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Welcome to our July edition of the HealthWest Update. 

It was good to see the Primary Care Partnerships (PCP) funded in the 2019-2020 State Budget and further direction will be provided to the platform over the next 6 months. We are extending our current 2017-2019 Strategic Plan until December 2019 but have also commenced scoping and planning for the new PCP funded cycle. HealthWest’s future strategic focus will be in the social and economic determinants of health area, drawing upon the work we have undertaken in social inclusion, workforce mutuality and community participation.

Farewell, Estelle and Sonny

At the end of June we say goodbye to Estelle Donse who has led the health literacy work since January 2018. Estelle has worked across the inner north west and western catchment, supporting members to become more health literate organisations. Her legacy is a wonderful co-designed resource Make it Easy: A Handbook for Becoming a Health Literate Organisation. We thank Estelle for her amazing work and wish her every success moving forwards.
We also say goodbye to Sonny Charles, who has been with HealthWest since September 2018. Sonny’s role with us has been to support the Men of Brimbank as they transition to being an independent entity. Sonny’s commitment to supporting the prevention of violence against women in our community will be greatly missed, but we’re sure he will continue to be a great ally to women well into the future.

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

Project Momentum kicks off with female footy umpire training this July

The first Project Momentum idea, Levelling the Playing Field, begins 15 July. Please share this wonderful opportunity with others.

Have you thought about being a footy umpire and helping your local league?
Do you identify as female and are aged 15 and up?
If so there are 20 fully funded training spots available to you!
Project Momentum is HealthWest's partnership with Victoria University on engaging men in action to prevent violence against women
More info: Shelley Hewson,, 03 9248 9656

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

Submissions are open to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System until 5 July 2019. HealthWest is contributing to a submission from Vic PCP, the statewide platform for Primary Care Partnerships in Victoria. In particular HealthWest is contributing knowledge regarding access and equity for people from refugee-like backgrounds, knowledge previously collated through recent projects. The Royal Commission will deliver an interim report by November 2019 and a final report by October 2020. The Victorian Government has already committed to implementing all recommendations.
Previous HealthWest Projects relating to mental health:
- Youth Refugee Mental Health 2016-2018 (Seat at the Table project)

Forthcoming resources

Two forthcoming resources are now with the graphic designers - Meaningful Engagement for Social Inclusion: A Practice Guide and Make it Easy: A Handbook for Becoming a Health Literate Organisation. We look forward to sharing these resources with you soon. 
Access & Equity Resources

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held across Australia from 7– 14 July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Participate in an event;
Download the National NAIDOC logo and and social media resources

Let’s talk race: a guide on how to conduct a conversation about racism

The Australian Human Rights Commission hopes this guide will help people navigate their way through meaningful and productive discussions, to not only identify racism, but to build strategies to change behaviours.

Download the guide

#Ways To Welcome

#Ways to Welcome is a web resource co-designed by people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disability.  It is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to promote inclusion.

View the website

How to codesign with young people

This resource has been released by VicHealth to support the co-creation of program development and delivery alongside stakeholders and young people, ensuring that the results of the design meet the needs of those young people. 

Access the resource

Co-design and deliberative engagement: what works?

This third Democracy 2025 report documents findings from a systematic review into what works in public participation.

Read the report
Prevention Resources

Australian National Outlook 2019

What will Australia be like economically, socially and environmentally in 2060? This is exactly the question the 2019 Australian National Outlook has investigated. It identifies social cohesion and trust in institutions among some of the biggest challenges that Australia will face as a nation.

Read the report

The National Women's Health Strategy 2020-2030

The Strategy, developed through the Department of Health with assistance from Jean Hailes for Women's Health, explores health inequality between diverse populations of Australian women and girls, identifies priority areas for women's health and makes clear recommendations about ways to improve health outcomes for women and girls in Australia.

Access the strategy

Ending the blame game: the case for a new approach to public health and prevention

Too many people in the UK are suffering from preventable ill-health, with progress on prevention stalling in recent years. This paper argues that four key shifts are needed to make up a paradigm shift in prevention and public health policy that helps move the United Kingdom's approach from scattered to comprehensive.

Read the paper

Coordination and targeting of domestic violence funding and actions

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Social Services’ role in implementing the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan).

Read the report

Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story 2019

This report builds on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s inaugural Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia 2018 report. It presents new information on vulnerable groups, such as children and young women. It examines elder abuse in the context of family, domestic and sexual violence, and includes new data on telephone and web-based support services, community attitudes, sexual harassment and stalking. It also includes the latest data on homicides, child protection, hospitals and specialist homelessness services.

