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The Lower Sector Agreement between Maari Ma and Far West Area Health Service

 

The Far West Area Health Service and Maari Ma formally entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for the management of the Lower Western Sector of the Far West Area Health Service by Maari Ma in 1998.

The 1998 Agreement was the culmination of efforts by the Far West Area Health Service (FWAHS), the (then) Far West Ward Aboriginal Health Service (now known as Maari Ma) and the University Department of Rural Health, Broken Hill (UDRH). These efforts reflected a collaborative response to the spirit and intent of the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) and the National Commitment to Improved Outcomes in the Delivery of Programs and Services for Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. A strategic alliance between the parties based on informal relationships was established in 1995 and progressively developed resulting in the signing of the formal Memorandum of Agreement.

The inaugural Agreement has facilitated the development of additional organisational relationships between the parties over the last two years. These relationships have provided both organisations with benefits and have contributed to improving delivery of health services to Aboriginal individuals, families and communities.

The Agreement is a strategic response to key components of the National Aboriginal Health Strategy including participation of Aboriginal people in the management of health resources and philosophy of Aboriginal community control of health services.

This second Agreement has been expanded to more accurately reflect the relationships between the two organisations. These organisational relationships are detailed below.

 

The Intent of the Agreement

 

This Memorandum of Agreement between Maari Ma and the Far West Area Health Service reflects the shared intentions of each organisation to continue to work in partnership and strategic alliance with each other to achieve the following: 

        To improve the health status of Aboriginal people in the geographical area covered by the Far West Area Health Service;

        To share resources, skills, infrastructures, knowledge, experience and culture as a means of enhancing services, reducing duplication, achieving best practice and creating efficiencies;

        To provide an Aboriginal perspective and Aboriginal terms of reference to the management, planning, development and delivery of health services in the Far West Area Health Service; and

        To build commitment to participation by Aboriginal people in the management, planning, development and delivery of health services.

 

Framework For The Operation Of The Agreement

 

This Memorandum of Agreement provides for interface and collaboration between the two parties to the Agreement at three levels with each level defining the scope of interface.  The framework for this is described as follows:

 

Area Health Service level:

 

The Regional Director of Maari Ma and the CEO of the Far West Area Health Service shall meet on no less than six occasions per annum and more frequently should either party identify the need.  At these meetings the Regional Director and the CEO shall discuss and determine the budget for the Lower Western Sector, financial management strategies for the Lower Western Sector, performance management and human resource and industrial issues for the Lower Western Sector, strategies to improve Aboriginal health for the Lower Western and Broken Hill Sectors and other matters as deemed appropriate by either party.  Such meetings are to occur at regular intervals and shall be formally minuted.

The Regional Director of Maari Ma and/or nominee/s shall be member/s of the Far West Area Health Service Aboriginal Health Forum;

The Aboriginal Health Coordinator in Maari Ma shall meet regularly with the Director/Manager with responsibility for Aboriginal Health located in Far West Area Health Service Population Health Unit, in relation to initiatives relating to Aboriginal health;

The Regional Director of Maari Ma and/or nominee/s shall participate on all Area level fora, meetings, working parties and other such groups, responsible for planning and health service development which impacts or is likely to impact on Aboriginal people in the Lower Western Sector or Broken Hill;

 

Lower Western Sector level:

 

The Lower Western Sector management services unit within Maari Ma shall report directly to the CEO of the Far West Area Health Service regarding all management services provided to the Lower Western Sector. Matters, which shall be reported on, shall include but not be limited to financial management; human resource management; preparation of all reports, briefings, correspondence; critical incidents and performance management.

Maari Ma shall ensure that its responsibilities with respect to the Lower Western Sector and which are outlined in this Agreement shall be conducted in accordance with the legislative, regulatory, policy and planning frameworks and requirements of the NSW Health Department and the Far West Area Health Service;

The Regional Director of Maari Ma and/or nominee/s and the CEO of the Far West Area Health Service and/or nominee/s shall meet bi-annually to discuss the budget for the Lower Western Sector.

Consultation processes and mechanisms relating to health services in the Lower Western Sector, either existing or planned shall be conducted in such a way as to ensure involvement of Maari Ma. Specific arrangements relating to this will be examined and determined by the parties to this Memorandum of Agreement and may include but will not be limited to Maari Ma assuming management responsibilities for the Health Advisory Councils in the Lower Western Sector;

 

Inter-organisational level:

 

The parties to the Agreement operate in collaboration with the University Department of Rural Health and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  This Agreement supports and promotes existing collaborative arrangements, which include but are not limited to the cultural awareness and the Aboriginal Health Worker Training programs, which are operated by the University Department of Rural Health.

The parties to the Agreement agree as part of this Agreement to share information on proposed activities or negotiations relating to proposed activities with the University Department of Rural Health and/or the Royal Flying Doctor Service which relate to the provision of all health services in the Lower Western Sector and/or health services for Aboriginal people in Broken Hill.

 

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