The State Government funds 30 Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) across Victoria to improve access to services and continuity of care for people through improved service coordination, as well as chronic disease prevention, integrated health promotion, and partnership development.
The East Gippsland Primary Care Partnership (EGPCP) is a voluntary partnership of health and community organisations working together towards achieving better health outcomes for the community across the East Gippsland local government area.
With a vast landscape equating to approximately 14% of Victoria, East Gippsland is a unique municipality with many small isolated communities and several larger townships that provide health and community services to a broad population. The EGPCP is an essential vehicle for facilitating and sustaining effective partnerships linking these community services together.
The organisational structures and processes established by the EGPCP guide the development of collaborative activity.
The Partnership is about the sharing of resources, trust, risks and decision making, cooperation towards shared and/or compatible objectives and negotiation of shared goals towards interests in a shared future.
The aims of the PCP strategy are to strengthen collaboration and integration across sectors in order to:
- maximise health and wellbeing outcomes
- promote health equity
- avoid unnecessary hospital presentations and admissions
The PCP has three integral domains:
- Early Intervention and integrated care
- Consumer and community empowerment