The Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership (UHPCP) is proud of being part of the Victoria-wide network of Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs), which celebrated its 20-year anniversary this week. Primary Care Partnerships were established in Victoria in the year 2000 to strengthen relationships across local primary care, health and community sectors and support prevention, early intervention and equitable access to services.

UHPCP also thanks our members and other stakeholders in the local government areas of Albury, Indigo, Towong and Wodonga for the support shown to us through our recent social media advocacy campaign at a local level. At this challenging time, it is more important than ever that we are able to continue to support the staff working in our catchment’s health services, hospitals and other organisations or networks who are engaged in working collaboratively to address challenges to ensuring the wellbeing of our communities.

We are pleased to find out this week that PCP Program funding has now been extended by the Department of Health and Human Services to 31 December 2020. This decision has been made given the extraordinary circumstances of the recent bushfires and the current COVID-19 pandemic and in recognition that PCPs are seeking direction and certainty.

While our staff and executive members are relieved to find out that PCP Program funding will be extended till the end of the year, we will continue to demonstrate the outcomes of our work at the local level as we await the findings of the independent review of the PCP Program.

Finally, we would like to publicly acknowledge the dedication shown by staff of the health services, hospitals and other organisations or networks working to ensure the wellbeing of our communities. It has been, and continues to be, a very challenging time for our communities with members having been impacted either personally or professionally, or both, by the recent devastating bushfires and now by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of the advice regarding social distancing, UHPCP staff are now working remotely; however, we remain in regular contact with each other and with our networks, and will continue to find out how we might assist our members in coordinating efforts, advocating for the needs of vulnerable groups, or in anything else relating to the recovery from the recent fires and the current COVID-19 pandemic.

To view the latest update from the Victorian PCPs, please download the media release issued on 18 March 2020.

Jenny Donnelly
Executive Officer