Coffee with… Bonnie Coogan, Primary Prevention Coordinator, IEPCP










The IEPCP welcomes Bonnie Coogan to the team as she undertakes a secondment as our Primary Prevention Coordinator until the end of June 2020.

What was your role at Access HC before you came to IEPCP?
I was a Health Promotion Practitioner. I mainly led our work with schools around Respectful Relationships Education, as well as supporting sporting clubs and early childhood centres on gender equity and social inclusion projects. I also dabbled in some health literacy and internal gender equity work.

What excited and motivated you to take the secondment to the IEPCP?
The challenge of trying something new and in a slightly more strategic role than my previous one. Also the fact that I still get to work with most of my wonderful Inner East colleagues. As corny as it sounds, working with others and working in partnership is one of my favourite parts of health promotion. So it will be great to be able to have a large focus on this in my new role, and very fitting that it is at the PCP.

What are you looking forward to most in your new role?
To see how the work that is currently happening in the Inner East will progress and change as time goes on. With the introduction of the latest Public Health and Wellbeing plan and various other changes that are going on in the sector at the moment, it will be interesting to see how that transforms the work that is currently happening in the region.

I am also keen to see how this work progresses from a different point of view. It will be a change to move from working on projects myself to supporting partners who are working on projects, but one that I am looking forward to.

What strengths do you see in the partners and stakeholders of the IEPCP community?
A lot! If I had to summarise I would say that there is so much enthusiasm and passion in the region, as well a strong commitment to working together. You can learn content knowledge over time, but I don’t think you can teach people attributes that enable collaboration.

If you could change one thing about the world right now, what would it be?
For politicians and people in positions of power to take real action on the issues that are affecting people in Australia, and ultimately the world.

If you weren’t working at IEPCP right now, what would you be doing?
I would be traveling overseas, somewhere warm and sunny for sure. In the event that I couldn’t travel forever and had to work (highly likely), then I think I would like to work in the communications field, doing something around health communication, or have my own clothing and homewares store.

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.

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