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The health system, and all of the organisations within it, requires good governance in order to be effective. From the Commonwealth government to the smallest Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, better governance can improve care and support the work of health care staff.

4. Networks

Our networks
  • What organisations/services or individuals external to our service do we currently work with (group for corporate functions and for health service functions)?
  • What organisations/services would you like to build working relationships with (group for corporate functions and health service functions)?
  • Are there high quality support providers you would like to work with?
  • Would you consider approaching any of the above organisations to discuss sharing corporate support services?

How to use this tool

This tool is based on information contributed by participants and research undertaken for the Support Systems for Indigenous Primary Health Care Services Project.

1. Assessment

Factors influencing corporate support

There are a range of influencing factors for Indigenous Primary Health Care Services to consider when planning to implement a new corporate support system or build upon and strengthen current systems.
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2. Support required

How to identify corporate support needs

Some organisations identify support needs through structured and regular meetings with the different stakeholders in their service (e.g. a senior leadership group, senior clinicians and public health doctors, Aboriginal Health Workers, community meetings, Board meetings). 

3. Decision making and strategic planning

Organisations should develop guiding principles for the decision-making process to get support. Principles should reflect the needs relating to your organisation, context and community. 

What are the principles that guide how our organisation works? What is our mission statement?

5. Developing a model

What will our model for corporate support look like?

There is no one-size-fits-all model for accessing appropriate corporate support. The models we have identified have varying levels of sharing between organisations, and the organisations participating in them also have different levels of control over how resources are shared.  

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