Working Together for Health
The Working Together for Health program, with the inclusion of the Prevention and Early Intervention Coordination (PEIC) Model, is a signature, joint VACCHO and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) initiative.
The Working Together for Health program focuses on improving the ability of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to undertake prevention, screening and early intervention activities in the following areas:
- Alcohol and tobacco control
- Physical screening
- Nutrition and healthy eating
- Sexual health and viral hepatitis
- Immunisation including essential childhood immunisations, HPV and hepatitis
- Oral health promotion
- Cancer screening – breast, bowel and cervical
The Program has encouraged and enhanced VACCHO’s internal and external stakeholder partnerships, drawing on the expertise of staff and agencies who have a shared portfolio.
The Program has also led to the employment of key staff, who are driving systematic change across Victorian ACCOs towards a more sustainable, preventative and early intervention approach.
Deliverables for the Working Together for Health project initially focussed across the Loddon Mallee and Gippsland regions and managing the three PEIC roles funded by DHHS. The reach of the Program has now expanded to ACCOs across the State. ACCOs receive onsite visits establish relationships with managers and key clinical and non-clinical staff.
The Prevention and Early Intervention Coordination (PEIC) Model
In 2017, VACCHO launched the Prevention and Early Intervention Coordination (PEIC) Model as part of joint initiative with the Department of Health (DOH) under the Working Together for Health program.
The PEIC Model has effectively taken place over the outlined three-year funded period, drawing a close as of June 2021. Throughout this period, the PEIC model has actively assisted Victorian ACCOs to strengthen their primary and secondary preventive health activities by investing tailored support and resources at both state and local levels.
The PEIC Model helped ACCOs systematically implement changes to transition from a reactive, to proactive model of preventative healthcare.
Within the framework, there was a driving focus on promoting the benefits of clients undertaking an annual ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Health Assessment’ along with follow up review cycles.
Regulating the annual health assessments assisted clients in maintaining a sense of wellness and provided an opportunity to incorporate key preventative health messages to encourage smoking cessation, improve immunisation status and increase screening for breast, bowel, and cervical cancer, along with sexual health screening.
Workforce training to support data capture was also a key element of the program. Regular Health Assessments cycles also assisted ACCOs identify clients with a pre-existing diagnosis and increase the clinical throughput in achieving their individual health goals.
The PEIC model had a deliberate secondary effect, which aimed to see an increase MBS revenue for the ACCOs. This provided services an opportunity to diversify their funding and further develop the sector’s workforce, training, and capacity to better respond and support needs of community.
As of November 2021, the PEIC Model is currently in its final phase, which is being conducted by Dr Bill Genat, an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
Due to the unprecedented nature of COVID-19, the PEIC Model’s final evaluation is due on the 24th of December 2021 and will be presented in early 2022.
For more information, contact the Sector Development Team.
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