G21 received notification from the Victorian Primary Care Partnership (PCP) transition team regarding the transition. In that letter, G21 was notified that the PCP funding would be remaining in the Barwon region but transferring to the recently created Public Health Units. For the Barwon Region, the PHU BSW is auspiced by Barwon Health. This process is due for completion by March 2022. This will also mean an amalgamation of the BSW Regions 3 PCPs- G21, SWPCP and SGG PCP.
There will be a special meeting of the Audit and Risk Committee on Monday 25 October to discuss the financial implications. The G21 budget was completed for the 21/22 FY based on only PCP funds until March 2022, so has no implications for this financial year, however a longer-term plan will need to be developed for G21 in regard to the ongoing operations, given that the PCPC funding offers a significant contribution to G21. Reputational risk will also need to be considered, given the volume of additional state government funding and philanthropic funding the PCP attracts into G21.
Discussions continue around the transition process with DH, DFFH and Vic PCP. At the HWB Pillar Executive meeting on Friday 13 August, the PCP Transition Director highlighted the “exemplary” role of the PCP within G21, and that individual “unique” arrangements are under consideration. Whilst the transition is a state-wide transition, there is opportunity to shape the model of the PCP governance in our region over the coming months. Further details will be shared by DH and DFFH over the coming months. A special G21 HWB Pillar Executive meeting is being held on Fri 22 October to discuss how the Executive can influence the co design of the transition process.
The Community Health IHP consultation has begun and ceased until sometime into 2022 in relation to the DH release of new guidelines for Integrated Health Promotion funding across Victoria. The IHP guidelines intersect with the future of new PCP guidelines, and the HWB Pillar staff are taking an active role in advocating for place based, partnership approaches to continue to remain a part of IHP guidelines.
The next 6 months are critical in shaping where and how the PCP will be utilised in our region. Any transition plan developed will be on the basis of guaranteeing no reduction in funding and no involuntary job losses (PCP Program funded positions). It is also critical to note that the G21 HWB Pillar Executive completed a substantive review around risks of the PCP funding to G21 and the Pillar, and as a result, endorsed the decision to separate the G21 HWB Pillar from the PCP funding in 2018. This means that the Pillar is structured so as not to be reliant on the PCP funding and is a sustainable model.
The Regional HEAL (Healthy Eating and Active Living) was on 30 September, facilitated by Geoff Brown to lay out the next 1-4 years. Commitments to specific projects and activity were made by partner organisations on the day. This also includes a strong focus on capacity building for the region.
The decision late last year was made by the G21 HWB Pillar Executive to endorse the four regional priority areas for both Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plans and Health Integrated Health Promotion Plans for the next 4 years.
These regional priorities are Gender Equality, Social Connection, Enabling Healthier lifestyles through Healthy Eating and Active Living and Climate Change and its effects on health. This regional approach has set the foundation for current MPHWB Plans (all 5 incorporated into Council Plans).
The Connected Communities project exploring social isolation and social connectedness has received the delightful news that the model used to complete the “Local and Vocal” youth summit late last year is being rolled out across the West Division DHHS, with the intention of making this a state-wide model. The project engaged young people in an online forum, led and facilitated by young people’s voices in co-designing activities that increase social connection with a focus on mental health.
The “Growing up in G21” project is finished. Together with G21’s 5 LGAs and the Bethany Group, a communications plan for the launch of the document will be available shortly. “Growing up in G21” is anticipated to form that basis of LGAs Early Years Plans and provides early years services a platform to create shared metrics across the region, to monitor over time to effect meaningful change in the delivery of early years services in the G21 Region. A launch event is planned for Children’s Week.
Other activities include evaluation of the Prevention of Violence against Women and Children work, and subsequent planning for PVAW and Gender Equality for the G21 region.