Various jurisdictions are moving towards population-based approaches to plan and manage healthcare services. The evidence on the implementation of these models remains limited. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of a regional operating model (ROM) on internal functioning and stakeholder engagement of a regional office. Semi-structured interviews and focus groups with staff members and stakeholders of the North West Metropolitan Regional office in Victoria, Australia, were conducted. Overall, the ROM was perceived as relevant to staff and stakeholders. However, creating shared objectives and priorities across a range of organisations remained a challenge. Area-based planning and management is seen as simplifying management of contracts however, reservations were expressed about moving from specialist to more generalist approaches. A clearer articulation of the knowledge, skills and competencies required by staff would further support the implementation of the model. The ROM provides a platform for public services and stakeholders to discuss, negotiate and deliver on shared outcomes at the regional level. It provides an integrated managerial platform to improve service delivery and avoid narrow programmatic approaches.

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Australian Journal of Primary Health
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

Levesque, J.-F. (Jean-Frederic), O'Dowd, J.J.M. (John J. M.), Ní Shé, É.M. (Éidín M.), Weenink, J.-W. (Jan-Willem), & Gunn, J. (Jane). (2018). Moving regional health services planning and management to a population-based approach: Implementation of the Regional Operating Model (ROM) in Victoria, Australia. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 24(4), 311–316. doi:10.1071/PY17151