February-March has been an exciting time of high energy among partners, with many in the action planning phase, collaborating across the catchment and region. The IEPCP have been providing backbone support to the Community Health Integrated Health Promotion action planning focussing on social inclusion, and actively looking for opportunities to partner with local governments. We were invited to present on the topic of community connection and social inclusion, at the City of Manningham’s first Think Tank on this priority area – which was a dynamic morning led by Health Planner Vicki Martinez, and interacting with health and community sector representatives looking at local community issues and solutions. The IEPCP also had significant input to the TFER Evaluation, which is now looking at using the results to inform the next iteration of action planning; and also supported Women’s Health East in scoping a communications strategy for TFER.
The Vic PCP platform are also in strategic planning mode, developing future directions to guide the sector into the next couple of years, to be in the best position to influence state government in a time of ongoing reform. PCPs will be mapping skills and expertise, and developing a capabilities framework to show how PCPs are supporting current policy objectives and other planning platforms. In addition, Executive Officers will develop an agreed reporting and evaluation framework for PCPs; and key messaging to communicate the value add provided both to partners and government.
PCPs note there are changes occurring across planning platforms: – locally EMSIC (Eastern Metropolitan Social Issues Council) and the EMPHCC (East Melbourne Primary Health Care Collaborative) Alliance have disbanded, and EMHSCA (Eastern Mental Health Service Coordination Alliance) is undergoing some change in structure, with the IEPCP providing input to the latter through the Strategic Planning sub-committee. I also attended a sector consultation led by the Department of Social Services (Fed) attended by Volunteer resource/management services, looking at sector needs and outcomes – with the IEPCP keen to build on work established under EMSIC, with Volunteer services.
The IEPCP was also pleased to be invited by DHHS to a VicHealth roadshow showcasing work on Alcohol harm minimisation and Healthy eating; and a two day Masterclass delivered by Deakin University on Systems Thinking and Measuring Impact – all very comprehensive and informative to the work we are doing with partners.
The IEPCP is excited to have three new partners as signed members: MEDA (Melbourne East Disability Advocacy), Relationships Australia (Victoria), and EDVOS (Eastern Domestic Violence Service) – with representatives and their services to be customarily showcased in future editions of our e-bulletin in our ‘coffee with segment’. We also met with representatives from Jean Hailes women’s health, to explore future partnering opportunities.
Big news in-house, we are very excited to have Raini Nailer, our new Primary Prevention Coordinator commence with us and she is looking forward to getting out to meet with partners over coming months to look at how the IEPCP can build on prevention and population health in the catchment. (Check out the coffee with segment profiling Raini!)
Finally, the IEPCP is still recruiting for the Executive Committee – in line with the new strategic plan, there will be an election at the May meeting, so Expressions of Interest can be forwarded to me, in writing, by the end of March.