Authors: Stephen Brand, NSW
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Beyond Partnership Towards Quality Services, MANAGMENT, PARTNERSHIPS , HOUSING
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The term partnership is becoming almost “cliché” within Mental Health parlance, policy and rhetoric. It is jargon. But what should it really mean? Mental health clinicians engage in partnerships at a clinical level and services (public, private and NGOs) engage in partnerships at an organisational level. Why has there been such a big deal around partnerships in contemporary service delivery system? This paper will unpack the meaning of partnership as it applies to the contemporary mental health industry. The presenter will use examples from the implementation of the HASI (Housing Accommodation Support Initiative) Program in NSW, which is a program where partnership is integral to implementation and outcomes. HASI is a program dependent on partnerships from the minister’s of Health and Housing down to the clinicians on the ground and between Area Mental Health Services, social housing providers and with a number of large NGOs. In a service delivery environment where mental health is everyone’s business, strong partnerships between the providers are required to ensure the success of new programs and funding initiatives. Partnerships are built on mutual respect, knowledge of the each partner’s core business and common agreed on objectives. The key partners are the consumer and their families. How do we ensure the consumer in on the ground level of these crucial partnerships?