Are the village people singing the same song? One Village…many people. The challenges of replicating a transdisciplinary early intervention playgroup across multiple sites in South Australia.

Jo Coombes1

1 Country Health SA. Yorke and Northern Region. Ernest Terrace Wallaroo SA 5556


If the rural context is our village…then the influences within and beyond it are ‘our people’

Play2Grow is a trauma informed supported playgroup operated by the CHSA Healthy Families Team across the Yorke and Lower North area of South Australia.

Using the Play2Grow model as an example, this presentation will discuss how an approach that developed at one location has now been implemented across 4 sites with a range of staff and different client groups.

The underpinning issues addressed throughout the process were:

How to (or should we) replicate a working model across different settings?
How to value and utilise the passion of the ‘idea owners’
How to convey that passion to others
How to preserving the integrity of the original ‘idea that works’ whilst also developing and growing it


The team participated in a facilitated workshop in September 2015. A pulse check and SWOT analysis were conducted to identify the key issues moving forward to ensure team ownership of the programme.

Some of these included:

The impact of episodic care on client engagement
The importance of client relationship and avoiding dependence
The pressure to work toward consistent approaches whilst acknowledging diversity in client and staff groups
The effect of organisational priorities on clinician motivation and energy


The ‘Essence of Play2Grow’ was captured in a single document to guide the ongoing implementation of the group across our geography.

A Play2Grow package was proposed to support the further development of the programme, including evaluation tools, consumer input and facilitation guidelines.

The work continues.

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