From the Executive Officer’s Desk: March 2017

This month it has been great to welcome two new project staff to our team. Samina Alam and Sarah Italiano have joined the team on a short term basis to help with a range of project work. We are also looking forward to having our new Prevention Coordinator Tracey Blythe on board. Tracey starts on March 21st.

Sharon Porteous and I have been busy this month taking the Health and Wellbeing of Older People report to our partner agencies, to introduce them to the findings, gain feedback and look for opportunities for future collaboration. It has been good to touch base with many of our partner agencies and hear how you might use this resource.

I recently attended the Victorian Food Forum. It was exciting to hear some of the strategic intersectoral work that is happening to improve healthy eating. There were some impressive presentations from the CEO of a regional hospital, the YMCA and a great video developed by VACHHO (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) among others. The focus of the presentations was on improving healthier food access, increasing fruit and vegetable supplies and reducing sugary drinks in key settings.

For more information about these and other organisation’s work to implement healthier choices, visit: www.vichealth.gov.au/easychoice

We are experiencing unprecedented change in the health and social service sector, with significant reforms in the areas of disability, mental health, aged care, family violence and vulnerable children. It can be challenging for organisations and their staff to understand and respond to these changes.

Loddon Mallee Primary Care Partnership along with VicPCP and VCOSS and have produced a document to support agencies in Victoria to navigate health sector reform: Navigating Health and Social Services Reform. The document outlines key policy changes and the implications of these changes for the health and social services sector.

In December, a key policy document came out from the Victorian Government with not much fanfare: Health 2040: Advancing Health Access and Care.

The document presents a vision for the health and wellbeing of Victorians and the healthcare system.

Health 2040 is built around three pillars:

  • Better health: focuses on prevention, early intervention, community engagement and people’s self-management to maximise the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.
  • Better access: focuses on reducing waiting times and delivering equal access to care via statewide service planning, targeted investment, and unlocking innovation.
  • Better care: focuses on people’s experience of care, improving quality and safety, ensuring accountability for achieving the best health outcomes, and supporting the workforce to deliver the best care.

These pillars describe and fit well with current PCP priorities and approaches and are a useful way to think about our work in a changing environment.

Happy reading,

Sally Missing, Executive Officer IEPCP

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.