From the Executive Officer’s Desk: April 2018

This month I report on lots of new activity at the IEPCP. To begin, we welcome a new Executive Committee member Viv Cunningham-Smith, CEO of Eastern Volunteers. Viv brings extensive knowledge to the IEPCP Executive and has had thirty years’ experience in the primary health, early years, child and family and community sectors in NSW and Victoria. Twenty five of these have been spent in executive management. I look forward to working closely with Viv, as well as with Eastern Volunteers throughout the year. We feature Viv in our Coffee with section.

The IEPCP also attended the first Boroondara Community Plan Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee, after the Council launched its extensive and comprehensive 10 year plan (2017-2027). Congratulations go to all officers involved in its creation – we look forward to supporting delivery of actions in coming years.

We were excited to host a table of local women’s health and wellbeing practitioners at an International Women’s Day breakfast “One Day I Will… Today’s Girls, Tomorrow’s Leaders” organised by Women in Rotary at the Box Hill Town Hall. The IEPCP recognised a small number of women from the partnership who are active in the catchment, based on their significant role in collaborative work with the IEPCP and our partners. It was a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and thank the women for their substantial contribution. Dr Sue Rosenhain Manager of the TfER (Together for Equality & Respect) partnership and strategy, from Womens Health East was unfortunately unable to attend. We later sadly bid her farewell, and wished her all the best following her resignation after a long and successful career at WHE. We have appreciated her supportive relationship with the IEPCP (including her contribution as a member of our Executive Committee) and with our partners.

The IEPCP also said goodbye and thank you to Chris Potter, from our Executive Committee, following his resignation from the City of Manningham. We are in the process of recruiting for this vacant position.

The IEPCP team have also been excited to participate in TFER action planning, led by Women’s Health East, with numerous organisations coming together, to discuss potential activity in the region to promote gender equity. It would be great to see some additional resource from the current round of DHHS ‘Free from Violence’ project funding come into the region, which will be announced early May. Good luck to all applicants.

The IEPCP was successful in receiving funds toward the Dementia Friendly Community partnership project we are leading in Whitehorse LGA (together with Whitehorse City Council, Carrington Health, and local Age Care providers). We were one of 20 successful applicants out of 132 and will receive $15,000 to enable expansion of the Forest Hill Dementia Friendly Community project by providing greater opportunities for engaging and collaborating with a broader range of stakeholders and potential project partner’s, including businesses, the media and people living with dementia. In addition, Whitehorse Council have kindly funded us for $2,500 to assist with meeting costs.

Also, the IEPCP and OEPCP have been adding some finishing touches to ‘The Well’ ready for its upcoming launch in its new design. We encourage partners to contribute and add details of projects to share knowledge and support learnings across the region by contacting sophie.allen@iepcp.org.au.

I hope all of our partners had a safe and relaxing Easter holiday break.

Tracey Blythe

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.