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A message from Paul O’Reilly

In this issue we showcase two providers who are leading the way in evidence and outcome-informed service delivery – one in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire and the other on the far north coast.

As we head to the end of the year it’s timely to reflect on all the good work that’s been done. There are many providers (such as the ones showcased in these stories) who’ve been employing an evidence and outcomes approach for some time. And I want to thank all of you for your engagement and collaboration through the planning stages of the reform.

We’ve developed really good tools in those planning stages – such as the outcomes framework and TEI program logic – and could not have produced these without your input and support.

For those who wish to align with the outcomes framework, next year will mark a shift to the implementation phase. We’re really looking forward to working with you and supporting you on that journey. Have a look at the Factsheet and Flowchart is this Newsletter for information on next steps.

On the topic of implementing the tools of the reform, I’m pleased to let you know the Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI) trial in South West Sydney is complete. You told us that a one-size fits all PWI would be a challenge to apply to communities with diverse groups – ranging from CALD backgrounds to Aboriginal people to young people.  We took that advice on board in designing the PWI and the trial aimed to see how we could manage the challenges. I’m really pleased to let you know the results are positive, and we will make available the trial report early next year.

You may have also seen some dates for DEX training and we’ll update our website as more dates are known.

As some of you begin discussions with district staff about aligning with the outcomes framework, part of those discussions will involve finding out more about the available sector support measures. And of course, the TEI reform team are happy to answer questions you might have.

Finally I want to wish you a safe and happy holiday period. I will be spending time with my family, reflecting on the busy year we have had, and planning the year ahead with them. I hope you are able to reflect and relax also.

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Last updated: 21 Nov 2018