Comparing and contrasting ‘innovation platforms’ with other forms of professional networks for strengthening primary healthcare systems for Indigenous Australians

Jodie Bailie, Frances Cunningham, Roxanne Bainbridge, Megan E. Passey, Alison Frances Laycock, Ross Stewart Bailie, Sarah Larkins, Jenny S M Brands, Shanthi Ramanathan, Seye Abimbola, David Peiris

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    Abstract

    Efforts to strengthen health systems require the engagement of diverse, multidisciplinary stakeholder networks. Networks provide a forum for experimentation and knowledge creation, information exchange and the spread of good ideas and practice. They might be useful in addressing complex issues or ‘wicked’ problems, the solutions to which go beyond the control and scope of any one agency.

    Innovation platforms are proposed as a novel type of network because of their diverse stakeholder composition and focus on problem solving within complex systems. Thus, they have potential applicability to health systems strengthening initiatives, even though they have been predominantly applied in the international agricultural development sector.

    In this paper, we compare and contrast the concept of innovation platforms with other types of networks that can be used in efforts to strengthen primary healthcare systems, such as communities of practice, practice-based research networks and quality improvement collaboratives. We reflect on our ongoing research programme that applies innovation platform concepts to drive large-scale quality improvement in primary healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and outline our plans for evaluation. Lessons from our experience will find resonance with others working on similar initiatives in global health.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere000683
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalBMJ Glob Health.
    Volume3
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2018

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