From the Executive Officer’s Desk: December 2017

The past month seems to have had a theme of meeting with and listening to leading academics on a range of relevant topics. Swinburne Business School presented to the IEPCP and partners on the development of SALUS – a web based digital tool that explores capacity to share explicit and tacit information in complex, multi-organisation collaborative settings. We also had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Angela Donkin from the University College London, on the topic of Health Inequity: The Social Determinants of Health and Collective Impact: Making the case for investment in prevention, courtesy of Deakin University and DHHS. Professor Ann Taket, from Deakin University also hosted a forum on social inclusion, and considerations in workplaces – and facilitated a dynamic interactive panel discussion with participants.

We were also very fortunate to hear from a range of expert speakers arranged by our partners at the various AGM’s throughout the month – sharing valuable insights and take home messages on key health and wellbeing areas. We also caught up with the Eastern Community Legal Centre, to both congratulate them on their recent successful funding submission that was supported by the IEPCP, and to hear about proposed work in Elder Abuse Prevention as a result.

I also attended the launch of the Together for Equality and Respect Strategy 2017-2021 which will guide collective action in the prevention of violence against women in Melbourne’s East. Women’s Health East organised a number of fantastic presenters including the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins to speak about her leadership in Human Rights and the role of leaders in supporting change. WHE also showcased a short powerful film featuring women survivor advocates, called Busting the Myths. The very successful event concluded with Kate and Survivor media spokeswoman Nicole launching the exciting new strategy.

The IEPCP also had the opportunity to provide a submission response to the Victorian Government’s discussion paper (DELWP – Smart Planning Program – Reforming the Victoria Planning Provisions), in support of the Action on Alcohol Flagship Group advocacy to reduce alcohol harm in the region. In other activity, the IEPCP, together with the Outer East (OEHCSA) continue to provide input to the Victorian PCP in the development of the new Strategic Plan for PCPs across the State, and to local governments in the catchment who are working through their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing planning and action planning in collaboration with partners.

The IEPCP will be launching our own Strategic Plan during December, and we are very pleased to have secured Dr. Shelley Bowen, the Managing Director of Health Futures Australia – who formerly stewarded Healthy Together Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government. We look forward to her sharing expertise on leading preventative health at the systems level.

The IEPCP farewells Kristine Olaris, CEO of Women’s Health East, from our Executive Committee at the end of this year and we thank her for her valuable contribution to the governance of the PCP over the last five years.

From all the team at the IEPCP we wish you a safe, relaxing and pleasant summer break, and a happy new year for 2018.

Tracey Blythe

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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