Populations Policy and People: Understanding the links between Community Health Services and Non-Government Organisations in two regions of South Australia (2000)

Gwyn Jolley and Stacey Masters

This report describes research investigating the links between community health services and non-government organisations in one rural and one metropolitan region of South Australia. The study has focused its attention on formally structured, not-for-profit organisations that provide health &/or welfare services to the two regions of South Australia: the Wakefield Health Services' Region and the City of Onkaparinga in the southern metropolitan region. Wakefield Regional Health Service and Noarlunga Health Services nominated to participate in the study.

The aim of the study was to identify the ways in which community health services and non-government organisations in South Australia collaborate to address issues of health, in order to contribute to better health outcomes for their communities. This study confirms that there are primary promoters of, and requisites for, effective collaboration, such as shared client group, similar values and approaches.

The study has also demonstrated that government policy and practice have a powerful influence on collaboration between organisations, and that further refinement at this level may achieve the greatest gains. This study was funded by the Health Enhancement Research Grants committee of the South Australian Department of Human Services.

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