The Team

The Inner East Primary Care Partnership (IEPCP) is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities of Boroondara, Manningham, Monash and Whitehorse.

Our energetic, skilled and knowledgeable team supports partner agencies across Melbourne’s Inner East to improve the coordination of services, the management of chronic illnesses and health promotion (preventative health). We work by providing advice on best practice and identifying opportunities to link partner agencies together to improve care and promote health.

Sharing values with our partners and with a mission to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for our communities is paramount to our success. Meet the team making it happen.


Tracey Blythe

Executive Officer

Tracey joined the IEPCP in 2017 and has career history in strategic & catchment based service planning, integrated population health planning, health promotion, and community development. Tracey has worked in leadership roles in Community Health Services, Local Government, NGOs, and the Community Legal Service sectors facilitating integrated planning, health policy, advocacy and establishing and managing community based programs. These have included areas such as Family Violence Prevention, Place based Community Planning, Alcohol harm minimisation, Food Security, Housing affordability, and Consumer Advocacy. Tracey has also been a sessional lecturer in Consumer Science, Community Development, Financial Counselling, Welfare, & Justice Studies. Tracey’s specialties are Strategic Planning, Partnerships, and Capacity Building.

Tracey has a Master of Social Science in Policy and Human Services Management, from RMIT, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development from Deakin. Tracey also has an Associate Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) and Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

When not at work Tracey supports a Timor-Leste friendship group, and enjoys swimming and documentary films.

Belinda Budd

Executive and Program Support Officer

Belinda joined the team at IEPCP in February 2019 to support our team across all areas of our business with her vast experience and organisational skills.

Having previously held a broad range of roles within both small and large organisations, Belinda has gained an extensive range of skills to address the support needs of the team at IEPCP. Some of these skills include the advanced ability in Microsoft Office, excellent organisation skills and seamless event coordination.

Her diverse role includes administration, event organisation and website maintenance and she brings strong customer service and organisational skills to the role.

Steph Ashby

Primary Prevention Coordinator

Steph joined the IEPCP in 2019 and has previously worked across health promotion and planning in local government and community health.

Originally trained as a dietitian, Steph found health promotion early in her career with her first job in the Healthy Together workforce at Cardinia Shire Council, where among other things she delivered a healthy dining project to increase access to healthier options. In this role, Steph enjoyed working with complex systems thinking and focusing on a place-based approach.

She then moved to Monash Heath as a Health Promotion Practitioner and Dietitian and was able to consolidate her systems thinking skills as well as learn and facilitate a developmental evaluation approach. She worked broadly across various settings to promote health and wellbeing including sports clubs, retail outlets, recreation centres and health services, and advocated for the inclusion of Healthy Choice in vending and retail contracts and policies.

Steph most recently worked at City of Casey as a Senior Health Planner, focusing on delivering and evaluating the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, building her understanding and experience in managing strategic plans and priorities.

Steph has a keen interest in sustainable food system approaches and is passionate about using a systems approach in her work to ensure she is always aware of the bigger picture.

In her personal life, Steph loves to travel, cook and also teaches swing dancing!

 

Sophie Allen

Coordinator - Research & Evaluation

Sophie joined the IEPCP in 2013 to write health planning and evaluation support resources for the online website The Well – a collaborative project between IEPCP and OEPCP. Since then her portfolio has developed and she now supports our partners through research and evaluation across all our priority areas under the IEPCP Strategic Plan 2017-2021.

Sophie’s main areas of work are social inclusion and the prevention of violence against women. She also leads IEPCP communications through the E-bulletin, The Well and the IEPCP website.

Sophie brings a variety of skills and expertise to the IEPCP partnership from her previous experience in law, journalism, and publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, and a Masters in Public Health from Deakin University.

When not at the IEPCP, Sophie enjoys pilates, walking and cooking and is a board member of Box Hill Community Information and Support Inc, a local NGO providing food relief and other support to disadvantaged people in Box Hill.

 

Sharon Porteous

Active Healthy Ageing Adviser - EMR

When Sharon joined the IEPCP in January 2015 as the Integrated Care Coordinator, the aged care and disability reforms were well underway,  seeing the focus of the role move away from Service Coordination and Integrated Chronic Disease Management.

With Sharon’s experience in working with older people from diverse backgrounds, her role now has a focus on healthy ageing, dementia friendly communities, elder abuse, codesign and supporting practitioners working with older people.

Prior to 2015, Sharon worked at the Migrant Information Centre (MIC), Eastern Region for 9 years with various roles which involved grant writing, project planning and delivery, policy development, delivering training, network facilitation, and direct client support. The focus of this work was on improving access to services for older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Sharon has also worked at Melbourne University, the Department of Health, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts from Ballarat and a Masters of Social Policy & Planning from Charles Sturt University.

Sharon is a committed daily exerciser and enjoys taking time out for pilates and yoga and planning her next holiday.

Kate Jeffery

Access & Inclusion Coordinator

Kate joined IEPCP in May 2019, as Program Support Coordinator.

Kate has extensive experience in the community health sector, most recently with Link Health & Community, where she had worked for the past four years. At Link, Kate’s role involved research, planning and strategy. This included program and service planning, undertaking research into community health and wellbeing needs, and networking with agencies and communities in Melbourne’s east and south-east to build relationships, understand community perspectives and improve responsiveness to community needs. As a community planning consultant, Kate has provided program support across a wide range of community health programs, including community mental health, alcohol and other drugs, early childhood intervention services, carer support and aged care programs.

Kate has a Master’s degree in Social Science (International Development) from RMIT and an honours Arts degree in urban geography from Monash University.

Sue Rosenhain

Manager Integrated Planning

Dr. Sue Rosenhain is the IEPCP’s Manager for Integrated Planning. She has a background in physiotherapy and health promotion, holding a PhD, Bachelor of Applied Science and a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Health Education. She has worked in a range of health and community service settings which have enabled her to pursue roles that reflect a social model of health, contribute to reducing inequities, promote continuous quality improvement and involve the community and other stakeholders in decision making. 

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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