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  • Joint governance meeting
  • Request for proposal for headspace lead agency
  • Joint regional strategy for mental health and suicide prevention
  • New mental health screening and support package

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

On the 22/23 September we brought together our two Clinical Councils, Community Advisory Committee, Board and Executive team for an inaugural joint governance meeting, providing an opportunity for the members of these governance groups to better understand and reflect on the work of COORDINARE. It also provided the chance to hear firsthand from people their thoughts and feedback on the work done to date and future directions of the organisation.

It was a dynamic, interesting and engaging event, with more than 40 people taking part in the workshop. One of the highlights was a world cafe session which looked at three of our strategic priorities - putting consumers front and centre in all that we do; influencing the market through provider engagement and commissioning; and building local networks and place-based leadership. We plan to build on these ideas and finalise our approach to these priorities before the end of the year. Based on the feedback from this workshop I am pleased to announce that the Board signed off on our new
One Page Strategic Plan 2017-2020 at their recent Board meeting.

In the afternoon, each of the Governance groups reconvened and discussed what they would like to see prioritised, what they thought their Council/Committee should do more of, less of, or differently, and how the group organise themselves for the future. We anticipate these initial conversations will be continued at the next meeting/s.

Meanwhile, w
ork has commenced on developing a joint regional strategy for mental health and suicide prevention with both Southern NSW and Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health Districts. A working group has been established with representatives of both LHDs and COORDINARE - the first meeting took place last week. This is a critical initiative for us and the LHDs which should result in a more connected and coordinated approach to mental health care for consumers in our region.

We are also working collaboratively with Capital Health Network (ACT PHN) to commission new lead agencies for headspace Canberra and Queanbeyan as well as the new Bega service through a single, open Request For Proposal (RFP) process. Stakeholder consultation has been undertaken in each location and feedback compiled to ensure we capture the unique features of each setting to be incorporated into the commissioning process. Submissions close on 13 November 2017. Find out more here.

Finally, recruitment is about to commence for GP Liaison Officers to be based in different locations across Southern NSW LHD. These positions will be co-funded by COORDINARE and SNSWLHD and we encourage any interested GPs to apply for these important roles. Find out more here.

Dianne Kitcher