News - 16 November 2011

16 November 2011

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News in Brief

Medicare Locals announced for 2012 roll out

The Federal Government announced the remaining 38 Medicare Locals on the 11th November. The Macedon Ranges and North Western Melbourne Medicare Local will operations on 1 January 2011.

More info: Health Reform website

Federal Parliament passes plain packaging of tobacco legislation

The Commonwealth Government's world-leading tobacco plain packaging legislation passed through the Federal Senate on 10 November, meaning all tobacco products sold in Australia must be in plain packaging from 1 December 2012.

More info: View the media release on the Department of Health & Ageing website

News at HealthWest

Falls Prevention resources available

HealthWest holds a number of hard copy falls prevention resources that we would like to offer to members:

  • Walk Tall, Don't Fall. A Resource Pack to keep Your Clients and Community Independent and Active in Brimbank and Melton. Produced by HealthWest Partnership. Approx 40 resource packs for allied health professionals and aged care staff available
  • Walk Tall, Don't Fall. A Resource Pack to keep You Independent and Active in Brimbank and Melton. Produced by HealthWest. Approx 10 resource packs for community available.
  • Guidebook for Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Australian Community Care. 2009. A short version of the Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Community Care. Produced by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in HealthCare. Approx 50 copies available.
  • Don't fall for it. Falls can be prevented! A guide to preventing falls for older people. 2004. Produced by Department of Health and Ageing.Available in English, Polish and German – approx. 20 copies of each
More info: If you would like any of the above resources, please contact Meg Rees at HealthWest, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone 9017 5843.

Healthy Eating in Brimbank Welcome Kit for New Arrivals

HealthWest have a number of The Healthy Eating in Brimbank Welcome Kits in hard copy. This resource was developed in 2007 as part of the Food for All project and provides healthy food information in pictorial form and translated to Amharic and Arabic. Approx 40 copies are available.

More info: If you would like copies of the above resources, please contact Meg Rees at HealthWest, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  phone 9017 5843.

Integrated Health Promotion

Primary Care Partnerships Integrated Health Promotion achievements

The Department of Health have released a publication outlining a summary of achievements (including case studies) from integrated health promotion initiatives in PCPs. The document also identifies opportunities for further improvement including: fully integrating plans; strengthening the use of evidence-based interventions; continued improvements in evaluation quality and measuring and reporting; and sharing knowledge.

More info: Download the report from Dept of Health website 

Social Determinants of Sexual & Reproductive Health report available

Women's Health West (WHW) have produced the Social Determinants of Sexual and Reproductive Health 2011 Report which consolidates the evidence-base for the social conditions in which we live, work and play that drive sexual and reproductive health.

The report is designed to support health practitioners in the west and beyond consider the complex way in which the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health influence and exacerbate health inequities. The report also contains the Western Region Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion Framework, which provides an overarching conceptual guide to evidence-based sexual and reproductive health promotion planning.

This report, coupled with the Mapping and Needs Analysis Sexual and Reproductive Health in the HealthWest Catchment 2010 Report, will guide the development of a regional primary prevention action plan.

More info: Download the report from WHW website

VicHealth releases 'Streets Ahead' evaluation report

VicHealth has released an evaluation report for the 'Streets Ahead' program. The program targets children aged four to 12, and aims to create environments that increased children's active travel and independent mobility in all aspects of their local community life, with a focus on travelling to and from school.

The program involved six local councils, who in facing the many challenges of the unique characteristics of their areas, used a great diversity of approaches and projects to make important gains, including having positive, significant impact on their own awareness and understanding of active travel.

More info: Download the report from the VicHealth website

Submissions to the new Victorian Alcohol and Drug Strategy now available

The Department of Health has made public the submissions to the recent Victorian Alcohol and Drug Discussion Paper.

More info: View the submissions on the Department of Health website

Integrated Chronic Disease Management

ADMA Clearing House – New Health Literacy & Coronary Heart Disease Management resources

Health Literacy

Three resources to support organisations in considering health literacy have been uploaded to the Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) Clearing House.

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Management

The Heart Foundation (Victoria) has worked collaboratively with Northern Division of General Practice to develop an effective CHD model of care that supports best practice cardiovascular care in general practice.

More info: Visit the ADMA Clearing House

Population Health Planning

Victorian Government Prevention Updates

A number of information resources have been developed to help provide more information about the Department of Health’s initiatives in developing Victoria’s prevention system. The resources are available online at the Department of Health website.

