Anglicare SA and Flinders University collaboration

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Flinders University and Anglicare SA have formed a partnership that aims to deliver education and research outcomes to benefit a broad spectrum of the community.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in 2009 by Flinders Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Barber and the then Anglicare SA CEO Dr Lynn Arnold. The MOU allows for student placements, learning opportunities and employment pathways, as well as staff professional development in a range of areas. It also envisages the development of a collaborative research agenda that includes contributing to policy development in the social policy domain.

The organisations will establish, maintain, and extend cooperation among themselves in the following areas of collaboration:

  • public awareness
  • professional development
  • research
  • student placement, learning and employment pathways
  • service/practice and policy development.     

Steering Committee

The organisations maintain a Steering Committee that meets quarterly. It's role is to initiate, develop and recommend specific programs and projects and to coordinate, monitor, review and report on the implementation of the MOU. 

The membership includes a representative of the senior management of each Organisation (the Responsible Officers).

The Steering Committee develops an annual plan of activities and projects which the Organisations have agreed to undertake in the following year.

Responsible Officers

As part of the MOU, each organisation has designated Responsible Officers:

Professor Andrew Parkin
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

The Reverend Peter Sandeman
Chief Executive Officer, Anglicare SA

Other members of the Steering Committee

  • Mr Anthony Hails, Flinders University
  • Ms Anne Maddock, General Manager, Quality and Practice Development, Anglicare SA
  • Ms Sharyn Osborn, General Manager, People and Culture, Anglicare SA
  • Ms Julianne Siggins, General Manager, Communications and Strategic Development, Anglicare SA
  • Ms Beth Davidson-Park, General Manager Community and Housing, Anglicare SA
  • Associate Professor Deb King, Dean, School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University
  • Professor Eileen Willis, Deputy Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University
  • Associate Professor Carol Irizarry, Head, Social Work and Social Planning, Flinders University

Research to Practice seminars

One of the initiatives to come out of the partnership between Anglicare SA and Flinders University is a series of Research to Practice Seminars. Jointly organised by Flinders University and Anglicare, they feature speakers from both organisations and are open to the public.


Lost in the Cracks: who is slipping through the aged care system and how do we respond?

30 September 2013

Providers of aged care services are at the forefront of the enormous effort required to keep up with our community’s biggest area of growth in social need. As the sector grows, and as it is witness to more and more lives of ageing Australians, there is both cause to reflect on what is being done well, and on where we would like to do more. This seminar reflects on the latter issue, drawing on experiences of aged care providers and researchers to investigate pockets of hidden need and to shine a light on where ageing Australians are lost in the cracks. Whether it’s issues of cultural and linguistic diversity, premature ageing, a safe space for older LGBTI couples, the need for services which are appropriate for Aboriginal people, or the need for support for partners of aged care recipients and for families accommodating multiple generations, this seminar investigates who is lost in the cracks and what might be done about it.


Topics of previous seminars

Refugee and asylum seeker housing and good social outcomes

15 April 2013

A variety of community sector organisations in South Australia work together with government to deliver housing and related settlement services for humanitarian entrants. Often these services work collaboratively and effectively to get the best available outcomes for their clients and, by implication, for the community. This seminar explored what is working well in the process of housing and settling humanitarian entrants, as well as providing an opportunity to explore ideas and evidence around emerging best practice to inform policy and service improvement.

Other previous seminars...

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