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Welcome to our August edition of HealthWest Update. 

Highlights from 2018-2019

HealthWest has had another busy and productive year working alongside members, community and stakeholders. Together we have been able to share expertise, pool resources and obtain outcomes that we could not achieve on our own.

Read on and be inspired by the diverse and interesting spaces we have been working in this year. In your organisation, think about adopting and implementing some of the practices and frameworks showcased in the HealthWest Highlights 2018-2019. Get in touch if you need more information or our support.
HealthWest Highlights in 2018-19

Future Directions

Throughout 2018 HealthWest Partnership began scoping its capacity to work within an expanded social determinants of health framework. Within the context of race-based discrimination and social inclusion, economic inclusion emerged as an area of common interest and emerging activity throughout the west.
Read this Discussion Paper outlining our current thinking about meaningful work as a key determinant of health. Please complete the survey to help us build a more detailed picture of what is occurring in our catchment in the area of economic inclusion. Information collected through the survey will enable us to shape both the forum in October (details below) and our plans for our next Strategic Plan 2019-2023.
Take the survey

Save the Date: Tuesday 15 October

HealthWest Forum: Economic Inclusion for Health
Tuesday 15 October 2019
9.00am to 1.00pm
Economic inclusion means making sure everybody has access to meaningful work. Join HealthWest and other like-minded organisations to explore what this looks like in Melbourne's west.

Program includes:
  • Guest speaker, Professor Yin Paradies. Yin is an Aboriginal-Asian-Anglo Australian who is Chair in Race Relations and Indigenous Knowledges and Culture Coordinator at Deakin University. He conducts interdisciplinary research on the health, social and economic effects of racism as well as anti-racism theory, policy and practice across diverse settings, including government, workplaces, schools, universities, housing, the arts, museums and healthcare.
  • Bring your ideas for strengthening economic inclusion in the West.
More information on the forum will follow.
Sign up to be kept informed with details
Thank you for your assistance and I look forward to seeing you all on the 15 October.

Kind regards,
Gail O'Donnell
Executive Officer 
(03) 9248 9665
Project Updates

Meaningful Engagement for Social Inclusion: A Practice Guide

HealthWest is pleased to release our latest resource: Meaningful Engagement for Social Inclusion: A Practice Guide.

Meaningful Engagement for Social Inclusion

Communities having a say and being able to influence decisions that affect them is key to social inclusion. HealthWest, along with our Prevention Partners, has developed this Guide to help organisations create or improve their social inclusion work.

The Practice Guide is a collection of resources and techniques from various sectors and priority areas. It includes information on how to:

  • advocate within your organisation
  • inform decision-makers, and
  • engage with your target audience.
Download the Practice Guide
A big thank you to our partners that worked on the Guide with us, including representatives from Access Health and Community, Djerriwarrh Health Services, IPC Health, Maribyrnong City Council, Merri Health and the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network. Thanks also to our primary prevention partners involved in scoping social inclusion as a shared priority across the west and inner north west, which led to this work.
More info:

Policy Templates Available for Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Resources

North East Healthy Communities has released a series of templates for organisations interested in developing internal policies for Identifying and Responding to Family Violence (IRFV). These are based on the original suite of policy templates developed by Inner North West PCP, in partnership with Primary Care Partnerships across the North West Metropolitan Region (NWMR).

[Links go to resources on Inner North West PCP's website]
Workplace Family Violence example policy and procedure
Identifying Family Violence and Responding to Women & Children example policy and procedure
More info: Tanya Sofra, Systems Integration Manager,

Staff Reflections from 2018-2019

Prevention Taskforce

Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2015—Summary

This summary report presents key findings from the Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2015. It provides estimates of the burden due to 216 diseases and injuries in Australia and the contribution of various modifiable risk factors to this burden. A new analysis of the change in burden of disease between 2003 and 2015 is also presented.

Read the report

Summary page from the 23rd IUHPE conference

From this page you can find links to all program abstracts and e-Posters, links to delegates’ presentations (if shared), and a link to videos of plenary sessions on the IUHPE YouTube channel. You can also access the two legacy documents prepared and endorsed so that the learnings of this conference may last.

IUHPE summary page

Preventing domestic and family violence: Action research reports from five Australian local government councils

The purpose of this volume is to document the use of action research in evaluating domestic and family violence (DFV) prevention activities in local government authorities (LGAs) around Australia.

The volume is intended for DFV prevention practitioners in local government and other community services. This is part of the ANROWS Insights publications series.

Read the report

Place-based Evaluation Framework: A guide for evaluation of place-based approaches in Australia

The Place-based evaluation framework has been designed as a flexible user guide for evaluating place-based delivery approaches in Australia. It is designed for communities and facilitating partners implementing place-based delivery approaches (PBAs), funders, partnering organisations, service providers and evaluators.

Download the guide

Attitudes of people from non-main English-speaking countries towards violence against women and gender equality

On 18 July 2019, ANROWS hosted a conversation about attitudes towards violence against women and gender equality among people from non-English speaking countries, drawing on results of the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS). Conducted by ANROWS, this survey examined understandings of violence against women, attitudes towards violence against women, and attitudes to gender equality.

Read the findings
Watch the webinar
For your Diary


Webinar: 5 Steps to Effective Spoken Communication

This webinar by CEH combines proven health literacy and cultural competence strategies for effective client communication and will help you to improve spoken communication with clients.

When: Thursday 15 August 2019, 12.00 - 12.30 pm
More info

Seminar: Piloting a whole-of-government model for resourcing and delivering system-wide evaluation – key insights and lessons

 This pilot project brings together existing evaluation, data analytics, policy and behavioral insights capabilities internal to the Victorian Public Service to evaluate a package of government initiatives that have been funded to address a major policy problem. This presentation will provide high level insights and lessons from this pilot and provide us with an opportunity to reflect on what could be done to improve how we use evaluation.;

When: Wednesday 21 August, 5.30 - 7.00 pm
Where: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Register online by: Monday 19 August 2019
More info


HealthWest Forum: Economic Inclusion for Health

Economic inclusion means making sure everybody has access to meaningful work. Join HealthWest and other like-minded organisations as we explore what this looks like in Melbourne's west.

When: Tuesday 15 October, 9.00am - 12.30pm
Sign up to be kept inform with details


2nd Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care

With the overarching theme ‘Achieving better value for people and populations’ the conference will bring together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

When: 11-13 November 2019
Where: Melbourne
More info


During ChangeFest you will learn, plan, relate, collaborate and progress your community’s agenda for change. You’ll also join a national movement that is improving the way social change happens in Australia.

When: 20-22 November 2019
Where: Mt Druitt, NSW
More info
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