Deakin / DH / DHS Strategic Alliance (Barwon-South West)

Advisory Groups Terms of Reference

1. Prevention Capacity Building Advisory Group

Chairperson
Professor John Toumbourou

Deputy Chair
Currently vacant

Alliance team member
Chris Loughnan, Project Officer

Vision
Support the development of whole of system responses to address health and social problems and improve population outcomes in the Barwon South West Region.

Guiding principles

  • Recognise broader environmental influences-physical and built environment, socio-economic and other external influences on people's health and wellbeing
  • A comprehensive systematic effort from cross-sector prevention partnerships will make a significant difference to population health and wellbeing
  • Community capacity requires enabling infrastructure to be effective
  • Existing capacity is a platform for developing further capacity for prevention in communities in the Barwon South West

Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the potential for systems thinking for prevention.
  • Build capacity to develop sub-regional prevention systems
  • Identify 1-2 common social /health issues that we can work on together and use these as examples to map the existing prevention system and develop a regional/sub-regional prevention framework.
  • Develop opportunities to leverage current activities within the committee jurisdiction for additional work pursuant to the Deakin University/DH/DHS Strategic Alliance Executive (e.g. provision of training in evaluation, prioritisation, targeted student projects, collection pilot data, development of research grants, etc).
  • Disseminate the learning's from this group through our own networks and advocate for synergy of prevention effort to maximize effective outcomes.
  • Advocate for participation of all Councils, relevant Government Departments and Medicare Locals.

Communication
The Advisory Group Chair or delegate to report to Deakin University/DH/DHS Strategic Alliance Executive at the Executive meetings or more frequently as the need arises. This communication will occur via the PCBAG Chair.

Expectations
Members will commit to function to:

  • Create a supportive and challenging working environment
  • Undertake transparent and informed decision making
  • Promote and support a fair and equitable discussion without prejudice
  • Engage in high level strategic thinking and planning across the health and community services sectors
  • Develop robust and respectful relationships
  • Facilitate open and constructive communications
  • Accept diversity in individual, agency or sector positions, and
  • Engage with colleagues in a reliable and responsible manner.
  • It is expected that members will attend all scheduled meetings.

Membership
Appropriate representation from:

  • Deakin University
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Justice,
  • Department of Planning and Community Development
  • Great South Coast, Strengthening our Communities Pillar
  • G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar
  • Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership
  • South West Primary Care Partnership
  • Local government

Chair
Deakin University representative: currently vacant (Chair)
Ms Sue Morgan, Regional Health Promotion Advisor (Deputy Chair))

Secretariat
Chris Loughnan, Project Officer, Deakin University/DH/DHS Strategic Alliance

Meeting frequency
The Group will meet as determined by the PCBAG.

Dispute resolution
If a member of this AG considers there is an outstanding issue or serious contravention of the terms of reference, the member is to approach the Chair to seek resolution.

Review of Terms of Reference
Will occur at the first meeting of the year.

2. Research, Evidence and Evaluation Advisory Group

Chairperson
Prof. John Toumbourou Deakin University
Deputy Chair
Dr Shelley Bowen Department Health
Alliance team member
Mr Matthew Ebden, Deakin Co-ordinator, DU/DH/DHS Strategic Alliance

Vision
To improve BSW health and well being outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged people and places, by brokering research and evaluation activity which is closely aligned with strategic health and wellbeing priorities at national, state, regional and local levels and to contribute to the evidence base of health and human service practice.

Purpose
To foster innovative and collaborative research activity at Deakin University that aligns with the strategic objectives of Deakin University, DH and DHS and the G21 and Great South Coast communities). The Advisory Group aims to strengthen the link between evidence, policy and practice related to health and wellbeing, building community capacity and reducing disadvantage and inequality. The Advisory Group will also work to position the region to build strategic research alliances and identify opportunities for research aligned to the COAG National Partnerships agendas.

Objectives

  • To develop a holistic understanding of the research and evaluation environment of the Barwon-South West region by mapping current and future projects.
  • To develop a 3 year Barwon-South Western Region research and evaluation plan that is linked to state and national funding mechanisms.
  • To work with Deakin University/DH/DHS and local partners in the establishment of the Regional Research Centre.
  • To support the establishment of the National Centre for Farmer Health as a leader in innovative research, policy and practice   
  • To facilitate Corio Norlane Development Advisory Board links to a Deakin cross faculty research team, building on achievements of 2009 Research Forum. 
  • To provide specific support and expertise in evaluation activity to the health and community services sector. 
  • To promote a research and evaluation culture across the BSW health and community services sector
  • To focus on developing evidence informed Workforce strategies for the Barwon-South Western Region.
  • To broker Alliance research collaborations.
  • To investigate further evaluation opportunities for Alliance evaluation (stage 2 in 2010). 

Communication
AG to report to Deakin University/DH/DHS Strategic Alliance Executive at the Executive meetings or more frequently as the need arises.  This communication will occur via the AG Chair.

