Carrington Health understands the added value that working in partnership delivers. We believe that a broad range of partnerships that cross sector boundaries is essential to achieving the goals we are aiming to achieve into the longer-term. Carrington Health already works extensively in partnership with others who have shared passion and values and understand the importance of having alignment of purpose for each particular partnership endeavour.
Connect4Health Consortium – Carrington Health/ Access Health/ Monash Link
After many years of working together in collaboration, the Boards of Access Health, MonashLink and Carrington Health have announced the establishment of a formal Consortium titled Connect4Health.
The three organisations involved in the Consortium are not merging, rather this new arrangement will allow the three community health services to achieve the benefits and efficiencies of ‘size’ and ‘scale’ whilst retaining the richness of local community connections and knowledge. Ronda Jacobs CEO CH says “We believe that better outcomes can be achieved by acting in partnership rather than alone, recognising that each service has a unique contribution to make to their communities which will continue for the life of this agreement”.
Why form a Consortium?
The three community health services chose the Consortium model believing it most closely aligned with their core values of working in partnership with like-minded, accessible services whilst striving to deliver high quality, cost effective services for the community.
What difference will this Consortium actually mean to the community and clients?
One of the goals of this Consortium is to work towards easier and more streamlined access to services, and a broader range of services across the region.
The Consortium will enable the partner organisations to put much stronger and more sustainable systems in place to substantially improve access to services as well as enhance the ease and efficiency of sharing resources.
How will the Consortium work together?
While the Consortium members will retain their strong local connections, they also intend to adopt joint positions on key areas and issues impacting on our communities ensuring a stronger voice in advocating for services for our communities. A key benefit of this arrangement is that partners and stakeholders will no longer need to negotiate with three individual organisations.
The Consortium has identified key areas where they will work together to grow their health services to meet community needs, both in service provision and in advocacy for our communities:
- Catchment based funding – we will present joint submissions and agreements that will be more efficient to manage, and provide breadth of service across the entire Inner Eastern region
- Sharing and extending service strengths and innovative programs
- Improving client pathways for easier and streamlined access to our services across the region
- Sector community awareness
- Sector advocacy – we will have joint positions on key issues impacting on our communities and will have a much stronger voice in advocating for services for our communities
- External relationships – we will be prepared to engage with stakeholders as one, whilst retaining our strong local connections
- Efficient use of resources
The respective Board and Chief Executives have developed a comprehensive action plan to guide the consortium’s work in a planned and strategic way to ensure collaborative outcomes are maximised and resources are utilised efficiently.
Consortium Convenor, Ronda Jacobs
Eastern Health provides a comprehensive range of high quality acute, sub-acute, palliative care, mental health, drug and alcohol, residential care and community health services to people and communities that are diverse in culture, age, socio-economic status, population and health care needs.
The Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR) is one of eight Department of Health regions, and includes the established inner suburban areas of Hawthorn, Kew and Camberwell, a strong middle suburban band characterised by Balwyn, Blackburn and Mt Waverley through to large outer metropolitan suburbs such as Ringwood and Boronia. Beyond the outer suburbs are semi-rural and rural townships such as, Healesville, Monbulk and Warburton.
The Eastern Metropolitan region covers an area of nearly 3,000 square kilometres and includes seven local government areas; these are Manningham, Booroondara, Yarra Ranges, Knox, Monash, Whitehorse and Maroondah.
The EMR Department staff work closely with service partners to provide high quality health and aged care services. In delivering these services they aim to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Victorians.
Primary Health Networks (PHNs) have been established with the key objective of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
The Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network includes, but is not limited to, the following locations:
- Yarra Glen
The Inner East Primary Care Partnership (IEPCP) is a voluntary alliance of health and human service organisations that have agreed to work towards better planning,
co-ordination and service delivery in order to improve the health and well-being of people living in the cities of Boroondara, Manningham, Monash and Whitehorse. The catchment area has a population of 608,000, which is 11.7% of the state population. The IEPCP secretariat is based at Box Hill Town Hall Hub.
In uniting as a Primary Care Partnership, there are three primary organisational benefits which member organisations aspire towards:
- Opportunity: participate in projects which positively affect the organisation’s constituency
- Effectiveness: lower resource intensity working with individuals and groups, especially those with complex / multiple conditions
- Satisfaction: collaborative approaches yield greater practitioner satisfaction, as well as community members’ reported satisfaction with service provision.