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Welcome to the May edition of the HealthWest update.
The last month has been of one of adaptation and the acquisition of new skills and ways of working for us all.  Despite the restrictions we have managed to continue our partnership work with members, finalising projects and planning new ones.
Butterfly on flower, near Lake George, NSW. Photographer : Carl Davies. From CSIRO images
This week we will be launching an amazing resource, Working Together with Men (see update below). It aims to support organisations to work with men in preventing violence against womenThis resource is the culmination of five years of work and HealthWest is extremely grateful to the many partners and community members who have taken this journey with us. We are confident this unique resource will support others to commence their own journey in this important area. 

Our prevention partners have met virtually to discuss how we might address the impact of COVID-19 on our communities’ health and wellbeing. The acute and primary care health system’s response to the COVID-19 has been nothing short of remarkable, but we are mindful that the lasting impact on our communities’ social determinants of health will be prolonged and far reaching.
We will be talking further with our funders, partners and our own Community Advisory Group, to plan our future system actions to address the health inequalities that will be worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Until next month stay well and continue to look out for others.

Gail O'Donnell
Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9665

We are proud to announce that The Working Together with Men resource is now available!

Click on the Working Together with Men website to download your own copy and sign up for some unique online opportunities to connect with Project Manager, Shelley Hewson-Munro.

Working Together with Men website
Working Together with Men resource
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Shelley Hewson-Munro
Working Together with Men – Momentum Project Manager
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What has primary prevention got to do with COVID-19?

In a time when much of the public health sector’s efforts have been centred around topics such as testing, contact tracing and ICU capacity, let’s not forget the important role the primary prevention sector will need to play in the coming months.
In Victoria we have so far been fortunate enough to avoid the heavy impacts of COVID-19 on health systems and communities seen in countries like Italy and the USA. However, the strong and effective measures that have been taken to contain the virus have caused a crisis in other ways, like in employmentsocial inclusion and connectedness, and women’s safety.

Primary prevention, with its focus on the social model of health and health equity, has much to offer in the recovery from this crisis, and many HealthWest members are aware of the crucial role we must play.

At our recent virtual meeting of the Western Region Primary Prevention Taskforce, we saw a commitment from our members to continue asking several questions about the impacts of these crises locally and what we can offer in recovery. Read more...
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Over the coming months HealthWest will work with our partners to keep these questions front and centre in our work with communities.
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Anna Vu
Prevention Manager
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Evaluation Capacity Health Check: Update

Over recent months, some members of the Prevention Taskforce have participated in an Evaluation Capacity Health Check. This work started last year after HealthWest and partners identified an opportunity to support primary prevention agencies in Melbourne’s west with evaluation capacity, both as individual agencies, and in working together on collective efforts. Basically, we’d like to get better at knowing whether the work we are doing is having the outcomes we want it to.

After a process of developing and adapting a tool to check where capacity is at in organisations and teams, 7 organisations completed the check. On 23 April, we came back together to have a look at results and workshop priorities for capacity strengthening into the future. At the workshop, we discussed ideas to help increase capacity in areas such as organisational leadership and staff skills and confidence. While conversations will continue with our prevention partners, particularly around how to increase organisational capacity to be part of collective evaluation efforts, and how we can enable a culture of monitoring, evaluation and learning across the primary prevention system in the west, we now have some solid actions we can work on to start increasing capacity.
Anna Vu
Prevention Manager
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Revising the Standards for Workforce Mutuality

and Developing a Good Practice Guide

In 2018 we worked with our member organisations and partners to develop the Standards for Workforce Mutuality. These Standards support organisations to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities they serve.
We are currently making minor revisions to the Standards and developing a Good Practice Guide to accompany them. The Good Practice Guide aims to help organisations achieve workforce mutuality by providing ideas for how to make improvements.

Like to know more or make a contribution to the Good Practice Guide?
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Estelle Donse
Systems Integration Manager
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In this section, we introduce you to some of the resources that HealthWest and other Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) have developed in the course of our work. 
Partnership Capability Framework
Vic PCP Partnership Capability Framework
This resource reflects the practice, experience, lessons and wisdom of PCP staff and partners designing, implementing and evaluating place-based initiatives across metropolitan and regional Victoria.  The framework should be relevant for any individuals and organisations that are creating or supporting collaborative partnerships to improve community health and wellbeing outcomes.

Developed by Victorian Primary Care Partnerships
Recently uploaded to Youtube
A Karen gambling story - Taking the first step together on problem gambling
A video to support the Karen communities talk about problem gambling and getting help. 

Developed in 2011 by HealthWest, alongside New Hope Foundation, and Gambler's Help Western. 
Copyright: Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health
PCP-developed Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources
These resources have been developed by PCPs to support member agencies and local communities during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery.

Developed by various Primary Care Partnerships
Recently updated
REFERRAL PATHWAYS: Refugee & Asylum Seeker Mental Health
A tool to support workers to refer to mental health services in West Metro Melbourne.

Developed by HealthWest Partnership and partners
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Economic inclusion, workforce mutuality

Primary prevention, social inclusion

Prevention of violence against women


For your diary

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2020 Mission Australia Youth Survey 
Due date: 14 Aug 2020

Victorian volunteer strategy | By Vic Gov
Due date: 31 Dec 2020


The COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund

May Events

[Free] Welcoming Cities - Virtual Symposium 2020
When: Six weekly webinars (Wednesdays) between 6 May to 10 June
Where: Online
Facilitated by: Welcoming Cities

September Events

Women’s Health Week
When: Monday 7- Friday 11 Sept
Facilitated by: Jean Hailes

November Events

Culturally Responsive Practice: Working With Young People From Migrant And Refugee Backgrounds
When: Thu 12 Nov
Where: Centre for Multicultural Youth, 304 Drummond St, Carlton
Facilitated by: Centre for Multicultural Youth
Conference: Connection, Creativity, Community: Finding Hope in a Climate of Crisis
When: Mon 16 – Tues 17 Nov
Where: Mooney Ponds, Melb
Facilitated by: Communities in Control
Workforce inclusion & diversity conference 
Tue 17 - Thu 19 Nov
Where: Sydney
Knowledge partner: EEON

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