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Welcome to our June edition of the HealthWest Update, including an update on our proposed directions for the future.

Future Strategic Directions

Throughout 2018 HealthWest Partnership began scoping its capacity to work within an expanded social determinants of health framework. Two potential strategic priorities emerged at the Strategic Leadership Forum in October 2018; race-based discrimination and social inclusion. In February the Strategic Projects Manager commenced a ‘deeper dive’ into these priorities, accompanied by an exploration of future operating models and community partnership strategies.
social determinants of healthFollowing three months of consultation and review, a set of recommendations were presented to the Management Group in May. The proposed strategic directions offer an opportunity for leadership and collective impact in an area of shared interest across the HealthWest membership. They reflect the intention to address the social determinants of health by influencing systems, structures and policy. They champion fairness, equity and a greater investment in involving communities in decision making and design. They also offer a degree of flexibility, so that the partnership can adapt to emerging changes and opportunities.
The Management Group have endorsed the proposed directions and asked for planning to progress to the next stage. The proposed directions will soon be disseminated to HealthWest members for comment and then brought to the next Strategic Leadership Forum for further discussion and possible endorsement. During this time HealthWest will also be having conversations with the broader community about the proposed directions and preparing to make changes internally. Please keep a lookout in your inbox for more opportunities to get involved with shaping the future directions of HealthWest Partnership.

Farewell, Mindy and Sean

Sadly we say goodbye to Mindy Allott who has been part of the HealthWest team since November 2014. Mindy has been integral in a number of key initiatives and projects including; consumer participation, health literacy, pathways of care for developmental delay and more recently leading the Integration stream. We will miss her wonderful capacity to bring commitment and professionalism to the workplace but also fun and flair. We say thank you and wish her every success in her new role.
We also say goodbye to Sean Ryan, who has been with HealthWest since September last year. Throughout his time at HealthWest, Sean has been in the role of Working Together With Men Project Officer. As a former student at Victoria University, his role has been in supporting the recruitment and training of young students and staff at the University to become active in the prevention of violence against women. We wish Sean well into the future and thank him for his contribution to the project.
Kind regards,
Gail O'Donnell
Executive Officer 
(03) 9248 9665
Project Updates

Project Momentum goes live!

Monday 20 May was an exciting milestone in the life of Project Momentum, HealthWest’s partnership with Victoria University on engaging men in action to prevent violence against women.
After completing their intensive training sessions, the Senior Male Allies presented their project ideas to the Women's Accountability Panel and project partners. Each idea is attempting to apply key action areas from the Change The Story National Framework, as well as strengthening links and opportunities to engage other men and boys in the planning and implementation of the projects and ultimately end violence against women.
The men are integrating the feedback from the Accountability Panel into their plans and beginning the community consultation and engagement phase of their projects. The projects are attempting to tackle violence against women at multiple levels, from community events, proposing curriculum changes to undergraduate degrees, creation of a children's book, drumming workshops and supporting women to gain their AFL umpire qualification.
So watch this space, as projects move into their action phase there will be so much more to share!
EmailMore info: Shelley Hewson,, 03 9248 9656
Find out more: 

Completion of Health Literacy Mentoring Workshops

Last month we held the last Health Literacy Mentoring Workshop, co-facilitated by HealthWest, Inner North West PCP and Deb Kacprzak (consumer advocate).
These workshops were designed to support organisations to:
  • Understand what it means to be a Health Literate Organisation
  • Conduct an organisational self-assessment
  • Develop an action plan
  • Learn about the ‘consumer’ perspective
  • Learn about the various benefits of being a health literate organisation and how to ‘pitch’ these benefits
  • Meet their mentor.
Participants are currently implementing their action plans with the support of their mentors.

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

We’ve developed a handbook to support organisations to become health literate organisations. This handbook will be made publicly available at the end of June.
 100% of organisations that piloted the handbook said they would recommend it to other organisations.
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.
Why use it? The handbook has been designed to:
  • Be small and achievable  
  • Be highly practical and adaptable 
  • Relevant to Melbourne’s West and Inner North West.
How to get your own copy of the Make it Easy handbook
Please subscribe to the 'Health Literacy Distribution List' to find out how to receive your own copy once the handbook is made available.
Subscribe to the Health Literacy Distribution List
EmailMore info: Estelle Donse,, 03 9248 9654
Access & Equity Resources

Assessing the Value of Accreditation to Health Systems and Organisations

This evidence brief sought to assesses the value of accreditation to health service organisations against the health care aims of:
•    Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction)
•    Improving the health of populations
•    Reducing the per capita cost of health care
•    Meaning in work

This brief was developed at the Deeble Institute with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) who are one of Australia’s larger accreditation providers. 

