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The power of connection: collaboration and co-design in clinical services

Dr Catherine Foley
Date Published:
13 Oct 2022
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Thursday, 13 October 2022 - 3:00pm

This presentation will explore a co-design process that was implemented in clinical services in metropolitan Australia from 2019-2022.

The challenge of successfully implementing integrated care in mental health (MH) and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services is well established. Whilst the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical practice continues to unfold, the concerning effects of increased isolation on people and services is clear. Now more than ever, a pragmatic approach to service collaboration is critical.

This presentation will describe a tailored co-design study that brought together MH and AOD workers at multiple organisational levels. The process of co-design, and the value of supporting the workforce to drive the service development, will be discussed. An expert panel comprising representatives of MH and AOD services will contribute to the discussion.

About the speaker

Catherine Foley is a psychologist and researcher who lives and works on Gumbaynggirr Country on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Catherine has a clinical background in substance use, mental illness, and complex trauma. Her research program aims to support communities and health services to develop pragmatic and holistic models of care that are collaboratively designed and driven. Critical to this is supporting clinicians to build research skills that draw from, and benefit, their clinical settings. Catherine has a strong commitment to improving health experiences and outcomes for people who have co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions.

This is an online event. You will be emailed a link when you register.
Booking deadline: 
Thursday, 13 October 2022 - 3pm
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