November Update from the Chief Executive

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

With the many twists-and-turns that is 2020, I reflect, particularly on the past few weeks, with immense pride in the outstanding work occurring at Eastern Health.

From a COVID-19 perspective, we have no positive staff or patients in our health service; a statistic that is most welcome after several challenging months.  We continue to emphasise the need for ongoing vigilance against complacency which is particularly relevant given the lead role we play.

Within the eastern community we are also incredibly fortunate to have a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and despite the inability to host major NAIDOC celebrations, continue to focus on the opportunities to celebrate from a digital perspective.  We are currently in the final stages of developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and look forward to celebrating with an official launch in the coming months.

Like many Victorian’s I watched the launch of a new SBS documentary Addicted Australia focussing on the services provided by our Turning Point team to 10 brave patients suffering from addiction.  This is a critical opportunity for the prevalence and stigma regarding addiction to be brought to the forefront as a health condition requiring wraparound treatment.  (Addicted Australia commenced on Tuesday 10 November on SBS and will run weekly for four weeks.)

Last week we celebrated our 10th annual Aspire to Inspire (A2i) Awards via a Live Stream event. Eastern Health is so incredibly fortunate to have such amazing people who continue to provide great care, everywhere every time.  Congratulations to all the finalists and award winners.

The sense of gratitude to our health care workers is also central to a new social media campaign we launched on Friday called WeThankU. The campaign includes thanks from our staff to the community for their ongoing support and sacrifices over the past 9 months.  And in expressing our gratitude we are asking the community to do the same; our collective efforts have led to the current low prevalence of the COVID-19 and together we continue to share the responsibility for keeping one another safe.  Please visit the WeThankU website for more details.  We appreciate all your messages of support and thanks. 





David Plunkett

Chief Executive

Eastern Health