Communiqué

Communiqué October 2014
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WA Health Excellence Awards

The WA Health Excellence Awards will be presented at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre on Friday, 14th November.

This annual event is WA Health’s opportunity to acknowledge outstanding achievements in the WA public health sector.

A new category has been introduced in 2014:  the Minister for Health’s Award for Outstanding Commitment to a Healthier Western Australia.  This award will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to helping WA Health achieve its vision of “Healthier, longer and better lives for Western Australians.

The award is open to employees of WA Health, universities, research organisations, non-government organisation and the private sector.  It is open to employees in both clinical and non-clinical roles at any level.

The nomination must be completed by an employee of WA Health.  If you identify a potential candidate, please contact your associate within WA Health to discuss the possibility of a nomination.

More details can be found on www.health.wa.gov.au/wahealthawards

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The 3rd National Elder Abuse Conference, Perth, 3 & 4 September 2014

Call for Papers/Extracts

You are invited to submit an abstract for a contribution to the 2014 Conference Program.  The deadline for proposals is Friday, 2 May 2014.

Abstracts should generally be limited to the suggested themes and underlying topics.  thought provoking, creative abstracts are highly encouraged to stimulate the interest and participation of the delegates throughout the Conference.

For more information please go to http//www.elderabuse2014.com/pages/abstracts.html

Conference

Entitled ‘Unlocking Solutions’, the conference will bring together experts from Australia and overseas to share information on topics that will assist in elder abuse research, intervention and policy. Delegates from government agencies, academics, researchers, health professionals and corporate personnel are expected to attend.

Elder abuse is an act which causes harm to an older person and occurs within an informal relationship of trust, most commonly perpetrated by family or friends. Elder abuse, whilst highly prevalent in the community, is very much hidden and needs a unified response to develop a comprehensive multi-level elder abuse strategy. This same process worked successfully when applied to fields such as domestic violence and child abuse prevention, which are now better reported, well publicised and have the support of the community and government.

For more information, go to:  http://www.elderabuse2014.com/

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Better Start  is an Australian Government initiative funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indegenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Better Start provides up to $12,000 in early intervention funding for children under the age of six with certain disabilities.  They have recently developed a Better Start Referral Form to be utilised by health professionals (who are not medical practitioners) to refer eligible children to the program.

To see the Better Start brochure click here              Better Start Referral Form click here

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commissioner for children and young people

 

 

 

Ground Floor, 1 Alvan St, SUBIACO WA 6008
T: (08) 6213 2297 ? F: (08) 6213 2220 ? W: www.ccyp.wa.gov.au

Children and young people are among the most vulnerable members of our community and we must ensure they know what to do if they experience mistreatment or abuse, or have concerns about products and services they utilise.

Michelle Scott has released today her updated publication Are You Listening? – Guidelines for making complaints systems accessible and responsive to children and young people.

All organisations, government and non-government, are encouraged to use this practical resource to review their complaints and feedback processes from a child-friendly perspective and identify areas of improvement.

To further assist agencies in this work, Michelle Scott will publish over the coming months examples of best practice complaints systems developed by WA organisations, which will also be available on her website.

Questions or feedback regarding this work can be directed to Caron Irwin on 6213 2221 or caron.irwin@ccyp.wa.gov.au

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The Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2012

The Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2012 is now available on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet’s web resource.

The Overview which provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Indigenous people, draws on the most up-to-day, authoritative sources and undertakes some special analyses.  It is freely available on the HealthInfoNet web resource, along with downloadable PowerPoint presentations of tables, figures and key facts.

Find the Overview at http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-facts/overviews