Law Enforcement and Public Health in Tasmania: is Collective Impact a viable pathway for collaboration?


A seminar by Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron, Roberta Julian & Danielle Campbell from the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, University of Tasmania

Start Date

13th Apr 2018 3:00pm

End Date

13th Apr 2018 4:00pm


Social Sciences Room 322, Sandy Bay campus

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At the centre of recent international and local debates about public service delivery and ‘whole of government practice’ is the question of how agencies collaborate in delivering multiple services to clients / patients, and how diverse areas of professional practice can coexist. Particularly, the nexus of law enforcement and health has been at the centre of considerations as to finding better ways to create better collaboration in the field, and how to better integrate service delivery. Policy makers, practitioners, academics have been conscious of situations where vulnerable people (whether a child, a person living with a mental illness, a person with addictive behaviours, or without an abode) had ‘fallen through the cracks’, where vulnerabilities had been mis-identified (or identified too late to provide accurate support), or where siloed delivery of support services hindered or could not meet the circumstances of the person needing those services.

Amongst these various deliberations, the suggestion emerged of establishing new modes of service delivery based on Collective Impact. Collective Impact is based on the premise that ‘wicked issues’ cannot be addressed in any siloed manner, and that to effectively and holistically address a multifaceted problem, ‘multiple organisations or entities from different sectors [need] to abandon their own agenda in favour of a common agenda, shared measurement and alignment of effort’. The model argues for not only a better collaboration of services, but an actual integration of these within a backbone organisation, that oversees the delivery of multi-faceted actions and client need assessments.

In 2017, the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies launched a state-wide consultation on whether collective impact could be a viable pathway to improve agency collaboration in all areas of law enforcement and public health. Answers close in August 2018.

This seminar will present preliminary findings to date, and ask the audience to participate in a scholarly debate about the remit of law enforcement and public health, existing collaborative pathways and potential obstacles to improving inter-agency relationships.

Followed by drinks in the Social Sciences level 4 tearoom.

Hosted by the School of Social Sciences, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and Institute for the Study of Social Change. All welcome.