From the Executive Officer’s Desk, February 2017

Welcome to our first IEPCP E-bulletin update for 2017.

As most of you will be aware, ‘tis the season for planning and we have undertaken a range of work to support you.

We are very pleased to advise that the full report of the Health and Wellbeing Needs of Older People Living in the Eastern Region of Melbourne is now available on our website.

The report provides a very detailed profile and we hope that you will be able to use it extensively within your organisations as well as for planning collaborative work.

Regional snapshots and online access to the extensive dataset will be available soon. Please promote the research to your colleagues and networks and feel free to use the data to support your work, with the appropriate acknowledgement.

Our next steps are to promote this resource widely and to confirm the focus of collaborative work in active healthy ageing.

The report points to considerable growth in our ageing population, particularly in the numbers of people with dementia. Last week I presented to the Eastern Metropolitan Social Issues Council on what the report is telling us about social isolation and connectedness of older people. One striking statistic is that 76% of women aged over 75 in the EMR live alone.

If you would like to discuss the research or future work please email Sharon.Porteous@iepcp.org.au.

To support the development of Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plans and Community Health, Health Promotion Plans we have also developed a collaborative planning framework and a core data set. These can be found along with a list of the data sources used in our Prevention and Population Health Resources.

Prior to Christmas the Victorian Government released the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Framework which links the priorities in the Victorian Health and Wellbeing Plan and supports monitoring the results of collective efforts to achieve improved health and wellbeing. PCPs provide a strong platform for supporting the type of collaboration that the DHHS is looking for and we are fortunate in the east to have such a high degree of collaboration in our prevention work.

Sally Missing

Executive Officer, Inner East PCP

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.