From the Executive Officer’s Desk: May 2017

I’m sure you are all aware of the huge changes going on at DHHS and within the service sector, with many reforms planned or in train. In order to ensure PCPs continue to provide appropriate support to our member agencies, we have been re-thinking our role.  VicPCP – the coordinating body for all Primary Care Partnerships, with the encouragement of DHHS, has developed a draft strategy paper on the future directions for PCPs.  The paper recommends strong alignment with the key pillars contained in Health 2040: Better Health, Better Access and Better Care.  The proposed focus under Better Health is prevention; and under Better Access, Better Care the focus is on access, equity and integration. The paper is currently out for consultation within DHHS and is available for feedback from partner agencies. For more information and copies of the paper please contact jenny.wood@iepcp.org.au .

Dr Bruce Bolam has been appointed to the new role of Chief Preventive Health Officer at DHHS heading up the newly created department that will have a focus on working across divisions within the department. Bruce has been working at VicHealth for the past five years as Executive Manager for Programs at VicHealth.

We are excited to be working with the three community health services in our catchment and with Women’s Health East on the development of an integrated prevention plan. By combining our resources, we believe we can have a bigger impact. We will be holding a workshop this month with the health promotion managers and their staff, to feed into the new plan. We believe this is the first time since 2012 that all health promotion practitioners will come together to discuss their work and their ideas. This holds enormous potential for ongoing collaborative work and sharing of skills across the catchment and we are looking forward to working better together during this 2017 planning cycle.

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.