In March a Preventive Health Summit brought together experts and key decision makers to share the latest information on reducing the burden of ill-health in the WA community from obesity and alcohol. Watch the Summit here.
Tackling suicide by providing better mental health support will be the focus of two research grants, through State Government funding, to support Western Australia’s LGBTQI community.
I would like to take this opportunity to update our partners about the Lotterywest and Healthway merger.
I am excited about this opportunity as this amalgamation is focused on delivering benefits for the community; building on synergies between the organisations; and supporting great projects which help build a better Western Australia.
I hope that you can appreciate that amalgamating two organisations takes time, and we will soon have a clearer idea about how we will progress together. The plan is for integration of the two business systems to be in place by 30 June 2018.
During this transition phase Healthway and Lotterywest will continue to operate business as usual. At this stage the only difference will be that we plan to move Healthway staff to the Lotterywest head office in Subiaco over the next few months.
Both Healthway and Lotterywest are focused on continuing to enhance the lives of community members for a healthier and better Western Australia. So please continue to submit your applications for project funding and sponsorships to Healthway and Lotterywest.
To keep up-to-date with news on the amalgamation, sign up to Healthway’s eNewsletter. Any updates will also be posted on Healthway’s website. These updates will be communicated to our stakeholders as soon as we can.
Susan Hunt PSM
Chief Executive Officer
Lotterywest and Healthway
The State Government, through Healthway, has granted $514,654 towards a sexual health and life skills program for Aboriginal young people aged 10-14 years.
Health Minister Roger Cook today announced Healthway grants totalling $899,956 towards the education and promotion of sun safety to reduce the incidence of skin cancer.
A new partnership between Healthway and Little Athletics WA will promote the Go for 2&5 healthy eating message to thousands of young athletes aged between six and 17 and their families.
The partnership, announced on 16 September 2017, will also support increased availability of healthy food and drink choices at Little Athletics WA events across 85 clubs, 8,700 participants and 35 event centres across the State. Read more…
Many stakeholders took part in an extensive process of consultation during May, June and July to help determine the future strategic directions for Healthway.
Your comments, views and advice are currently being reviewed and will play a significant part in the development of Healthway’s Strategic Plan for 2018 and beyond.
The consultation process was organised and coordinated by Haeberlin Consulting who reached out in three main ways, through interviews, workshops and an online survey of around 4,000 stakeholders from Healthway’s database.
So who were the stakeholders who helped with this important and comprehensive process? And what did you tell us about how you saw Healthway’s future?
A wide and diverse range of organisations took time to get involved in the process and provide their feedback. Around 20% were sporting organisations, 19% community organisations, both research and arts organisations made up 11% each and health made up 10%. Other sectors involved included local government, state government, charity groups and racing.
The majority of organisations had received funding from Healthway in the last 18 months (41%) with 26% having received funding more than 18 months ago and 10% had previously applied for Healthway funding but had not been successful. Others who contributed to the survey either work with recipients of Healthway funding, or work with Healthway to share advice and expertise and to deliver programs.
Feedback provided was comprehensive and overall, the stakeholders were generally positive about Healthway’s current performance. There was room for improvement with more flexibility in working with funding recipients and more clarity about what Healthway stands for and what it will fund.
Overall, 72% rate Healthway’s performance as a health promotion funding agency as good or very good, with 23% rating performance as fair. Areas where Healthway could improve include:
- Improving clarity on Healthway objectives
- Simplifying application processes
- Being more transparent on application assessments,
- Being more modern in the approach to health promotion
Generally, stakeholders expressed a strong desire to see Healthway focus more on the social determinants of health and collective outcomes.
There was positive comment around Healthway being the broker for creating or linking partner organisations, more flexible and targeted funding and for Healthway being more proactive and active as a partner rather than a passive funder.
However, other stakeholders feared they may lose funding under a new Healthway direction or that Healthway could become too proscriptive and long term focus could suffer if Healthway focussed on shorter term objectives.
