Victorian Primary Care Partnership

As catchment-based voluntary alliances of health and community support service providers, we have worked together for 20 years to maximise health and wellbeing outcomes, promote health equity and avoid unnecessary hospital presentations and admissions.

We understand our communities because we are members of them. That means we can respond directly to their needs.

Despite 20 successful years, the partnerships are under threat. In a changing health landscape, our work is sometimes misunderstood or assumed to be undertaken by other organisations. That’s why we need your support!

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Vic PCP is a voluntary alliance of the 28 primary care partnerships in Victoria.

PCPs are catchment based collaborations that have chosen to work together to achieve identified core business which is articulated through Strategic plans. PCPs typically have a Governance Group, or similarly named structure, with a nominated PCP Chair. PCPs are supported in their work by a small number of paid staff usually led by an Executive Officer. All members of the PCP contribute to, and are responsible for, the work of their local PCP which is aligned with the Program Logic provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Vic PCP was created, and is supported, by the 28 PCPs.

Vic PCP Purpose

Vic PCP exists to support and promote the primary care partnership platform and the broader use of partnerships to achieve improvements in population health and well being.

In order to achieve this VicPCP will:

  • Advocate for future investment in primary care partnerships
  • Identify and capitalise on new opportunities for growth in the primary care partnership platform
  • Support primary care partnerships to deliver excellent outcomes that will improve the health status of all Victorians.

All PCPs are able to participate in strategic planning processes for VicPCP which will be directed by the Executive Committee which is a key component of the VicPCP structure as outlined below.

Vic PCP Structure

Vic PCP is voluntary alliance overseen by an Executive Committee which is comprised of representatives from PCPs in each Region. The Executive Committee is formed and operates according to a Terms of Reference below. The work of Vic PCP is supported by a small number of paid, part-time staff including the Director Strategy and Development and Administrative Officer. Position descriptions exist for these roles which outline the way in which they contribute to the purpose of VicPCP.

Vic PCP will determine the best way of connecting with and engaging PCP staff, governance groups and PCP member agencies from around Victoria. This will be reviewed periodically. Currently such liaison occurs by way of three day long forums for Executive Officers, three day long forums for Chairs and Executive Officers and networks and forums organised by sub groups of professionals from different PCP program logic streams.

Vic PCP is funded by contributions from all PCPs according to a percentage of funding formula. (In September 2015, the executive Committee determined that this should be 1.6% of core funding from DHHS to each PCP for future financial years).

Source:  Vic PCP Statement of Purpose October 2015

View a list of the 28 PCPs by the DHHS divisional areas here.

Our Vision

A strong and integrated partnership platform, guiding high-level strategy and delivering optimal health, wellbeing and equity outcomes for communities across Victoria.

Our Mission

To use our collective skills, capabilities and expertise to inform and influence the development of efficient, effective place-based partnership platforms.

Our Principles

Shared vision and missionWe proactively engage with reform processes and through an objective assessment of our collective strengths, we will pursue evidence-based approaches that improve equity, health and wellbeing for Victorian communities.
Trust and respect We foster cohesion and commitment to each other and future directions, through inclusive co-design that is reflective of our diversity and flexible in its approach.
Collaboration and transparency We navigate change through broad stakeholder engagement and inter-sectoral partnership, underpinned by open and clear communication, shared messaging and collective representation.
Flexibility and effectiveness We foster innovation and momentum through an openness to discovery and new approaches, underpinned by robust governance, delegation and decision making processes.

Victorian Primary Care Partnerships Future Directions 2018-2020