Expectations
Members will commit to function to:

  • Create a supportive and challenging working environment
  • Undertake transparent and informed decision making
  • Promote and support a fair and equitable discussion without prejudice
  • Engage in high level strategic thinking and planning across the health and community services sectors
  • Develop robust and respectful relationships
  • Facilitate open and constructive communications
  • Accept diversity in individual, agency or sector positions, and
  • Engage with colleagues in a reliable and responsible manner.
  • It is expected that members will attend all scheduled meetings.

Membership
Professor John Toumbourou , Deakin University (Chair)
Dr Shelley Bowen, DHS (Deputy Chair)
Mr Matthew Ebden, Deakin University Strategic Alliance Coordinator
Appropriate representation from:

  • Deakin University
  • Departments of Health (regional and central) Human Services and other relevant departments (RDV,DPCD,DEECD),
  • G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar
  • Great South Coast LGA
  • PCPs
  • National Centre for Farmer Health
  • Gordon Institute of TAFE
  • South West TAFE
  • NGO sector
  • Additional representation as determined by the AG 

Chair
This AG will be chaired by Prof. John Toumbourou, Deakin University.

Secretariat
Minute taking to be rotated amongst AG members. A set of action notes in dot point form will be an acceptable record of the meeting.

Meeting frequency
The Group will meet as determined by the AG.

Dispute resolution
If a member of this AG considers there is an outstanding issue or serious contravention of the terms of reference, the member is to approach the Chair to seek resolution.

Review of Terms of Reference
Will occur at the first meeting of the year.

3. Workforce Development Advisory Group

Terms of Reference

Chairperson
DH/DHS representative, currently vacant

Deputy Chair
Assoc/Prof Bernie Marshall, Deakin University

Alliance team member
Currently vacant

Vision
To support the development of a co-ordinated and collaborative approach to workforce planning and development across the Barwon-South Western Region.

Guiding Principles (adapted from G21)

  • We recognise that improving workforce planning and policy development across the BSWR requires a collaborative, co-ordinated and inclusive approach involving a variety of stakeholders across the Region.
  • We will undertake an evidence based approach that integrates well with local, regional, Victorian and national health and community services workforce planning across sectors.
  • We will take a leadership role across BSWR in workforce development, ensuring that information about key activities is disseminated across the region to the key sectors as determined by the Advisory Group (AG).
  • We recognise the importance of and the variety of partners and current activity occurring in workforce development and will work collaboratively and in conjunction with these partners and activities.
  • We will undertake an integrated approach to connect with existing human resource and clinical networks. We will acknowledge our achievements and reflect on and learn from our actions.

Purpose
The purpose of the Workforce Development AG is to build strategic partnerships and to coordinate and lead key workforce planning and development initiatives across the BSWR to ensure that the region is well positioned to provide a co-ordinated approach to this issue.

Objectives

  • To oversee and provide specific advice on the development of an integrated BSW regional workforce development strategy for the health and the community services sector.
  • To produce sub regional health and community services workforce development strategies with both G21 and the Great South Coast communities that align with their overall Labour Market strategies and interface with the BSW regional strategy.
  • To support and develop implementation of a new clinical placements model for Barwon-South Western Region that incorporates university and VET sectors.
  • To identify other key initiatives that need to be undertaken to further advance workforce matters in the Barwon-South Western Region. 
  • To advise on the research and evaluation priorities to support future Workforce development in the Barwon-South Western Region. 

Communication
AG to report to Deakin University/DH/DHS Strategic Alliance Executive at the Executive meetings or more frequently as the need arises. This communication will occur via the Chair of the Workforce Development AG.

Expectations
Members will commit to function to:

  • Create a supportive and challenging working environment
  • Undertake transparent and informed decision making
  • Promote and support a fair and equitable discussion without prejudice
  • Engage in high level strategic thinking and planning across the health and community services sectors
  • Develop robust and respectful relationships
  • Facilitate open and constructive communications
  • Accept diversity in individual, agency or sector positions, and
  • Engage with colleagues in a reliable and responsible manner.
  • It is expected that members will attend all scheduled meetings.

Membership
Assoc/Prof Bernie Marshall, Deakin University (Deputy Chair)
Kay Mills DH/DHS Strategic Alliance Co-ordinator (currently on secondment)
Appropriate representation from:

  • G21
  • Great South Coast
  • Appropriate representation from Deakin and other relevant Universities
  • Appropriate representation from Departments of Health and Human Services
  • Gordon Institute of TAFE
  • South West TAFE
  • Regional Development Victoria 
  • Education / schools representation
  • VCAL representation
  • LLEN representatives G21 and GSC
  • Service providers from health, government and NGO sectors
  • Additional representation as determined by the AG

Chair
This AG chair position is currently vacant.

Secretariat
Minute taking to be rotated amongst AG members. A set of action notes in dot point form will be an acceptable record of the meeting.

Meeting frequency
The Group will meet as determined by the AG.

Dispute resolution
If a member of this AG considers there is an outstanding issue or serious contravention of the terms of reference, the member is to approach the Chair to seek resolution.

Review of Terms of Reference
Will occur at the first meeting of the year.

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3rd June 2013