Promoting community capacity through university-community engagement: the Deakin University / Department of Human Services (Barwon South West) Partnership

Butterworth, Iain and Austin, Sandy 2007, Promoting community capacity through university-community engagement: the Deakin University / Department of Human Services (Barwon South West) Partnership, Australasian journal of university community engagement, vol. 2, no. 1, Spring, pp. 65-72.


Title Promoting community capacity through university-community engagement: the Deakin University / Department of Human Services (Barwon South West) Partnership
Author(s) Butterworth, Iain
Austin, Sandy
Journal name Australasian journal of university community engagement
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Season Spring
Start page 65
End page 72
Publisher Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Inc. (AUCEA)
Place of publication Penrith South, N.S.W.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1833-4482
Summary The formal Partnership between Deakin University and the Victorian Department of Human Services (Barwon-South Western Region), based in Geelong, aims to bring together the knowledge, experience and resources of the Department and Deakin University for the benefit of the people living in that region, as well as for the mutual benefit of both organisations. A recent review process featured stakeholder interviews and focus groups. A special workshop on university-community engagement was also held for interested stakeholders in late 2006. This was facilitated by Prof. Judith Ramaley, President of Winona State University, during her visit to Deakin University as a Fulbright Visiting Senior Specialist. Visioning and strategic planing have continued throughout 2007.

This paper will describe the efforts and achievements of the Partnership through the complementary lenses of Healthy Cities, health-promoting universities and community capacity. This framework will be used to describe how the Partnership coordinators have used Prof Ramaley’s insights to establish a draft Business Plan that espouses a more mature form of collaboration and embraces shared, transformative goals. The paper will describe how the notion of community capacity is being used to evaluate the Partnership’s overall contribution to community engagement.

Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Inc. (AUCEA)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007465

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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