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Table 1 Partnership types and participants

From: Acceptability of participatory social network analysis for problem-solving in Australian Aboriginal health service partnerships

  Site A Site B
Network type Interagency network of one Aboriginal Medical Service and three mainstream health service organisations. Hub-and-spoke service model with a travelling clinic for four Aboriginal communities; clinics coordinated from the regional hub.
Partnership origin Joint development by the Aboriginal Medical Service and mainstream area health service in 2003 in response to State Government funding. Started in 2004 under a State Primary Health Care Initiatives grant focused on collaboration between agencies that provide services to local Aboriginal communities.
Governance processes (before the research project) Partnership formalised through a memorandum of understanding. Management centred on a clinic coordinator and an earlier clinic management committee that had ceased to meet.
Governance structures comprise: (1) a management committee of service managers and a representative from the local Aboriginal Health Advisory Council; and (2) a committee of service providers drawn from the partners who developed the service operations. Both committees have terms of reference. No written agreement between the partners.
No partnership meeting or review processes in place.
Dedicated partnership staff Partnership program manager and a part-time project officer employed by the mainstream area health service. A clinic coordinator employed by the mainstream area health service.
Staff in the network Aboriginal health workers, mainstream mental health service providers and service managers; employed in either one of the four organisations. Aboriginal health workers and health education officers, medical officers, nurses and allied health clinic staff, and service managers; employed by the Aboriginal Medical Service, the mainstream area health service or as private practitioners.
Survey and focus group participants Identified (21) Surveyed (20) Identified (29) Surveyed (22)
· 5 Aboriginal · 4 Aboriginal · 10 Aboriginal · 5 Aboriginal
· 16 non-Aboriginal · 16 non-Aboriginal · 19 non-Aboriginal · 17 non-Aboriginal
Focus groups (9)
· 9 Aboriginal
Key informants Identified (13) Interviewed (11) Identified (10) Interviewed (8)
· 6 Aboriginal · 4 Aboriginal · 6 Aboriginal · 5 Aboriginal
· 7 non-Aboriginal · 7 non-Aboriginal · 4 non-Aboriginal · 3 non-Aboriginal