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Welcome to our November edition of the HealthWest Update! 

Last week we had our second Strategic Leadership Forum for 2018. The theme was HEADING UPSTREAM: Putting social determinants of health and place on the 2019 agenda. The forum was well attended and ably facilitated by Stellar Partnerships.

Keynote speakers Ayden Shaw and Juliet Matskarofski from connectwest shared their passion for collaboration and community involvement. Jo Richardson, Place-based Partnerships Manager (Prevention and Population Health Branch, DHHS) talked about the importance of taking joined up action to improve population health in Victoria.
Participants also spent some time discussing five social determinants of health: Social exclusion/inclusion, early childhood, employment, residential environment and race-based discrimination. 

HealthWest is currently collating feedback from the forum to inform our future directions in the prevention space and we look forward to sharing this with the whole partnership soon.

Welcome Shelley Hewson

We are thrilled to welcome Shelley Hewson, on secondment from Victoria University, to HealthWest. Shelley joined the HealthWest team in October as the Working Together With Men Project Manager. Shelley will be responsible for driving HealthWest and Victoria University’s Momentum project. This is the second iteration of the Working Together with Men Project and seeks to engage young men in the prevention of violence against women. Shelley can be contacted at

Welcome MAX Employment

We welcome MAX Employment to the HealthWest Partnership. MAX Employment is a national provider of Australian Government employment services, with over 250 offices across every state and territory. They are active in their local communities and seek to empower job seekers, connecting them to support, opportunities and sustainable employment. Find out more here.
Gail O'Donnell
Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9665
Project Updates

Seat at the Table: End-of-Year Celebration & Showcase

The Seat at the Table codesign project is nearing its end. Three different ideas have been piloted by young people to help address the stigma of mental health in young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. These ideas explored issues of identity, self-care, trauma, family and help seeking behaviour.

When: 14 November 2018, 3.30 – 5.30pm
Where: Metro West, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray, VIC 3011
Download and share the invitation
RSVP for the Celebration
EmailMore info:, 03 9248 9662.

Diabetes Out West Website Updated: Help us Spread the Word

Diabetes Out West site
Over the past couple of months HealthWest has been working on improving the Diabetes Out West website. This website empowers individuals to learn more about diabetes, what services can help manage this condition and where to find them.

Recently an online survey completed by web users found this site to be a valuable resource that is helpful, easy to understand and navigate. HealthWest has also incorporated more services into the websites ‘How Near’ page for the Melton and Wyndham areas. This was an important change to the website as these areas experience high levels of disadvantage, are undergoing significant population growth and contain the largest amount of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders.

Help us spread the word about this website so that we can make managing diabetes in Melbourne’s west easier!

Conclusion of the Workforce Mutuality Standards Pilot

The pilot for the HealthWest Partnership Standards for Workforce Mutuality has now concluded. While we wait for the formal evaluation to come in, the preliminary feedback from the pilot has been very positive.
  • The Workforce Mutuality Standards were judged to be a good fit for their intended purpose, which is to provide guidelines for health and community organisations to become more reflective of the diversity of people in the communities they serve.
  • The pilot group also saw great potential to apply the Standards to other sectors and industries, such as the government and corporate sectors.
  • Most impressively, the pilot group has already begun building the Standards into their own goals and objectives. One organisation has incorporated workforce mutuality into their latest strategic plan, while another has developed an entire standalone Workforce Mutuality Action Plan.
HealthWest is now planning for the next stage of the workforce mutuality project with the goals of supporting more organisations to adopt the Standards and spreading the work of improving workforce mutuality in our sector.
third pilot meeting
Organisations present at the third pilot meeting: commUnity+, Bolton Clarke, cohealth, HealthWest, Tweddle Child and Family Health Service, and Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH). IPC Health is part of the pilot but not in photo.
A more detailed report on the pilot will be released once the formal evaluation is completed. In the meantime, to find out more about what your organisation can do to build its workforce mutuality:
EmailMore info:, 03 9248 9664.

Consumer Control and Choice Training

Consumer Control and Choice Training
You still have a few days to register for our upcoming training on Integrating the principles of consumer control and choice into organisational service design and delivery on Monday 12 November, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

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Members of the Western Melbourne Cross-Sector Community of Practice work together to develop sustainable, consumer-driven services, and collaboratively explore the changing policy and market environment arising from multiple service reforms. Learn more on HealthWest’s website.

