally is a lifelong journey. If you have not yet had a chance to get involved, you can still jump on the 16 Days of Allyship website and find out more about allyship even after the #16Days is over.

Our latest content (for Day 13) was focused on beginning with small and simple actions in our own life to tackle injustice and gender inequality.

Try your own small actions today!


Allyship Videos

This year, the Preventing Violence Together Partnership (Melbourne’s west) decided to focus on allyship and on the involvement of men for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

The following video resources were developed to support men who want to find out more about being an ally to end violence against women means to them and how to join them.

Developed by HealthWest Partnership

Tips for Allyhood: Working together to end violence against women


Tips for Allyhood: Sonny’s story


Tips for Allyhood: Matt’s story


Tips for Allyhood: Austin’s story


Tips for Allyhood: Matthew’s story


Tips for Allyhood: Victor’s story


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Find out more on why involve men in this work on page 7 in the Working Together with Men resource.

COVID19 Lens of the West

What are your hopes after lockdown?
In the middle of the second lockdown in Melbourne, four of our community advisory members share their vision of the future.


This video is brought to you by Lily Nguyen (video editor) and Julianne Nguyen (interviewer, overall editor). Lily and Julianne were a part of HealthWest’s Seat at the Table project in 2018. They are both creative souls with a flair for storytelling.

Useful links

Economic inclusion, workforce mutuality

Primary prevention, social inclusion

Prevention of violence against women


Support migrant workers via the Multicultural Safety Ambassadors program

Migrant workers face many barriers to ensuring they are safe at work, such as

  • limited access to adequate in-language resources,
  • misconceptions about their workplace rights,
  • fear of repercussions for taking action, and
  • a lack of information about services available to them.

Migrant Workers Centre runs the Multicultural Safety Ambassadors program that trains and supports migrant leaders in Victoria to deliver education sessions on workplace health and safety to their communities.

Mehak Sheikh, one of our Community Advisory Group members, has recently been appointed as one of the Ambassadors. She is happy to organize and travel in the Western suburbs to deliver sessions or online.

Book a session

For your diary

Feedback requested

Survey of Health and Wellbeing: Monitoring the impact of COVID-19 | By Swinburne Uni

Understanding the experiences of young people during COVID-19 | Commission for Children and Young People

Victorian Youth Strategy | By Vic Gov
Due date: 14 Dec

Families in Australia Survey: towards COVID normal | By Vic Gov
Due date: end of Dec

Victorian volunteer strategy | By Vic Gov
Due date: 31 Dec

How to develop easy English materials for CALD people with disabilities?

Almost no research literature exists about developing easy English materials for Australians with disabilities of CALD backgrounds. Yet, hundreds of agencies have created or commissioned them. If this is you or an organisation that you know of, then we really want to hear from you.


We are every State and Territory Ethnic and Multicultural Communities Council across Australia. Together, we are delivering the national Speak My Language: Diverse Communities living well with a disability program.

Please fill in the survey

Due date: 15 Feb 21


Information about assistance for organisations affected by COVID-19


LivingWorks Start | Living Works and NWMPHN
A 90-minute online training program that prepares trainees with the skills to recognize when someone is having thoughts of suicide and respond to keep them safe.

Currently a special pilot with NWMPHN
Free training if you live in the areas; Moorabool, Melton, Brimbank, Wyndham, Hume, Macedon Ranges, Moreland, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay, Melbourne, Yarra, Darebin.

November 2020 – March 2021

Speaking COVID-19
A training project for Interpreters, Translators and Bicultural Workers to better understand & communicate COVID-19 public health messages.
Where: online
To organise a workshop: Contact Vivien Fox

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