Authors: Kim Holmes
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Change, Innovation, Reform,Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation,Funding – Changing Models, Systems
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Collective impact and collaboration are terms that we are all familiar with in the mental health sector, but what do they look like, how easy are they to put into practice and how do collective efforts lead to innovation achieving better outcomes with consumers and families?
Links to Wellbeing (LtW) is a consortium established in South Australia between Neami National, United Care Wesley Bowden, Mind Australia and Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia (MIFSA). Offering a continuum of services across the stepped model of care, coordinated referral pathways, extended partnerships and driven by a shared commitment to regional capacity building through collective impact, LtW leverages the individual and collective strengths of four organisations.
New funding models and policy directions are driving an increasing need for collective efforts in the delivery of mental health services that promote opportunity to deliver value for money, leverage collective capabilities as well as providing the opportunity to innovate and change.
Drawing on LtW as a case study, this presentation will share our experience:
• What value does a consortium contribute in the reform environment? Why do it?
• Initiating, building and developing a consortium.
• The success factors and challenges of an effective consortia.
• How has a collective approach led to innovation and better outcomes?
Learning Objective 1: The audience will learn about the experience of establishing and developing a consortium including its value, challenges and success factors leading to innovation and change.
Learning Objective 2: Consortium (or alliance) arrangements are an opportunity to deliver value for money, broad reaching and innovative mental health services in a dynamic and changing sector.
Hosie, A., Vogl, G., Hoddinott, J., Carden, J., & Comeau, Y. (2014). Crossroads: Rethinking the Australian mental health system.