Issue 1/2017
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To the first edition of the Wellington Primary Care Partnership newsletter for 2017. In this edition you will find:

Message from Executive Officer - Angie Collins

Welcome to our first newsletter for the 2017 year.  The Wellington Primary Care Partnership (WPCP) is excited to bring you an update of the flurry of activity that has been happening within the WPCP and across our member agencies since our last newsletter.  We have been busy working both on a local level as well as working closely with the four other PCPs across Gippsland.  Together:

Over the past 17 years PCPs have been a vital support for the Victorian Health system and we couldn’t do that without a dedicated team.

WPCP Staffing
We have a couple of new faces in our team and some changes in roles across the health promotion programs. 

Amy Wakem has taken up the Health Promotion position at the Yarram and District Health Service.  Amy has come to us from Queensland and we can only hope that the winter is not too harsh for her.  Amy has jumped into her role with gusto and is currently working alongside the Healthy Wellington team in the planning phase of the new Healthy Wellington Plan.

Jessica Harkness is working two days a week in the WPCP Integrated Care programs.  Jess will be contacting local agencies and working on the ACIC (Assessment of Chronic Illness Care) as well as rolling out the Health Literacy guide to support agencies to become more health literate.  Jess is also back filling for Linde Coggan.  Linde is the CGHS Health Promotion officer who was seconded to the Healthy Wellington Workplaces position earlier last year.  Jess comes to us from a position at the Heart Foundation.  Jess’s enthusiasm is matched by her desire to ensure that our local schools, kindergartens and early learning centres have the opportunity to sign up for the achievement program.

Kerry Walker has also joined the team in the Executive Administration Assistant role.  Kerry is a local with many years’ experience in a similar role and has been enjoying the challenges of working in the health arena.  Kerry works Mondays to Thursdays.
Linde Coggan is continuing to work in the Healthy Wellington Workplace role and Megan Barnes is our Health Promotion Coordinator.

If you would like to speak to any of our team, please head to the back of this newsletter or go to our website or Facebook page.

With the endorsement from the CEO’s of the local Health Services, Wellington Shire and the WPCP in January 2017; the Healthy Wellington partnership will again plan and implement another integrated Healthy Wellington Plan for the next 4 years.  This is an exciting time for all our partners and planning is well underway.  A municipal scan has been conducted which identified national, state, regional and local health and wellbeing data, polices and plans.  This information has formed the basis of three priority areas.  They are Healthy Active Living, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Gender Equity.  These priority areas will be workshopped in late April using a systems thinking lens to determine the validity and scope of the priority area within the 2017-2021 plan.  Keep an eye out for the workshops as your feedback is valuable to us.


Mental Health First Aid

Due to the dairy Farmers Crisis, the State Government has invested money into Mental Health First Aid for the dairy farming communities. In Wellington, we were successful in gaining funding to run three separate courses, in Yarram and Maffra late 2016, as well as one in Heyfield in February 2017. We are also running a Youth Mental Health First Aid Course at Heyfield in May, click here for the flyer.

Through this funding we were able to provide this training to many diverse members of our community, from school wellbeing coordinators to indiviudals involved in local community groups.  While we did not have any farmers attend themselves, we were able to up skill members of their communities. It is unlikely that those who participated would have not had access to this training without this funding. Participants have been very grateful to have access to this training at no cost.
MHFA Training - Maffra

Systems thinking for collective impact

In October WPCP, along with East Gippsland PCP, we were thrilled to be able to bring Steven Allender and Andrew Brown to Gippsland to deliver ’Systems Thinking for Collective Impact’ training. Many of our partner agencies were able to attend, with a great mix in the room.

Systems thinking is an exciting new approach to prevention, which uses a broad lens on a health issue to look at the whole system, and where best to intervene. An example of systems thinking in action is  GenR8 Change in the Southern Grampians. Healthy Wellington hopes to use the systems thinking approach to deliver the next 4 year Healthy Wellington Plan.
Steven Allender, Deakin University
Systems Thinking Training - Sale.

Assessment of Chronic Illness Care

The Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (ACIC) is used to assess organisation-wide systems for chronic illness/complex care. It addresses the basic elements for improving chronic illness/complex care at the community, organisation, practice and patient/consumer level.

Thank you to Central Gippsland Health Service and Yarram & District Health Service for completing the ACIC in the second half of last year. The results will help these services in identifying and planning on how they can improve their practices to better care for people with chronic illnesses.

National Health Service Directory (NHSD) Update

Are you on board?

The NHSD currently provides essential service information such as location, opening hours and contact details for general practices, pharmacies, allied health, community support services, hospitals and emergency departments.
Why should you be on the NHSD?
  • Easy access for consumers to locate services and also directly links to the Better Health Channel for comprehensive health information
  • Web or phone app access
  • National – single point of health information (utilized by My Aged Care and NDIS call centres)
  • The NHSD is FREE advertising
Not on, not seen!

