16 September 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

HealthWest Evaluation Report Reducing Gambling Frequency 2015

This report has been updated to include reflections from bi-lingual workers and the challenges and complexities of introducing a public health message to CALD senior groups about the harms from recreating at Electronic Gaming Machine venues with their social group.

Download the report here.

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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Spoken health messages improves the information recall of people with low health literacy

This article examines how online information can be presented to improve information recall.

When people received health information about cancer screening online:

  • Spoken messages improved recall and attitudes compared to written messages
  • Combining animation with spoken messages improved recall even more. When using this method, people with low health literacy recalled the same amount as people with high health literacy.

Read the article The Effectiveness of Health Animations in Audiences With Different Health Literacy Levels: An Experimental Study here.


Article: Predictors of eHealth Usage: Insights on The Digital Divide From the Health Information National Trends Survey 2012

This US article looks at the relationship between using eHealth and a range of factors including age, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status.

Read the article here.


VicHealth citizen’s jury on obesity

VicHealth will hold a Citizens’ Jury on 17 and 18 October 2015 to engage the community in a discussion and debate around potential solutions for overweight and obesity.

You can learn more about this on the VicHealth website.

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Service Integration

First Australian study investigating hospital-treated injuries due to intimate partner violence

A new report has provided an analysis of the effects on women’s physical health resulting from Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). This is the first Australian study to investigate IPV-related assault injuries in women utilising routinely collected hospital admissions and emergency department (ED) data.

Read the report on the Monash University website.


Domestic Violence Response

Domestic Violence Response Training is an accredited training program that enables community frontline workers in Australia to confidently:

  • Recognise signs of domestic and family violence
  • Respond with appropriate care
  • Refer people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence to appropriate support services.

Download the brochure here.


New Version of ConnectingCare to be launched

Telstra Health’s wholly owned subsidiary HealthConnex is set to launch a new version of its ConnectingCare secure messaging and referral platform for community care organisations that is interoperable with the Argus secure messaging service widely used by GPs. ConnectingCare is a web-based platform aimed at community care organisations and allied health practitioners who don’t have a clinical system but want to send and receive standardised eReferrals and other clinical documents securely.

Initially developed for Victoria’s Primary Care Partnerships (PCP) program, HealthConnex acquired ConnectingCare in 2012 and has since worked to align it with the National Health Services Directory (NHSD), which HealthConnex manages on behalf of Healthdirect Australia.

To read more, visit the Pulse+IT website here.


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Gender Equity resource for workplaces

We know that attitudes which support a lack of equality and respect are linked with increased risk for women – and that the workplace is an effective setting for changing these attitudes more broadly.

But many workplaces don’t know how to get started with improving equality for women and men in their organisation.

Equal Footing is a new toolkit for workplaces to promote gender equality and respectful relationships. The toolkit was developed with funding from the Victorian Government and trialled in a variety of sectors including hospitality, engineering, finance, publishing and not-for-profit family services.

Download the Equal Footing toolkit on the VicHealth website.


VicHealth Healthy Living Apps Guide shows many health and wellbeing apps are ineffective.

Apps can be a great way to help in achieving a healthier lifestyle, but some are not as useful as they claim. Those who trust them for information about being healthy should use them with caution.

Of the more than 200 apps evaluated by VicHealth, only five apps achieved a rating of three or more out of five.

Read more in Pulse+IT magazine or read the Health Living Apps Guide on the VicHealth website.

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Aboriginal Health

Cancer Treatment Side Effects: A guide for Aboriginal Health Workers

This guide provides important and practical information to safely manage the potential side effects associated with cancer treatment. The booklet will help Aboriginal Health Workers to:

  • understand safety issues for patients having chemotherapy
  • recognise some of the most common side effects of cancer treatment
  • understand how to manage these side effects
  • educate patients about how to manage side effects
  • know when to seek help (call a doctor or other healthcare professional)
  • understand the effects of cancer on patients’ social and emotional wellbeing.

