The Team

The Inner East Primary Care Partnership (IEPCP) is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities of Boroondara, Manningham, Monash and Whitehorse.

Our energetic, skilled and knowledgeable team supports partner agencies across Melbourne’s Inner East to improve the coordination of services, the management of chronic illnesses and health promotion (preventative health). We work by providing advice on best practice and identifying opportunities to link partner agencies together to improve care and promote health.

Sharing values with our partners and with a mission to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for our communities is paramount to our success. Meet the team making it happen.


Tracey Blythe

Acting Executive Officer

Tracey Blythe is Acting in the role of Executive Officer see below  information on Tracey..

Jenny Wood

Executive and Program Support Officer

Jenny joined IEPCP in 2002 and is the longest serving member of the team.  Prior to working for IEPCP, Jenny worked in a range of occupations including Property Rental Manager, Finance Consultant, Car Stock Controller, Business Manager, Beauty Consultant.

Her diverse role includes administration, event organisation and website maintenance and she brings strong customer service and organisational skills to the role.

When not at work, Jenny loves catching up with friends, travelling, cooking and spending time with her family.

Tracey Blythe

Coordinator - Prevention

Tracey joined the IEPCP in 2017 as Prevention Coordinator, with a career history in service planning, population health planning, health promotion and community development. Tracey has worked for Community Health Services, Local Government, Welfare, and the Community Legal Service sectors leading integrated planning, policy, advocacy and community based projects, and has been a sessional lecturer in Consumer Science, Community Development, Financial Counselling, Welfare, & Justice Studies. Tracey’s specialties are Strategic Partnerships, Social Policy, and Capacity Building, with current portfolios of primary prevention of violence against women; food security and healthy eating; alcohol harm minimisation; and social inclusion.

Tracey has a Master of Social Science in Policy and Human Services Management from RMIT, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community development from Deakin. Tracey also has a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

When not at work Tracey enjoys sailing, watching documentary films, and supports a Timor-Leste friends group.

 

Sharon Porteous

Coordinator –Integrated Care

As Integrated Care Coordinator, Sharon’s work is focused on completion of a Health and Wellbeing Needs Analysis of Older People in the Eastern Metropolitan Region and further development of Health Pathways Melbourne community resources.

In addition, Sharon facilitates the Service Coordination Practitioners Network, supports the Elder Abuse Prevention Program and organises seminars for practitioners to support them in their work.

Sharon joined IEPCP in 2015 after working at the Migrant Information Centre (MIC), Eastern Region for 9 years.

Sharon held various project and service roles during her time at the MIC and her work included: grant writing; project planning and delivery; policy development; training presentations; network facilitation and direct client support. However, most of her work was in the Home and Community Care program, with a particular focus on older people hence the high level of expertise she brings to this role.

Sharon has also worked at Melbourne University, the Department of Health and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts from Ballarat and has completed a Masters of Social Policy & Planning.

Sharon is a committed daily exerciser and enjoys taking time out for pilates and yoga.

Sophie Allen

Research Officer

Sophie is an expert in knowledge translation and brings a high level of skill and expertise to her work at IEPCP. Sophie writes health planning and evaluation support resources for the online collaborative health planning tool The Well; supports our partners with organisational development to improve health literacy; assists with evaluation and research and contributes written content to the IEPCP communications team via the successful E-bulletin.

Before coming to the IEPCP, Sophie worked at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), understanding the issues facing asylum seekers and working in the knowledge translation of sensitive political and research documents for the Campaigns Office of that organisation.

Sophie has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and a Masters in Public Health from Deakin University. Her Masters thesis was a review for a Foundation House intervention for young Afghan asylum seekers.

When not at the IEPCP, Sophie enjoys pilates, walking and cooking and is a board member of Box Hill Community Information and Support Inc, a local organisation providing food relief and other support to disadvantaged people in Box Hill.

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.