News - 1 December 2010

1 December 2010

News in Brief

For your information, please find attached the responses to the Medicare Locals Discussion Paper from the Statewide PCP Chairs and the joint Victorian peak bodies.


News at HealthWest

Please note next week's e-Bulletin will be the last for 2010.


Integrated Health Promotion

Problem Gambling – New Newsletter

Gambler's Help Western has put together a new newsletter for distribution. It contains handy tips for controlling gambling, opportunities for worker training and professional development, some useful data and a quiz.  Check it out...  Download GHW News.


Integrated Chronic Disease Management

ICDM Steering Committee Meeting Dates for 2011

The details for the ICDM Steering Committee Meetings in 2011 are:
Venue:  HealthWest Boardroom, Sunshine
When:  Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm, on the following dates:  23 Feb, 30 Mar, 18 May, 29 Jun, 17 Aug, 16 Nov
More info? Contact Jenny Reimers at HealthWest on 9313 5063 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Population Health Planning

No news for this issue.



Second Wave Funding for E-Health Sites
(Applications Close 2pm Thursday 23 December)

Applications are requested from organisations to be involved in the second wave of Australian Government e-health grant funding. The Department of Health and Ageing, in collaboration with the National E-Health Transition Authority, is calling for organisations to submit their applications by 2pm on Thursday 23rd December 2010. The successful sites will enable Australians who choose to participate, along with their approved health care providers, to securely access their health information online.
Click here to visit the website; review the funding guidelines and submit your application.


Service Coordination

Refugee Service Coordination Newsflash

HealthWest have collated the second Refugee Health News Flash providing on updates on service coordination activities and project in refugee health and wellbeing across the west. Updates are provided on the priority areas: Access to Specialist Services, GP Support & Engagement, Mental Health & Counselling, Maternal & Child Health and Housing Settlement & Support. 
For more info, Download the News Flash or, contact Jenny Reimers, phone 9313 5063 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


For Your Diary


9 December 2010

Forum - Free To Move: Planning for Action on Accessible Transport in Victoria

VCOSS is building on its previous Accessible Transport Watch Project to campaign for accessible transport. This forum will discuss the recent changes and future improvements in enhancing physical access to public transport. Morning tea will be provided.
Keynote speaker:   Jim Betts, Secretary of the Department of Transport.
When:   Thursday 9 December, 10-1pm
Venue:   Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street
More info?   Visit the VCOSS website or contact Michelle Lane (03) 9654 5050,
or email:    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

15 December 2010

Professional Development Workshop - Managing clients who present with a Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis describes the co-occurring problems of mental illness and substance misuse problems. Dual Diagnosis affects up to one third of all clients with a severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia, and community care agencies are becoming increasingly involved in the care and support of mentally ill people who abuse alcohol or unprescribed drugs.
This one day workshop is suitable for: Health Professionals, Supported Housing Workers and Social Care Staff.
When: 15th December 2010
Cost: $325
For more info and to register online.

February 2011

Accredited course 2011 – Diploma of Management BSB51107

Infoxchange Australia in partnership with Aspin Group is pleased to offer the Diploma of Management. This course will specifically cater to those in the health and community services sector and aims at staff who work in a role requiring people management, team coordination in a region, section or department.
Register Now for February 2011 intake. Funding and payment facility available.
More info? contact training unit: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

17-18 February 2011

2011 Conference - Transitions: people, policy, practice.

The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) will be holding its 2011 Conference on 17-18 February at the Jasper Hotel, Melbourne. The Conference program will focus on the transitions and movements within the alcohol and other drug (AOD) field as we move towards 2020.
Keynote Speakers (amongst others...):
John Challis, Director of Training and Technical Assistance Center for Excellence, United States
Alison Ritter, Acting Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
When:   17 – 18 February 2011
Venue:   Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Click here for further information about the 2011 VAADA Conference, and to register via website.  
Note:  Early Bird Registration Closes 10 December 2010
Contact:  Chris McDonnell via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone (03) 9412 5600

7-8 March 2011

2011 Conference: Young People, Risk and Resilience: the challenges of alcohol, drugs and violence.

Conference organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Victorian Safe Communities Network. Evidence suggests that young people who experiment with alcohol and other drugs are more likely to participate in other high risk activities, be involved in violent incidents and compromise their own safety or the safety and wellbeing of others. The Conference will look at what interventions are likely to reduce risks from, and increase resilience to, these potentially harmful activities.
When:   Monday & Tuesday 7-8 March 2011
Venue:  RACV Club, Melbourne, Vic
To register and pay online visit: 
More info? Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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