From the Executive Officer’s Desk: October 2021

Climate and Health

I am extremely grateful that the earth tremor was not more severe, and yet it somehow heightened for me the importance of focussing on our ‘climate and health’ priority. It is an issue that is emerging across many PCPs and amongst many health partners. As a member of the Climate and Health Alliance, I felt inspired attending a CAHA seminar with so many passionate organisations committed to working toward making the necessary changes as part of global efforts to sustain our planetary health. CAHA view the health sector as important leaders in communicating the health impacts of climate change, with key messages: Real, Urgent, Now.

Following the recent scientific evidence presented in the IPCC report on climate trends, and the concerning ramifications for health, the IEPCP initiated a campaign calling on our local Federal members to encourage Government to commit to the internationally agreed carbon emission targets at the upcoming Glasgow Conference of the Parties. As a public health organisation, which collaborates across so many sectors to address preventable health conditions, we are well placed to advocate with our partners for preventive action on climate change – thankyou to partners who joined us in writing.

We also held a workshop for health promotion practitioners, in partnership with Link/Latrobe Community Health, exploring ‘Why climate change is a health promotion issue, and Integrating climate change within prevention activities’ generating a lot of enthusiasm and ideas. For those who missed the workshop, PCP colleagues are delivering a Climate Lens on Health Promotion free workshop 7 October.

Healthy Ageing

In other activity, we held a successful Intergenerational Practice workshop, facilitated by Lena Gan, who many will be familiar with from her past leadership of Healthy Ageing at Melbourne University. It was terrific to see the enthusiasm amongst participants for taking forward ideas generated. The forum was organised by Sharon Porteous, our Healthy Ageing and Engagement Coordinator, who we are sad to advise will be leaving us shortly to pursue a health role with a peak body. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the passion and support Sharon has demonstrated in collaborating with our partners on key priorities and wish her every success.

PCP Transition

In the Statewide PCP space, we have not yet heard further detail of our future transition, however we have received some recognition and support from the Department of Health with resilience and wellbeing strategies whilst they work toward finalising the model – and hope to have more to report in the next e-bulletin.

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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