PCPs lead community change and should not be cut

The PCP Partnership Platform has been an effective mechanism for governments, organisations and local communities to tackle complex health and wellbeing challenges, since the year 2000.

The Inner East Primary Care Partnership is one of the largest of 28 across Victoria, servicing the local government areas of Boroondara, Manningham, Monash, and Whitehorse; and works collaboratively with the Outer East PCP to support partnerships in the East region. Increasingly, PCPs have moved to concentrate effort in Population Health Prevention, primarily because it’s a more cost-effective response to prevent the need for acute health and other services, and contributes to healthy, resilient, productive and connected communities.

With PCP funding agreements only certain until 31 December 2019, we have growing concerns that our long-standing funding may not be rolled over. Advice from the Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos, 12/9/2019 is that No decisions have been made about primary care partnerships. We have been operating on advice from the Department of Health and Human Services that our funding is recurrent, and have been waiting for a review to be undertaken. In the meantime, PCPs have complied a comprehensive example of achievements to showcase the range and depth of work we lead and support, and the VIC PCP Report into the contribution of PCPs to better health and wellbeing outcomes in our communities . Rural and regional PCPs have also published a report into their partnership approaches.

Whilst it is concerning that the Minister has not been able to commit to PCP future funding publically at this stage, the IEPCP team will continue on working with partners as usual towards empowering our local communities to thrive.

The IEPCP team want to share this situation with all of our partners. In response to the uncertainty, VicPCP is co-ordinating a State-wide advocacy campaign, to put the spotlight on the unique contribution that PCPs have within the health system, in particular providing additional support to the prevention workforce, and the IEPCP are supporting this campaign. Read the full Media Release from VICPCP’s Chair, Kevin Feeney for further information.

The Board of the IEPCP invite our valued partners to support our advocacy campaign, write a letter and tell us and local members of State parliament, the value of the IEPCP to your work, be inspired by what our partners are saying about us, and consider the impact that withdrawing this resource would have to your service and community. Visit our website for more information on the value of PCP’s,

IEPCP Board members: Kevin Feeney (Bestchance Child & Family), Ronda Jacobs (Carrington Health), Adam McLeod (Outcome Health), Vivienne Cunningham-Smith (Eastern Volunteers), Peter Warden (NEAMI), Sue Carlile (Family Access Network), Wina Kung (Mecwacare), and Tracey Blythe (IEPCP Executive Officer)

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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