From the Executive Officer’s Desk: May 2018

As Tracey Blythe takes a well-earned holiday, the IEPCP team provide a wrap up of activities over the past month and plans for May and June.

The IEPCP is excited to welcome Clota Cottage Neighbourhood House to the partnership. Plus, you can discover more about other new partners in our Coffee with interviews. This month we feature Jenny Jackson, Executive Director at EDVOS.

In other news, on 23 April the IEPCP hosted the last Service Coordination Practitioners Network meeting at the Horticultural Centre in Forest Hill. This network has supported the implementation of service coordination in the Inner East area for 15 years through regular meetings, updates and forums. The IEPCP will continue to provide monthly updates to network members about ageing, disability and other health issues, initiatives and resources. We will also work with the EMR Alliance and other networks in the region to meet the needs of members in the future.

In health literacy news, participants from our partner organisations Access Health & Community and Carrington Health have been supported by the IEPCP to undertake the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health six month health literacy course which started this month. We look forward to being able to share the results of their project work with you via our bi-monthly Helper mail out.

We have also attended a number of workshops in the past month. The Department of Health & Human Services hosted an Alcohol Harm Prevention – Systems Enquiry Workshop. Stakeholders from the Eastern region including local government, community health and PCPs were invited to join a think tank style workshop to explore the current opportunities, barriers and need in the alcohol harm related space across the Eastern Region.

We also attended the VCOSS Community Services Industry Planning Forum as stakeholders to contribute to the action planning process. This was an opportunity to connect with many of our social services partners, as well as to hear about the policy themes that will be driving our shared work into the future, including the priority theme of Aboriginal self-determination. We were also privileged to hear a very interesting presentation on future proofing and planning in uncertain environments by Professor of Innovation and Public Policy at RMIT, Vishaal Kishore.

The IEPCP team have also been busy planning two key forums in May and June:

On 29 May Codesign: How to? will be delivered by the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) to explore codesign principles and methods. The forum is for practitioners in service delivery, health promotion and project design. For more information please contact raini.nailer@iepcp.org.au
And on 28 June we will host a Healthy Ageing Forum which will focus on building a foundation of understanding in the Eastern Region with a view to building on this through ongoing collaborative work. For information about this forum please contact Sharon.porteous@iepcp.org.au

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.