Events and Discussions:
The Community Health IHP consultation has begun in relation to the DH release of new guidelines for Integrated Health Promotion funding across Victoria. The Department of Health and the Department of Fairness, Families and Housing both attended the G21 HWB Pillar Executive on Friday 13 August. They presented on the PCP Transition, and the draft IHP guidelines. G21 is the only PCP in Victoria to have the PCP Transition Team from the DH attend and present. Outlined the risks associated with the future state funding model. 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 Primary Care Partnership (PCP) transition process has begun, completion by March 2022. Discussions continue around the transition process with DH, DFFH and Vic PCP. These discussions are supported by a request for PCP transition documentation by the Department of Health. This documentation relates to the finances and the PCP operational budget, including implications of the potential loss of PCP funds to the auspice organisation. The documentation is also an opportunity to highlight the key achievements of the PCP, and any current and/or ongoing work in the region. The Director, Health and Wellbeing compiled this documentation.
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.
Projects for the year:
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) will occur on September 30th, facilitated by Geoff Brown to lay out the next 12 months – 4 years. Commitments to specific projects and activity will be made by partner organisations on the day.
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 completed. In conjunction with G21’s 5 LGAs and the Bethany Group, a communications plan re the launch of the document will be available shortly. “Growing up in G21” document 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.
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.
Next meeting: 15 November 2021.