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Primary Care Partnerships: more than just one relationship

Lisa Delaney
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Central Victorian Health Alliance, PO Box 687, Castlemaine, Vic. 3450, Australia and School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Vic. 3086, Australia. Email:

Australian Journal of Primary Health 15(3) 212-217
Published: 9 September 2009


Victorian Primary Care Partnerships are complex. They occur within a multilayered institutional environment. They are not a simple singular relationship but rather manifest diverse forms that are consistent with a collaboration continuum across multilevel structures. Their function, process and structure differentiate these forms. This paper articulates a conceptualisation of partnership complexity that integrates these elements and interrelationships.


Associate Professor Rae Walker, School of Public Health, La Trobe University, for her support and clarity of mind.


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