Read the report
For your Diary


Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system

Whether you are living with mental illness, caring for a loved one, working in the sector or just have a general interest in mental health – the Commission wants to hear your views and ideas for change.

Due date: Friday 5 July
Make a submission

A Fairer Hobsons Bay for All 2019-23

The draft A Fairer Hobsons Bay for All 2019-23 aims to improve equity across the community for those populations that are most vulnerable.

Due date: Wednesday 24 July
Provide feedback

2019 Mission Australia Youth Survey

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is Australia’s largest online youth survey, providing a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them.

Due date: Wednesday 31 July
Access the survey


Connecting Maribyrnong: A Community Leadership Program

A Community Leadership program that supports the development of diverse, new and emerging community leaders. The program empowers individuals to create positive change and increase their skills and knowledge to participate and lead community projects and initiatives.

Apply by: Friday 5 July
When: 5 August - 21 October
Where: VU @ MetroWest, Nicholson Street Footscray
To apply

Free online course in Health Systems Strengthening

Nossal Institute, in collaboration with UNICEF and FutureLearn, has developed a free online course in health systems strengthening. Launching globally in July, this course will develop skills and confidence in policy makers, managers and clinicians working in health systems to analyse system problems and take decisive, evidence-based actions to strengthen their system.

When: Launching Monday 8 July
More info

Entries open for 2019 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards

The Victorian Public Healthcare Awards (VPHA), now in its 15th year, is an annual celebration of excellence, dedication and innovation in public health, health services and service initiatives that deliver informed and effective healthcare. Entries will be accepted from Victorian government-funded healthcare providers and organisations delivering public health research or programs.

Entries close:  Thursday 11 July
More info

Grant: Brimbank Community Grants Program 2019/2020

This program provides financial support to not-for-profit organisations and community groups to deliver projects, events and festivals that reflect the strategic objectives of the Brimbank Community Vision 2040.

Apply by:  Sunday 14 July midnight
More info

Workshop: Storytelling for Change: Prevention of Violence Against Women Communication Masterclass

This full day masterclass aims to build participants’ confidence and skills in crafting and sharing stories that communicate the drivers of violence against women. This workshop takes participants through story crafting techniques and principles, key considerations when tailoring PVAW stories to various audiences and ethical storytelling. This workshop is designed for practitioners working in the primary prevention and gender equity sectors.

When:  Wednesday 17 July
More info

Info session: Making Alternatives Possible (MAP) West

MAP (Making Alternatives Possible) is a 10-week program designed to engage young people aged 17-19 who are interested in exploring alternate education pathways.

Info session: Wednesday 17 July
When: 8 October – 12 December (Enrolments close Friday 6 September)
Where: Wyndham Youth Resource Centre
More info: see flyer or contact Cassandra on 9686 2354; 0421 788 580; 

Internship: 2020 Victorian Health Management Internship Program

The Health Management Program (Victoria) offers committed, high-potential interns the opportunity to develop the skills, capabilities and knowledge required to begin a career in managing the challenges and complexities of health service delivery across Victoria.

Apply by:  Sunday 21 July
More info

Workshop: Managing for Team Wellbeing

Come along to an interactive workshop with the Black Dog Institute on helping participants incorporate effective wellbeing and leadership within their teams. This program is a fantastic opportunity for managers and team leaders in the community to gain insight into the prevalence of mental health issues, changes in behaviour in teams and what they may really mean.

When: Tuesday 23 July
Where: Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes
More info

Workshop: Capturing Change: Monitoring & Evaluation for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Family Violence Masterclass

This full day masterclass aims to build participants’ confidence and skills to undertake effective monitoring and evaluation as part of their primary prevention of violence against women and family violence work. This workshop is designed for experienced practitioners working in the primary prevention and gender equality sectors.

When: Wednesday 31 July
More info

Abstracts open: 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.

Abstract submission: Wednesday 31 July
When: 11-13 November 2019
Where: Melbourne
More info


Forum: Doing it Differently: Putting 'Community' at the centre of Mental Health Practice

Join the 'Doing it differently' forum and learn from communities and services who are finding innovative ways to put community at the centre of mental health care. For
  • Consumer, carer and community representatives,
  • Mental health practitioners, educators and leaders
  • Health and community workers with an interest in mental health
Presented by Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH), together with North Western Melbourne PHN.

When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Hume Global Learning Centre, Broadmeadows

Nationally Accredited Qualifications in Health Consumer Leadership

The Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT) prepares consumers, carers and community leaders to work in partnership with health and community services management and staff to ensure safety and quality in healthcare. 

When: Thursdays 15, 22 and 29 August 2019
Where: Level 1, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne
RSVP by:  Friday 2 August 2019
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