The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF), in collaboration with the Kings Fund (UK) and four Primary Health Networks in NSW, including us, commenced a national demonstration trial of Collaborative Pairs: Leading collaboratively with patients and communities.

Collaborative Pairs

Collaborative Pairs Australia is an exciting opportunity for health and community services, professionals and consumers to form a partnership and develop collaborative leadership skills and lead system change.

Collaborative Pairs is a leadership training program that supports the development of the mindset and practices that underpin the culture of shared leadership and partnership and, specifically, joint clinician-patient approaches to program and service development in health and improvement in regional and service delivery settings.

The Program

The Collaborative Pairs Program is unique and cutting edge in that it brings health service providers together with consumers to develop and strengthen their capacity to work together to transform the health system.

The program aims to build the collaborative leadership skills of health professionals and consumers (patients/community members) working on a joint project and developing the skills needed to be true partners in the process. The Western Sydney program is expertly facilitated by WentWest Board member Dr Wally Jammal of Hills Family General Practice and consumer Debra Kay.

The first group of Collaborative Pairs completed their leadership training in 2019 with four pairs completing the program over a six-month period.

The program is delivered over five, one-day sessions with four to six weeks in between. Each pair are required to bring a project or challenge to work on over the duration of the course. The approach is one of ‘learning through doing’.

Expression of Interest

If you would like to register your interest in learning more about Collaborative Pairs and to be notified when the application process opens, please provide your details on the CommunityHQ webpage.

Please contact Sue-Ellen Nagi on 8811 7100 or email if you have any questions.