Change is never easy, but change is here to stay
Many people say they are going to do things and then never do them. I am guilty of this as much as the next CEO. However, as we approach the end of another financial year and an ever changing political environmentt with uncertain funding we have many things to achieve and the Council is well-placed to achieve them.
What, then, do we do in today's world where there is so much information to navigate? Sometimes I feel like I'm on a human version of the information hamster wheel - going around and never getting off.
I've noticed that as soon as we deciced to make a change or enact an idea we are hit with the invertia of reality, the brick wall of resistance. These blocks can be internal as well as external, in fact the internal ones are harder to break through...
Change is never easy but change is here to stay. You can't run away from it; you can't make it go away. You can't return to the good old days. We can't continue to do our jobs as we have always done them.
Doing more with less and being truly innovative requires redefining staff roles and responsibilities, changing processes and systems, and refining services to our communities.
The Council continues to be a leader for change, innovation and pushing boundaries with best practice methodology and a unique partnership approach with our communities. Check out our new men's health campaign and series of workshops, with information available across our website and our newsletters. This is an exciting and innovative change on the project landscape here at the Council.
One bit of not so good news is that we are unfortunately still waiting on the PrEP trial. We know that PrEP is a highly effective prevention tool that involves at risk HIV negative people using antiretroviral medication to prevent them from becoming infected with HIV. We know that ACT Health is funding 200 places, in the first instance, for people in the ACT to access the Expanding PrEP in Communities (EPIC-NSW) trial. The Council is doing everything within our control to lobby and support this trial for our community.
The Council with a range of partners has been working hard to design, build and deliver new responses to HIV, in a strong collaboration with ACT Health. The shift in approach and the adoption of a range of new systems and technologies appears to be impacting on our communities and this is very affirming.