19 August 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

Welcome Claire!

HealthWest warmly welcomes Claire East to the role of Communications Officer. Claire will be helping us craft our communications strategy and maintain our regular communication channels. Claire comes to us from the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), where she used her communications background to support youth mentoring.

Welcome to the team Claire!


Western Intake Network Group (WING) – meeting tomorrow

The topic for this meeting will be mental health, and will feature the following guest speakers:

  • Mental Health Community Support Services- Reform Background and MHCSS Intake – Phil Watson
  • Neami – Jo Upson and Phil Watson
  • Cohealth – Jean-Louis Nguyen
  • Mind Residential Rehab – Yusef Falzon and Elise Pointer

When: Thursday 20th August, 2015: 9.30am – 12.00pm
Where: Hobsons Bay City Council, 115 Civic Parade, Altona
More info: Download the flier here, and register here.


You are invited to the Health Literacy MEET-UP!

Join us as we discuss worldview and health literacy at the next Health Literacy Community of Practice MEET-UP.

  • Hear about health literacy work that embraces different worldviews
  • Participate in a panel discussion on how culture and worldview affects health
  • Networking opportunities

When: Monday 7 September 1.30—4pm
Where: HealthWest Partnership (located at Carers Victoria), Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray
More info: Download the flier here, and register here.


Reviewing the Community Engagement in the West Network

HealthWest facilitates the Community Engagement in the West Network. We are currently looking at the Network structure and planning for its future so we can best meet the needs of our partners.

If you work in the areas of consumer engagement or community participation, we would be grateful if you can complete a short survey. The survey is open to anyone who works in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. You do not need to have attended a Network meeting before.

Complete the survey here.

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Health Literacy and Community Partnership

Teach-back demonstration video

This new video resource demonstrates how to use the Teach-back method in the context of a consultation with a patient about managing their hepatitis B. It was developed in partnership between the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health, St Vincent’s Hospital, and Melbourne Primary Care Network.

The video and a brief web-article can be found on the Melbourne Primary Care Network website here.


Listen and learn: Embracing the consumer movement

At the recent Primary Health Care Research Conference held in Adelaide, Beth Wilson put a smile on everyone’s face with her energetic address at the first plenary, exploring the ‘benefits of engaging consumers in the research process’.

In this article, Beth speaks about the importance of communication and the pivotal role consumers play in research. Read the article here.


Walk alongside – Co-designing social initiatives with people experiencing vulnerabilities

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has released a new paper examining co-design. Working closely with people in the community is one of the best ways to design services and programs that will help them overcome the forms of disadvantage they face. Walk alongside outlines co-design principles and practices to help bring people, community workers and the government together to best design the social programs, services and support people need.

Download the paper on the VCOSS website.


The arc of health literacy

This short commentary on health literacy sets out how thinking on health literacy has changed over time. The role of the clinician, institution and system (as well as the patient) in improving health literacy are discussed in the US context.

“Even the most sophisticated adult can be overwhelmed by unfamiliar medical terms, unexplained acronyms, and technical jargon. The paradox is that people are awash in knowledge they may be unable to use.”

Read the article here.


Resource: Building social cohesion in our communities

This online resource aims to support local governments to build strong, socially cohesive communities by:

  • Understanding their communities and measuring their strengths and weaknesses
  • Engaging their communities and build partnerships between key stakeholders
  • Preventing and responding to incidents of racism or conflict between groups if they arise
  • Strategically planning for the needs of their communities now and into the future
  • Monitoring, evaluating and sharing outcomes.

Check out the ACELG website here.

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Service Integration

Mental health community support services catchment based planning update

A stakeholder forum for Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) catchment based planning was held in May at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre. The event was attended by over 100 people – including consumers and a range of different organisations and service types.

The consolidated findings of the AOD and MHCSS catchment based planning consultations, including the outcomes from the forum, are presented in the report North West Metro Catchment based planning: regional stakeholder consultation – findings report.  It provides a rich source of information about the issues, concerns and ideas for how to do things differently to improve MHCSS and AOD service delivery and outcomes for consumers. This evidence base has been used to inform the priorities and actions of the catchment based plans being produced by the respective sectors, and will continue to be used and built upon as we seek to further understand and respond to identified issues.

Download the report here.

More info: contact Grant Liptrot – Manager, Catchment Based Planning at grant.liptrot@cohealth.org.au or phone 9411 4333.


North Metro and West Metro Department of Health and Human Services update

The focus of the August edition of Changing the Conversation Bulletin is Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health, and features some of the great work being done by the funded sector.

Download the bulletin here.


Discussion paper: Victoria’s next 10-year mental health strategy

The Victorian Government’s 10 year mental health plan will set out shared goals for the future of the Victorian mental health and wellbeing system.

Read the discussion paper here.

Share your thoughts online.

You can also share your ideas for the 10 year plan by taking part in their consultation. Your opinions and expertise will inform decisions about the strategic direction and priorities of our plan to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

Public consultation workshops are open to health providers and the general public:

  • Ballarat: Thursday 20 August 11am-1pm
  • Benalla: Monday 24 August 12:30-2:30pm
  • Geelong: Thursday 27 August 10am-12pm
  • Preston: Friday 28 August 1-3pm.

Consumer and carer focused consultation workshops:

  • Ballarat: Thursday 20 August 1:30-3:30pm
  • Benalla: Monday 24 August 3-5pm
  • Geelong: Thursday 27 August 1-3pm
  • Melbourne CBD: Tuesday 1 September 10.30am-12:30pm.

Get more information or register to attend here.


