Collaboration – River Deep – Mountain High

Lois Jenkins1, Denise Walshe2

1Corumbene care

2Central Highlands Community Health Centre

The Central Highlands and Derwent Valley in Tasmania are perfectly positioned to benefit from a collaborative approach to service delivery as they accommodate a diverse population in two of Australia’s most socioeconomically disadvantaged LGAs.  Most of the population live in New Norfolk, a town with more than half the population of both LGAs which together cover a wide expanse of Tasmania.

Data from the 2011 Census rates the Derwent Valley as significantly socioeconomically disadvantaged in comparison to other areas in Tasmania. Unemployment is higher and the number of people requiring help with ADLs is more than 1.5 times the national average.  Understandably the health, health literacy and health disadvantage of the people living in these 2 LGA’s corresponds to the potential of a collaborative approach to improving the community’s health.

An undertaking has been made between the Public Sector and the Private sector to work together to encourage the community to adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles, to actively participate in activities to improve their health status and to also increase their knowledge about risk factors and achievable simple solutions to management of their particular problems.

Generally Collaboration means that with cooperative management in which two or more parties work jointly towards a common goal, improved outcomes.result. It was agreed that a collaborative approach would enable a sensible way forward to addressing consumer concerns with Muscular-Skeletal disease process in both the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands LGA’s in 2017 – 18.

This presentation will outline how both the Public sector and the Private sectors can work together to assist consumers and service providers to ;


  • implement healthy behavioural changes with Care Coordination
  • enact collaborative Care Planning and service delivery which includes public and private sector interventions
  • provide collaborative initiatives that meets the needs of consumers across the entire spectrum of Muscular Skeletal disease
  • enable shared Communication structures resulting in reduced duplication of services


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