From the Executive Officer’s Desk: December 2018

November’s highlights have included the opportunity to attend many partner AGMs and hear about their great work both regionally and locally.

• Eastern Community Legal Centre hosted Keynote Speaker, The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission. Dr Patterson is a dynamic advocate on issues for older people, particularly elder abuse, which is a key priority for the ECLC and supported by the IEPCP through the Elder Abuse Reference Group.
• The Migrant Information Centre AGM was a heart-warming opportunity to listen to clients speaking about their experiences of the invaluable services received and the support of staff in assisting and connecting them to other services and community.
• Women’s Health East hosted media personality and feminist Jan Fran, who facilitated a discussion with three passionate women survivor advocates from the Speaking Out Program who spoke about the healing and rewarding aspects of participating and sharing their stories with other women – very inspiring.

Last month I was also privileged to meet CEO of our new IEPCP partner, Robert Putamorsi from BlueCross community and residential services. BlueCross is rapidly expanding across the State, with local residential communities and services in several inner east locations, and a variety of programs as well as home care services.

The IEPCP held a highly successful forum on Liveability, in partnership with DHHS. Keynote speakers Petrina Dodds Buckley & Pieta Bucello from Shire of Cardinia spoke about the success of their award winning Liveability Plan. Maureen Murphy also presented and engaged the audience of local government and health promotion practitioners around the food environment and links to urban planning.
We also attended and participated in a forum facilitated by the Centre for Ethnicity and Health, which brought together leaders and practitioners to discuss good practice examples and the enablers of a health literate organisational environment, and the difference this makes in enhancing communication between clients and service staff, and client empowerment.

The City of Manningham and City of Boroondara held their last Healthy City & Public Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee meeting for the year, both sharing the extensive achievements of the first year of their strategy implementation. I was pleased to be invited to speak to the committee at Manningham on the partnership work being led by the IEPCP together with Access Health and Community, Carrington Health, Link Health and Community, and Women’s Health East on social inclusion. On a sad note we also farewelled Raini Nailer our Prevention Coordinator, who had been supporting the work in social inclusion and also various local government committees in the catchment, and has taken up a local government position.

As we draw closer to the holiday period and our annual partner forum on 6 December, I have brought together the achievements of the IEPCP with our partners, in a report that can be found on the IEPCP website.

I invite all partners to have a glance through, to view the variety of areas and issues we support, and would welcome any feedback on the years activity through our 2018 Partnership Evaluation Survey.

This will be the last e-bulletin for the year, so I especially want to thank all of our partner organisations and staff for an amazing year of service to the community and wish you, your families, and clients an enjoyable festive season and relaxing break, and look forward to an exciting new year.

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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