Coffee with…Steph Ashby, Primary Prevention Coordinator, IEPCP

Can you tell us a little about the work you have been doing before joining the team at IEPCP?
I was working at City of Casey as a senior health planner. I loved the role but it was a short term maternity leave position. After 6 years travelling to work in various roles across Pakenham, Dandenong, Cranbourne and Narre Warren, I am excited to reduce my work travel time by working in the inner east! I have worked across local government and community health in health promotion and planning for most of my working life, with the occasional stint of practicing as a Dietitian (my original training). I worked in the Healthy Together Victoria workforce in my first role at Cardinia Shire Council, which was such an inspiring introduction to the world of health promotion and helped me get a passion for systems thinking from day one.

What excites and motivates you in your new role at IEPCP?
I am excited to get to know this new region that I am working in, all our partners, and the communities that they work with. I love learning new things and am hoping that once I understand the work already happening (there is lots!), I can find where I can add value and support or lead. I think PCPs play an important role in facilitating collaboration and networking, and supporting the region to work together…all things I am passionate about in my work!

What strengths do you see across the IEPCP partnership?
I have already seen some impressive examples of some long term partnerships in the inner east. It seems like it’s a great place to work, with lots of organisations with capacity around prevention, and a keenness to work together. Partnership work isn’t easy to do but I think it is some of the most important work.

Which coffee shops/parks/restaurants are you looking forward to trying in Box Hill?
I just went to Tien Dat for lunch and it was delicious! I LOVE all things food and am so excited to explore all the cuisines Box Hill has to offer. Our office is directly opposite from Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart shop, which I have already enjoyed a few times…yum! I am also looking forward to walks at lunchtime to see more of Box Hill.

If you could change one thing about the world right now, what would it be?
The lack of government action on climate change. If we could see around the world that governments (especially our own) were making real change to their policies and practices to reduce the impact of global warming, it would be fantastic….I wish!

If you weren’t working at IEPCP right now, what would you be doing?
Probably travelling overseas…or swing dancing. Or both!




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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