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Inaugural IEPCP Bi-annual Members’ Forum March 2012 The Value of Partnerships & Membership in the IEPCP Mandy Geary, Executive Officer IEPCP.

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1 Inaugural IEPCP Bi-annual Members’ Forum March 2012 The Value of Partnerships & Membership in the IEPCP Mandy Geary, Executive Officer IEPCP

2 Refresher: What we do Facilitate networks & partnerships across boundaries 2. Facilitate collaborative & productive relationships resulting in value add & synergy 3. Build capacity in partners & sectors (Capacity Building or ‘CB’) 2

3 Key domains of IEPCP activity using a CB framework : 3

4 Partnership - What is it exactly? 2 or more organisations (services, agencies, people…) who make a commitment to: working together on something that concerns both developing a shared sense of purpose and agenda generating joint action towards agreed targets Stern R & Green J (2005) ‘Boundary workers and the management of frustration: a case study of two Healthy City partnerships’ in Health Promotion International, 20(3): 269–276

5 Partnerships can be ‘fluid’ (core membership needs to be consistent) 5 Nos & types of IEPCP partnerships

6 IEPCP membership model: 6 Membership Levels Level 1 'Full' Members Level 2 'Associate' Members Roles & Responsibilities Strategic planning, governance, accountability for PCP business, appointing delegates to working groups, contribution of resources, decision making. Networking, receiving & contributing information, supporting achievement of strategies via IEPCP Network groups Eligibility Signatory to Funding & Service Agreement/s; Signatory to Partnering Agreement; Active contribution to development/implementat ion of Strategic Plan. Non-signatory to Partnering Agreement; participation in IEPCP projects/activities; active participation in Annual Members Forum Entitlements Strategic decision making & influence; Election to governance group; Representation of IEPCP as delegated by governance group; Able to hold IEPCP brokerage funds; Participation in networking, meeting and project management activities (decision making); Access to all information; Subsidised participation in IEPCP workforce development activities. Participation in networking, meeting and project management activities (non- decision making) General access to IEPCP information and resources Subsidised participation in IEPCP workforce development activities.

7 How do we ‘do’ business?  Be sure there’s a need : 1. Should we partner? 2. What overall purposes will the partnership serve? 3. How will we define ‘success’ of the partnership? 4. What degree of partnership is needed? Decide the right support structure - keep it simple & clear 7 Ref: VCOSS Guide to Partnering

8 Checklist of Steps: Setting up a Partnership 1. PRIORITY SETTING AND PROBLEM DEFINITION  Shared understanding of problems and goals  Shared commitment  Identification of resources  Collective identification of stakeholders and convenor 2. REACHING AGREEMENT  Establish ground rules  Jointly agree on agenda  Agree on how to solve problem 3. IMPLEMENTATION  Build external support for agreed solutions  Institutionalise agreements  Monitor agreements  Monitor Relationships 4. EVALUATION  Use a validated tool to check the quality & effectiveness of your partnerships &  SHARE THE LEARNINGS FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPROVING ! 8

9 What is needed to keep it working well? More coordinated services, pooling resources, addressing service gaps MEETING NEEDS Degree of interdependence, time limited or long term relationship ADDING VALUE SHARING decision making, risks, power, benefits, burdens 9

10 What needs to change in order to partner successfully ? Effective partnerships require each of us to move... 10

11 Challenges to be overcome:  Benefits are not seen, experienced or understood  Suspicions about partnership & its purpose  Leadership required from all members & from the team at operational level  Consistency of membership needed to maintain connection & momentum  Must have apparent & executive authority, breadth of power & responsibility  Must have realistic aims, adopted globally  Must have adequate resourcing (financial & non- financial) 11

12 Overcoming these challenges:  Benefits must be seen, experienced and understood  Suspicions about partnership & its purpose must be addressed  Demonstrate leadership from all members & the team  Consistency in core membership to maintain connection & momentum  Must be apparent & executive authority, breadth of power & responsibility  Aims & expectations must be realistic & adopted globally  Adequate resourcing (financial & non-financial) 12

13 Have clear directions and expectations: 13

14 Apply a Continuous Quality Improvement approach to partnership work: 14

15 Have an answer to the question – what’s in it for me?

16 The benefits of partnership include:  Providing new and better ways of thinking about problems & solutions = better outcomes  Strengthening relationships with the broader community  Providing opportunity for sharing workload & resources = value add  Building capacity in partners  Motivating people to pull together, driving & sustaining the partnership  Ability to take actions that go beyond what any participant can do alone = SYNERGY 16 Synergy: the extent to which the partnership can do more than any of its individual participants can on their own.

17 The benefits of membership include:  Strengthening relationships with other agencies working in the same space  Sharing your workload & resources = value add  Building capacity in your workforce & organisation  Promoting your services/ & joint achievements  Motivating people to pull together  Coordinating & integrating services  Participating in training activities at subsidised rates = cost savings & workforce development  Access to others’ knowledge, expertise & resources  Eligibility for financial support  Experiencing the benefits of SYNERGY 17

18 Range of IEPCP partners Alzheimers Association VictoriaLouise Multicultural Community Centre Ashburton Support ServicesManningham City Council Balwyn Welfare AssociationManningham Community Health Service BaptcareMaroondah Addictions Recovery Project BenetasMecwa Children and Youth Mental Health ServicesMelbourne East General Practice Network Chinese Community Social Services CentreMigrant Information Centre City of BoroondarraMonashLink Community Health Service City of MonashMullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place City of WhitehorseNew Life Program Department of Health Eastern Metropolitan RegionOuter East Health and Community Support Alliance Department of Health Central (Melbourne)Ramsay Health (Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital) Diabetes Australia (Vic)Ranges Community Health Service EACHRoyal District Nursing Service Eastern Community Legal CentreSt Vincents Hospital Eastern HealthUniting Aged Care (Vic/Tas) Eastern Metropolitan Palliative Care ConsortiumUniting Care Community Options (UCCO) Greater Eastern Primary Health (Division of General Practice)Villa Maria Greater Monash General Practice NetworkWavlink Inc. Inner East Community Health ServiceWhitehorse Community Health Service Knox Community Health ServiceWomen's Health East

19 Thank you! Any questions? 19


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