Driving Integrated Care in Australia

IFIC’S CEO Dr Nick Goodwin and Director of Education and Training Viktoria Stein are mid-way through a visit to Australia to support the movement for change towards integrated care.
During their three-week trip, from March 19 and to April 6, 2018, the pair have engaged in a series of activities in New South Wales aimed at building capability and capacity to implement effective integrated care programmes.

This work forms part of the growing IFIC Australia collaborative centre co-hosted with CRRMH, University of Newcastle and with support from local Partners.

  • In addition to meeting with IFIC Australia Partners and other advocates interested in the integrated care agenda, their busy diary this week in has included:
    A presentation at the Australian National University’s Directors Seminar Series in Canberra on March 19 on the Building Blocks of Successful Integrated Care Programs
  • An IFIC Australia Partners’ Committee meeting on March 20 followed by a workshop in association with IFIC Australia’s Partners focused on Frameworks for Assessing Integrated Care and their Implications in the Australian Context, held at NSW Parliament House.
  • Presentations at the 4th International Healthcare Reform Conference on March 21-23 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Double Bay

Dr Goodwin said: “This week our focus in Sydney has been to kick-start an ongoing piece of work with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and our other Partners to examine the issues, challenges and potential solutions for integrated care to move forward in the Australian context. We are also working with our Partners to plan out our key activities and ambitions for IFIC Australia for the remainder of the year and beyond.

Upcoming activities:

  • IFIC and CRRMH, with its Partner at North Coast PHN, are running an International Summer School on Integrated Care between 25-29 March. This 5-day residential program is designed to support public sector leaders and teams committed to driving forward integrated care projects and innovations. Participants will be exposed to a mix of International and Australian case studies and will be specifically encouraged to workshop solutions throughout the week to support the planning and implementation of integrated care programs being developed in their own context.
  • Nick and Viktoria will then be working with the Central Coast Local Health District between April 4 and 6, on a number of workshop activities related to local integrated care projects. The visit will see the launch of the Integrated Care Search filter and provide feedback on the formative evaluation of CCLHD’s integrated care programme led by CRRMH

For more information on the activities of IFIC Australia visit www.integratedcarefoundation.org/australia

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