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Forming and sustaining partnerships to provide integrated services for young people : an overview based on the headspace Geelong experience

Callaly, Tom, von Treuer, Kathryn, van Hamond, Toni and Windle, Kelly 2011, Forming and sustaining partnerships to provide integrated services for young people : an overview based on the headspace Geelong experience, Early intervention in psychiatry, vol. 5, no. Supplement 1, pp. 28-33, doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7893.2010.00237.x.

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Title Forming and sustaining partnerships to provide integrated services for young people : an overview based on the headspace Geelong experience
Author(s) Callaly, Tom
von Treuer, Kathryn
van Hamond, Toni
Windle, Kelly
Journal name Early intervention in psychiatry
Volume number 5
Issue number Supplement 1
Start page 28
End page 33
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-02
ISSN 1751-7885
1751-7893
Keyword(s) collaboration
integration
leadership
organizational culture
partnerships
Summary Aim: To discuss critical considerations in the formation and maintenance of agency partnerships designed to provide integrated care for young people.

Methods:
Two years after its establishment, an evaluation of the headspace Barwon collaboration and a review of the health-care and management literature on agency collaboration were conducted. The principal findings together with the authors' experience working at establishing and maintaining the partnership are used to discuss critical issues in forming and maintaining inter-agency partnerships.

Results:
Structural and process considerations are necessary but not sufficient for the successful formation and maintenance of inter-agency partnerships and integrated care provision. Specifically, organizational culture change and staff engagement is a significant challenge and planning for this is essential and often neglected.

Conclusions: Although agreeing on common goals and objectives is an essential first step in forming partnerships designed to provide integrated care, goodwill is not enough, and the literature consistently shows that most collaborations fail to meet their objectives. Principles and lessons of organizational behaviour and management practices in the business sector can contribute a great deal to partnership planning.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1751-7893.2010.00237.x
Field of Research 111709 Health Care Administration
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033598

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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