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Sector News | October 2023

Mental Health Week 2023

In 2023, Mental Health Week in WA will be held over 7-14 October 2023 with the theme: ‘Mind. Body. Environment.’

A number of activities and events being coordinated by the WA Association for Mental Health and many other organisations, so be sure to check how you and your organisation can get involved.

Access resources for support, strategies and self-care and downloads to promote Mental Health Week 2023 below.

Abstracts open for AIPN conference

The 15th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference is being held from 11-13 March 2024 with the theme

Call for abstracts is open now until 9th October 2023.

State of the Nation in Suicide Prevention 2023 report released

Suicide Prevention Australia has released the findings from its third annual State of the Nation survey. Data was collected from 363 respondents, the highest in survey history and highlights key issues from the suicide prevention sector and the community.

2023 WA Falls Report

The new report’s findings indicate that a Western Australian dies every 19 hours, is admitted to hospital every 15 minutes and presents to an emergency department every 11 minutes due to a falls-related injury.

Being the fifth edition of this annual publication, the Report highlights a number of concerning trends regarding the incidence of falls-related incidents across the state, including a 31% increase in the number of falls-related fatalities from 2019 to 2020.

ANROWS Evidence Portal

The new ANROWS Evidence Portal, a living online resource, allows users to quickly and easily find high-quality, curated information about what might work to address or end violence against women.

Designed to promote a collective understanding of where the evidence exists and where the gaps are, what interventions might work, the Portal will inform evidence-based policymaking, and support quality decision-making and implementation.

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WAPHA to support effective primary health care response to Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-32, WA Primary Health Alliance has secured two grants to support an effective primary health care response to FDSV.

In Perth South PHN, the program will focus on supporting the primary care sector response, and in Country WA PHN, the pilot will focus on supporting recovery using a new model of trauma informed care.

Yes23 campaign

In just a matter of weeks, Australians will have the chance to shape history – to listen to Indigenous Australians, recognise their history and culture, and protect their voices in Australia’s constitution.

Learn more and get involved in the Yes23 campaign below.

HealthInfoNet new vaping portal

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Alcohol and other Drugs Knowledge Centre has recently launched a new topic that focuses on addressing the harms from the use of e-cigarettes.

Visit the Knowledge Centre to access factsheets, videos, posters and other resources today.

Women’s Grants for a Stronger Future 2023-24 grants now open

The Women’s Grants for a Stronger Future program aim to support initiatives that align with the priority areas of Stronger Together: WA’s Plan for Gender Equality. The priority areas are: health and well-being, safety and justice, women’s economic independence and women in leadership.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be made available for one-off initiatives contributing to the women’s grants program priority areas.

Healthway Annual Report 2022-23 released

The Healthway Annual Report highlights programs and initiatives in 2022-23 that aimed to build healthier communities to prevent and reduce the harm associated with priority health areas, such as preventing injury from alcohol.

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