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Welcome to HealthWest’s October Update. 

As we enter the last quarter of 2019 the future of the Primary Care Partnership (PCP) platform is being discussed.
Contributing to better health and wellbeing
Established in 2000, twenty-eight PCPs operate across Victoria. HealthWest Partnership is the largest PCP and covers Melbourne’s diverse and rapidly growing west.

HealthWest was recently showcased in a PCP exemplar case study publication that highlights the work of PCPs to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities in their catchments.The platform currently supports over 20 state government reform processes and contributes significant effort in the prevention of ill-health.
 We are hopeful that our advocacy efforts will see the PCP platform continue to play an important role in the health and community service system.
For more information

HealthWest presenting at FECCA Conference

HealthWest is presenting at the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia 2019 National Conference in Hobart this October. HealthWest will be talking about the Workforce Mutuality Standards, including the pilot and evaluation findings. HealthWest is also co-presenting a poster with Cultural Infusion about the importance of collecting and utilising staff diversity data. We will use the Standards as a guiding framework and the Diversity Atlas as a tool for data collection and analysis. 
More info: FECCA conferenceWorkforce MutualityDiversity Atlas

Reminder: HealthWest Forum on economic inclusion

Economic Inclusion for Health
Our forum on Economic Inclusion is near, on Tuesday the 15 October. There are limited seats available, so please register now using the link below if you would like to participate.

We look forward to a presentation from our guest speaker, Professor Yin Paradies, Chair in Race Relations and Indigenous Knowledges and Culture Coordinator at Deakin University. We will also hear about the Workforce Mutuality standards and workshop ideas for strengthening economic inclusion in Melbourne’s west.
RSVP for the HealthWest Forum
Kind regards,
Gail O'Donnell
Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9665
Project Updates

Updated services: Diabetes Out West website

Diabetes out west

During the last month HealthWest has been updating the Diabetes Out West website by adding more health services into the website’s ‘How Near’ page for Brimbank, Maribyrnong, Melton and Wyndham Councils while expanding the coverage area to Hobsons Bay. The updated version of the website will be ready by mid-October and promotion of the website will start soon after.

Help us spread the word about this website so that we can make managing diabetes in Melbourne’s west easier! Let Madhavee know that you are willing to promote the updated Diabetes Out West website through your workplace.

Email Madhavee
More info: Madhavee Hetti-Arachchigedona,

Poems, prose & plays: The Man Box Story Pilot

Project Momentum's Man Box Story Project has unleashed creativity in the west, as men worked with author Dee White to explore all things "Real Men" and how masculinity has impacted their lives. Poems, short prose, screen plays and novels are all in the making, stay tuned for more!

More info: Shelley Hewson, Working Together with Men – Momentum Project Manager,

New Pilot: African Dad's Cooking Project

Project Momentum's next pilot is coming in November! Register your interest by emailing Project Momentum. Help us spread the word!

Email Project Momentum
African dads' cooking project
More info: Shelley Hewson, Working Together with Men – Momentum Project Manager,

Reminder: Save the date for our upcoming social inclusion event

Meaningful Engagement for Social Inclusion
On Thursday 7 November, HealthWest and Inner North West PCP will be holding a joint event to showcase and workshop our newest social inclusion resources.
Together with our primary prevention partners, we have developed: Register your interest to be kept in the loop with forum details.
Register your interest
More info: Anna Vu, Prevention Manager,

Brush up on Health Literacy this October

October is health literacy month! Time to take stock of where you and your organisation are at in your health literacy journey. Check out these resources:
Make it Easy Handbook

The Make it Easy handbook is designed to support organisations to become health literate. It will support you to:

  • Understand what it means to be a health literate organisation
  • Conduct a mini self-assessment of your organisation (16 indicators)
  • Give you specific ideas for making improvements
  • Direct you to high quality resources
Download the handbook
Vic PCP online health literacy course

The  Victorian PCP Online Health Literacy Course is designed for Victorian health and human service organisations to build knowledge and skills in health literacy responsiveness. It is suitable for all staff, regardless of existing knowledge of health literacy. 

