Collaborative Pairs is a leadership training program developed by the King’s Fund – an independent charity working to improve health and care in England.

Collaborative Pairs Australia will be a trial of the program in the Australian context.

The aim of the program is to help consumers and health care providers work together to improve health care in north western Melbourne.

The program’s key objectives are to: 

  • Build participant’s skills in developing collaborative partnerships
  • Break down cultural barriers that often exists between those providing a service, and those receiving a service

Who is it for?

The program involves working in a pair: one being a consumer or health service user (such as a patient or carer) and the other a health care provider (such as a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, allied health practitioner, medical receptionist or practice manager). Pairs should have a pre-existing relationship.

As a pair, you will:

  • Receive free leadership training (valued at $5000) and support from King’s Fund trained facilitators
  • Work together on a shared health care challenge, project or idea
  • Attend five one-day workshops held between October 2018 and January 2019
  • Network with other pairs and share your learnings

The program is free for health care providers and consumers. Consumers will be reimbursed for their time spent attending the workshops.

How to apply

Consumers and health service providers are invited to apply as a ‘pair’. This means you will already know each other before you start the program. 

Applications for round one of the program have now closed. Applications for a second round will open later in 2018.

If you would like to be notified when round two opens, or you're interested but don't have a partner to apply with, or if you have any other questions, please contact Brodie Preston by email: or phone: (03) 9347 1188. 

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