From Concept to Reality – International Summer School in Australia

IFIC Australia co-hosted an International Summer School aimed at supporting organisations to implement their integrated care strategies.

Developed in partnership with North Coast PHN and the Centre for Health Care Knowledge and Innovation, this event has been a sell-out.

Over five days the residential programme supported public sector leaders and teams committed to driving forward integrated care projects and innovations.

Participants were exposed to a mix of International and Australian case studies and were specifically encouraged to work up solutions throughout the week to support the planning and implementation of integrated care programs being developed in their own context.

Delegates from Primary Health Networks and Local Health Districts shared their integrated care projects with participants and each project will be subject to further investigation throughout the Summer School.

In the sessions they explored the building blocks of integrated care; implementation models; empowering people; building an enabling environment; performance assessment for integrated care; financing integrated care and creating incentives; leading and managing change.

There was also a strong emphasis on case study work with participants to select an integrated care project to work on prior to attending the Summer School. This may be an idea for a new project, or to review and support an existing project or program of work.
An online survey circulated prior to the Summer School provided a wider perspective on the services each group wishes to integrate and the results and reflections from the survey will be used to:

  • Support participants to undertake a situational analysis during the Summer School
  • Help provide an understanding of the issues needing resolving
  • Develop local contexts for building new skill competencies to deliver integrated care
  • Prioritise certain issues

The International Summer School on Integrated Care took place from Sunday, March 25, to Thursday, March 29, at Pepper’s Salt Resort, Kingscliff, New South Wales.

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