From the Executive Officer’s Desk: September 2018

Academic engagement
August at the IEPCP has had a strong academic focus. We began by meeting with Dr Lena Gan, Program Director of the Master of Ageing at the University of Melbourne School of Population & Global Health to discuss how we might strengthen our partnership with the University around Ageing. Some may remember Dr Gan as the keynote speaker from our recent Healthy Ageing forum. I also attended a Grattan Institute seminar on Primary Care in Australia to hear Emeritus Professor Hal Swerissen, Dr Amanda Kenny and Dr Stephen Ducket discuss challenges, opportunities and make recommendations. We were also delighted to welcome two health promotion students Tarsha & Jacqui from Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, who will be working with our community health integrated health promotion team.

Social Inclusion
The Social Inclusion Community of Practice has also got into full swing. In August we delivered two sessions – the first led by Dr Iain Butterworth for the Department of Health and Human Services with a presentation on his work in Liveability; and a second led by Dr Sue Rosenhain, formerly from Women’s Health East, with a workshop on Program Logic methodology and its practical application. The Community of Practice will continue to develop as a space where partners in the catchment can come together and share project updates, challenges and ideas, and provide suggestions for external capacity building support. The IEPCP also provided coordination support for the reporting of the Integrated Health Promotion Plan Action Plan for 2017-2018 to DHHS – which captured considerable information on the health promotion activity by community health, across Boroondara, Manningham, Whitehorse, and Monash local government areas; and the partnership work of the collaboration and IEPCP.

Australian Health Promotion Association Symposium
In August the IEPCP and our partners Access Health & Community, Women’s Health East, and the OEPCP, presented at the Australian Health Promotion Association Symposium in Canberra. While the politicians were capturing national attention, across the road at Old Parliament House our regional work in the prevention of violence against women and social inclusion was being showcased to health promotion practitioners and leaders from health services, universities and governments across Australia.

Sophie Allen, the IEPCP Research & Evaluation Coordinator, and David Towl, Access Health and Community’s General Manager Health Promotion, presented on our partnership work and facilitated discussion around our systems focused intervention to address social exclusion. We were also pleased to be supporting Jayde McBurnie, Women’s Health East TFER (Together for Equality and Respect) Manager, and Laura Newstead, OEPCP Prevention Coordinator, in their presentation on the regional partnership work and intersectionality focus of the new TFER Action Plan 2017-2021. It was gratifying to note the strong national interest in the innovative systems change work being done in Victoria, and the strong partnerships developed through leadership by Women’s Health and Primary Care Partnerships across Victoria. You can see a wrap up of the Symposium on Croakey.

The IEPCP has also met with the leadership of the Volunteer Resource Centres from the East region to explore how the IEPCP could support the strengthening of volunteering and social inclusion. The group discussed recent sector changes and recommended the establishment of a monthly working group to address recommendations gathered from a region wide consultation undertaken by the IEPCP.

Health Service Innovation Forum
Lastly I had the opportunity to attend a stakeholder engagement forum hosted by the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network and Eastern Melbourne Primary Care Collaborative, with local organisations presenting on health service innovations, and from the very entertaining and fascinating Professor Les Toop, Head of Department of General Practice University of Otago, Christchurch, and Chair of Pegasus Health New Zealand. All in all, there is some amazing innovation and work for change going on. It was such a privilege to be exposed to it.

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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