Journal article

Scoping of models to support population-based regional health planning and management: comparison with the regional operating model in Victoria, Australia

Jean-Frederic Levesque, John JM O'Dowd, Eidin M Ni She, Jan-Willem Weenink, Jane Gunn

Australian Health Review | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2017


Objective The aim of the present study was to try to understand the breadth and comprehensiveness of a regional operating model (ROM) developed within the Victorian Department of Health's North West Metropolitan Region office in Melbourne, Australia. Methods A published literature search was conducted, with additional website scanning, snowballing technique and expert consultation, to identify existing operating models. An analytical grid was developed covering 16 components to evaluate the models and assess the exhaustiveness of the ROM. Results From the 34 documents scoped, 10 models were identified to act as a direct comparator to the ROM. These concerned models from Australia (n=5) and o..

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Funding Acknowledgements

JFL benefitted from a 'Thinker in Residence' grant from The University of Melbourne through The University of Melbourne Partnership to conduct this evaluation of the ROM. JO'D also benefitted from a grant from The University of Melbourne Partnership to facilitate the evaluation. The authors acknowledge the contribution of all staff at the NWMR, Department of Health, Victoria, Australia, and Joanne Rae, project coordinator for the Regional Operating Model Evaluation project. In addition, the authors would like to thank John Furler and Victoria Palmer, from the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, for their invaluable support. In particular, the authors thank the invaluable insights from Sandy Austin, Mathew Hercus, Terry Nolan and Gen Ford, members of the Regional Operating Model Evaluation Project Control Group.