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 four strategic priority areas from the EGPCP 2018-2021 Strategic Plan are:
- System Integration
- Family Violence
- Strategic Engagement & Partnerships
The aims of the East Gippsland PCP strategy are to:
- Facilitate and coordinate outcomes-focused, integrated prevention planning on changes outline in Well Place for Wellbeing for: Being active and eating well; Protecting our health; Resilient and connected communities.
- Enhance access to health services through interventions supporting organisational health literacy and cross-agency coordinator of services.
- Support existing partnerships and networks to identify gaps and strengthen local prevention of family violence initiatives in line with Well Placed for Wellbeing.
- Develop and sustain strategic partnerships and communications that support health and wellbeing in East Gippsland.