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Welcome to HealthWest’s September Update. 

This month we welcome a student on placement at HealthWest. Madhavee Hetti Arachchige Dona is a Masters of Public Health student at Victoria University. She will be working with us to develop, implement and evaluate a communications plan for the Diabetes Out West website.

HealthWest Forum: Economic Inclusion for Health

You are invited to our forum!
HealthWest Forum: Economic Inclusion for Health

Tuesday 15 October 2019, 9.00am to 1.00pm
Program includes 
  • Guest speaker: Professor Yin Paradies, 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.
  • presentations on HealthWest's Standards for Workforce Mutuality, and
  • an opportunity to discuss ideas for strengthening economic inclusion in Melbourne's west.
RSVP for the HealthWest Forum
Please feel free to share this forum invitation with others who have a similar interest in working towards strengthening economic inclusion in the West.
Economic Inclusion for Health

Economic inclusion survey

Thank you to people who helped fill in the survey to map what is occurring in our catchment in the area of economic inclusion. We are reviewing this information to shape our upcoming HealthWest forum on 15 October.
Contribute to the Survey
Kind regards,
Anna Vu
Acting Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9659
Project Updates

Make it Easy: A Handbook for Becoming a Health Literate Organisation

HealthWest is pleased to release our latest resource: Make it Easy: A Handbook for Becoming a Health Literate Organisation.

This handbook is designed to support organisations to become health literate. It was a collaboration between professionals and consumers from Melbourne’s West and Inner North.

Make it Easy Handbook

Why use it? This handbook has been designed to:

  • Be easy to use
  • Be small and achievable  
  • Provide practical advice and resources.
What’s in it? The handbook 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
100% of organisations that piloted the handbook said
they would recommend it to other organisations.

It has been described as: “A very useful starting point” “Easy to use” “Fantastic!!
Download the Make it Easy Handbook
Thank you to: 
  • the Gippsland Primary Care Partnerships for permission to adapt their work, and Liz Meggetto (Central West Gippsland PCP) for her advice and support
  • Anita Trezona for access to her resources and experience
  • the contributions of individuals from Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH), Diabetes Victoria, Health Issues Centre, Carers Victoria, Mercy Health, and the Health Literacy Alliance.
  • Consumer advocates: Deborah, Marilyn, Jeanette, Vikki, Gregory, and HealthWest's Community Advisory Group.
More info: Tanya Sofra, Strategic Projects Manager,

Levelling the Playing Field: Project Momentum pilot

Levelling the Playing Field, the first small scale pilot project for Project Momentum, was held in July in partnership with EDFL, Vic Uni and HealthWest.
This first ever female-focused umpire skills training opportunity, saw 9 women aged 13 to 59 successfully complete 5 skills-based workshops, as well as having the chance to learn from some of the great women of football including VFL Mel Sambrooks, WAFL Rohenna Young and AFL/VFL Eleni Gkouftsis. Not only did the women get a chance to learn the physical skills of the role and rules of the game, but also how to respond to backlash on the field and off!
A key part of Project Momentum is supporting male allies to co-create projects that activate areas of privilege and skill in their lives. The key male ally for this project is an experienced local league umpire who also co-developed the workshops and co-facilitated with female professionals.

This project aimed to challenge gender stereotypes, enhance women's confidence and connection to AFL, as well as create more entry level opportunities for women to enter a male-dominated area of sport.
Even in the cold of night and in the rain, there was total dedication and smiles all round, it was a real winner of a pilot! 
More info: Shelley Hewson, Working Together with Men – Momentum Project Manager,

NEW PILOT: The Man Box Story Project

Project Momentum are gathering men to create short stories that explore the impact that being a "Real Man" is having on all of us. Please help us spread the word!

When: Starts Friday 20 September  
Where: Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus

The man box story project
Email your interest to Project Momentum
More info: Shelley Hewson, Working Together with Men – Momentum Project Manager,

Save the date: Upcoming social inclusion event

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:
Interested in attending this forum? 
Email Anna Vu, Prevention Manager,

Social inclusion measurement project: Final report now available

Congratulations INW PCP!

Social inclusion summary report
In 2018, Inner North West PCP and HealthWest Partnership partners identified monitoring and evaluation of social inclusion projects as a key priority. In response, INW PCP commissioned Trezona Consulting Group to undertake the Social Inclusion Measurement Project. This used a co-design approach to develop a set of core indicators and measures for monitoring and evaluating social inclusion practice by INW PCP and HealthWest partner agencies. The final report for this project is now available. 

