From the Executive Officer’s Desk: September 2020

Dear Partners,

On 14 August the Department of Health and Human Services wrote to inform PCPs of the release of the Primary Care Partnership Program Review undertaken by KPMG, and advised that “the findings of the Review are still being considered and decisions about the future of the PCP Program will be made in due course”.

The KPMG review highlights the need for transition processes and planning, which PCPs believe cannot be done in 3 months (our funding is in place to 31 December 2020) – it will require the Department and PCPs to work together over a longer period to be effective. PCPs have welcomed the review and see it as a positive step forward from the Department – PCPs have been indicating the need for change for some time.

We are working together as a Statewide platform to present our case to DHHS on how we propose to work with them on transitioning, and are currently in the process of developing a future PCP model for consideration that retains the strengths and benefits that the network currently provides. We are committed to working with our partners through this process, and once again say a sincere thank you to all partners for your input to the review and your strong advocacy.

In other news we welcome the announcement on 27 August by the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams, of a new ‘Orange Door’ to be established in the Inner East. The Orange Door network is already operating in five areas across the state, and we were excited to hear of further rollout in an additional five areas, including our catchment, as part of the commitment by the Victorian Government in supporting more women and children escape family violence, and to implement all the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The news was also very welcome amongst representatives of the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Family Violence Partnership led by our partners EDVOS.

In other partnership work, we have enjoyed working with the OEPCP to bring Mark Chenery to the region to deliver a Masterclass in Values Based Messaging. In two engaging and valuable sessions during August, Mark provided practical support to health and local government sector staff to craft effective social marketing, particularly with contentious and complex health and social issues.

It has also been a busy time working together with our three community health services AccessHC, Carrington Health and LinkHC, and Women’s Health East, on the annual report for the Inner East Integrated Health Promotion plan. As the ‘backbone organisation’ for the partnership, I was incredibly proud of the report and all the work achieved (particularly in such difficult circumstances), and the collaboration throughout.

The IEPCP is also really excited to have received such an enthusiastic response to our callout for expressions of interest in our Leadership for Systems Change course, commencing early September. We were delighted to offer 30 places to staff in leadership positions from four local governments in the region, East Metro Region Department of Health and Human Services representatives, health providers, and community sector partners of the IEPCP and OEPCP. This promises to be a dynamic capacity building opportunity to equip leaders to collaborate and drive transformative change in our local communities. We are also looking forward to our upcoming forum “Bounce Forward – Urban Resilience, in the context of Covid19 and beyond” and hearing from local governments across the region on what is happening and being planned.

This month the IEPCP have contributed a submission to the Family Violence Reform Rolling Action Plan 2020-2023 consultation to ensure that primary prevention partnerships are recognised for their contribution to the prevention of family violence across the State of Victoria and supported in their work in the 2020-2023 phase. The Together for Equality & Respect Evaluation recently found that six years of partnership under the TFER Strategy has created an environment in which action is becoming more sophisticated and there is improved readiness to take advantage of opportunity. The value of regional partnerships for primary prevention, and the importance of evaluating the impact of TFER over time, cannot be underestimated.

Partners are also reminded that the Consultation Paper for the National Preventative Health Strategy is now open for feedback.

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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