Community Engagement

We are committed to building the capacity of our partners in community engagement as a core pillar of understanding and addressing local health and wellbeing needs.

Join the dots: Strengthening connection with community and building networks

Community connectors notice and respond to issues in their community, connecting people with information, resources and organisations. COVID-19 highlighted the important role of strong networks with community leaders and connectors to ensure information and supports were provided.

In October 2020, the IEPCP in partnership with the EMR Community Engagement Interest Group, delivered a forum about the concept of community connectors in the context of multicultural communities and ways to improve links with local community connectors and the hardly reached to improve access to services.

Dr Carolyn Wallace, social researcher and experienced manager and leader in health and community services, provided an overview of her recent research on community connectors and development of the Community Connector Framework to improve access to services. Community connectors shared their rich insights and experiences about how they work with and connect their own communities. View the full recording:


Title Date Type Author Files
IEPCP Forest Hill Dementia Friendly Community Co-design Evaluation 2020

Presents the findings of an evaluation of the co-design process for the Forest Hill Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) work in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne 2019

01/06/2021 Document
IEPCP Co-design & Consumer Participation Survey Report

A report on the uptake and status of consumer engagement and participation in health and community services operating in the inner east of Melbourne using the Australian Government Department of Health Stakeholder Engagement Framework.


10/09/2018 Report Inner East Primary Care Partnership
TACSI Co-design Resource Bank

Tools and resources to support co-design work

06/08/2018 Link The Australian Centre for Social Inclusion
Community Connectors Framework

This framework illustrates how health and community care professionals can tap into the boundary spanning activities of ‘community connectors’ to improve access to health and community services.

06/05/2021 Link
SBS Cultural Atlas

An educational resource providing comprehensive information on the cultural background of Australia’s migrant populations to improve social cohesion and promote inclusion.

06/05/2021 Link SBS
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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