2021 News Highlights

Relocation of IPC Health Sunshine campus

Front entrance and signage of IPC Health Sunshine campus

18/11/2021

After many years of servicing to the Sunshine community, the current IPC Health Sunshine campus on Harvester Road will close on Thursday 25 November 2021, but our health services to the Sunshine community will continue.

The IPC Health Sunshine campus will be relocated to the first floor of 499 Ballarat Road, Sunshine. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the opening of the new campus site has been delayed. IPC Health is planning to open the new Sunshine campus to clients in May 2022.

In the meantime, services will continue at alternative IPC Health sites:

– IPC Health Deer Park campus, 106 Station Road, Deer Park

– IPC Health St Albans campus, 1 Andrea Street, St Albans

You will be advised by IPC Health as to where your services are being transferred to.

You will continue to see your usual service provider, just at a different site.

The new Sunshine campus will be on the first floor of 499 Ballarat Road, Sunshine and close to the existing campus. It features:

– ample on-site car parking and other free parking options close by

– close to public transport (train and bus) and shops and restaurants

– modern office

– while being on the first floor, the building has a dedicated ground floor entry with stairs and DDA approved lift to the first level

If you have any questions, please contact IPC Health on 1300 472 432 or ClientServices.Sunshine@ipchealth.com.au

Watch our bicultural team videos

man with facemask holding flyer

07/10/2021

Showcasing the work our amazing Rapid Response Community Engagement Team and Bicultural Workforce have done since they commenced with IPCH in October 2020.

The advice and support offered by Bicultural workers have changed hearts and minds and lead to better outcomes for COVID-19 amongst Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities.

The Unsung Heroes Bicultural Workers working in Indian and Sudanese Community – YouTube

The Unsung Heroes Bicultural Workers in the community at the Chin Church – You Tube

Videos from local GPs on vaccination

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14/09/2021

Watch a video from local GPs (incl. from IPC Health) on COVID vaccinations: Wyndham City – Vaccines work | Facebook

You can also watch a video in your own language from community leaders on COVID vaccinations: Goodbye COVID – North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (nwmphn.org.au)

Check Mate, the tradies’ mental health app

Checkmate

08/07/2021

We’re thrilled to be included in Movember Australia‘s Social Connections Challenge, sharing funding of over $3.5m with 10 other men’s mental health projects across the world! We’re teaming up with our friends at HALT to create an AI smartphone app called Check Mate to help tradies check in with their mates. Find out more.

Victorian State Budget addresses need for integrated and holistic mental health upgrades

AOD Counselling

21/05/2021

IPC Health welcomes a focus on and additional funding for mental health in the 2021 Victorian State Budget. IPC Health CEO, Jayne Nelson, says the record amount of funding is an important step in remedying the existing gaps in the system.

“For too long the mental health system has been under resourced and underfunded. This budget shows the Victorian Government is taking seriously the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Community health organisations such as IPC Health are crucial supports to the mental health system and this increase in funding means that we can reach more of our communities, more of the time.”

We are pleased with the announcement that Social Prescribing trials will be established across eight regions and operate for three years in partnership with Victoria’s new local mental health and wellbeing services.

This means that IPC Health’s pilot Social Prescribing program in the Brimbank and Wyndham local government areas can further develop. The importance of integrating health care and social supports, as in our Social Prescribing model, has become a sustainable whole organisation approach for IPC Health.

Since July 2019, we have offered a free Social Prescribing service where clients with non-medical issues are being referred to an IPC Health Wellbeing Coordinator, who works with the client to understand their needs and goals and facilitates local community sources of support.

The impacts of social isolation and mental health issues go hand in hand. Ending Loneliness Together reported that 50% of Australians felt lonelier since COVID-19. Meagan Chiuchiarelli, Manager Health Promotion and Community Strengthening, says that Social Prescribing is well placed to alleviate the load on the healthcare system while empowering clients to take charge of their own wellbeing journey.

“The Victorian lockdowns really exacerbated people’s feeling of disconnection to their family, friends and wider society. Social Prescribing is the way of the future for holistic and individual person-centred and we’re thrilled to be able to our program further in Brimbank and Wyndham.”

IPC Health also welcomes the State Government’s announcement for funding for the first 20 new local adult and older adult mental health and wellbeing services for Victorians experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges. This will see one of the first integrated alcohol and other drug services trials to improve outcomes of people with a mental illness and substance misuse issues to be established in Brimbank, where IPC Health’s Alcohol and Other Drugs and Dual Diagnosis counselling teams have identified a great need and are already delivering services.

We are looking forward to working with the State Government and other partners to improve the health and wellbeing of our local communities.

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