Links to the information on specific initiatives are provided below:

Food Sensitive Urban Planning – Workshop Presentations available

The Heart Foundation and Victorian Local Government Association hosted a workshop focused on Food Sensitive Urban Planning and Design on 6 October 2011. The presentations from the workshop are available online including:

  • ‘What will we eat?’, Associate Professor Trevor Budge 
  • 'A new approach is urgently needed: climate, oil, economies and food', Kirsten Larson 
  • ‘Neighbourhood food environment and adult eating behaviours', Dr Lukar Thornton
  • 'Putting food on planners' plates', Jenny Donovan

More info: Visit the Heart Foundation website

Literature Alert Service – Equity, Health & Human Development

The Pan American Health Organisation, in conjunction with WHO provides an excellent literature alert service on Public Health, Equity and Human Development, including Social Determinants of Health.

More info: Sign up to the alert service here

Service Coordination

Skilled Volunteers: A Guide for Community Organisations

This handy booklet was created through a collaboration between VCOSS and skilled volunteer providers in Victoria, and was launched on October 27th at the VCOSS Clever Ideas Forum. It features clear information for community organisations about each provider, including eligibility criteria, information about types of volunteers and case studies of successful projects and partnerships.  Click here to download the booklet.

More info:  To order a hard copy or for further information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For Your Diary


Centres of Research Excellence

The Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) is now calling for Expressions of Interest for the third round of Centres of Research Excellence funding. APHCRI's Centres of Research Excellence are multi-institutional collaborations aimed at producing research in primary health care policy and systems delivery. APHCRI will fund up to five new Centres in this round, with each Centre receiving $2.5m over the next five years, commencing mid 2012.

Eligible applicants are invited to submit Expressions of Interest to APHCRI by 9th December 2011. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal by 20th April 2012. Successful applicants will be announced in June 2012.

More info: Visit the Australian National University website


Mental Health First Aid Training (Two Days)

This training is appropriate for anyone working with people experiencing mental illness or a mental health problem. Participants gain extensive knowledge about the more pravalent mental health dsorders and how to intervene in a crisis situation. The course facilitator has extensive knowledge with 12 years experience and he is a registered MHFA Master Faciltiator.

When: 8:45 am - 4:30 pm, Day 1- 9 December 2011, Day 2 – 16 December 2011
Where: The Hub, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Cost: $220 ($110 per day)
More info: Contact Joe Zammit, phone 93659500, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Aboriginal cultural awareness training

This one-day training program is designed for service providers, front line and reception managers, family support providers. It is delivered by Robyne Latham and Karen Adams who have many years experience working in Aboriginal health and adult education. This training will cover:

  • An introduction to Aboriginal History v Active and deep listening
  • Unmasking stereotypes
  • Considering your working environment
  • Providing flexible service delivery
  • Experiencing being in the Majority and the Minority

When: 9.30-4.30, 18 November 2011
50 Wolverhampton St, Footscray
More info:; or contact Robyne Latham, phone 0411 166 698 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Brimbank Social Justice Coalition Website and Campaign Launch

Brimbank City Council and the Brimbank Social Justice Coalition are inviting local community agencies, service providers and community members to a community lunch to launch the Brimbank Social Justice Coalition’s Website and Campaign. Working in partnership with local agencies the Social Justice Coalition will be advocating to: improve access to public transport; affordable and accessible housing; and industry, employment and education opportunities.  The guest speaker for the forum is Jackie Fristacky, Councillor - Yarra City Council and Chairperson of the Metropolitan Transport Forum. Lunch provided.

When: 1.30 to 2.30pm, Wednesday 23 November 2011
West Sunshine Community Centre, Kermeen Street, West Sunshine
Cost: Free

More info: RSVP by 21 November 2011, to Jun on 9249 4383 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Settling Communities Forum – Brimbank City Council

Brimbank City Council is hosting a forum for all settlement service providers and agencies that work with refugee and humanitarian clients in the Brimbank Municipality. The purpose of the forum is to prioritise advocacy issues and to network with other relevant services.

When: 12.30pm – 3.30pm, Wednesday 30th November 2011
Sunshine Convention Centre Victoria University, 460 Ballarat Road Sunshine
More info:
RSVP by 28th November 2011 with any special dietary requirements to Maidelilah Tran, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For further information, contact Terri Soumilas, phone 9249 4496.

Maribyrnong White Ribbon Day Event

White Ribbon Day is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against women. The Jungle Dancers, Urban Voices & Culture Crew are performing at Footscray Train Station 1.15pm followed by the event meeting the Not1More Walk Against Family Violence in Melbourne. 

When: 1.15pm – 1.45pm (Maribyrnong White Ribbon Day Event), 2.30pm-3pm (Not1More event), Friday 25 November 2011
Where: Footscray Station, Irving St Footscray, Departing Footscray to Flinders Street on the 1.47pm train to join the Not1More events
Cost: Free

More info: Visit the Not1More website

Wyndham White Ribbon Day free community lunch

When: 12-1pm, Friday 25 November 2011
Wyndham Community & Education Centre, 4 Synnot St, Werribee
More info:
Contact Kimberley Tovey at Wyndham City, phone 9742 8160

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