It is very easy to lose sight of positive community impacts when working in the planning, design and evaluation space. To be honest, there are some days where it is hard to imagine that the work we are doing has a genuine connection to outcomes for the community. We are forever heads down in planning how funders can commission services to meet the needs of the community, how community organisations can best position themselves to receive funding or providing support to organisations to review and better understand how their programs and services are impacting the community. Every now and then we like to take stock of some of the work we have supported and purposefully join the dots between the work we do and positive community impact.

Over the past 12+ months we have:

  • Authored the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast PHN Stepped Primary Mental Health Care market documentation. This resulted in CQWBSC PHN releasing over $6,000,000 of primary mental health services to communities across the footprint of the PHN, soon to eventuate in services on the ground.
  • Project managed an alcohol and drug sector engagement process resulting in the commissioning of service providers to deliver alcohol and other drug treatment services in addition to commencing a regional alcohol and other drug treatment services sector collaborative tasked with tackling system change in the Brisbane South PHN region
  • Provided population health planning services to the Gold Coast PHN relating to their community needs assessment, which will result in the organisation focussing strategically on genuine issues for their community
  • Project managed an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sector engagement process, resulting in funding local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers to deliver targeted social and emotional wellbeing services to the Brisbane South PHN population
  • Conducted a high-level program evaluation (including data analysis and service review) and recommendations relating to Brisbane South PHN’s Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program. This resulted in recommissioning the program of work to better meet the needs of the Brisbane South PHN region. The commissioning process is yet to be concluded but will result in psychological services being driven to areas of most need.
  • Project managed and authored Brisbane South PHN’s market approach for commissioning a low Intensity perinatal mental health project, which will result in a highly capable organisation making system level improvements in the local perinatal mental heath sector in the Cleveland area.
  • Developed a high-level commissioning approach for chronic disease management in collaboration with Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast PHN resulting in a targeted and strategic approach to chronic disease related activity in Central Queensland.
  • Supported Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast PHN in their market approach for commissioning alcohol and other drug treatment services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health services resulting in the procurement of locally based services for the community
  • Partnered with both Northern Rivers Community Gateway (Lismore, NSW) and Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc (QLD) to develop an in-depth prenatal care coordination and support service unique to each community. The model was inclusive of community consultation, stakeholder consultation, evidence review, population health data analysis and service mapping.  As a result of this work, we are continuing to partner and support each organisation to seek funding to pilot and demonstrate the potential effectiveness of this project.
  • Commenced the development and implementation support for a best practice framework for the Northern Rivers Community Gateway 
  • Completed a brief research project for Legal Aid Queensland exploring the aims, structure and outcomes of independent living skills training for people living with severe and profound disabilities

Although we are not directly delivering services to local communities we a firmly committed to ensuring that the work that we apply ourselves to is generating broader social and community impact. When looking back on the work we have supported over the past 12 months, we are very proud of what we have achieved in such a short time. 

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