Access the online course

Health Literacy Resources are also available on the following websites:

Promoting environmental sustainability, equity and health in Victorian Primary Care Partnerships

Globally and locally, environmental degradation (including climate change) and inequity pose major risks to health. While health promoters recognise the importance of both issues, they may be seen as separate agendas. The study shows local health promotion can address both issues concurrently, and provides important information about challenges to this work.

Read the abstract

Primary Care Partnerships: Making the invisible visible

Seven rural PCPs commissioned an independent review to advocate rural PCP governance groups’ vision of a future partnership model that is supportive of a place-based approach to deliver Victorian health priorities.

Read the review

Australia's Long Term National Health Plan

Australia's Long Term National Health Plan charts the way forward over the next 3 and 10 years in the key areas of mental health, primary care, hospitals, preventive health and medical research.

Access the plan

Resource toolkit 2019: Helping culturally and linguistically diverse communities navigate the Australian health system

This Resource Toolkit is intended to provide individuals and organisations with resources that can be used to promote understanding of the Australian health system amongst culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Access Resource Toolkit

Prevention Works podcast

Prevention Works is a series of conversations with some of our nation’s top public health researchers. Join host Gretchen Miller as she brings together policy makers and researchers to discuss how the Prevention Centre is finding new ways of addressing Australia’s greatest health challenge: lifestyle-related chronic disease.

Access podcast

Remove the Barrier campaign

Due to unconscious bias, many people with disability face barriers in the workplace. As a result, the unemployment rate for people with disability is twice that of the general population. That’s why the Dylan Alcott Foundation is calling for us to Remove The Barrier by raising awareness of the issue and working to change perceptions of what employees with disability can achieve.

Visit the website

The economic benefits of improving social inclusion: Lifting Australia's living standards

SBS Australia commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to quantify the economic dividend from raising the level of social inclusion in Australia.
The analysis finds that social inclusion plays a critical role in lifting Australia's living standards through increased productivity in the workplace, improved employment and health outcomes, reducing the cost of social services and by spreading the benefits of economic growth across society.

Read the analysis

Podcasts: Brotherhood Talks

The Brotherhood Talks podcasts bring you conversations that matter, on a wide range of issues of key importance in overcoming the challenge of poverty and disadvantage in Australia.

Access podcasts

Journal article: A model explaining refugee experiences of the Australian healthcare system: A systematic review of refugee perceptions

Refugees have significant unmet health needs. Delivering services to refugees continues to be problematic in the Australian healthcare system. A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the literature exploring refugee perceptions of the Australian healthcare system was performed.

Read the paper
For your Diary


NDIA grants

Economic and Community Participation Program
Monday 21 October

Mainstream Capacity Building Program (Health)
Monday 21 October


Help shape your local community hospital

The Victorian Government has committed $675 million to build ten community hospitals close to major growth areas: Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury, Torquay, City of Whittlesea, Eltham area, Point Cook, Fishermans Bend. Find out more about community hospitals and provide input by completing the survey on Engage Vic website.

Deadline: Friday 11 October
More info

Have your say on early childhood engagement of diverse communities in Victoria

Early childhood engagement is being examined by the Victorian Parliament’s Legislative Assembly Legal and Social Issues Committee, with a focus on the experiences of and programs available for culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The Committee is interested in hearing directly from culturally diverse families, and all stakeholders including those from the early childhood sector, health and social services, peak bodies, and research organisations. The Committee wants to hear about the extent and impact of young children’s involvement in health services, early childhood education and care, early years of schooling, local community programs, and child and family support services.

Deadline: Friday 11 October
More info or phone (03) 8682 2843

Review of the NDIS Act and the new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee

The Government is encouraging people with disability and their families and carers to have their say on how NDIS processes could be improved and to influence the new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee. Any changes will be in place from 1 July 2020. People with disability and their families and carers can have their say by completing an online survey, providing a written submission, or participating in a face-to-face workshop.

Deadline: Thursday 31 October
More info 

Help shape Wyndham - share your ideas for the annual plan and budget

Wyndham City Council are asking for ideas on what else would make Wyndham a great place to live, work and play. Contribute your ideas online or join a Community Conversation event in October to discuss your idea with Wyndham City Councillors and Council Staff

Deadline: Friday 25 October
More info


Anti-Poverty Week

In 2019, Anti-Poverty Week will be held from 13-19 October. October 17 is a Day of Action on solutions to end poverty. This year the Anti-Poverty Week network have invited the Raise the Rate campaign led by ACOSS to be the focus on October 17. This campaign is aimed at increasing the rate of Newstart and associated allowances by $75 a week.