Supporting Communications Staff in Inclusive Practices

In order to understand current practices when creating information for consumers and communities, HealthWest Partnership and Inner North West PCP recently conducted a survey for communication and marketing staff from member agencies.
We wanted to identify ways to better support communications and marketing staff to produce communications that is more effective and inclusive. Thank you to the 28 people who shared their thoughts. View the survey results.
We are now exploring our next steps based on survey findings, and need your help.
  1. One area we are keen to investigate is making it easier for organisations to use ethnic media in our local areas to engage with different communities (e.g. newspapers or radio stations in different languages).
    • Would this be of interest to your organisation?
    • Does your organisation already use ethnic media, and would you be willing to share your experiences or contacts?
  2. We are also interested in hearing from member organisations if you are aware of existing networks of communications staff which could be a potential resource for training and networking.
EmailPlease get in touch with to share your knowledge, or just let us know that you’re interested in the next steps of this project.
Access & Equity Resources

“Willing and Able” podcast: A New Narrative for Disability

This podcast from the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) looks at how stereotypes about disability have contributed to people with a disability experiencing twice the national unemployment rate. Here at HealthWest we recognise that the “disability gap” in employment is a significant factor in creating unfair health outcomes for people with a disability. We are working to address this through initiatives like the HealthWest Partnership Standards for Workforce Mutuality.

Access the podcast
Download the HealthWest Partnership Standards for Workforce Mutuality

Change at Work: Diversity and Inclusion Survey

The Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) is seeking to understand better what works and what doesn’t work when organisations undergo change management in their diversity and inclusion practices. You can help in this study by taking this short survey.

Take the survey 
More info: Contact the DCA Research Project Officer Rose D'Almada-Remedios at

Health Literacy and Older Adults: Reshaping the Landscape: Proceedings of a Workshop

The Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a 1-day public workshop which explored the effect of low health literacy on the health of older adults. Topics of focus in the workshop included changing the health needs of older adults, chronic disease and medication management, health communication challenges for older adults, health literacy needs and challenges for caregivers, and other topics related to health literacy for older people.

Read the report

Launch of the Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide

Foundation House has launched an updated version of the Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide. The Guide can be used by primary care providers to inform on-arrival and ongoing health care for people from refugee backgrounds, including people seeking asylum.

View the Guide online
Request a printed copy by emailing
Prevention Resources

The Man Box: a Study on Being a Young Man in Australia

The Man Box is the first study that focuses on the attitudes to manhood and the behaviours of young Australian men aged 18 to 30. It has shown that young men who comply with society’s pressures to be a ‘real man’ report poorer mental health, are twice as likely to consider suicide, more likely to commit acts of sexual harassment and experience and perform acts of violence and bullying.

Read the report 

Dhelk Dja: Safe our Way

Dhelk Dja: Safe our Way: Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families is the new Aboriginal 10-year family violence agreement. This Aboriginal-led Victorian Agreement commits the signatories – Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal services and government – to work together and be accountable for ensuring that Aboriginal people, families and communities are stronger, safer, thriving and living free from family violence.

Read Dhelk Dja
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Consumer Control and Choice: co-design training

The Cross-sector Community of Practice is running training on integrating the principles of Consumer Control and Choice into organisational service design and delivery.

When: Monday 12 November 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Ikon Park (Princes Park), North Carlton
More info or email Isabella to join the Cross-sector Community of Practice email list:
To register 

Conference: The Australian Loneliness Dialogue

Friends for Good is presenting the first national conference on loneliness in Australia, The Australian Loneliness Dialogue: Breaking Down the Stigma of a Hidden Suffering.
The aim of the conference is to work together to understand loneliness in our communities, raise the profile of this issue and to develop recommendations for actions required by government, policy makers and practitioners.

When: Tuesday 13 November 2018, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Where: Marriott Hotel, Corner Exhibition Street and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne
More info and to register 

Seat at the Table End-of-Year Celebration 

Join us for the wrap up and showcase of the three ideas co-designed and piloted by young people to help address the stigma of mental health in young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

When: Wednesday 14 November 2018, 3.30 – 5.30pm
Where: Metro West, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray, VIC 3011
Download and share the invitation

Employer Business Breakfast - Health Promotion Practitioner Registration

The Australian Health Promotion Association has recently launched Health Promotion Practitioner registration. Practitioners working to promote health and prevent illness can now apply to become an IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner. The AHPA VIC/TAS Branch invites you to attend our free event to learn more about registration and the benefits for your organisation and your staff.

When: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 7.45am – 9.00am
Where: Room 8, Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
RSVP by: 14 November
Register here to attend in person
Register here to join by video conference using Zoom
More info 


Conference: Measuring Health Outcomes

When implementing health programs, there has been a shift in focus from measuring the output to measuring the outcomes. This presents a particularly complicated challenge for program providers who must identify and measure outcomes across a variety of programs.

This conference will examine strategies to develop a system for measuring health outcomes from end to end, including what to measure, how to measure, how to analyse and how to use data collected to inform and advance policy and funding.

When: Wednesday 5 - Thursday 6 December 2018
Where: Bayview Eden Melbourne
View conference program or to register 
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