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we see…


…a partnership that will strengthen our learning culture, and enhance our reputation as an organisation of excellence.


OUR PARTNERSHIPS


UNITING COMMUNITIES HAS CONTINUED TO STRENGTHEN ITS REWARDING PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA (UNISA) OVER THE PAST YEAR.


The partnership enables us to develop as a progressive, responsive and innovative community organisation. With UniSA’s support, we can develop best‐practice leadership and management, supportive infrastructure, an evidence base for our service programs and public policy advocacy, and a skilled future workforce.


In turn, we contribute to the University by developing the relevance and appropriateness of its teaching, learning and research. We assist with curriculum development, provide a grounding in industry and real‐world issues, and facilitate the publication and dissemination of research and evaluation.


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Uniting Communities also works with the University to undertake applied research, and devotes resources to providing the highest quality student placements and internships for students.


UniSA’s strong commitment to community and industry engagement closely aligns with our vision of building strong, inclusive and supportive communities. This partnership also gives UniSA a strong grounding in industry, enhances its core goal of developing students, and facilitates its research agenda and capacity for publication.


In 2016, the partnership developed three themes to guide our initiatives, which include Workforce and Leadership Development, Ageing and Disability Reform, and Homelessness and Early Intervention.


Many initiatives are currently underway, including research focusing on older caregivers in rural South Australia; an examination of leadership


and management development in the context of client directed care models and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); and a pilot program, ‘Communities of Practice’ which will also examine how students and academic staff can be involved in practitioner-generated program development.


We are excited about what the future holds for our partnership with UniSA and confident that it will help us implement new approaches derived from research and practice development, and provide better professional development opportunities for our staff.


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