From the Executive Officer’s Desk: June 2018

Inner East PCP Board elections for the next four year term have been held, with Kevin Feeney being re-elected as Chair, and all other members renominating – Ronda Jacobs CEO of Carrington Health, Adam McLeod CEO Outcome Health, Peter Warden Regional Manager Eastern at Neami National, Viv Cunningham-Smith CEO Eastern Volunteers, and Leah Anderson South East Regional Manager Annecto. Congratulations and thankyou to all for your dedication. I would also like to congratulate Kevin Feeney who was also elected as Chair of VicPCP – we are very fortunate to have the Vic Chair on our Board.

The IEPCP is excited to welcome another new partner – Cairnmiller Institute – following a meeting with Mandy Taylor, Director of Clinical Services (look out for Mandy’s profile in a future Coffee with…). It was interesting to hear about the work of Cairnmiller, and a couple of their local programs: The Big Tent which assists early childhood professionals in health or educational settings to support vulnerable children who need assistance with difficulties that may impact upon their education; and SAGE Successful Ageing for Growth and Enjoyment – a monthly series of sessions for older adults, focused on mental health issues that provides psychological tools for coping with problems commonly associated with ageing.

We were also sad to farewell staff member Samina Alam, who provided valuable communications support to the IEPCP and all round general support to us all. Samina has been successful in obtaining a health promotion position in local government. We will miss her warmth and enthusiasm.

Last month the IEPCP were pleased to be invited to support and contribute to the work of partners including Whitehorse Councils Prevention of Violence Against Women working group and Reconciliation Advisory Committee, and the Chronic Illness Alliance special interest group on horticultural therapy, the launch of Eastern Domestic Violence Service’s Level Playing field project, PAGE, and attend the Eastern Community Legal Centre’s partnership dinner to hear from Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, on the fascinating topic of Health Justice.

Meanwhile key pieces of work continue through our work as the backbone organisation supporting the Integrated Health Promotion Plan across the Inner East. Most recently we have been engaged in developing an evaluation framework and scoping a needs analysis to support community actions. Staff involved in the Together for Equality & Respect Evaluation working group finalised the evaluation ‘At a Glance’ document, doing a wonderful job of condensing an extensive amount of captured data into a usable resource to guide future planning – congratulations to the working group on producing an excellent resource. I encourage partners to have a look at this. Last minute work has also been going on behind the scenes to get the new look of ‘The Well‘ ready for its launch – we would love to hear your feedback.

A  highlight for the IEPCP last week was to host TACSI – The Australian Centre for Social Innovation – to deliver a highly successful and “transformational” forum on co-design for 64 of our Inner East partners, and other organisations from the EMR. Participants were introduced to the concept and methodology of co-design, had the opportunity to apply tools and learnings to current work, and to identify opportunities to enhance collaborating with people with lived experience. Outcomes of this forum, and resources will be shared in the July IEPCP E-bulletin.

Work is underway to host a further forum, on Healthy Ageing on 28 June. Register for this forum to hear about the current policy environment, local work, and the launch of an academic paper produced for the IEPCP by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI).

Tracey Blythe
Inner East PCP EO

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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