Victorian Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs)

PCPs are established networks of local health and human service organisations working together to find smarter ways of making the health system work better, so that the health of their communities is improved.

What are Primary Care Partnerships?

The Victorian Primary Care Partnerships (Vic PCP) is a Primary Care Partnerships are established networks of health, local government and community services that improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians by working together to find smarter ways to deliver health services and health promoting activities within the community. They are a transformation agent across the Victorian health and community services system, addressing challenges such as disparities and inequalities in health outcomes. PCPs have been and will continue to be an important pillar of the Victorian health system, positioning it for the future and ensuring it is sustainable for the long term.

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