IFIC Australia – Building on the Momentum of 2023

IFIC Australia – Building on the Momentum of 2023

IFIC Australia would like to wish you a very happy and healthy New Year in 2024. We hope that you have had a great start to the year and managed to have some rest and time with family and friends over the festive season.

2023 was a busy year for IFIC Australia with the growth of our team in Australia to better support the growth of the organisation in Australia. The continued support and commitment from our collaborating organisations and knowledge partners and the ongoing support of the International Foundation for Integrated Care. IFIC Australia delivered a series of key educational events including webinars, a Summer School and a very successful APIC 3 conference. The organisation has gained momentum in 2023 and are working to build on that momentum in 2024.

Our Team Grew in 2023

2023 was a busy year for IFIC Australia with the team at IFIC Australia growing. Our wonderful team (below) is excited for another productive year in 2024 and are looking to continue to support and strengthen the work of IFIC Australia in 2024 and beyond.

Welcome to Suzanne Lewis

The newest member of the team is Dr Suzanne Lewis who started her role with us in September as Chief Knowledge Officer. You may have been lucky enough to see Suzanne present at APIC 3 on Evidence Based Reviews for Integrated Care. You can find more information and tools here.

Dr Suzanne Lewis has a long-standing interest in the research evidence for integrated care. In 2018 she led a project to develop Integrated Care Search (ICS), a validated search filter to identify the integrated care literature in PubMed, in collaboration with the International Foundation for Integrated Care. Suzanne was a part of the CCLHD Library team, mainly as the Library Services Manager, at the Central Coast Local Health District in NSW, Australia for 26 years. She is the co-author of a number of peer-reviewed journal articles. It is with much excitement that we welcome Suzanne to our team and look forward to being able to utilise her expertise and knowledge in the work that we do at IFIC Australia.

Contact Suzanne at suzanne.lewis@newcastle.edu.au

Welcome to Zoi Triandafilidis

Dr Zoi Triandafilidis is a Research Project Manager based at the Central Coast Research Institute for Integrated Care, working to enable and support grant-funded research projects being led by the CCRI. Prior to this, she managed the MRFF Palliative Care Project, empowering clinicians to grow their research knowledge and develop clinical research skills, and to support improvements in the provision of palliative care and end of life care on the Central Coast. Zoi has over ten years’ experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research. In 2018 she completed a PhD at Western Sydney University’s Translational Health Research Institute, exploring young women’s cigarette smoking experiences. She has a particular interest in family and friend carers. It is with much excitement that we welcome Zoi to the team and acknowledge that already her contributions to our webinars and program have been insightful and impactful.

Contact Zoi at Zoi.Triandafilidis@health.nsw.gov.au

2023 IFIC Australia Education Program

Webinar Series 2023

The educational program saw the delivery of three webinars in 2023 and if you missed any of these events you can access the recordings here.

We are currently developing our 2024 education program based on feedback from our conference attendees and would welcome any input into your education needs, key themes, speaker opportunities and interested groups. Please contact us at IFIC Australia if you have any interest in contributing or being a part of our program in 2024.

Integrated Care Summer School and APIC 3 Conference 2023

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) in partnership with IFIC Australia and the International Journal of Integrated Care (IJIC) and supported by University of SydneyCentral Coast Research Institute (CCRI)University of NewcastleCentral Coast Local Health District, Sydney Local Health District, South Eastern Sydney Local Health DistrictChildren’s Health QueenslandHealth Consumers NSWCentral and Eastern Sydney PHN presented the 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care (APIC3) “Building healthcare system sustainability and resilience” which took place at the Wesley Conference Centre in Sydney on 13-15 November 2023.

A highlight of the program was the Central Coast Integrated Care School hosted by the Central Coast Research Institute for Integrated Care based in Gosford (CCRI). This was a wonderful lead up to the 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care in Sydney. Our major event for 2023 with over 280 oral and poster presentations, and over 500 delegates in attendance from across Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions, this was a true celebration of research and innovation in integrated care and how it can and does contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of people and populations.

IFIC Australia would like to acknowledge the work of the CCRI, IFIC International and DC Conferences in enabling this event to happen, with special thanks to our research partners at the University of Sydney-based NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Health and Social Care Integration (CREHSCI) for the financial support to make it happen and the University of Newcastle for sponsoring the event.

This conference would not have been possible without the support of our partners, organising and scientific committees so a huge thank you must be extended to every single person and organisation that contributed to making this conference a success and what a success it was. This was the first conference in the Asia Pacific region since pre-covid times and this overwhelming attendance and the feedback from the conference reinforce the need for more opportunities in the Asia Pacific region to learn, share and grow integrated care.

Continuing our Learning from First Peoples, First Nations, and Indigenous Peoples

The theme of Learning from First Peoples, First and Indigenous Nations People was embedded into the Central Coast Integrated Care School through a cultural tour on beautiful Girrakool Waterfalls on Darkinjung country led by local elder, Uncle Gavi. The group found this to be a highlight of their time on the Central Coast and an enriching experience as a part of the school.

