From the Executive Officer’s Desk: June 2017

The Well

The EMR PCPs are working hard to continue the development of The Well website – a collaborative venture between Outer and Inner East Primary Care Partnerships.  Recent work has included contracting of a new website developer and development of online links between the priorities “portals” on the site and the Victorian Government Outcomes Framework. We also have two short term staff Sarah and Samina who are working with practitioners to show them The Well and assist them to upload examples of their work – projects, reports and submissions for example, that illustrate the local work happening in each priority area and enable practitioners to see what work is being undertaken locally.  I encourage you to use this terrific resource and contribute your material.
As a result of engaging a new web developer, we have a new login: www.thewellresource.org.au
The password is:  makethewell

Our Partners

It was exciting to learn that a number of grant submissions for funding to prevent violence against women in the Inner East have been successful.  This is a reflection of the hard work that has already occurred and the very healthy collaboration in the East.  Women’s Health East, on behalf of the Together For Equality & Respect (TFER) Partnership, were delighted to receive a major grant of $140,000 through the Community Partnerships in Primary Prevention. We look forward to supporting the implementation of this project.  Other successful applications in the inner east are:  Carrington Health, Access Health and Community, and EDVOS (Eastern Region).

Community and Women’s Health Integrated Planning

On Thursday 25 May, a planning workshop was held involving ACCESS Health and Community, LINK Health and Community, Carrington Health, and Women’s Health East – Management and Health Promotion practitioners, with engaging facilitation by Anita Thomas, Manager of Baby Makes 3 at Carrington Health.

David Towl, General Manager Health Promotion for ACCESS, led a reflection on the extensive practice wisdom and experience across the organisations, and the extensive collaboration effort that has already occurred over several years. The Together For Quality and Respect model was presented by Sue Rosenhain, Manager of Health Promotion at WHE, specifically looking at how that partnership came to be so successful, and this set the scene for exploring the critical elements for undertaking effective integrated work. These elements were identified as Workforce capacity (skills/knowledge/EFT); Resources (funds); Partnerships (established); Leadership; and Organisational development (structures/shared processes). The group then explored how this might translate to an identified shared priority such as Social Inclusion. Sally Missing, Executive Officer from the IEPCP, presented on Social Inclusion – one of the key priorities for EMSIC (the Eastern Metropolitan Social Issues Council), to frame the workshop’s thinking around embarking on work in this space.

The group identified the need for a backbone organisation to lead this priority area, and that the IEPCP could provide that function on behalf of the integrated agencies. There was a strong sense of willingness to collaborate and explore working together in an integrated way, sharing skills, and measuring collective impact.

Further work toward finalising the joint plan will be the development of a structure and governance, developing shared goals and objectives, action planning, choosing indicators, and developing an evaluation plan. Managers will continue to meet over coming months to flesh this out and the IEPCP will support the ongoing plan development.

State Government Update

The Victorian Government is in the process of establishing Metropolitan Partnerships – regional bodies that will advise the government on the issues and priorities for their region.  The partnerships will be made up from State Government representatives, CEOs of local government and community and business members.  Members are due to be announced on Friday 2nd June.  Each partnership is charged with holding an annual assembly to canvas local issues with the view to influencing State Government decision making.

In May Kym Peake Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services announced a new high level structure for the Department of Health and Human Services that will take effect from July. The new high level structure, will consist of six Divisions, each headed by a senior deputy secretary:

• Children, Families, Disability and Operations – Chris Asquini
• Health and Wellbeing – Terry Symonds
• Housing, Infrastructure, Sport and Recreation – Nick Foa
• Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management – Melissa Skilbeck
• Corporate Services – Carolyn de Gois
• Strategy and Planning – Amity Durham (Acting)

The new structure also includes three portfolio agencies:

• Victorian Agency for Health Information – Diane Watson
• Safer Care Victoria – Professor Euan Wallace
• Family Safety Victoria – CEO to be appointed by the Premier

Department of Health and Human Services Update

You may also like to know about a couple of new guides/resources recently released by DHHS:

There is a new guide out for local government on Family Violence and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Planning.

Inequalities in the social determinants of health and what it means for the health of Victorians: findings from the 2014 Victorian Population Health Survey, has also been released. The report investigates inequalities in the social determinants of health and how these impact on the health of Victorians, mainly focusing on the social determinants referred to collectively as ‘social capital’. Research shows that higher levels of social capital are associated with better health outcomes and this report explores the link between social capital and health.

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.