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Breakfast Briefing: Leveraging Strong Partnerships in Primary Health Care


BoardConnect invited non-profit organisations, especially those in the health sector, to a Breakfast Briefing on Leveraging Strong Partnerships in Primary Health Care at 8am Wednesday 28 September 2016.

There is a strong desire from community health organisations to improve links and engagement with the new Primary Health Networks (PHNs). Many community health organisations play a critical role in delivering training and providing direct support to patients as they transition from hospital to the community and establishing a shared understanding across the networks of the scope of services delivered by community health organisations can create a more efficient and coordinated experience for patients, carers, families and the community. This workshop explored the following questions:

  • What are the steps to building stronger partnerships between the PHNs and community health NGOs?
  • How does this collaborative approach work in every day practice?
  • What are the current plans and strategies of the PHNs relating to community and public health?
  • What can community health organisations do to ensure they meet PHN commissioning requirements?
  • How can community health organisations manage relationships across multiple PHNs?

Attendees Joined Catherine SeeHeather Watson, and Sherron Madden in a rare opportunity, exploring the options for community health organisations to build stronger partnerships with the Primary Health Networks. 

This event was FREE for all NGOs participating in the Queensland Health Transition Program with BoardConnect.

Light refreshments were provided.

There was an event photographer present at the session – please let us know if you do not wish to be photographed. 

Leveraging Strong Partnerships in Primary Health Care

Date and time     Date 28 September, 8.00am-10.30am
Please arrive at 7.45am for an 8.00am start


McCullough Robertson
66 Eagle Street, Brisbane City
QLD 4000

Cost FREE for Queensland Health NGOs participating in the Transition Program

$100+GST for other attendee







Heather Watson

Heather WatsonHeather Watson is a partner of McCullough Robertson Lawyers and a director of BoardConnect. She has experience across the non-profit sector, having acted for and been a member of many community and charitable organisations. Her expertise includes aged health and community services, affordable housing and indigenous communities. Heather focuses on establishing and restructuring legal and tax entities for charitable and non-profit organisations, advising boards on risk and governance related issues and establishing charitable foundations. Heather has detailed technical knowledge in this area of the law and a strong commercial background, leading to her ability to provide serviceable and practical strategic and governance advice.

Heather is the inaugural Chair of Community Services Industry Alliance Ltd. She is also a director of: Australian Regional and Remote Community Services Ltd; National Affordable Housing Consortium; Trinity Health Services Ltd; and McCullough Robertson Foundation Ltd. In 2014 she completed a maximum term as board member and Chair of UnitingCare Queensland.

In 2013 Heather won the Euromoney Legal Media Group Australasian Women in Business Law Awards for the best in corporate governance. She was recognised by Best Lawyers International in the category of Nonprofit/Charities Law in 2014 and 2015.

Dr Cathy See 

Catherine SeeDr Cathy See is the Managing Director at Gravitas Leadership Group, providing strategic advice in relation to business design, organisational strategy and change management across public and private organisations. 

Cathy's recent engagements include strategy, consulting and leadership development engagements for public and private healthcare providers and government agencies; as well as the conduct of translational research in Aged Care in Australia and Singapore.

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Business Administration and Doctorate of Business Administration; and is an Honorary Fellow of the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre within the University of Tasmania.

Sherron Madden

Sherron-webSherron was recently appointed as the General Manager of the External Engagement team for BSPHN after managing the Preventive Health portfolio for GMSBML. Her extensive experience in the areas of chronic disease management, models of care and system change has allowed Sherron to develop innovative models that have had a real impact on the health of the BSPHN region. Sherron holds a Bachelor of Nursing with a Graduate Certificate in Health Studies and remains registered with over 15 years’ experience working within the primary care sector.

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