Our Story

The Outer East and Inner East Primary Care Partnerships have been working across the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne for 22 years supporting our partners to come together to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. Our idea to create The Well has been growing and developing over the past 10 years. Its evolution has been guided by our experience of working with our partners, all who had slightly different ways of looking at and responding to similar health and wellbeing issues.

We saw an opportunity for creating a resource that assisted people to think about these issues in a similar way. Our aim was to create an online space where people could go to ‘Learn’ about and ‘Plan’ to respond to a local health and wellbeing issue; where they were encouraged to ‘Share’ their wisdom and ‘Connect’ with each other. We have continued to invest our time and resources in developing The Well because we believe in its potential to unify the many efforts across the East to improve health outcomes for local people.

The Outer East and Inner East Primary Care Partnerships transitioned to the North Eastern Public Health Unit (NEPHU) on 1 July 2022. NEPHU is looking forward to continuing to grow and evolve The Well, to create a valued resource for all their stakeholders working in community health and wellbeing across the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

How did we get here?

We began by talking, talking, talking with our partners to establish what it was that they really needed and would use. Our first effort was the paper-based ‘Integrated Population Health Planning and Evaluation Resource’ - what a mouthful! Since then the development of The Well has been slowly evolving and changing as we have come to better understand our niche in the world of partnerships, collaboration and technology.

We are now ready to infuse The Well with new life, wisdom and purpose. We want to grow The Well community and support you to come together to Learn, Plan, Share and Connect. The future of The Well depends on its community - the more you share with us the more valuable The Well will become for all to draw upon.

Our Team

The lead organisations in the development, roll-out and maintenance of The Well:



    Outer East Primary Care Partnership

    We are one of 28 Primary Care Partnerships in Victoria. Our partners include service providers, local councils who provide services in the local government areas of Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges and the local community. Our catchment is home to approximately 417,000 people.

    The vision of the Outer East Primary Care Partnership is to “build an innovative, inclusive and reflective partnership that plans, collaborates and advocates with the community to improve health and wellbeing and reduce inequities”.

    Contact OEPCP


    Inner East Primary Care Partnership

    At the Inner East Primary Care Partnership we build strong partnerships across the Inner East of Melbourne to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Boroondara, Manningham, Monash, and Whitehorse.

    These strong partnerships with our stakeholders enable us to lead collaborative prevention and service improvement across the sector, fostering healthy communities and delivering equitable and positive outcomes to these communities.

    Together with our partners we listen and connect, collaborate and resource to effect positive change across the Inner East. With skill, knowledge of local organisations and expertise we enable change and better outcomes for some of our area’s most vulnerable communities.

    Contact IEPCP

Our Experts and Academics

The Well contains comprehensive research papers that have been produced specifically for The Well. They have been reviewed by academic and subject-matter experts, so you can rest assured that the information you’ll find is relevant and reliable. Please note that due to the dynamic nature of the content contained in this research paper, a number of revisions may have occurred since the resource was academically reviewed. We assure that any revisions made are aligned to the original content of the author and reviewer.

  • Family Violence

    Primary Author: Sophie Allen - Inner East Primary Care Partnership
    Local Review: Women's Health East
    Academic Review: Professor Bob Pease - Professor of Critical Social Work, Chair of Social Work in the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University

  • Preventing Alcohol Harms

    Primary Author and Academic Review: Professor John Toumbourou - Professor and Chair in Health Psychology at Deakin University; Honourary Senior Research Fellow at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

  • Health Literacy

    Primary Author: Kelly Naughton – Outer East Primary Care Partnership

  • Food Security

    Primary Author: Meg Montague - Social Policy, Research & Facilitation Services
    Subject Expert Review: Nourish Food Fairness Network Outer East

  • Mental Health

    Primary Author: Sophie Allen – Inner East Primary Care Partnership
    Academic Review: Dr Melissa Petrakis - Lecturer and Coordinator Health and Mental Health Unit, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Science, Monash University

  • Obesity

    Preliminary Author: Bonnie Rosen – Symplan Consulting
    Primary Authors and Academic Review: Dr Penny Love, Dr Kristy Bolton, Ms Jill Whelan, Dr Erin Smith - World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, Deakin University

  • Healthy Ageing

    Primary Author and Expert Review: National Ageing Research Institute (NARI).

Our Partners

We would like to thank our partners who have worked closely with us to translate the original concept of The Well into the dynamic place it is today. The participants involved in developing The Well were: