From the Executive Officer’s Desk: July 2021

PCP Transition

PCPs are currently in the planning phase of transitioning to a new model. The Victorian Department of Health is conducting a deep dive into PCP operations, including gathering a snapshot of all the high-value functions and associated activities across PCPs. Our reports on these and ongoing discussions will be used to develop transition plans for each PCP to move into the ‘future state’ from April 2022.

Partner News

In other activities, the IEPCP has been receiving a lot of media interest in the Anti-Ageism campaign we are leading in the region with the seven EMR local governments. It was exciting to see mainstream media pick up on the issue around World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – recognising this is a relatively new discussion, with a lot of interest in the community. In support of this work, the IEPCP would like to congratulate Eastern Community Legal Centre on the launch of their Preventing Abuse of Older People Framework and Guide – a key primary prevention resource developed in partnership with the Eastern Elder Abuse Network and the Prevention Working Group – enthusiastically contributed to by the IEPCP.

I would also like to congratulate partner Women’s Health East, on the collaborative development of their new Strategic PlanInvesting in Equality and Wellbeing for Women 2021-2025, affirming the regional priorities of Advancing Gender Equity, Preventing Violence Against Women, and Sexual and Reproductive Health, and particularly recognising the disproportionate toll of the pandemic on women.

IEPCP News

With much anticipation, we reconvened participants from our Systems Leadership course to explore the establishment of a community of practice for systems leaders. It was inspiring to hear how what was learned has been integrated into leadership practice, and exciting to build the model that would create a space for collaboration, peer coaching, and testing of innovative ideas. We look forward to getting underway.

It was terrific to attend a presentation series from Southern Grampians Glenelg PCP, Central Vic PCP and Enliven PCP who have been leading the way in partnerships working on Climate Change and Health. With a focus on the disproportionate impacts on women and vulnerable population groups, applying a social justice approach to climate change and health will be a catalyst for social change. The IEPCP recently commenced consulting partners on their activity, interest and needs in this space.

I also enjoyed contributing at an event Manningham Council CEO Andrew Day and Mayor Andrew Conlon held. This was the first of an innovative series of Social Wellbeing Think Tanks with local service organisations to share information on service gaps, community infrastructure needs, current social issues, and to explore collaborative opportunities and potential partnerships. There was enthusiastic commitment from participants to workshop possibilities, and all appreciated Council for initiating the coordination.

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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