Coffee with… Tracey Blythe, Prevention Coordinator, Inner East PCP

Hi Tracey! Welcome to the Inner East PCP. Can you describe your work as Prevention Coordinator?

As the Inner East PCP Prevention Coordinator I’m responsible for leading, co-ordinating, facilitating, and contributing to a broad range of prevention strategies across the sub-region and region as well as facilitating working groups to progress specific IEPCP and member generated initiatives.

My key areas of focus are Integrated Population Health Planning, Preventing Violence Against Women, Food Security and Healthy Eating, Alcohol Harm Minimisation, and Social Inclusion.

What sort of work were you doing prior to starting IEPCP?

I have been based at EACH supporting the EMR Mental Health & AOD Catchment Planning Council to drive service planning with providers across the Inner and Outer East, and specifically to improve responses to family violence, parents and children, young people, older people and Aboriginal clients. Prior to that I had led Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Planning in another region, and been a Team Leader of health promotion in local government.

What excites and motivates you about starting at the IEPCP?

I love being part of the movement for change, working to improve the health and wellbeing of the population, and for disadvantaged groups. I enjoy collaborating with stakeholders and being challenged by the growing sophistication and complexity of the work – it’s a constant learning curve.

What strengths do you see in the IEPCP Partnership?

The IEPCP is in a unique position to support partnerships and capacity building across the catchment; sourcing and linking evidence to guide effective actions; and bringing organisations together to plan, strategise  and make a collective impact for change. Organisations can utilise our skills in integrated planning, developing preventative interventions, evaluation, evidence based practise, co-design and health literacy.

What’s the first thing you do when you sit down at your desk in the morning?

Enjoy a plunger coffee whilst booting up.

If you could change one thing about the world right now, what would it be?

I’d like to see a global cease fire.

If you weren’t working at IEPCP right now, what would you be doing?

I’d  be back sailing the Aegean on a yacht – with sun protection, a glass of wine and seasonal produce!

 

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.