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Welcome to July e-news.

In recent days we have been reminded that we all need to remain vigilant in our individual efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sadly, in line with the global trend, we see the virus is having a greater impact on vulnerable communities who experience poorer health outcomes.

Health inequities is a significant and persistent challenge for health systems and our latest blog discusses the important role health literacy plays in helping reduce inequities.

This month HealthWest launches the Evaluation Capacity Health Check (see below) to support our members to understand and take action to build their capacity to undertake monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL). The need to quickly adapt during the last few months has heightened interest and built agility in this area. We are looking forward to working with our members over the next few months as we learn more in Phase 2 of this project.

HealthWest is happy to announce that Shelley Hewson-Munro and Mallika Dhamankar will both continue to work with us through to September 2020.
Until next month,

Warm regards

Gail O'Donnell
Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9665
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New resource: Evaluation Capacity Health Check

Do we as individuals, organisations or collectives have the ability to…  

…continuously ask questions about quality and value?

…collect, analyse, interpret and report on evidence?

…use evidence to inform decision-making and action?

This newly-adapted tool helps organisations, teams and partnerships to know if they have what they need in place to evaluate their work and know if their work is making a difference.

Evaluation Capacity Health Check
Download the Evaluation Capacity Health Check
To be completed in groups, the tool helps to identify areas that need work to build evaluation capacity. It looks to answer questions such as:
  • Does our culture and leadership expect or ‘demand’ monitoring, evaluation and learning?
  • Do staff have the skills, experience and time to ‘do’ monitoring, evaluation and learning?
  • Do we have systems and structures that enable and support monitoring, evaluation and learning?
  • Can we support and lead collective monitoring, evaluation and learning efforts?
In 2019, HealthWest contracted consultant Judy Gold to develop the health check. It was then used by members of the Western Region Primary Prevention Taskforce to assess the region's capacity to apply monitoring, evaluation and learning in primary prevention work. Using the tool has helped us to see what we need to be working on to build our capacity.
We are now continuing to work with Taskforce members to build a regional monitoring, evaluation and learning capacity strengthening plan, and to put things in place that will help us get to where we want to go.
Use the tool in your own team, organisation or partnership
and tell us how you went!
Anna Vu
Prevention Manager
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More than translating pamphlets: 
Health literacy, inequalities and COVID-19

COVID-19 has been a painful and sad reminder of the link between health inequities and health literacy. It’s also been a reminder that communicating health messages to culturally diverse communities isn’t just a question of providing translations of information. Organisations are well placed to reduce health inequities by responding to health literacy needs. Doing so requires an ongoing commitment to building partnerships with communities and working with them to design and deliver messages. Now is a good time for us to reflect on how we can work towards doing better.

Read this blog as our Systems Integration Manager reflects on the responsibility of organisations to reduce confusion for everyone, and the importance of building strong partnerships with communities.
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Estelle Donse
Systems Integration Manager
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In this section, we introduce you to some of the resources that HealthWest and other Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) have developed in the course of our work. 
Evaluation Capacity Health Check
Evaluation Capacity Health Check
This newly-adapted tool helps organisations, teams and partnerships to know if they have what they need in place to evaluate their work and know if their work is making a difference.

Developed by HealthWest Partnership and Judy Gold (consultant)
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Sustainability Self-Assessment Tool Kit
Sustainability Toolkit
A toolkit to evaluate the sustainability of future project actions and effects.

Developed by HealthWest Partnership and Dr Lucio Naccarella
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Diabetes out west
Diabetes Out West website
Online diabetes information in English and Vietnamese for people living in Melbourne’s west.

Developed by HealthWest Partnership
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Economic inclusion, workforce mutuality

Primary prevention, social inclusion

Health & Life Re-imagined recorded topics include
How can we reshape work to benefit everyone?
Good food for all, how do we get there?
Streets for people - Lessons from a return to local living.
Equity during recovery - Addressing social and health inequities as we emerge from lockdown

Prevention of violence against women

Health literacy, community participation


For your diary

Feedback requested

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

Call for Submissions: Monitoring the Family Violence Reforms
Due date: 20 Jul 2020

Call for Submissions: Issues facing diaspora communities in Australia
Due date: 31 Jul 2020

Victorian LGBTIQ Strategy | By Vic Gov
Due date: 3 Aug 2020

Covid-19 Community Survey | By Maribyrnong City Council
Due date: 30 Aug 2020

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

Victorian volunteer strategy | By Vic Gov
Due date: 31 Dec 2020

Call for abstracts

Evidence and Implementation Summit (EIS) 2021
Abstract due date: 23 Aug 2020

July Events

Join the Conversation: On how to engage with communities during a crisis
When: July or at a time that suits
Where: Online
Facilitated by: Mosaic Lab
Life and Health Reimagined
When: Thu 16 Jul - What does the future of prevention look like, in a post-coronavirus world?
Where: Online
Past recorded webinars available
Facilitated by: Vic Health
[Free] Online Sons of the West
Learn about your health, get active, make new friends, and get involved in your local community. Hear from experts on topics including nutrition, mental health and stress, gender equity, alcohol and gambling.
Places are limited and open to men aged 18+ living in the Melbourne’s West.
When: mid July for 8 weeks
Where: Online
Facilitated by: Western Bulldogs
Economics of Prevention Webinar
When: Tue 21 Jul
Where: Online
Facilitated by: Public Health Association Australia
Cultural Awareness Training
When: Tue 21 Jul
Where: Online
Facilitated by: VACCA
[Free] The Australian Loneliness Dialogue 2020
When: Mon 27 - Fri 31 Jul
Where: Online
Facilitated by: Friends for Good

August Events

CEH 2020 Online Health Literacy Course
Do you want to learn how be a Health Literacy change agent? Help your organisation make improvements in consumer participation, client communication and client access to your service. The course also includes an opportunity to apply your knowledge in a workplace health literacy project.
When: Begins 26 Aug
Facilitated by: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health

September Events

Women’s Health Week
When: Mon 7 - Fri 11 Sep
Facilitated by: Jean Hailes
Promotional resources available

October Events

Australian Public Health Conference 2020
When: Mon 19 - Fri 30 Oct
Where: Online
Facilitated by: Public Health Association Australia

November Events

Culturally Responsive Practice: Working With Young People From Migrant And Refugee Backgrounds
When: Thu 12 Nov
Where: Centre for Multicultural Youth, 304 Drummond St, Carlton
Facilitated by: Centre for Multicultural Youth
Conference: Connection, Creativity, Community: Finding Hope in a Climate of Crisis
When: Mon 16 – Tue 17 Nov
Where: Mooney Ponds, Melb
Facilitated by: Communities in Control
Workforce inclusion & diversity conference 
Tue 17 - Thu 19 Nov
Where: Sydney
Knowledge partner: EEON

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