Read the evidence brief

Join the Victoria Multicultural Commission

The Victorian Government is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified, culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians to join the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Nine positions are available in total, including a full-time Chairperson, a part-time Deputy Chairperson, a part-time Youth Commissioner and multiple part-time Commissioners roles.

How to apply

Guide to Producing and Sourcing Quality Health Information

La Trobe University (in partnership with Safer Care Victoria) have developed a guide to help Victorian health services produce or source quality health information for people who use their services.

The Guide covers health information presented in a variety of formats – print, digital, video and audio – and can be used by consumers, carers, clinicians and health administrators working to improve the quality of health information in their service.

Download the free Guide
Prevention Resources

Article: Relationship between Living Alone and Common Mental Disorders

The goal of this study using English nationally representative data was to examine the association between living alone and common mental disorders, and to identify potential mediating factors of this association. Living alone was positively associated with common mental disorders. Interventions addressing loneliness among individuals living alone may be particularly important for the mental wellbeing of this vulnerable population.

Read the article

Report: National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women and Gender Equality: What do Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders think?

This report explores the responses of the 342 NCAS respondents who identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. The report found that most Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders have a good understanding of violence against women, support gender equality and do not endorse attitudes supportive of violence against women.

Read the report

Workplace Violence Prevention

The Workplace Equality and Respect process can support you to assess your organisation and identify key actions to ensure that gender equality and respect are at the centre of your workplace. This includes tools and resources like Workplace Equality and Respect Standards, an Implementation Guide, and Practice Guide.

Access these resources
Watch Our Watch and MAV Workplace Equality and Respect webinar

Victorian Media Guidelines: How to Report on Violence Against Women and their Children

Our Watch has developed Victorian media reporting guidelines that provide tips and information media can use to ensure their reporting is part of the solution to violence against women and their children.

Access these resources
For your Diary


Health Literacy Breakfast | by CEH

Join the Centre for Ethnicity, Culture and Health’s Heath Literacy breakfast to:
  • hear about how agencies have used health literacy strategically to improve the quality of services and
  • launch the CEH health literacy e-learning module.
When: Thursday 6 June 2019, 8.15 – 9.30am
Where: City of Melbourne Bowls Club Inc., Dudley Street, Flagstaff Gardens

Training: Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM)

Registrations for MARAM Leading Alignment now open. The module is suitable for organisational managers and leaders who have a role in supporting organisational alignment to MARAM, including alignment of practice, policies and procedures.

When: June
Register via DVRCV website

Are you an Allied healthcare provider? My Health Record Education

Did you know that 9 out of 10 Australians currently have a My Health Record? If you are interested in learning about how My Health Record can provide you with better access to your patient’s healthcare information, contact North Western Melbourne PHN. The My Health Record team are offering FREE face-to-face education and training sessions (tailored to your needs) and assistance with registration from now until 30 June 2019.

When: Now till 30 June 2019
Email: My Health record team on 03 9347 1188 or

Conference: Public Health Prevention

The Public Health Prevention Conference is convened by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). In 2019, the Public Health Prevention Conference will focus on smashing the silos, exploring sub-themes of economics of prevention and what is working, what needs to be strengthened and what are the biggest gaps in prevention systems. 
When: Wednesday 12 - Friday 14 June 2019
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Workshop: Gender Equity in the Workplace

Explore gender, gender inequality, unconscious bias and workplace tools and strategies to promote gender equity in the workplace. This workshop is designed for all audiences interested in creating equal, safe and respectful workplaces, including managers and human resources staff.

When: Thursday 13 June 2019, 9.00am – 12.30pm

Workshop: Building Workplace Capacity to Manage Family Violence

This workshop is designed to build the capacity of workplaces to support their employees who are experiencing family violence. Disclosures of family violence are common after or during violence prevention training and/or workplace change programs.
This workshop is designed for managers, human resources/people and culture staff, or individuals in family violence contact/support roles and will assist them to develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure their employees are safe and supported in the workplace.

