Authors: Mark Smith, VIC
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Partnerships and NGO's, Prahan mission, teamwork, collaboration
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The creation of inter-agency partnerships is a priority of funding bodies and is a trend reflected both the Australian and international literature. The participation in service partnerships is a common experience of workers in the social services. This paper will provide an overview of a collaborative practice model of partnership and will attempt to highlight ways of working between diverse agencies in the mental health context. Using a current example of a service partnership, this paper will explore the role of each agency (MHAV and Prahran Mission) in the current service arrangements, in relation to the setting of policies and outcomes. Issues related to the governance of partnership will also be examined. The context of particular partnerships will be examined including work practices, which extend beyond agency boundaries to examples of effective “teamwork”. Barriers to this development will also be considered. As wider determinants of “health” are considered, there is an increased need for inter-professional and inter-agency links to be established between stakeholders. One of the outcomes, then of effective partnership practice, is that longstanding health issues cannot be resolved by a single agency and a holistic, inter-agency approach is required.