From the Executive Officer’s Desk: September 2017

Latest news at the IEPCP
Last month we farewelled Sally Missing after three years at the helm and the Inner East PCP Executive appointed myself, Tracey Blythe, as Acting Executive Officer. A key task for me this month has been to develop the 2017-2021 IEPCP Strategic Plan – due to be finalised by the end of October. Staff and the Executive have been working closely with consultant Jason Rostant over July and August to establish a draft strategic framework to capture activity and position the organisation going forward. Consultation with partners in 2016, together with a current environmental scan and SWOT analysis, has contributed to the drafting of the pillars and key focus areas, and possible strategies over the next four years. A partnership workshop is planned for 27 September, to present and test the draft, and seek feedback regarding priorities, gaps, and any opportunities. We are very keen to hear from our partners how we can best add value and how to best position the organisation for the challenges ahead.

Please email mailto:jenny.wood@iepcp.org.au if you haven’t received an invitation to this event and would like to participate.

New members
The IEPCP is delighted to welcome two new members for the month of August: Campbell Page and Eastern Volunteers . We look forward to a close association, and to profiling their work in coming weeks.

Community and Women’s Health Integrated Health Promotion Plan
A second staff/management workshop was held on 17 August, facilitated by the IEPCP, to support the Action Planning phase of planning. The workshop was attended by DHHS, and also Eastern Health and EACH (Inspiro Community Health were apologies) who were keen to share in the learnings of the Inner East Community Health Services’ and Women’s Health East collaboration to date. The workshop successfully developed a draft shared vision and shared objectives, exploring social inclusion, the determinants, links to the outcomes framework, and the relationship to Liveability. Further work will be undertaken by the management group and IEPCP to develop a template for a strategic plan for the next four years, for discussion with the funding body DHHS.

Metropolitan Partnerships
Six Metropolitan Partnerships have been established by the State Government, across Victoria: Eastern – local government areas of Yarra Ranges, Manningham, Maroondah, Knox, Whitehorse, Monash; and Inner South-east – includes Boroondara. Robin Whyte (CEO EMPHN) is Chair of the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership. She has extensive experience in health policy and strategy, service system reform and health care improvement. Alicia Darvall is Chair of the Inner South East and Executive Director of Global Partners for B Lab and works with entrepreneurs to build on their values, engage with community and stakeholders and focus on measuring their impact.

The Metropolitan Partnerships provide a new and coordinated way for communities to advise government on what matters in their region and determine priorities. Working closely with their communities, the Partnerships will identify opportunities for driving improved social, economic and environmental outcomes and advise the government on actions that can make a real difference to the livability and prosperity of their metropolitan region. It was an exciting opportunity for the IEPCP to be involved in the first annual Assembly of community, in both the Inner South East, and Eastern regions, to help shape this direction.

Healthy Eating
The IEPCP continues to work closely with DHHS and the OEHCSA to scope the establishment of a regional strategic nutrition network. The PCPs and practitioners working in prevention in this space will be providing input to DHHS central to develop progress measures toward health and wellbeing outcomes, in a workshop on 5 September.

Health Literacy Development Course
Following our successful Health Literacy course last year, we are delighted to be partnering again in 2017 with the Outer East Health and Community Service Alliance (OEHCSA) and the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health, to deliver another 8 month course designed to build organisational capacity in health literacy. This provides an important opportunity for organisations to enhance access and equity for communities across the EMR and we recommend that you click here  to read about the course evaluation, watch the videos, and fill in an application form. A maximum of 10 organisations will be able to participate in this round.

Dementia Awareness Month
September is Dementia Awareness Month and a good time to tell you about the work the IEPCP is doing with some of our partners, building a Dementia Friendly Community in Forest Hill. There are an estimated 1,383 people in Forest Hill currently living with dementia. A dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia and their family and friends are supported to live their life in the way they choose.

A working group is currently consulting with the general community in Forest Hill and people living with dementia and their family/carers, in partnership with Whitehorse Council and Forest Hill Chase. We encourage anyone with a connection to Forest Hill and an interest in this issue to complete the general survey.

In conjunction with Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, the group has also organised a community information event during September called Worried about your memory?, which has enthusiastically booked out with 80 participants.

Becoming a dementia friendly community is about encouraging respect, equity, equality, human rights, non-discrimination, inclusion and access.

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.