From the Executive Officer’s Desk: August 2019

IEPCP EO Tracey Blythe is currently exploring her West Australian dream destinations of Margaret River and Broome. In her absence the IEPCP are pleased to share some updates from our work and that of VIC PCP, our peak body and a voluntary alliance of the 28 Primary Care Partnerships in Victoria.

IEPCP Physical Activity Forum

We had a terrific attendance to our “Physical Activities for the over Sixties” forum on 4 July with 59 participants from local councils, community health services, neighbourhood houses, sport and recreation centres and aged care services. We aimed to improve participants’ knowledge of what is recommended for people over sixty and provide ideas on how to increase participation, through strategies that target under-represented groups and thinking about the different types of programs that could be offered. Highlights were world-renowned keynote speaker, Professor David Dunstan from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, explaining the urgent imperative to move more and sit less, and AusDance Victoria’s Dr Katrina Rank who took us through some seated dance moves. We heard about being more inclusive and targeting under-represented community members, seniors exercise parks, outdoor camps for seniors, the benefits of walking football, self-assessment tools and resources for providers, and the Victorian Government’s Active Victoria strategy. It was a fabulous opportunity for cross sector networking and to inspire ideas to motivate more people over sixty to become physically active. Participants valued the chance to learn about each other, improve their understanding of the importance of community involvement in designing activities, and find new ways of encouraging physical activity.

TFER Evaluation

Many of you involved in the TFER partnership will have been busy filling in the evaluation survey and contributing your perspectives through evaluation interviews over the past month. We thank you for the time and energy you have put in to this. The Evaluation Working Group research team are busy compiling transcripts and de-identifying the data before tackling the Interim Evaluation Report, due to be disseminated in January 2020. We would like to also take this opportunity to farewell outgoing TFER Manager Jayde McBurnie and thank you for her hard work and inspiring leadership during her time at Women’s Health East.

VIC PCP Resources

We are delighted to be able to share with you the following resources from VicPCP

Submission to the Mental Health Royal Commission

Submission to the Victorian Public Health & Wellbeing Consultation 

VIC PCP Case Studies

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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