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Welcome to the final edition of e-news for 2019.

The KPMG review of the Primary Care Partnership (PCP) Program is continuing. HealthWest was selected as a case site and staff and stakeholders were interviewed on 25 November 2019. The two surveys circulated to all PCP staff and members have generated 1,000 responses for KPMG to analyse. It is fantastic to see such a great response from PCP members and we look forward to hearing about the outcomes in early 2020.

Farewell Helen Scudamore

Sadly Helen Scudamore leaves us this month after three and a half years. Helen has ably led a number of community facing projects including; Our 3021, A Seat at the Table, connectwest and also supported the Health Promotion Practitioners Network. In addition, she has developed some amazing resources that have been well received by both our members and other stakeholders. She really is one of the creative people in the team and will be missed.
As the year draws to a close I wish to acknowledge and thank the Management Group, the Community Advisory Group and HealthWest members and staff for their ongoing support and willingness to work alongside us to improve the health and wellbeing of communities in the west.
Gail O'Donnell
I wish everyone a happy and restful holiday season and look forward to seeing you all in 2020.

Kind regards,
Gail O'Donnell
Executive Officer
(03) 9248 9665
Project Updates

Economic Inclusion forum summary

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On 15 October HealthWest held an Economic Inclusion for Health forum. The morning was attended by 48 people.

The forum affirmed that there is significant interest and emerging activity in economic inclusion and race-based discrimination in our region. Participants expressed ongoing interest in addressing racism in the heath and community sector, progressing workforce mutuality, and collaborating to improve employment pathways.

This forum summary: 
  • includes links to the presentations from Professor Yin Paradies, Chair in Race Relations and Indigenous Knowledges and Culture Coordinator at Deakin University, and Jim Kane, Health Promotion Practitioner, cohealth
  • highlights key themes from the roundtable workshops, next steps and how we can partner with community.
Read the summary
More info: Tanya Sofra, Strategic Projects Manager,

Advancing Social Inclusion Practice and Measurement forum

The Advancing Social Inclusion Practice and Measurement forum ran in November 2019. It was well attended by representatives from across both INWPCP’s and HealthWest’s catchments and showcased several pieces of social inclusion work:
The afternoon workshop was facilitated by Anita Trezona and Jason Rostant. It included exploring questions like “What projects are currently working and could be upscaled to a systems level?” and “How can you use the Social Inclusion Measurement Framework to evaluate effectiveness?”.
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More info: Anna Vu, Prevention Manager,

New animation! The Importance of Social inclusion

Having trouble explaining what social inclusion is to others? HealthWest has produced an animation to help with social inclusion messaging.

The importance of social inclusion 

The Importance of Social Inclusion
This piece of work originated from the feedback of several Western Region Primary Prevention Taskforce events between 2017-2018, where practitioners expressed their difficulty succinctly communicating what social inclusion is and why it is important.

Also available in shorter versions:

Social inclusion and gender inequality

Social Inclusion & Gender Inequality (short)

Social inclusion and discrimination

Social inclusion & discrimination
More info: 

Project Momentum 365+ days gathering

Around 30 community members, partners and allies gathered on 28 November to hear just what Project Momentum has been up to over the last 365 + days!
We were privileged to have a welcome to country from Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Georgina Nicholson, who made us feel at home, sharing stories from her own childhood.

Participants from the Man Box Story Project read poems and prose to the audience, sharing their personal experience of life in and out of the Man Box.

The project allies ended the event with a panel chat, sharing their projects successes and challenges, as well as their own personal learnings gained over the last year. All men shared that the project had significantly changed how they see themselves and other men and where they have attempted to make changes in how they challenge men and themselves in order to prevent violence against women.
When asked should other men get involved in activities like Project Momentum, all 4 allies were clear, doing ally work is not easy and 
“If you are not ready to look inside yourself and question what you think it is a man should be, then this kind of project isn’t for you.”
More info: Shelley Hewson, Working Together with Men – Momentum Project Manager,

Health literacy evaluation reports available

HealthWest and Inner North West PCP recently launched ‘Make it Easy: A Handbook for Becoming a Health Literate Organisation’. The handbook was designed to support health and community organisations improve their organisational health literacy. An evaluation of this resource is now available. The pilot demonstrated the tool is easy to use, relevant and achievable.

In 2018 and 2019 HealthWest and Inner North West PCP also implemented a peer group mentoring program to support member organisations to assess and improve their organisational health literacy. The evaluation highlights improvements in the structure, delivery and content of the program resulting in greater participation and engagement.