For registration, updating of service details and user training:

H30 Wellington!

In Wellington, 20% of our community consumes soft drinks daily, which is alarmingly higher than the Victorian average of 11.6%. Due to this we are committed to promoting water as the drink of choice. 

We have partnered with Wellington Shire Council, Yarram & District Health Service, Central Gippsland Health Service and GippSport to deliver the VicHealth H30 Challenge to Wellington. We want as many of our community members to take the challenge as possible, and have some great prizes available for getting involved. You can find out more information here.  
Or s
ign up for the challenge! 

During September WPCP also partnered with the Gippsland wide PCP’s, GippSport and the four Gippsland Water Boards supported the Choose Tap for Sip-tember campaign. The social media campaign included key messages promoting the importance of drinking water. You can see the content that was created on our Facebook Page by clicking here.

Bike Ed Resource 

WPCP has been involved in encouraging the uptake of Bike Education in local primary schools, as a part of an 'active travel suite', alongside the Achievement Program, Walk to School and a Safe Routes to School Project.

WPCP facilitated the development of a Bike Ed 'Framework', which has a list of resources that schools can access and explains the role of volunteers. The framework maps out the Bike Ed Program against the upcoming Victorian Curriculum which has been introduced this year. This was able to take the Bike Ed program out of solely the physical activity domain, and instead across many areas such as civics and citizenship, geography and personal and social capabilities.

The resource was circulated throughout the school network, with a really positive response from the school community.  The Wellington Bike Ed resource can be accessed here


Gippsland Health Summit

This year’s Gippsland Health Summit will be held on the 24th and 25th March 2017 at the BHP Wellington Entertainment Centre.  With a focus on mental health and patient centres health care, the conference this year will feature the Gippsland wide PCP work on Health Literacy.  Liz Meggetto, EO of the Central West Primary Care Partnership will be presenting the Health Literacy Guide, developed by the four Gippsland PCP’s at workshop on the Saturday.  The summit provides an opportunity for health care professionals, patients and their families to hear from a range of amazing speakers and understand more about the patient centred care, communication with patients (Health Literacy) and the importance of mental health and wellbeing.  To register go to hhtp://
The Achievement Program provides an evidence based sustainable and cyclical framework which helps create healthy environments for learning, working and living. The Achievement Program provides a step by step guide, tools and resources for early learning centres, schools and workplaces to make positive changes in their settings.

Achievement Program in Schools & Early Learning Centres

In the Wellington Shire there are currently 10 early learning centres, 16 primary schools and 1 secondary school registered in the Achievement Program.

We would like to congratulate Airly Primary School, Bundalaguah Primary School and St Columbas Kindergarten who successfully completed the Coordinate phase of the Achievement Program in term 4 last year! This means they have successfully established a Health and Wellbeing Team, explored current health and wellbeing practices and engaged the whole service (staff, students, parents and broader community) to identify areas for improvement.
Amy and Jessica support the implementation of the Achievement Program in early learning centres and schools and can be contacted on:
Amy Wakem, Health Promotion Officer, Yarram and District Health Service  or 5182 0275.
Jessica Harkness, Health Promotion Officer, Central Gippsland Health Service  or 5143 8851

Healthy Wellington Workplaces

We currently have twelve local businesses registered for the program and look forward to working with many more in the Wellington Shire - whether large, medium or small.

Locally, we want to support businesses to focus on healthy eating and physical activity in the workplace, and we have been working on building relationships with local businesses and developing resources to assist them. We anticipate that three professional development opportunities will be held in 2017, and all businesses are welcome to attend free of charge.

We would like to congratulate Central Gippsland Health Service (CGHS) for achieving the health priority area for Smoking in December 2016. CGHS is a smoke free workplace and has ensured their policies, procedures and signage reflect this. Two staff members are now trained QUIT educators and the eight week QUIT course is offered to staff free of charge, with three courses to be held annually. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is offered free of charge to course participants and at cost price to CGHS staff members. The CGHS Smoking Cessation Working Group is currently investigating how this service can be extended to families of staff members, patients and the wider community.
If you are interested in learning more about healthy workplaces please contact Linde Coggan, Healthy Wellington Workplaces Project Officer, on 5143 8844 or

DHHS Report

We submitted our Annual Healthy Wellington Report to DHHS which has integrated reporting needs for all partner agencies, including PCP Prevention Requirements, Community Health Agencies Integrated Health Promotion requirements and Municipal Public Health Plan requirements.
Thank you to all partner agencies who participated in the reporting process, we hope the more succinct format of the report made this a lot easier for all involved. The 2016 Healthy Wellington Report to DHHS can be accessed here.

Upcoming Training

Gender Equity
Youth Mental First Aid Training
For further information please see our Calendar of Events which is updated weekly on our website.
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