Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Partnerships Program

By working together across diverse healthcare settings, organisations, and issues, we can build a culture of excellence presents an opportunity to change practice, foster new ideas and innovation, and open paths to better healthcare outcomes.

New and complex challenges for the healthcare system mean that the pursuit of excellence in healthcare is more important than ever. Building a culture of excellence presents an opportunity to change practice, foster new ideas and innovation, and open paths to better healthcare outcomes. This can only be done by working together across diverse healthcare settings, organisations, and issues.

To find out more about our current partnerships, see Our partners.

Why partnerships matter in healthcare

  • Partnerships can lead to a better shared understanding of health care challenges and increase the potential for integrated and innovative solutions that generate improved outcomes.
  • Partnerships can maximize the use of resources and bring about synergies and coordinated interventions, which ultimately improve health and wellbeing for our communities.
  • Partnerships can take a variety of forms based on the specific skills each partner brings, and the needs they seek to address.
  • Long-term sustainable partnerships should be better utilised as drivers to address the complex health care challenges we face.

Understanding the drivers and challenges of partnerships

  • The conditions for partnering are highly specific, but the evidence-based research highlights a core set of factors that can support or constrain collaborative working.
  • Trust and transparency, reciprocity and mutual benefit, governance, and leadership are all important building blocks of effective partnerships.
  • Creating the space to enable collaboration is another important enabler.
  • Putting in place clear processes and structures is essential for encouraging partnership action.

What's next?

  • Further research is needed to better understand the partnership landscape in South Australia.

At the CEIH, we aim to build on the evidence base by undertaking targeted strategic discussions with key leaders and professionals across the health sector.

Working in partnership means the benefits of shared knowledge, skills and resources can co-produce outcomes that meet partners’ expectations and considers consumers in all that we do.


To see how we partner, view our Partnership Approach and Tools

Resources

Partnership Approach and Tools

Now, more than ever, we need strategies to strengthen our healthcare system, innovate and solve “wicked problems”. Collaborative partnerships can deliver exceptional outcomes when planned and managed well.

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CEIH Project Lifecycle

The CEIH Project Lifecycle has been co-designed as a roadmap through the phases of a project, from ‘Discovery’ to ‘Closure’, and includes links to useful project management tools at each step.

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