Full Report
Summary Report

Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019–2023

The plan sets the direction for action across state and local governments, the health and wellbeing sector and the community at large to achieve sustained improvements in the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

This third plan identifies ten priorities, continuing the priorities of the previous plan with the introduction of two global threats to health and wellbeing; tackling climate change and its impact on health and decreasing the risk of drug resistant infections in the community.

Implementation resources have been developed to support partners to act on the priorities of the plan, with specific guidance for local government, early childhood settings and schools, health and human services and workplaces.

Victorian public health and wellbeing plan

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.

Access webcast

Creating inclusive multi-faith workplaces

Diversity Council of Australia has released their latest multi-faith report. It reveals employees are happier at work when their organisation is supportive of their religious and spiritual expression. The resource is designed to provide guidance to Australian workplaces about how to deal with a range of common faith-related queries, and also to provide workplaces with principles to help balance issues where conflicting rights might intersect.

Download the infographic
Visit DCA's webpage 

Do employment-focused social enterprises provide a pathway out of disadvantage? An evidence review 

This evidence review, drawing on secondary analysis of existing evidence from academic and grey literature, addresses whether and how employment redresses disadvantage; the current costs and future implications of unemployment and underemployment; and the potential and impacts of employment-focused social enterprises on employment creation and reducing disadvantage.

Read the review

Reducing Racism project for African & Muslim communities

Reducing Racism is a new project with Victoria's African and Muslim communities to help them understand their rights and how to exercise them, and how to make it easier for them to report racism. Visit the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission website to read about the education sessions, community reporting tool and view a suite of videos.

Visit the website

Video series: Disability & discrimination

The Centre for Ethnicity and Health has produced four videos, all of which tackle disability and discrimination through various cultural lenses.

Watch videos

‘It’s Everybody’s Business’:  Multicultural community perspectives on disability and the NDIS

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) consulted with migrant and refugee community members to identify what facilitates or hinders access to the NDIS and other disability services for them, their families, and their communities. ECCV wanted to better understand if and how the NDIS has improved the lives and wellbeing of Victoria’s culturally diverse communities. They found that many community members face significant difficulties accessing appropriate disability services, lack adequate knowledge, and are currently prevented from participating and reaching their full potential in society.

Read the paper

New Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

The second edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights is now available. The new Charter empowers consumers to take an active role in their health care and reflects an increased focus on person-centred care within the Australian healthcare system. 

Media release
Supportive resources translated into 19 languages

New website for multicultural information on mental health

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health has a new website. It provides a national platform for Australian mental health services and multicultural communities to access resources, services and information in a culturally accessible format.

Visit the new website
For your Diary


NDIA grants

In August and September the NDIA will open three national grant rounds that will fund programs and activities that make our community more inclusive of people with disabilities.

Individual Capacity Building Program
Deadline: Monday 30 September

Economic and Community Participation Program
Monday 21 October

Mainstream Capacity Building Program (Health)
Monday 21 October

African and Pasifika youth-led grants program 2019-20

The grants will enable African and Pasifika Victorians between 16 to 25 to design, develop and lead initiatives to address issues they identify as important to their community. The grants program will respond to issues such as unemployment, health and wellbeing, inclusion and empowerment. Grants of up to $30K are available for projects that last no longer than 6 months.

Deadline: Sunday 6 October
More info


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 the survey online (available from 9 September 2019)
  • Providing a written submission (submission process open from 26 August 2019)
  • Participating in a face-to-face workshop (September – October 2019)
More info 

Better apartments in neighbourhoods

The government has announced changes to the planning rules for apartment developments, with a focus on the relationship between new apartment developments and the amenity of existing neighbourhoods. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning invites feedback.

Deadline: Friday 27 September 
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


Western Bulldogs & WCIG Workplace Tour

Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and WCIG have partnered to bring together their commitment to the community and assist people looking to engage with education, training or employment opportunities.

The workplace tour is an interactive experience where participants will explore the Western Bulldogs Football Club facilities, meeting the friendly staff in their working environments and having the opportunity to speak with staff about their own career paths one-on-one or in a small group.

Be inspired by individual experiences and then have a chat with WCIG about your next step. WCIG is a community based not-for-profit organisation committed to improving lives through practical responses to unemployment and disadvantage. Their programs focus on assisting people make positive changes in their lives by delivering employment, disability, youth and training programs.

When: Wednesday 11 September, 10.00-11.30am
Where: Victoria University Whitten Oval, 417 Barkly St Footscray
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


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
More info: Contact

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


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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