When: 13 - 19 October
More info
Promotional Kit

Health focus: Regional priorities for the West

Join health practitioners and service providers from across the west to develop priorities for health services in the region. The workshop will help the Western Metropolitan Partnership to align regional health priorities for the Western Metropolitan Partnership in their 2019 advice to the Victorian Government.

When: Monday, 14 October, 2.30 - 5.00 pm
Where: Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, Level 6, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
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 - 1.00pm, followed by light lunch
Where: Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre, 2 Newham Way Altona Meadows

Webcast series: Social determinants of health

In partnership with Health Justice Australia and Social Futures, the Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series aims to create a shared language around social determinants of health (SDoH).  You can watch previously aired webcasts. Next webcast is on 21 October.

Next Webcast: Monday 21 October, 2.30 – 4.00pm

Heatwave Planning Workshop

IPC Health invites you to a Brimbank specific workshop on heatwaves to identify ways in which you and your organisation can plan and respond to support vulnerable people in our community to plan ahead and keep cool this summer.

When: Wednesday 23 October, 9.30am - 12.30pm
Where: Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Rd, Sunshine VIC 3020
RSVP by: Friday 18 October 5pm
More info: information flyer; or contact, 9313 5082

Calling young advocacy leaders in multicultural Victoria

The ECCV Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders (IYAL) group would like to collaborate with others to identify opportunities and challenges for young people planning their future and who are aiming to achieve their goals. Why We Matter Forum: Voices of Young Advocacy Leaders in Multicultural Victoria will be an excellent opportunity to network with decision makers and like-minded young people, and will feature a line-up of stimulating speakers, including spoken word artists. The forum is FREE and lunch is provided, but bookings are essential!

When: Thursday 24 October
Where: Multicultural Hub, Melbourne CBD
More info

Call for abstracts for 2020 national conference: The Australian loneliness dialogue

So much of our dialogue and learning is city centric. We gather together in places far from rural communities. This can limit our understanding of the challenges that are faced in relation to social isolation and loneliness outside of cities, or the great solutions that may have been found to overcome these problems. We are planning to explore new ways of knowing and thinking in this space.
Although the conference will have a particular focus on rural and regional perspectives, there will also be an opportunity to present research, workshops or other presentations about loneliness more broadly

Theme: Exploring the rural experience
Submit abstract by: Friday 25 October
Conference dates: Thursday 2 - Friday 3 April 2020
Where: Horsham, VIC
More info


Power on for carers: Seven-week wellbeing program for women carers

13 -19 October is Carers week, a perfect time to promote the Power On for Carers, a seven-week program that Carers Victoria will be running from 6 November. This is a program for women who are carers and are interested in the project of enhancing her wellbeing.

When: Every Wednesday from 6 November till mid December.
Where: Carers Victoria, Level 1, 37 Albert St Footscray
More info: download flyer, or contact Sally or Kate on 1800 514 845
To register your interest, fill in this survey. Carers Victoria will call interested people to discuss the program.

Save the date: upcoming social inclusion event

HealthWest and Inner North West PCP will be holding a joint event to showcase and workshop our newest social inclusion resources.
When: Thursday 7 November
Register your interest

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: Monday 11 - Wednesday 13 November
Where: Melbourne
More info

Bloody Serious Facts – about hepatitis C

A hands-on workshop that was developed and is run by healthcare professionals and people with lived experience of Hep C.

When: Wednesday 13 November, 10.00 am - 12.30 pm
Where: St Vincent’s Fitzroy
More info

Accredited Course in Consumer and Community Engagement

Registrations are now open for the Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement (10164NAT). This is a four-day course for health service staff who work in the area of consumer engagement.

When: 13 – 14 Nov, 27 – 28 Nov
RSVP by: Friday 1 November
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: Wednesday 20 - Friday 22 November
Where: Mt Druitt, NSW
More info
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