From the Executive Officer’s Desk: April 2020

Dear partners, this is quite a different bulletin to my usual sharing of activity across the catchment.

I acknowledge the incredible workload of all partners having to quickly respond to pandemic crisis prevention and to reorientate your organisations to ensure safety and business continuity as much as possible – whilst cancelling and postponing a lot of planned activity.

The IEPCP has similarly been transitioning toward settling into the new normal and reassessing the way we work. Cognisant of this being a time for organisations to change and build interim structures and processes, we have been thinking deeply about how to best support partners as you transition, as well as how to best foster partnerships in this climate.

The IEPCP practising social distancing at our final team meeting in Box Hill

We are working with the OEPCP to utilise The Well to support partners with relevant information and resources to support Covid19 responses. We continue to connect and support partners and are adapting work to use new technologies, while continuing to investigate new and better ways of working. We are beginning to reach out to speak with partners about what you are dealing with, your short term needs​ and what is most important, and your thinking into the medium term. I’d like to thank organisations who have shared their thoughts, and overcoming weeks this will assist us to coordinate activity and mechanisms to respond. We believe partnerships and sharing good practise, new ideas, and supporting one another is more important than ever at such times.

Bonnie Coogan leads an integrated health promotion zoom meeting this week

While this situation requires an immediate service response to manage the wide-ranging impacts on the community, particularly those most vulnerable, maintaining focus on prevention and health promotion is also vital to ensure collective wellbeing and maximise community resilience. These coming months provide an opportunity to monitor the effects on our communities and identify new directions, or perhaps reinforce our priorities and garner collaborative effort. We look forward to supporting our partners in their efforts. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any other member of the IEPCP team to communicate your needs.

On a final note we have some IEPCP news to share. Our Primary Prevention Coordinator Steph Ashby, currently on secondment to VicHealth, has accepted a new role at City of Yarra as Senior Planner, Community Health and Safety. We wish Steph success as she undertakes this exciting opportunity and thank her for all the skills and hard work that she brought to her role at IEPCP.

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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