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Partner or perish: experiences from the field about collaborations for reform


Boyer, K and Orpin, P and Walker, JH, Partner or perish: experiences from the field about collaborations for reform, Australian Journal of Primary Health , 16, (1) pp. 104-107. ISSN 1448-7527 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/PY09046


Collaborations between researchers, policy makers, service providers and community members are critical to the journey of health service reform. Challenges are multifaceted and complex. Partners come with a variety of challenging agendas, value sets and imperatives, and see the drivers for reform from different perspectives. Different skills are required for managing the partnership and for providing academic leadership, and different structural frameworks need to be put in place for each task in each project.Wehave found through a series of partnerships across our research theme of healthy ageing, and consequent translation into policy and practice, that significant and innovative effort is required for both the collaboration and the research to succeed.Ashared understanding of the issues and challenges is a start, but not sufficient for longer-term success. In addition to managing the research, our experience has demonstrated the need to understand the different challenges faced by each of the partners, recognise and respect personal and organisational value systems, and to establish separate mechanisms to manage strong egos alongside, but outside of, the research process.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ageing, partnerships, rural, services
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Health policy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health policy evaluation
UTAS Author:Boyer, K (Ms Kim Boyer)
UTAS Author:Orpin, P (Dr Peter Orpin)
UTAS Author:Walker, JH (Professor Judi Walker)
ID Code:62773
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2010-03-22
Last Modified:2014-10-10

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