|The Victorian Community Health Alliance (ViCHA), between four Victorian Registered Community Health Services is a genuine innovation for community health and the broader primary health sector in Victoria.
The Alliance, comprised of: Merri; Dianella; Inner South; and North Richmond Community Health Services, manages a combined budget in excess of $90 million, and delivers comprehensive, integrated primary health services to over 1 million people across 12 local government areas of Victoria.
The aim of the Alliance is to create a platform for maintaining viable and strong organisations that are connected to their local communities, but that also harness the efficiencies of scale available to larger organisations. The Alliance represents a ‘middle path’ between complete independence and merger; harnessing the benefits that come with scale, but also maintaining the local governance structures required to deliver flexible, place-based solutions that are embedded within local communities.
With the number one priority of providing effective and efficient primary and community care, particularly to vulnerable populations, the savings generated through efficiencies will be reinvested in direct services tailored to the needs of the communities we serve.
The Alliance embraces the following principles and goals: cooperation and collaboration; a desire to see each other succeed; establishing clear sector positions to overcome the perceptions of a fragmented sector; commitment to growth orientation and economic discipline; sector leadership; and commitment to improving the evidence base needed to strengthen our value proposition. The core principles of ViCHA are:
With the number one priority of providing effective and efficient primary care to the whole community, with a particular focus on engaging isolated, vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, the savings generated through efficiencies will be reinvested in direct services tailored to the needs of the communities we serve.
From a client and community perspective, each member CHS will remain autonomous and embedded within its local community. The Alliance will work on discrete collaborative projects to achieve the above objectives in order to deliver more to clients and communities. Demonstrating the benefits of this approach, the Alliance was recently successful in securing a Victorian Government ICT grant of $2.4 million to develop a new Client Management System. The Alliance will lead the sector in developing a new CMS that delivers significant cost efficiencies, along with improved client care outcomes.