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IFIC Australia Webinar Series


The International Foundation for Integrated Care Australia (IFIC Australia) is delighted to introduce their first Webinar series. The core mission of IFIC Australia is to develop capacity and capabilities in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region in the design and delivery of integrated care. IFIC Australia seeks to achieve this by providing a platform to develop and exchange ideas and promote activities in the region in keeping with IFIC’s mission.

Upcoming Webinars

Project Integrate Framework Elements

Wednesday, 21 August 8:30AM (AEST)

Over the past decade in Australia there has been a growing realisation of the need to reform the health and care system towards an approach that seeks to better integrate care, improve quality and promote value. As part of IFIC Australia’s series of opinion pieces on Taking Integrated Care Forward in Australia, this webinar will listen to the views of IFIC’s co-Founder – Professor Nick Goodwin – as he embarks on an exciting new venture as Director of the Central Coast Research Institute (CCRI). Developed as a joint venture between the Central Coast LHD and the University of Newcastle, the CCRI seeks to grow translational research and evaluation capabilities that help to stimulate and sustain innovations in integrated care, specifically to address key health priorities including ageing, obesity, indigenous health, chronic disease and mental health. In the webinar, Nick will reflect upon international trends in the development of successful integrated care models and debate the various challenges – and potential solutions – for taking integrated care forward in Australia.

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Prof David Perkins
Director and Professor of Rural Health Research
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
The University of Newcastle (UON)

Professor David Perkins is Director of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle which is based in Orange, NSW. He has held academic positions in Australia and the UK and was a senior NHS manager.

He is co-director of the International Foundation for Integrated Care Australia and a member of the international IFIC Board. An active researcher, he is an editor of the International Journal of Integrated Care and a past Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health. He is a member of a number of national and state advisory bodies on rural mental health and wellbeing.


Dr Nick Goodwin
Director, Central Coast Research Institute
Faculty of Health and Medicine
University of Newcastle

In July 2019, Prof. Nick Goodwin, was appointed as the Director of the Central Coast Research Institute (CCRI) that will be based within the Health and Wellbeing Precinct on the Gosford Hospital campus. Developed in partnership between the University of Newcastle and Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD), Nick’s position as Director of the CCRI will include a seconded role to CCLHD as the inaugural Director of Research.

As a social scientist, Nick has worked for the past 25 years in the field of health services research, management and policy in both the University and Third Sector. Between 2007 and 2013, Nick was Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund in London leading its programs on primary health care policy and management, integrated care and telehealth & telecare. Nick led the Independent Inquiry into the Quality of Care in English General Practice in 2009-2011.

In 2011, Nick co-founded the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), a not-for-profit foundation based in the Netherlands dedicated to improving the science, knowledge and adoption of integrate care in policy and practice across the World ( Nick became its first CEO in 2013 and remains the Editor-in-Chief of its scientific periodical, the International Journal of Integrated Care ( Nick continues to work as a senior associate with IFIC, including support to its collaborative centres in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

In January 2016, Nick received the Avedis Donabedian International Award for his contribution to Healthcare Excellence.

Implementing integrated care models is a complex process, and it is important to know what the breadth of influencing factors are when assessing whether integration has been or will be improved. The Project INTEGRATE framework consists of seven interrelated dimensions that are associated with the successful implementation of integrated care initiatives – irrespective of country of implementation, target population or condition focus. It is consistent with the Rainbow model of integrated care and maps the range of factors that influence integrated care.

This webinar reflects on the use of the Project INTEGRATE framework within the context of a formative evaluation of the Central Coast Integrated Care Program. In this case, the framework was used as a tool to measure progress towards integrated care. The tool proved difficult to apply in survey format, however, the results proved invaluable in supporting a situational analysis of progress towards integrated care. Moreover, the structured nature of the dimensions and their corresponding sub-elements provided a scaffold for a common language of integrated care, which in this case was highly valued. We have since applied the survey tool to support situational analysis and planning of integrated care initiatives.


Dr Toni Dedeu
Interim CEO and Director of Programmes
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Dr Dedeu is the Interim CEO of the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) based in Oxford, UK and he is the former Director the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia, Ministry of Health of the government of Catalonia. Dr Dedeu is a MD (University of Barcelona), specialised in Urology and Family Medicine and he holds MScs in Health Economics, in Primary Care and in Healthcare Management.

He has professional experience spanning more than 20 years at international level in the field of quality assessment and health systems development. He has worked as policy maker, manager, researcher and implementer or health system reforms. Former Chair of EUREGHA (European Association of Regional and Local Authorities), association based in Brussels. He has also been the Director of research and knowledge exchange of the Digital Health and Social Care Institute of Scotland, in association with the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Dr Dedeu is currently involved as PI in more than ten EU projects, such as FP7, H2020, Interreg, Health Programme and also EIT Health. Along with his scientific career he has published more than 55 research papers in SCI and SCIE journals of high impact factor.


Dr Hazel Dalton
Research Leader and Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
The University of Newcastle (UON)

Dr Dalton is the Research Leader and Senior Research Fellow (Executive) at the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, based in Orange, New South Wales. She manages research across mental health promotion (including the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program), innovation in mental health service provision (including integrated care) and rural suicide prevention.

Hazel is a Facilitator for the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) Australia, playing a key role in the advancement of integrated care in Australia. Hazel is interested in translational research, communication of research more broadly and providing evidence to support programs and inform policy. Hazel has extensive research experience across university and health sectors, with skills in conceptual modelling, quantitative and qualitative research approaches.