When: Thursday 13 June 2019, 1.30 – 5.00pm

Under the Radar: Contemporary Challenges for Prevention of Violence Against Women Practitioners

Gender Equity Victoria (GEN VIC) is holding a two-day participatory forum to query the nuts and bolts of violence prevention work, and ask the crucial questions about strategies in the prevention of violence against women.
When: Tuesday 18 – Wednesday 19 June 2019
Where: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

Seminar: Participatory Evaluation: from the Gaza Strip to Sydney Road, Brunswick

This seminar outlines two diverse evaluations which sought to re-centre the evaluation process, acknowledge some of the issues around participatory evaluation, and to allow for community initiative and interests in evaluating and learning.

The Gaza evaluation involved a team of women who were cancer patients and invited them to co-create an evaluation methodology which would allow them to gain knowledge that would benefit their own groups as well the project implementers.

The Sydney Road evaluation invited guests from a community drop-in centre to develop key research questions, conduct interviews and draw conclusions and recommendations for the management group.

When: Wednesday 19 June 2019, 5.30 - 7.00pm
Where: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
RSVP by: Monday 17 June 2019 lunchtime

Free Conference: Dementia and Family Carers Conference

This conference, organised by Carers Victoria, is for family and friends who are caring for someone with dementia. It is free to attend.

When: Tuesday 25 June
Where: William Angliss Conference Centre, 55 LaTrobe St, Melbourne

Forum: Have your say about the Future of Digital Health in Australia

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) and the Australian Digital Health Agency are hosting a forum to seek your views on how to improve the interoperability of health care systems.

Health professionals including GPs, nurses, practice managers, allied health providers, aged care providers, pharmacists, mental health providers and hospital specialists, as well as community representatives are invited to attend.

When: Thursday 27 June, from 6.00 – 8.30pm
Where: NWMPHN, 369 Royal Parade, Parkville

Abstract submission: 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: 11-13 November 2019
Where: Melbourne
Abstract submission by:  Friday 28 June
More info


Forum: Save the Date – Supporting the Use of the Information Sharing Schemes

The Western Integrated Family Violence Committee invites you to ‘Building confidence and creating connections across the West’. This forum is a must-attend for organisational leads and practitioners in prescribed organisations across the western region to support the use of the Information Sharing Schemes

When: Thursday 4 July, 9am – 3pm
Full details to come

Have your say: Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System is now accepting submissions. Whether you are living with mental illness, caring for a loved one, working in the sector or just have a general interest in mental health – the Commission wants to hear your views and ideas for change.

When: Formal submissions due 5 July
More info

Grant: Brimbank Community Grants Program 2019/2020

This program provides financial support to not-for-profit organisations and community groups to deliver projects, events and festivals that reflect the strategic objectives of the Brimbank Community Vision 2040.

Apply by:  Sunday 14 July midnight
More info, or to attend an information session

Workshop: Trauma Informed Practice in the Early Years

Facilitated by the Australian Childhood Foundation, the workshop aims to examine the impact of toxic stress and trauma on brain development, provide a framework for understanding the consequences of stress on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development and explore implications for practice in a range of early childhood settings (0 – 8 years). This training is for community professionals working with families and children in Brimbank.

When: Tuesday 23 July 2019, 9.30am – 4.00pm
Where: 159 Taylors Rd, St Albans (Acacia Children's Centre)
Register; Workshop flyer


Forum: Doing it Differently: Putting 'Community' at the centre of Mental Health Practice

Join the 'Doing it differently' forum and learn from communities and services who are finding innovative ways to put community at the centre of mental health care. For
  • Consumer, carer and community representatives,
  • Mental health practitioners, educators and leaders
  • Health and community workers with an interest in mental health
Presented by Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH), together with North Western Melbourne PHN.

When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Hume Global Learning Centre, Broadmeadows
Register to be notified of details

Nationally Accredited Qualifications in Health Consumer Leadership

The Course in Consumer Leadership (10163NAT) prepares consumers, carers and community leaders to work in partnership with health and community services management and staff to ensure safety and quality in healthcare. 

When: Thursdays 15, 22 and 29 August 2019
Where: Level 1, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne
RSVP by:  Friday 2 August 2019
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