CEO Primary Matters – 24 March 2021

Gearing Up for Week 3 of the Vaccine Roll-out

The Federal Department of Health has advised that invitations for Week 3 GP vaccine clinic sites have been sent.

A reminder that all clinics listed in weeks 1 to 3 need to submit their week 3 orders by midnight tonight (March 24).

At this stage, we are not advised on when week 2 vaccine deliveries will arrive.

However, the Department states that it is following up with the Vaccine Operations Centre about improving processes including:

  • Improved communication with clinics on delivery schedules
  • Meeting the timeframes that have been allocated (and communicated to practices)
  • Maintaining cold-chain requirements.

More information in Westvic News.

Influenza Vaccinations Available in April

Influenza vaccines through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) will become available in April 2021. Timing may be different for your local area. You can order vaccines through the usual channels.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has released advice for immunisation providers in its Statement on the administration of seasonal influenza vaccines in 2021.

For more information, please see Westvic News. 

Closing the Gap Panel Discussion

In recognition of Closing the Gap Day on 18 March, I participated in a panel discussion with Lisa Briggs (CEO of Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative) and Tania Dalton (Co-chair of Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association, Director of Gayaa Dhuwi Proud Spirit Australia and Co-Principle of Strong SEWB).

This session gave me the opportunity to reflect on our work with First Nations people with the traditional owners and custodians of the lands and waterways of western Victoria – the Wadawurrung, Gulidjan, Gadubanud, Keeray Wurrung, Gunditjmara, Djab Wurrung, Wotjobaluk, Dja Dja Wurrung, Jadawadjarli, Wergaia, Jaadwa and Jupagalk peoples.

WVPHN funds a number of different programs that address the health and mental health of First Nations people. Many are predetermined by the Commonwealth. Our challenge is to ensure that we work with our First Nations people in partnership and in the spirit of self-determination.

In July 2020, the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations and all Australian governments signed a new National Agreement on Closing the Gap, to change the way governments work to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through shared decision making.

The National Agreement on Closing the Priority Reforms are aimed to transform the way governments work with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

As a government organisation, it is important that we embrace these priority reforms.

 

Rowena Clift

Chief Executive Officer