From the Executive Officer’s Desk: September 2019

August in the Inner East saw a lot of activity, reporting on our Integrated Health Promotion Plan 2018-2019 and preparation for planning activities in 2019-2020. Congratulations to everyone involved on your effort in capturing all of the work and monitoring progress towards our shared goals in social inclusion and the prevention of violence against women and gender equity. The reporting achieved endorsement from the relevant CEOs, acknowledging the extent of the work, one quoting “contains some nice work!”

At the end of the month the IEPCP organised a shared planning day across both of the integrated health priorities. This whole day workshop brought health promotion practitioners and leaders together to plan prevention work and ensure that our efforts are aligned and that opportunities to work together are harnessed. This was the first time that PVAW practitioners and leaders had been involved in jointly IHP planning and it was wonderful to see this group together, working in collaboration with such generosity of spirit. It is a testament to the last six years of work under the TFER partnership that organisations are so well primed to be working together in this way. A big thank you to IEPCP staff Sue Rosenhain (Integrated Planning Manager) and Steph Ashby (Primary Prevention Coordinator) and our IHP Leadership Group for organising and facilitating this really productive day.

One of the highlights of the shared planning day was the summing up of activity by Bronwyn Forster, Project Manager Baby Makes 3, at Carrington Health/healthability. Bronwyn has extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities in the EMR and helped to stimulate the discussion by capturing our many thoughts and actions with illustration and song. We thank Bronwyn for bringing her perspective to our work and sharing this useful and engaging form of communication.


I would also like to thank Sophie Allen for acting in the EO role whilst I was away for most of the month, enjoying good health in a warmer climate exploring Western Australia. I managed to return in time to wish our Active and Healthy Ageing Advisor, Sharon Porteous, bon voyage as she headed off on leave until the end of September!

I was excited to see the release and publication of the new Victorian Public Health & Wellbeing Plan 2019-2023. This plan provides continuity for the priorities of the previous plan, while recognising two leading threats to health and wellbeing globally: the health impacts of climate change and antimicrobial resistance (the ability to effectively treat infections in our community), and with emphasis on four areas:

  • Tackling climate change and its impact on health
  • Increasing healthy eating
  • Increasing active living
  • Reducing tobacco-related harm, and
  • Reducing injury
  • Preventing all forms of violence
  • Decreasing the risk of drug-resistant infections in the community
  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Improving sexual and reproductive health
  • Reducing harmful alcohol and drug use

In other Inner East news, the IEPCP extends a warm welcome to Women’s Health East’s new Prevention of Violence against Women Manager, Samantha McGuffie. We look forward to working closely with Samantha as a TFER partner and active member of the TFER Evaluation, Action and Leadership Groups. We are also looking forward to joining in this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign #TotesGE Totally for Gender Equality. You can order your branded tote bags until Friday September 13th to raise awareness and conversation around gender equality. For more information and to order your bags visit

I was also privileged last month to join leaders from across the region, to commence development of the Regional Family Violence Partnership Strategic Plan in a development session (the first of two) led by well-known consultant in the field, Wei Ling Kwok, who did a fabulous job of taking us through a sector SWOT and steering us toward identifying current priorities.

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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