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IFIC Australia

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 A/Professor Peter McGeorge, Consultant Psychiatrist, Universities NSW and Notre Dame) and will meet at least quarterly (face-to-face and/or remotely) to discuss and prioritize IFIC Australia’s areas of work.

Upcoming Activities

Date/Time Event
14/08/2019 - 04/09/2019
IFIC Australia Webinar Series
04/11/2019 - 08/11/2019
Accelerated Learning Program
11/11/2019 - 13/11/2019
APIC2 - 2nd Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care
Melbourne, Australia

Directors

Dr Nick Goodwin
Director
Central Coast Research Institute
University of Newcastle

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

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

Facilitators

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

Lucy McEvoy
Research Assistant & IFIC Australia Coordinator
Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health
The University of Newcastle (UON)

Fiona Lyne
Director of Communications
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

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.

Gold Partner

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.

Silver Partner

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.

Bronze Partner

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 Partner

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.

Previous Activity

Date/Time Event
17/04/2019
Seminar - Coordinating care to older people with complex needs in the home environment
University of Newcastle, Sydney
06/12/2018 - 13/12/2018
Integrated Care Solutions© Webinar Series
09/11/2018
Symposium: How to organize, finance and evaluate integrated care
The Theatrette, NSW Parliament House, Sydney
05/11/2018 - 08/11/2018
TRANSFORMERS III - CHANGING THE HEALTH SYSTEM FOR BETTER
29/10/2018 - 02/11/2018
Accelerated Learning Program
21/09/2018
Integrated Care Solutions© Webinars
12/07/2018
Integrated Care Solutions© Webinars
04/07/2018
Implementation Lessons and Value Based Commissioning Workshops - Orange, New South Wales
Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health, Orange
27/06/2018 - 28/06/2018
Creating high quality integrated care that delivers outcomes Masterclass
Crema Room, 69 Canberra Avenue Kingston
20/03/2018
Workshop: Frameworks for Assessing Integrated Care
Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House, Sydney
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“The Joint Approach” Project – Tweed Specialised Osteoarthritis Screening Clinic (SOS Clinic)
Development of an organisation-level Integrated Care Strategy by a Queensland hospital and health service
GP Liaison Program
Navigate your Health
Our Children and Communities Matter (OCCM)
Our Children and Communities Matter (OCCM)
Project ECHO®

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For more information contact IFIC Australia: ificaustralia@integratedcarefoundation.org