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.
IFIC Australia was founded in November 2015 as a Collaborative Centre between IFIC and the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) at the University of Newcastle, NSW. IFIC Australia has since supported a series of activities to promote and support integrated care in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region.
IFIC Australia is supported by the IFIC Australia Committee, comprising the organizing parties of the IFIC Australia Collaborating Centre together with its associates, Partners.
These meetings will be supported by an appointed Chair (currently Dr Nick Goodwin
Director, Central Coast Research Institute, University of Newcastle) and will meet at least quarterly (face-to-face and/or remotely) to discuss and prioritize IFIC Australia’s areas of work.
Since July 2017, IFIC Australia has sought to develop an inaugural group of partners to help take forward IFIC’s mission and aims across the Region on a more sustained basis. Our Partners have a mutual commitment to support the adoption of integrated care in policy and practice. IFIC and its Partners work together to develop projects, educational activities or material of mutual benefit that meet the aims and objectives of IFIC Australia.
These three organisation’s have come together as a consortium on a Platinum Partner level
Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) is located in the centre and inner west of Sydney and covers an area of 126sq km with over 5,000 residents per square kilometer.
The District is responsible for providing care to more than 670,000 local residents and large numbers who travel to use the tertiary and quaternary services.
SLHD has a number of flagship partnerships and programs that form the foundation of its integrated care strategy.
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) is one of the largest local health districts in Sydney, covering a geographical area of 468 square kilometres from Sydney’s central business district to the Royal National Park. SESLHD delivers health care to around 930,000 local residents and also provide a key role in helping residents of Lord Howe and Norfolk islands.
With total staff of approximately 10 000 care is delivered at nine hospitals and across a variety of community-based services ranging from pre-birth to palliative care. SESLHD is home to a diverse population which is set to increase to 1,022,000 by 2027 (20% growth).In our community, 30% of people are from non-English speaking backgrounds, 37% have long-term health conditions and 8720 identify as being Aboriginal.
Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network CESPHN supports primary care through practice improvement, local health system integration and the commissioning of health services in the community that address identified gaps and local priorities. Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is one of 31 PHNs across the country and its vision is better health and wellbeing of the people who live and work across our region.
Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is committed to investing in strategies that will contribute to individual and population health outcomes including fewer preventable deaths and hospitalisations, reduced health risks and health inequities and more prevention behaviours. The Central and Eastern Sydney PHN region stretches from Strathfield to Sutherland, east to the coastline, and also includes Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. CESPHN aims “increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and to improve coordination of care.”
Children’s Health Queensland is a specialist statewide hospital and health service dedicated to caring for children and young people from across Queensland and northern New South Wales.
A recognised leader in paediatric healthcare, education and research, Children’s Health Queensland delivers a full range of clinical services, tertiary level care and health promotion programs, with the aim to place the child and family at the heart of all we do, working collaboratively with partners and the community to improve child and youth health outcomes.
Children’s Health Queensland is dedicated to leading life-changing care for children and young people – for a healthier tomorrow.
Central Coast Local Health District (the District) provides public health services to the community of the Central Coast of NSW – a population of approximately 327,000 covering a geographic area 1,853 square kilometres. Since 2014, the District has been working with our regional partners towards a vision of integrating health and social care to ensure that our most vulnerable populations receive the care they need. There has been a strong focus on research and on developing approaches to integrated care.
In partnership with IFIC and Flinders University, the District has developed the Integrated Care Search Engine to support the research of integrated care across the globe. Locally, IFIC has played a key role in supporting the development of integrated care on the Central Coast through the delivery of education, mentoring and program evaluation.
The Bupa Health Foundation is one of Australia’s leading charitable foundations dedicated to health. We aim to partner with health and medical researchers to address the health needs of the Australian community and deliver on our purpose of helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Since 2005 we have invested more than $32 million in over 130 partnerships across the country and remain committed to contributing to a strong economy by helping promote and ensure better health for all Australians.
Knowledge partners have a commitment to standards of excellence in advancing the science, knowledge and the support to adopt integrated care in policy and practice. IFIC and its Knowledge Partners work together on specific special interest groups or research projects and help co-produce educational and training activities and/or support IFIC Australia’s conferences and events programme.
The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is Australia’s national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare providers. Our vision is for a healthy Australia supported by the best possible healthcare system. Our membership includes state health departments, Local Hospital Networks and public hospitals, community health services, Primary Health Networks and primary healthcare providers, aged care providers, universities, individual health professionals and academics. As such, we are uniquely placed to be an independent, national voice for universal high-quality healthcare to benefit the whole community.
Health Justice Australia is the national centre for health justice partnership, supporting collaborations between services to achieve better health and justice outcomes for vulnerable communities.
Health Justice Australia supports the expansion and effectiveness of health justice partnerships through knowledge and its translation: developing evidence and translating that evidence into knowledge that is valued by practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and funders; building capability: supporting practitioners to work collaboratively, including through brokering, mentoring and facilitating partnerships; and driving systems change: connecting the experience of people coming through health justice partnerships, and their practitioners, with opportunities for lasting systems change through reforms to policy settings, service design and funding.
ANU Centre for Mental Health Research is an international leader in health services research and implementation science. Our research is relevant to the mental health, disability and other social service sectors, and the broader population. We collaborate with diverse stakeholders across disciplines, including policy makers, relevant sector-based organisations, service providers, consumers and carers. We partner with public agencies and research centres to co-design for better outcomes. We develop decision support tools for assessing services, and build capacity and sustainability in mental health and disability to support evidence-informed policy and practice.
Health Consumers NSW (HCNSW) is the peak health consumers advocacy organisation in NSW.
HCNSW was founded in 2010 and is a membership-based, independent, not-for-profit organisation. Our aim is to ensure that health consumers are involved in the design and delivery of health care in NSW. We do this through promoting and practising consumer engagement in the NSW health sector. We create meaningful partnerships between consumers, the health sector and policy-makers.
HCNSW believes that integrated care needs to be focused around the needs and expectations of patients and their families. And that integrated care can only be achieved by involving people who use health services (patients, carers and families) in the planning and design of health care.
HCNSW is a registered charity with the Australian Commission for Not-for-profits and Charities.