The Whyalla (South Australia) based Spencer Gulf Rural Health School, formed in 2001, consists of a Rural Clinical School and a University Department of Rural Health which provides undergraduate education to nurses, allied health professionals and medical students. With that, comes the optimism that all South Australian regional areas will benefit from easier access to the attraction and retention of rural doctors and other health professionals in the future. Funded by the Australian Government's Department of Health and Ageing, the School is a joint venture between the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia which forms the basis for effective governance of the School by the two University partners. This paper looks at the culture change and intense collaboration that was required to bring this joint venture to fruition along with the mystique, mayhem and absolute chaos that was encountered along the way. I will take you on a journey of working with two Universities, two budgets, two enterprise bargaining agreements, two finance systems, two legal sections, two human resource departments, two sets of reporting requirements, and eventually, two Heads of School representing diverse operational disciplines, all of which occurred prior to the formation of the Joint Venture Agreement. I will discuss with you the impact upon the two Universities of the Agreement, and the success stories that followed from its inception in 2005. A significant achievement - with a light hearted approach.
|Keywords:||Collaboration, Culture Change, Trust, Universities, Joint Venture|
Executive Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences (University of Adelaide), Division of Health Sciences (University of South Australia), University of Adelaide / University of South Australia, Whyalla, South Australia, Australia
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