The NDIA’s participant numbers for Murray & Mallee strongly echo those for Limestone Coast. The region follows a familiar twin peaks pattern in variation from the average that appears to be the standard for the NDIA’s South Australia numbers. Murray & Mallee participant numbers start in the October-December quarter of 2017 (Q6) at +29% above average and jump to a peak of +56% above average in the following January – March 2018 quarter (Q7).
As standard for South Australia, the NDIA’s participant numbers then dramatically fall off, reaching South Australia’s lowest drop down to -71% below quarterly average in Q8. The Murray & Mallee participant numbers then head up again, hitting a second peak of +25% above average in the January – March quarter of 2019, before closing out the last quarter of the contract -17% below average in April through June of 2019.
The erratic changes in the NDIA’s participant volumes from quarter to quarter will challenge the successful Murray & Mallee LAC partner, though not as severely as in other parts of the country. The NDIA’s tender requires the successful partner to dedicate a percentage of their resources to performing Information Linkages and Capacity (ILC) building duties. Where this could be directed entirely into the Murray & Mallee’s Q8-Q9 dip (April 2018 through September 2018), it could alleviate somewhat the inconsistencies between quarters (particularly coming off the Q7 peak).
However, while this may help balance the inconsistent work load, such a tactic by the Local Area Coordination Partner would likely be to the detriment of the Limestone Coast community.
This analysis is provided for CareNavigator.com.au by The Healthy Organisation