From the Executive Officer’s Desk: September 2021

Like most, we are back into the swing of doing things online, and its remarkable how we can all do this now with much more ease. Also remarkable has been the community response in stepping up for vaccination – I look forward to the relief of getting my second jab this week, and to a dropping infection rate hopefully soon.

PCP Transition

No news as yet on the ‘future state’ of PCPs, as we approach transition implementation phase. It was encouraging to note the Department of Health have acknowledged the impact of organisational uncertainty on PCP staff wellbeing and have agreed to support some health and wellbeing initiatives targeting staff resilience.

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Meanwhile, with business as usual, we had a terrific Leadership for Systems Change Community of Practice, on the topic of leading in a covid-hybrid environment. In a timely and practical session, our partners explored inclusive and creative facilitation processes to maximise engagement around systems change, then shared their experiences with peers. I would also like to take the opportunity to promote an interactive workshop about good intergenerational practice, as part of our campaign work to prevent Ageism. We will be exploring how Intergenerational practice can ‘bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contribute to building more cohesive communities.’ You can register for this event here.

We welcomed Agata Jarbin, new CEO of healthAbility to her first IEPCP Board meeting, and I also had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Kleinitz, new Executive Officer of the Outer East PCP – women with exceptional background experiences, we are very fortunate to have in the East.

It is also with great pleasure that we welcome back Alex Mills to undertake an exciting project documenting PCP activity in our region over the years as an important historical contribution to the outstanding work of partnerships and positive change.

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I would also like to acknowledge Gavin Foster, Manager, Dual Diagnosis and Service Development, Mental Health Program at Eastern Health for being elected the new Chair of Eastern Mental Health Service Coordination Alliance (EMHSCA), and also welcome Annette Rudd and Maree Overall, job sharing the Acting CEO role at Women’s Health East. I would like to personally congratulate Kristine Olaris, current CEO of WHE on her new appointment to CEO of the dynamic Fitzroy Legal Service. It has been such an enriching experience to work with Kristine and benefit from her extraordinary accomplishments in the East including the leadership of the Together for Equality and Respect (TFER) regional partnership and annual Gender equity campaign, women’s health and wellbeing initiatives and her establishment of GenVic. On behalf of the IEPCP Board (Kristine was a member of our Board for some time), and staff, we send our very best wishes in her exciting new role.

In other partner news, August was a busy month contributing to the finalisation of the Inner East Integrated Health Promotion Partnership four-year reporting – and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the vast range of activities our partners have delivered in challenging circumstances to improve our community’s health and wellbeing.

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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