Our Approach

Following recent changes to the health policy landscape and an independent review of the BHP4W partnership in 2016, a new BHP4W Partnership Framework (2017-2021) has been developed to guide future work and create greater opportunity for the west to be a leader among regional health partnerships in Victoria.

The framework outlines our ‘new way of working’ under a Collective Impact Model of change. This model requires long-term commitment by our diverse partner organisations to align our efforts and advance the creation of measurable impact to solve specific identified problems affecting communities in the west.

Operating model

The BHP4W operating model is based on the five conditions for Collective Impact which are shown below:

  1. Backbone support: Governance structure; shared capabilities.
  2. Common agenda: Shared vision for change; shared approach to change.
  3. Mutually reinforcing activities: Partnership work plan; collective efforts.
  4. Shared measurement: Commitment to monitoring; commitment to evaluation.
  5. Continuous communication: Engagement and participation across collective; interfaces with stakeholders beyond collective.

Further information on the Collective Impact Framework can be found at Collaboration for Impact, Australia’s leading organisation for learning how to respond to complexity through effective collaboration.

Partnership Framework

The Partnership Framework articulates how BHP4W harnessed the combined capability and influence of multiple partner organisations to deliver the greatest collective impact. It provided the overarching context, principles, and structures for the BHP4W partnership, which shaped the way local health organisations responded to the needs of one of Australia’s fastest growing and most diverse regions.

Two streams of priority activity were driven by steering groups which together enabled the elements of the BHP4W mission to be carried out:

1. Western Region Primary Prevention Taskforce, focused on ‘effective primary prevention and health promotion’.
• Managed under the auspice of the HealthWest Management Group.
• Formal interface via representation on the BHP4W Governance Group.
• Focused on primary prevention planning, implementation, and evaluation.

2. Service Integration Steering Group, focused on ‘an equitable, accessible, well-coordinated and high-quality service system.’
• Comprised of senior managers from partner organisations.
• Focused on improving access, equity and integration across
the primary care and acute services.