From the Executive Officer’s Desk: May 2021

I hope everyone had a safe and restful Easter break enjoying the glorious Autumn weather if you were in Victoria. I didn’t get to Byron Bay, but it will happen!

April can be summed up as a month of thinking and planning for the IEPCP and for so many of our partners. It was exciting to meet with Victorian Department of Health representatives and hear a high-level overview of the transition process for PCPs to move from the current state to the future state next year. PCPs will be actively partnering with the Department in transition planning and will be supporting them with information to assist in refining our place in the overall reform. An announcement about the reform and future state will be made by the state government in due course. We anticipate going into transition implementation around September and to be fully transitioned by April 2022, reform agenda timelines permitting. So, much like our partners, we will be continuing with current work, finishing up some activity and preparing for the next stage.

Local government health and wellbeing consultations

It has been exciting to join partners and contribute to health and wellbeing consultations held by the City of Manningham, City of Monash, and City of Whitehorse. Comprehensive presentations of data and health profiles of the respective communities and ongoing and emergent priorities were shared and will form the basis of the next four-year iteration of Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans. I am always left in awe of the extensive capability and work happening within local government toward improving health and wellbeing.

Our Partners work

Another terrific and rich consultation was held by Women’s Health East, lead agency for the cross sectoral, partnership driven, Together for Equality and Respect Strategy, also up for review and a new iteration. The most stimulating part of these consultations was to hear about the successes and findings of Gender Equity practice, and how these are translating into continuous improvement and effectiveness. It is wonderful to see what has been achieved, the differences that have been made, and the visions and new strategic directions unfolding.

I also had a lot of fun chatting with our Board Chair, and CEO of Eastern Volunteers, Viv Cunningham-Smith in our coffee with segment. I heard about the range of services provided and how they significantly changed to meet the needs during the pandemic, and what they are taking forward – do grab a coffee and tune in!

Tackling Ageism Together: EveryAGE Counts in Melbourne’s East

You will also see Viv and our Board have enthusiastically joined in the IEPCP led ageism campaign, in partnership with the seven councils in our region, and the Eastern Community Legal Centre, and taken the EveryAGE Counts pledge to stand for a world without ageism.

We were very proud to receive congratulations from the Co-Chairs of EveryAGE Counts, Robert Tickner AO and Dr. Marlene Krasovitsky, on the ageism campaign launch and I would like to share a couple of paragraphs received from them:

“To say we are excited would be an understatement!

To take up the ageism campaign the way the councils have is just a magnificent contribution to raising public awareness of ageism in the local communities covered by the councils. It will also

help the councils themselves focus on how to go forward ensuring progress towards age-friendly local government areas.

Your participating councils have thus been trail blazers for local government in Victoria and we are delighted that the Municipal Association of Victoria is also displaying great leadership on these issues.

I honestly believe that local government across Australia has the potential to also join in this public education campaign and have much to learn from the work being undertaken through the Inner East Primary Care Partnership.”

It truly is a fantastic collaboration and extensive effort by all the local governments in the Inner and Outer East to show leadership on this very important issue and actively promote healthy ageing. Keep an eye out for their activity and join us and take the pledge!

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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