Healthway’s Strategic Plan for 2018 and beyond is currently being finalised.
Twelve year old Aker Athoi demonstrates that a healthy lifestyle and determination to succeed can be the recipe for achieving a sporting dream.
The dream for Aker is playing Australian Rules football. And the dream came true when she was selected to play for the Brighton Seahawks last year.
Aker and team mate Joice Tabaga were the only girls selected to play for the team and both credit their sporting success to the partnership between Healthway and the Edmund Rice Centre at Mirrabooka.
The partnership has created the Youth Engagement Programs which work with over 600 young people each year, encouraging healthy eating through Go for 2&5 for children and young people from culturally diverse backgrounds including refugees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people who face barriers to taking part in sport.
The programs, which include the Butler Falcons Multicultural Aussie rules team, is also about encouraging healthy food choices and physical activity through grassroots sports programs in local parks, an all-female culturally and linguistically diverse AFL team, a leadership program and a coaching program.
Aker’s maturity, both on and off the field, has also resulted in her selection in the WA State Under 15’s program as well as Edmund Rice’s Female AFL Academy.
“The Go for 2&5 message means eating healthy, 2 fruits and 5 vegetables a day and if you are in sport you need to keep healthy and that’s a good way to do it,” says Aker.
“It’s very important to eat healthy when playing sport so that you are able to keep up your energy levels.
“The Butler Falcons means a lot to me because the program has helped me play at State level.”
Healthway’s partnership with the Fashion Council of WA will encourage community connectedness through this year’s Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.
The Festival will take place from 6 to 17 September with the positive mental health message Act-Belong-Commit playing a key role for the first time.
Lovers of all types of fashion will be drawn together to share their interests at the festival with Act-Belong-Commit featuring prominently at Fashion Central and the Festival’s Cultural program.
Fashion Central in Perth’s Forrest Place appeals to young people and will feature an Act-Belong-Commit wellness pod, a place where festival goers can gather and get involved in activities designed to help them feel great about themselves and to connect with others. Fashion Central runways will showcase fashions by Aboriginal designers and those from different cultural backgrounds.
The Festival’s cultural program features events and workshops about the fashion industry which provide an opportunity for participants to get together and share their fascination and inspiration about fashion.
Festival Creative Director, Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan, said: “Fashion is much deeper than just what you wear.
“Feeling great on the inside is when you look your best, that’s why Act-Belong-Commit is such a great message for the Festival and, with the myriad of free events this year, there are more opportunities than ever to get involved and let your creativity shine.”
In the lead up to the event, there will be an Act-Belong-Commit social media competition to engage and encourage people to Act-Belong-Commit.
Check Healthway’s website for more details closer to the event.
Sponsorship of community activities supports Healthway’s work encouraging Western Australians to be healthier.
Independent evaluation of the effect of Healthway’s sponsorship program has confirmed its effectiveness in raising awareness and understanding of health issues and messages and helping influence people to choose healthier lifestyles.
The 2016/17 Sponsorship Monitor is an evaluation of 35 major sport, arts and racing sponsorships by the Health Promotion Evaluation Unit at The University of Western Australia. It found that while the number of people who said they were aware of and understood health messages promoted at Healthway sponsored events was similar to previous years, the proportion of people who said they intend to act on the health advice in the message is increasing.
The growing number of people who are intending to take action to improve their health as a result of attending Healthway sponsored events, reflects a trend over recent years. The researchers said this indicates Healthway’s recent increased efforts with sports, arts and community partners to incorporate opportunities for people to engage with the health message at events and encouraging healthier action is working.
“Studies have shown that sponsorship as a strategy is effective in raising awareness and comprehension of health messages which can also lead to a change of behaviour,” the researchers said.
The 2016/17 Sponsorship Monitor full report can be found at http://hpeu.com.au/sport,-arts-community-event-sponsorship/the-effectiveness-of-healthways-sponsorship-program-2016-2017/