Australians are undergoing unnecessary surgery – here’s what we can do about it

Clinicians and researchers have been concerned about patients getting treatments that don’t work.  Ineffective care exposes patients to complications and side-effects and waste precious health-care resources.  It is often hard to isolate treatment choices that are inappropriate. A choice that is wrong in one case may be right in another.  A new Grattan Institute report shows how to avoid ineffective treatments.

Read the article here.


Mind family and carers day programs

Mind are accepting referrals to two Family and Carer day respite programs.

  1. Turnip N Grow is a therapeutic horticultural program. It starts this week, its primarily focussed on care recipients however, being family and carer inclusive we are happy for the whole family to attend.
  2. Eat Smart is a semi-structured hands on cooking program that supports people in mental health recovery with hands on cooking skills and understanding of why healthy bodies = a healthy mind. To be eligible they need to nominate a family or carer who would then be eligible for other supports if they choose to take them up.

Read more about Turnip N Grow and Eat Smart.

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Stay Safe with your group: have fun without gambling

Hear leaders of CALD communities talk about their experience of gambling related harm for older members.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a facilitated discussion about options for safe recreation activities and outings for older groups, and share valuable resources on alternative recreation activities in your local government area. You will also be treated to a performance from theatre group Beyond Blame and Shame.

This forum is particularly relevant to managers of aged care programs and planned activity groups, social planners and people who work in recreation, arts and culture.

When: Tuesday 29th September, 9.30 – 12pm
Where: Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne.
More info: View the flier here.

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Aboriginal Health

Many Mobs One Community – Community Cultural Workshop

When: Saturday August 22nd, 11am – 12pm
Venue: Braybrook Community Hub, 107 – 139 Churchill Ave, Braybrook
Lots of Activities for Kids and lunch provided
More info: Contact Debbie Evans 0409185831 or Rowena Price at Rowena.price@vu.edu.au


Victorian Aboriginal Men’s Gathering

Venue: AAMI Stadium (Melbourne Storm)
When: Wednesday 26th August, 2015, 10am to 4pm.
Registrations: please call Alister Thorpe on 0432 631 608 or John Byrne 0439 899 352 or email: info@dardimunwurro.com.au
More info: View the flier here.


Sovereign Rights: Gary Foley in conversation with Tony Birch

Gary Foley is a product of the Black Power Movement and the establishment of the Tent Embassy; he is a key player in a generation of Aboriginal people who abandoned a passive and submissive approach in the struggle for justice and political independence.  A struggle that continues to this day.

The conversation will focus on the uniqueness of the Foley Collection materials and these two Aboriginal activists’ personal perspective on the history and impact of the Black Power and Self-Determination movements.

When: Wednesday 26th August, 2015, 6.30pm start (pop-up bar from 5.30pm onwards)
Location: VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray
RSVP: Wednesday 19th August, 2015

To register, please click here.

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For Your Diary


Young Carer Bursary Programme

The Young Carer Bursary Programme provides financial assistance to help support young carers to complete or return to education while continuing their caring role. The Programme aims to reduce financial pressures for young carers through the granting of a bursary, targeting young carers most in need. Bursaries will all be $3000.

For more information, click here.


Regional Victoria

Mood & Emotions in MS webinar

This program will discuss mood and other psychological disorders, factors contributing to their development and appropriate interventions. The session covers issues that arise when providing psychotherapy for people with multiple sclerosis, as well as suggestions for overcoming roadblocks to treatment.

When: Wednesday 26 August, 2015, 10am – 12:30pm
Cost: $70 ($30 full time students)
More info: Contact Andrea Salmon on education@ms.org.au


Melbourne Metro

Workshop: Working towards best practice in peer support

Chronic Illness Alliance (CIA) is running a day of workshops and professional development that provides an opportunity to showcase peer support and to share the experiences of those working in this sphere. Come along to the morning session, and either stay on or only join us for the Professional Development Workshops in the afternoon.

Morning session: Reviewing the Best Practice Framework

Afternoon session: Choose one of the following:

Myth-busting misconceptions about peer support: A diabetes case study


Running the PLOT: Peer Leadership Online Training in Action

Where: Rydges on Swanston, 701 Swanston Street, Melbourne
When: Wednesday 28th October, 2015
Cost: Morning workshop FREE, afternoon workshop $165 CIA members, $220 non-members
More info: Visit the website here.


ICDM Chronic Care Forum 2015 – save the date

The 2015 Integrated Chronic Disease Management (ICDM) Chronic Care Forum will continue to build the capacity of the Victorian health sector to deliver proactive, person-centred and integrated care across a range of organisations.

Why should I attend?

  • Hear a selection of key note speakers from the 2015 Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) Conference
  • Learn about local experience in supporting collaboration and integration to improve the quality and coordination of care for people with chronic conditions
  • Build networks, share learnings and identify possible solutions to common issues
  • Engage with subject experts

When: Monday 14th September 2015, 9am – 1.30pm
More information to follow.


Local Area

Free Training at Wyndham Council

Wyndham City Council is providing free training around the following topics: Starting a community group, Committees and Boards and Grant Writing. Please note the Grant Writing session has 2 available dates: the 20th of August and the 3rd of September 2015. Training will take place at Wyndham Civic Centre (Function Rooms), 45 Princes Hwy, Werribee.

To register follow the following links:

Starting a Community Group – Key Legal Issues (including incorporation) – Wed 19 August 6.30pm – 9.30pm. More info here.

Grant Writing Session – Thurs 3rd September 2pm – 4pm. More info here.

Learn about the role of treasurer – Thurs 3rd September, 6.30pm – 9.30pm. More info here.

Committee and Boards – Roles and Responsibilities – Fri 18 September 9.30am to 12.30pm. More info here.

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