October has been a busy time of finalising Strategic Planning processes. The Inner East PCP Strategic Plan 2017-2021 was endorsed by the Executive Committee on 26 October, and the Community and Women’s Health Integrated Health Promotion Strategic Plan 2017-2021 (bringing together Carrington Health, Access Health & Community, Link Health and Community, Women’s Health East, and the IEPCP) was completed for submission to the Department of Health and Human Services.
The new Inner East PCP Strategic plan marks a shift in some key directions:
- Alignment with directions proposed by the PCP peak body, Vic PCP, sees us taking a greater emphasis on prevention and moving away from Service Coordination
- In support of feedback provided by our partners, the Inner East PCP will strengthen our advocacy role
- Our leadership role will take a more strategic emphasis including; increasing engagement with Directors and Managers of services in the catchment from a broader range of sectors; linking to current partnerships; and developing cross-regional partnerships.
We will continue to build on our existing strengths and work with partners on the priorities of PVAW/Gender Equity, Healthy Eating, Alcohol Harm Minimisation, Healthy Ageing, and Health Literacy, and commence new work in Social Inclusion – supporting Integrated Health Promotion by providing a backbone function.
We are also keen to support organisational capacity building in Co-design/Community Engagement.
We look forward to launching our new Inner East PCP Strategic Plan with partners before the end of the year. An Evaluation Plan is being developed to measure the success of our value-add to partners. We will be engaging partners around the indicators that they would like to see us report on.
Community Services sector planning
I have also recently participated in supporting the Victorian Council of Social Services and the Community Services sector in the development of their industry wide plan. The sector is entering a time of significant change driven by State and Commonwealth Government reforms, and collaboration in planning is vital to ensure the sector can maximise the opportunity of the reforms, manage the impact of changes and meet increasing demand for services.
VCOSS, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Victorian community sector and Health and Human Services Partnership Implementation Committee (HSHPIC) were seeking input to their Community Service Industry Plan (CSIP) for Victoria, based on 10 key priority focus areas:
- workforce of the future
- place-based systems and services
- client-centred services
- strengthening outcomes
- flexible, person-centred funding models
- information sharing and technology innovation
- organisational and industry readiness
- embedding evidence
- governance and leadership and regulatory frameworks
It is also a time of AGMs for our partners, which provides a wonderful opportunity to hear about all the achievements and great work happening in the catchment. Liveability has also been in the spotlight, with a seminar on age-friendliness and liveability delivered by DHHS and LaTrobe University as part of a Healthy Ageing symposium, and a Designing Healthy Liveable Cities conference showcasing the latest evidence on urban design to maximise health and wellbeing – an area of significant interest for many of our partners in the Inner East of Melbourne. We have uploaded the RMIT University research report on liveability indicators to our resources.