Funding needed to continue primary care partnership’s work

Campaspe Shire Council, as part of the Campaspe Primary Care Partnership, is calling on the Victorian Government to support the continuation of funding past 2019 for primary care partnerships across Victoria.

Mr Paul McKenzie, Deputy Chair of Campaspe PCP and a General Manager of Campaspe Shire, said 28 primary care partnerships operate across Victoria and funding security beyond by 31 December 2019 has not been provided.

“In the last two years of operation, PCPs across Victoria have delivered almost 300 public health prevention initiatives across the state and coordinated 120 prevention networks, engaging more than 500 health promotion practitioners,” Mr McKenzie said.

“At a local level, Campaspe PCP has 44 member organisations, representing the health, community services and education sectors and facilitate ten local partnership groups.”

“They are the glue between different organisations that deliver health and wellbeing outcomes. Using a partnership model, their job is to assist the member organisations to collaborate with each other around the development of a shared Health Plan for Campaspe and to improve service integration so that the consumer’s experience is seamless, regardless of how many different services or organisations are involved.”

“Health planning is the most efficient way of ensuring that all health organisations are working towards the same goals. Without PCPs the systems and relationships established and maintained by PCP will break down and our communities will be the worse for it.”

Another key focus has been improving access to services, producing a number of resource materials to help the community including:

  • Rural support wallet card
  • Emergency food and support services brochures
  • Campaspe directory of health and community services
  • Echuca Moama early years directory

“Campaspe PCP has also secured funding for specific projects to benefit our community,” Mr McKenzie said.

Some of these have included the:

  • Campaspe Murray Vibrant Volunteer project – building capacity of our volunteer network
  • Dry Seasonal Preparedness – mental health support and coordination with a particular focus on the Mental First Aid program
  • Loddon Mallee Dementia Pathways
  • Welcoming Business Program

“The current uncertainty will see PCPs loose their staff skill base and could potentially erode PCPs as their staff look for more certainty for their futures,” Mr McKenzie said.

“We understand the Victorian Government will shortly be considering ongoing funding for PCPs and it is important a positive outcome is achieved to ensure their critical work in the sector is continued.”

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