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4 MAY 2021


Dear <<First Name>>

On 17 May the HealthWest membership will come together to determine our priorities for the next 12 months. This will be our first Leadership Forum since October 2019 and I look forward to seeing you all in person.
The staff group will be putting potential project areas forward for further discussion with the membership. Your input is crucial in helping us shape the collaborative work we will undertake together. At this stage we have these areas:
  • Climate change for health
  • Better health communications
  • Building evaluation capacity
  • Economic inclusion for health
  • Applying the principles of allyship when working with men to reduce violence against women
Member representatives and Community Advisory Group, please don't forget to register for the Leadership Forum for COVID planning and catering purposes.
Leadership Forum registration
If you have other ideas for the HealthWest 2021-2022 workplan we would love to hear from you. Please give me a call on 92489665 or email before the 10 May.
I am also pleased to advise that Tanya Sofra will be returning from parenting leave in the middle of May so our team will be back to five.
Gail O'Donnell
Until next month,


Gail O'Donnell
Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9665

“Every evaluation, no matter how simple, is a positive step in the right direction.”

In this interview, Kate Baker, our Evaluation Project Manager, shares about her enthusiasm for evaluation, the sorts of personalities fitted for the work and a tangible example of evaluation in project work. She reflects on why it is sometimes difficult for us to do evaluation even though we know it is necessary. 

Read Kate's interview

Wed 30 June 1.30-2.00pm, on Zoom

Presentation: High rise engagement after the hard lockdown

Presenter: Em Taylor, Community Engagement Manager, cohealth Covid Response Team 

A large scale response was put in place post the hard lockdown in the Flemington and North Melbourne high rises that reshaped the way residents in high risk accommodation were engaged during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. This presentations looks at the different community-led approaches implemented during the pandemic and how they have impacted the outcomes of the High Risk Accommodation Response.

Registration details will be made available in the June HealthWest Update. 

Em's team developed the Health Concierge Program being delivered across the public high rises across North West Melbourne and the ongoing engagement strategies across the High Risk Accommodation Response.
HealthWest acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, and Wathaurong peoples of the Kulin Nation, and pay our respects to their cultures and their elders past and present.
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