Download the guide here.


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer framework provides guidance for individuals, communities, organisations and governments to address disparities and improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Framework encompasses the full continuum of cancer control, including cancer prevention, screening and early detection, diagnosis and treatement, palliative care and survivorship; and the policy, systems, research and infrastructure that surround these service areas.

To download the framework, click here.

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For Your Diary


Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund

This education fund is about helping people complete or undertake courses and programs by providing small grants. Six small monthly grants of up to $2,500 will be distributed in order to assist people with disabilities. Applications close on 30th September.

For more information contact Frank Hall-Bentick 9429 4210

Or to apply, click here.


Melbourne Metro

Community organisations in a climate of change

The Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel invite you to a special forum on preparing for transformational change across the ageing, mental health and disability sectors.

This forum is to assist community sector organisations preparing for the transformational change that will come from the move to consumer led and delivered care across the ageing, mental health and disability sectors.

When: 29th September, 2015, 1.30 – 5.00pm (registrations open from 1.30pm)

Where: ‘The Hall’ NAB, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands

For more info click here, and to register, click here.


Dr Michael Ungar – 20 Skills to Build Resilience; Working with Young People with Complex Needs.

World renowned family therapist, professor, writer & researcher, Dr Michael Unger will speak on resilience and its importance for young people

This workshop will present a strengths focused, resistance- proof model for working with young people that makes therapeutic interventions more effective and change more sustainable.

When: Wednesday 30th September 2015, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Where: Michael Chamberlin Lecture Theatre, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

For more information visit Dr Ungar’s website, and to book click here.


Rock into Recovery Festival

Rock into Recovery is MIND Australia’s festival celebrating recovery of mental health and the support of families and carers during Mental Health Week and Carers Week.

When: 10th October, 2015 – 3.00pm Book Reading, 4.00pm Film Screening

Where: Sun Theatre, Yarraville

For more information, download the poster, and to RSVP, call 9397 2709


Otitis Media and Aural Health Care Training for Indigenous health workers (LIMITED PLACES)

The Otitis Media and Aural Health Care Program is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required for professionals working in Indigenous health to safely assess the aural health of individuals and implement best practice management guidelines. The Otitis Media and Aural Health Care Program is a nationally accredited program and is fully funded by the federal Department of Health under the Ear and Hearing Health Project.

When: Thursday 22nd October, 2015 – 8:45am – 4:00pm

Where: The Benchmarque Group, 46 Dover Street, Cremorne

For more information, click here, and to register, click here.

Normally $400.00 per Student. Places are limited. Register now for free.


Local Area

Creatively Ageing Forum

Join us for a day of workshops, panels and performances as we explore ageing and creativity in the west.

When: Saturday 26 September, 11am – 4pm

Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC)

For more information, and to book click here, or call FCAC Reception on 03 9362 8888.



SDOHA Anti Poverty Week Oration: Dr John Falzon

Following on the from the Inaugural SDOHA Anti- Poverty Week Oration held in 2014 this year’s oration will be delivered by Dr John Falzon (CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia). The St Vincent de Paul Society report titled “Sick with worry” Stories from the frontline of inequality 2015 will also be launched in conjunction with the Oration.

When: Wednesday, 14 October 2015 from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Where: ACT Legislative Assembly – Reception Room, Canberra

For more information, click here.



Field Research Methods at Deakin University

The School of Health and Social Development has developed two 2-day workshops that embrace a hands-on approach to Field Research Methods that provide academic knowledge combined with authentic, practical learning to enhance practitioner competency in conducting quantitative, qualitative or mixed method research in the field.

Workshop 1: Hands-on research in the field 1: Research design and data collection
Friday 23 October and Monday 26 October

Workshop 2: Hands-on research in the field 2: Data analysis and reporting
Thursday 12 November to Friday 13 November

For more information, click here.


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