Achieving effective collaborations to help communities age well

Warburton, Jeni and Everingham, Jo-Anne and Cuthill, Michael and Bartlett, Helen (2008) Achieving effective collaborations to help communities age well. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 67 (4). pp. 470-482. ISSN 0313-6647


Effective policy responses to the ageing of the population are a priority area for government and non-government agencies across Australia, particularly at the community level. This article focuses on the policy goal of ageing well at the local level, and more specifically, the strong principle of collaboration that underpins this goal. Too little is known about how to achieve effective collaboration in the ageing field. This article aims to address this by developing an analytical framework from the broad literature on collaborative processes, and applying this framework to data collected from interviews with stakeholders in ageing across two local communities in Queensland. While participants recognise the importance
and strength of working together and provide local examples of how this has been achieved effectively, they also acknowledge the associated challenges and complexity. This all spanned the six factors of the framework: the context of ageing; the characteristics and relationships between partners; the need for adequate procedures; as well as structure and relationships aimed at building capacity; a shared sense of purpose; and access to adequate resources.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 02:31
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2014 03:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: ageing, collaboration, communication practices
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160399 Demography not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940103 Ageing and Older People
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