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Welcome to the April edition of the HealthWest Update.
The threat and impact of COVID-19 has had a profound effect on our member organisations and the communities they serve. HealthWest wishes to acknowledge and pay tribute to all the frontline health and support workers and the administrative staff who work behind the scenes to ensure services continue to be delivered.
Thank you all frontline and support staff
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Update on Primary Care Partnerships

In March we were advised that Primary Care Partnership funding will be extended for a further six months until December 2020. This will allow us the opportunity to support the membership during these challenging times and to complete current projects. HealthWest is working remotely but we can be contacted through our normal email and phone contacts.

Staff movements

This month we farewell Tanya Sofra who commences parenting leave on 20 April. Estelle Donse will be the acting Systems Integration Manager until Tanya's return in January 2021.

We're also delighted to be joined by Mallika Dhamankar, a Master of Public Health student from Victoria University. Mallika is on placement with us until the end of May.

Until next month, take care of yourself and others

Gail O'Donnell
Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9665

Resource to support social inclusion

Meaningful Engagement for Social Inclusion: A Practice Guide
Meaningful Engagement for Social Inclusion
We all know that these are challenging times, with social isolation posing a risk to mental health in our communities as we practice physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Finding creative ways to engage with members of our communities is now more important than ever, and we hope that this Practice Guide, put together by HealthWest and our partners in 2019, might provide some ideas.
In particular, have a look at resources with this icon on it:
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Several sites on COVID-19 related info you might find useful
COVID-19 resource hub for health promotion practitioners Mental health resources
Where to find COVID-19 translated materials: Easy English / Easy Read options:

Executive workshop: Leading workforce mutuality

Workforce mutuality requires leadership at all levels, starting with executive leadership. In March HealthWest invited executives from our membership to learn about leading workforce mutuality, fostering a culture of readiness and using staff diversity data.
Participant feedback
I liked everything about this event: the opportunity to network, the chance to understand approaches to workforce mutuality and other aspects. I think it would be great to have more of these events in the future.

Everything was excellent – including the food! The speakers were so thoughtful in sharing their learnings.
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A big thank you to our guest speakers:
  • Huss Mustafa (General Manager of Diversity at Commonwealth Bank),
  • Hutch Hussein (Senior Manager, Diversity Unit at Brotherhood of St Laurence), and
  • Sharon Read (Executive Lead at cohealth).
for generously sharing their experiences of leading workforce mutuality and discussing practical ways of preparing organisations to make improvements.
watch this space
We are now working with these organisations to develop an Examples of Good Practice Guide, to give you practical ideas for improving workforce mutuality at your workplace.
Estelle Donse
Acting Systems Integration Manager
Useful links:

'What about men?' Real-life examples from Project Momentum

Panel speakers

On 12 March, the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) facilitated a seminar focusing on engaging men and boys to prevent violence against women. 

Shelley Hewson-Munro, HealthWest’s Momentum Project Manager, joined the panel to discuss strategies for engagement used in Project Momentum. As the panel discussed some key considerations in engaging men, Shelley was able to give real-life examples of how we’ve integrated these considerations into our work.

Shelley brought a sense of what it's actually like on the ground, to be involved in transformational work - hat's off to her.
Seminar participant
Thank you to DVRCV for giving us the opportunity to contribute to the day, and to fellow panelists from Deakin University, Our Watch and Jesuit Social Services.   
Missed the seminar? Not to worry, you can watch the recording on Youtube:
Watch the seminar
Shelley Hewson-Munro
Working Together with Men – Momentum Project Manager;
Useful links:
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Economic inclusion, workforce mutuality

Primary prevention, social inclusion

Prevention of violence against women

Health literacy, community engagement

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April Events

Free webinar: Translations: Making a start
When: Thursday 16 April
Facilitated by: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health
Free webinar: Working across cultures in the disability sector
When: Tuesday 28 April 
Facilitated by: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health

May Events

Free webcast: Cultural determinants of health webcast 2 - A framework for action
When: Tuesday 5 May
Facilitated by: Centre for Healthcare
Free webinar: How to encourage migrants and refugees to use your services
When: Tuesday 19 May
Facilitated by: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health

New dates for previously advertised events

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