This theme continued into the APIC 3 conference as one of the five conference themes. One of the highlights of the APIC 3 conference was the welcome to Gadigal country of the Eora Nations. The welcome to country was followed by Aboriginal dancing and performance which set an authentic and celebratory tone for the opening day of the conference.

The introductory plenary session that was delivered by Professor Rhona Wilson, Professor Faye McMillan, Professor Chris Cunningham and Dr Olataga Alofivae-Doorbinnia who represented First Nations People and communities not just in Australia but internationally. It was a yarning session that was well received by conference attendees and referred to by many who attended as one of the most impactful sessions over the three days. Rhona Wilson provided some insight into her experience of delivering this session to the conference and the feedback she received.

“It was a fabulous conference, and I was delighted to see the interest among delegates related to culturally safe models within the integrated care context. In particular, the interest in delegates to learn more about yarning as a framework for clinical, research and education topics was heartening. The yarning session was warmly received, and delegates engaged positively, and I think our focus on First Nations peoples from Australia, New Zealand and Samoa was a useful demonstration of internationalisation of culturally aligned integrative concepts to aimed at strengthening the health and well-being of First Nations peoples as a priority. It was great to hear feedback from delegates where they were inspired and challenged to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing in their practice.” Professor Rhona Wilson

Following on from the conference and into 2024 IFIC Australia are continuing to take up this commitment to incorporating indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing into our work in 2024 and beyond. Thank you to Rhona, Chis, Faye and Oltaga for this session and for inspiring and challenging us to thread this into all the work we do in integrated care in Australia.

The Future of Integrated Care Looks Bright

Another stand out from the APIC 3 conference was the impressive attendance at the ERPIC (Emerging Researchers and Professionals in Integrated Care) sessions over the conference and the call from emerging researchers for support. Dr Jennifer Mann A/Director Aged Care, Disability and Palliative Care Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, James Cook University, and the Executive Lead of ERPIC was a driving force behind much of the activity at the conference.

Jennifer provided her reflections on the conference:

“The ERPIC career panel was a highlight for me. Our panellists shared the varied paths that led them to a career in integrated care. Our panellists’ honesty and humour, combined with our audience’s active engagement, created a positive and supportive vibe that ERPIC will harness in revitalising the network in 2024. The impressive turnout at the ERPIC workshops during APIC3 indicates the appetite for learning and collaboration among emerging researchers and professionals across our region.

At APIC3, the ERPIC network told us that they would value the opportunity to continue to learn from practical case studies that take a deeper dive into models of collaboration, governance, and workforce structures. The network wants to know more about implementation science and evaluation. Most importantly, we can support our emerging clinicians and researchers by sharing experiences honestly – there are as many lessons in failure as there are in success”

IFIC Australia acknowledge that following on from the conference an opportunity exists to harness this wave of interest and enthusiasm of emerging researchers and clinicians for developing knowledgeable, experienced, courageous clinicians and researchers who will take integrated care to the next level across Asia-Pacific. We also agree that we need to capture and learn from our failures as much as our successes so stay tuned for our webinars in 2024 including “Epic Fails in Integrated Care – Learning from our Failures”.

A huge thank you to Jennifer for all her work in supporting and driving ERPIC and IFIC Australia look forward to finding ways to support our ERPIC members in 2024. This thanks you extends to Nick Goodwin, Hannah Johnson, Brendan Goodger and Jason Yap the wonderful panellists for this workshop.

Connecting to Consumers and Carers

Another key aspect of the work that IFIC Australia worked towards in 2023 was the engagement with consumers and carers. With an invitation for consumers and carers to join the APIC 3 conference in Sydney as well as participation in our webinar series “Improving the Lives of People with Dementia” from consumers and carers. This highlights our commitment to partnering and working with consumers and carers in the work that we are doing at IFIC Australia, as an organisation.

Bobby Reman joined us and enlightened us with insight from the perspective of a consumer about her experiences as a someone with Dementia and Georgie Quick gave us wonderful insights as a carer of her mother with Dementia. This valuable contribution and perspective added to the richness of this webinar which is still available to watch as a recording here.

We will continue into 2024 to look for more ways to engage consumer organisations, consumers, and carers in the work that we are doing at IFIC Australia because true integrated care can only happen when the consumer voices are at the centre of conversations about integrated care.

Growing Partnerships in 2024

As we move from 2023 into 2024, we would like to reflect and give thanks for the immense contribution of our wonderful collaborators and partners who have supported the work of IFIC Australia over the year.

Our goal in 2024 is to strengthen our existing collaborations and identify opportunities for new partnerships in the Australian and Asia Pacific region. As we continue to support collaboration and networking, create opportunities for capturing knowledge and shared learning and advocate for enhanced integration in Australia. We value your input and interest in 2023 and look forward to building more momentum as we move into 2024.

To learn more about IFIC Australia visit the webpage or contact us on IFICAustralia@integratedcarefoundation.org