Primary Care Partnership safe for now

Health and Wellbeing Pillar

The G21 Primary Care Partnership is safe for now after the Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos MP announced that PCP Program funding would be extended until the end of 2020.

This allows the G21 PCP’s ground-breaking health projects and coordination of resources across the G21 region to continue.

A review of the PCP model, by the Department of Health and Human Services, is underway. However, the extraordinary circumstances of the recent bushfires and the current COVID-19 pandemic mean that a decision regarding their future has been postponed.

This will impact the 28 areas across Victoria that coordinate their health and wellbeing services.

The G21 region PCP has impressive runs on the board. It has produced some of the most significant and innovative health outcomes for the G21 region, many of which are leading the state.

G21 region PCP projects have included:

  • The GROW (G21 Region Opportunities for Work) initiative to address entrenched disadvantage in our region.
  • The State’s first regional Health and Wellbeing Plan focusing on Healthy Eating and Active Living.
  • The G21 Region Strategic Plan to Address Violence against Women and Children.
  • The G21 Addressing Disadvantage through Affordable Social Housing.
  • Growing Up in the G21 region report.
  • Service Coordination and Chronic Disease Management.
  • Disability Inclusion Partnership formation.
  • Young Men and Problem Gambling resources.
  • G21 Region Volunteering Strategy development.

The G21 PCP has also worked with the Wadawurrung people to develop the “Spreading the Message” project to engage young members of our Aboriginal community at risk of losing their connection to their culture.

The G21 PCP has worked with the region’s refugee community to lessen their social isolation.

The G21 PCP supports several working groups including:

  • G21 Regional Justice Reference Group.
  • Refugee & Asylum Seeker Advocacy Working Group.
  • G21 Active Travel Working Group.
  • Collective Impact Backbone Support Group.

If funding were to be scrapped, ground-breaking health projects and coordination of resources across the G21 region would end.

Right now the need for well-targeted and coordinated delivery of health and wellbeing services and increased awareness of health needs within our region has never been greater.

G21 has held the service agreement with Department of Health and Human Services to Primary Care Partnership (PCP) coordination in the G21 region for over a decade. They have brought together the region’s five local councils, more than 15 health providers and service agencies and the community to coordinate and deliver evidence-based, preventative health programs for the region.

G21 PCP members include: Barwon Health; Barwon Child, Youth and Family; Barwon Water; Bellarine Community Health; Borough of Queenscliffe Council; Colac Area Health; City of Greater Geelong Council; Great Ocean Road Health; Colac Otway Shire Council; Golden Plains Shire Council; Hesse Rural Health; Leisure Networks; Surf Coast Shire Council; Women's Health & Wellbeing Barwon South West; Department of Health & Human Services; and the G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar.

The strength of the partnership that addresses health inequity in our region cannot be overestimated, in areas of influence and most importantly, in using scarce resources to achieve maximum impact.

For more details on the achievements of the G21 PCP, click here.