Download evaluation reports:
More recently, Lucio Naccarella (University of Melbourne) has been engaged to evaluate organisational health literacy projects from a consumer perspective in four organisations. The research is currently in progress and a report is due early in 2020.
More info: Tanya Sofra, Strategic Projects Manager,

Applications for new VicHealth Partnership Grants open

VicHealth presents a huge new funding opportunity for a diverse range of organisations to propel community wellbeing and health promotion initiatives into unchartered territory.

VicHealth knows there are a range of organisations who share its vision to improve the health and wellbeing of the Victorian community. The Partnership Grants will make it easier for organisations to access the funding they need to drive outcomes that directly contribute to this shared vision.

In future there will be two major grant funding opportunities each year for VicHealth funding opportunities. You’ll be given plenty of notice about relevant upcoming opportunities, so you can spend more time planning strategic partnerships and delivering grant activities, and less time writing the grant applications. 

Explore grant opportunities

Western Metropolitan Partnership Report Back

The Government established the Metropolitan Partnerships to provide independent advice on priorities to address growth and maintain liveability. The Partnerships provide a way for communities to engage directly with state and local government, and advise the top priorities and opportunities for jobs, services and infrastructure. This Report Back provides a snapshot of the Western Metropolitan Partnership’s 2018 advice, its engagement with local communities and the Government's response. 

Read the report

Client voice framework for community services

The Client voice framework for community services has been developed with people who use and work in community services. It is designed for all people who work or volunteer in the community services system, including in the Department of Health and Human Services, recognising it is the responsibility of everyone in the system. The framework is intended as a resource to assist with prioritising and informing practice, capability and improvement approaches.

Read the framework

Access to the NDIS

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) provides Local Area Coordination (LAC) for the NDIS in Western Melbourne and Brimbank/Melton. In the first year of operation BSL made considerable progress but identify there is a significant group yet to transition to the NDIS, including people who have previously accessed disability supports or disability state funding. Many of these clients are from culturally and linguistically diverse communities or have psychosocial disabilities and may be homeless. Unfortunately BSL cannot access the former State records to identify these individuals but many of them are currently supported by other local services. If you know of anyone who may fit this profile please let BSL know so they can work with you to assist them to get access. Please contact Tim Christie who will put you in touch with your local BSL office. BSL can also come out and talk to staff groups to explain the process.

Contact: Tim Christie, Senior Manager LAC, Footscray, or 0491 049 857

Professional standards for bi-cultural work

The bi-cultural team at cohealth has been developing a set of professional standards for bi-cultural work. The standards include an overview, recommendations for employers, a code of ethics and a guide to inclusive recruitment. cohealth has developed some training to unpack these standards with organisations. The 3-hour training program can be delivered for free!

Access the resources

Report: Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene

This is the first in a series of research papers from Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) on addressing entrenched disadvantage. CEDA are tackling this subject because ensuring that their social compact remains reliable, robust and relevant for those who need it most is a key priority for CEDA. Main recommendations: Mobilise data to help those at risk, improve the navigation of services and supports, invest in a stronger safety net, and evidence-based monitoring and implementation of new approaches.

Read the research paper
For your Diary


Reforms to Victoria's Racial and Religious Tolerance Act

The Victorian Parliament is considering reforms to Victoria's Racial and Religious Tolerance Act. The Victorian Equal Rights and Opportunity Commission is asking the community to help shape their submission to the inquiry. They have created a survey to better understand what kinds of hate people experience.

Survey link

Family Violence Workforce Census is now open

In 2017, more than 11,000 people completed the first Family Violence Workforce Census and helped inform the development of the 10-Year industry plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response. The second census in now open. This census is for everyone who plays a role in preventing, identifying and responding to family violence, even if it isn't the main focus or function of their role. 

Survey closes: Friday 20 December
Survey link and more info


Not-for-profit conference

The Not-For-Profit People Conference is Australia’s largest event focused on how to attract, manage, train and retain the best people for the NFP sector. Over two days and twenty-nine inspiring sessions, join five hundred team leaders and senior leaders, HR professionals and volunteer managers to explore the NFP sector’s most pressing people issues. 

Dates: Monday 24 - Tuesday 25 February 2020
Where: Melbourne Convention Centre
More info

2020 national conference: The Australian loneliness dialogue

So much dialogue and learning is city centric. People gather together in places far from rural communities. This can limit our understanding of the challenges that are faced in relation to social isolation and loneliness outside of cities, or the great solutions that may have been found to overcome these problems. This conference plans to explore new ways of knowing and thinking in this space.
Although the conference will have a particular focus on rural and regional perspectives, there will also be an opportunity to present research, workshops or other presentations about loneliness more broadly.

Theme: Exploring the rural experience
Conference dates: Thursday 2 - Friday 3 April 2020
Where: Horsham, VIC
More info
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