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  • Wrap up of 2016
  • Update on the 'Future of Primary Care' workshops
  • Details regarding requests for proposals - Drug and Alcohol, and Mental health
  • Update on After hours campaign

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

As 2016 draws to a close, I would like to thank our partners, stakeholders and local health professionals for working with us towards our vision for a more coordinated regional health system which provides exceptional care, promotes healthy choices and supports resilient communities.

While it is not possible to include a full year's activities in one message, you can read more about our work through our
2015-16 Report Card. This showcases our key achievements and highlights some of the work we have undertaken as part of our programs and partnerships.

As I travel across the region, it's great to see so many local health professionals attend our education events and workshops. In fact, our second 'Future of Primary Care in South Eastern NSW' workshop was held recently in Wollongong, with more than 50 people in attendance. Copies of the presentations by Professor Claire Jackson and Leanne Wells, and other key documents are available
here >

The event provided an opportunity for attendee's to share their thoughts. Once again a number of common themes emerged around potential gains, barriers and supports for adopting elements of the Health Care Home.

Our research team will continue to follow-up with participants that indicated a willingness to discuss this topic further. We're also in the process of developing a schedule for consultations with key stakeholders in the health system over the next six months. If you would like to participate please contact There will be an online opportunity for those wanting to participate – stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I am pleased to announce the release of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from suitably qualified and experienced organisations to apply to provide innovative Drug and Alcohol Treatment services. This funding will be used to establish programs for people recovering from alcohol and other drug misuse, and to create family-sensitive and family friendly environments.

We'll also be releasing RFPs for mental health and suicide prevention programs in January, with information sessions expected to be held mid-January. Our approach to commissioning here will be specifically targeted to those at greatest risk of poor health outcomes, complementing existing mainstream services such as those psychological services through the Medicare / Better Access system. 

To learn about these and/or future commissioning opportunities, please register on our procurement portal. If you would like any further information about commissioning, please contact us at

In the meantime, our office will be closed from 5pm, Friday 23 December 2016 until Tuesday 3 January 2017, when normal business hours will resume.

Until then, on behalf of COORDINARE's Board and staff, I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable end of year break.

Dianne Kitcher