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The Central Hume Primary Care Partnership (PCP) is made up of 17 health and community services organisations across the Alpine, Benalla, Mansfield and Wangaratta local government areas. We focus on improving the health and wellbeing of the community in the Central Hume, underpinned by a strong commitment to prevention. We bring partners together, encouraging collaboration to deliver programs that respond to the multiple, complex challenges facing our community. All partners – including hospitals and local health providers – benefit from the advisory, research and project management expertise the Central Hume PCP provides. We help partners work together better, making the most of available resources, avoiding duplication of efforts and achieving the outcomes our community needs and deserves.

This collection of videos demonstrates the impact that Central Hume PCP plays in developing strong partnerships across the Central Hume catchment. These projects, through effective collaboration, have gone beyond their original seed funding or their original scope.

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Our vision is to be free of the avoidable burden of disease and injury so that community can enjoy the highest attainable standards of health, wellbeing and participation at every age.

In order to move towards our vision we support the implementation of the annual actions plans to achieve the Central Hume Prevention Strategic Plan 2017-2021, we support the implementation of the Ovens Murray Goulburn Chronic Care Strategy and we look to share promising practice and wisdom with our member agencies. 

Violence is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in Victorian women aged 15-45 years old. Women who experience family violence are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, brain injury, disability, unplanned pregnancy, self-harm and suicide. Broader social impacts include homelessness, social isolation, alcohol abuse and unemployment. Children exposed to family violence from an early age have much poorer outcomes than children not exposed to family violence. The impacts include increased risk of homelessness, acquiring an injury, disability or mental health disorder, experiencing school difficulties, and engaging in antisocial behaviour.

Family violence does not only effect those directly experiencing it, but impacts the wider community through increased crime, family breakdown and the reduced ability of women to participate in employment.

Central Hume PCP will continue to work with the Ovens Murray Family Violence Partnership to help influence and support health and community service organisations and share an evidence base of data, research and promising practice with our members to inform our approaches.

Tricia Hazeleger is the Principal Strategic Advisor for the Ovens Murray Family Violence Partnership.

Tricia Hazeleger

Principal Strategic Advisor
Ovens Murray Integrated Family Violence

Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership
Days of work: Monday to Thursday
Phone: (02) 6055 9564
Mobile: 0427 659 721

Central Hume PCP work with our members to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities in Alpine, Benalla, Mansfield and Wangaratta local government areas through influencing change and strengthening collaboration and integration across sectors.

The Central Hume PCP operated Health and Wellbeing partnerships with place-based approaches to achieving outcomes.

Central Hume PCP will continue to strengthen collaboration and partnerships through:

  • The use of best practice to guide our work – we will use systems thinking and collaborative impact approaches.
  • The use of good governance.
  • Forming and fostering active relationships

Infographic of PCP achievements

The Central Hume PCP partner organisations agree on the catchment priorities based on community needs, and work to action change through collaborative projects and service improvement initiatives. A summary of how Primary Care Partnerships across Victoria and how the Central Hume PCP works:  Key messages VicPCP_Central Hume PCP

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services also provides direction through requiring the Primary Care Partnerships to work within the Victorian Health and Wellbeing planning priorities.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak: Aboriginal Health and Safety Strategic Plan 2017-2027 provides an overarching framework and sets out the Victorian Governments vision and direction for ensuring positive outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians. Korin Korin Balit-Djak has been developed alongside two other key initiatives: Balit Murrap: Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing framework, and the Aboriginal governance and accountability framework to support and improve the health, wellbeing and safety of all Aboriginal Victorians.

The Korin Korin Balit-Djak Strategy realises the Victorian Government’s vision for ‘self-determining, healthy and safe Aboriginal people and communities’ in Victoria and embraces a cultural determinants approach to Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety, which aligns with the Aboriginal community’s holistic understanding of health.

The strategy provides some guiding principles:

1. Aboriginal community leadership

2. Prioritising Aboriginal culture and community

3. System reform across the health and human service sector

4. Safe, secure and strong families and individuals

5. Physically, socially and emotionally healthy Aboriginal communities

Download: Korin Korin Balit-Djak Aboriginal Health, Wellbeing and Safety Strategic Plan 2017-2027

The Central Hume PCP team work on mapping the mental health service system to enable improved information access for consumers and families.

The health and wellbeing of older people is central to the economic and social development of rural and regional communities. Older people provide considerable resources, support and finances to essential community services, business, tourism and employment opportunities alongside community and family life. However, in an era of unprecedented longevity and prosperity, older people can experience poor health outcomes, age-based discrimination and social isolation.

The Age-Friendly Northeast Victoria Alliance (the Alliance) was created in 2018 as a common platform for action to improve the health and wellbeing of older people for themselves and their communities through the creation of an age-friendly northeast Victoria.

The Alliance is a collaborative partnership of regional, state and local governments, community-based non-government organisations, researchers, and older people dedicated to identifying, implementing and advocating for solutions using the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (AFCC) approach.

WHO provides an evidence-based approach for creating age-friendly communities. Through practice and research, WHO has shown that, when communities come together with a common set of values, principles, and an agreed process, the work flourishes in a way that is itself age-friendly.

The four values—respect for diversity, equity, participation of older people, and rights of older people—along with three principles specific to the Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (AFCC) process—co-design, ‘middle-out’ and life-course—are the foundations of all WHO AFCC initiatives.

The Alliance acts as regional convener, mobilizing attention to the impacts of population ageing, generating political will, and leading collaboration action across northeast Victoria.

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