Managing expectations to create high performance government

Can using expectancy theory to manage expectations improve the operationlization of employee performance management and increase the possibility of creating high performance? Prof. Deborah Blackman, Dr. Fiona Buick, Prof. Janine O'Flynn, Prof. Michael O'Donnell and Dr. Damian West have published a paper on this very topic, and here's their summary of their study.

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Healthcare policy change: by design or disaster

Policy change in health often seems to be a reactive process with high profile failures in the delivery of healthcare prompting significant changes. Alison Brown, PhD candidate, University of Melbourne considers why major reforms in health care policy often seem driven by disaster rather than design.

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The shifting sands of community needs: Re-thinking place based interventions

The controversies of the 2016 census now seem in the distant past but the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is busy collating the numbers from last year’s eventful census and are preparing for the release of data over the coming months. Stephen Gow, from specialist health system advisory service Open Advisory Pty Ltd, considers how the census powers our understanding of the notion of “place”.

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Asking the experts: Using the lived experience of older adults with depression to inform policy and practice

Older adults are highly motivated to participate in research and rate depression as a priority research topic. So why aren’t we involving them more in research and policy development? Meg Polacsek, PhD Candidate, Victoria University, considers the importance of engaging with these members of our community.

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The Power to Include: A practice based approach to advancing gender equality at the top

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK are showing a keener interest in gender equality and diversity at work than ever before. There is systematic interest in the progress we make, processes in place to measure our performance, manage our ambitions and focus our goals. There is also interest in spotting and managing talent. Right? If so, why is it then that more men advance into and currently occupy leadership positions than women? In this piece Rachel Dickinson discusses her early findings from a study looking at women in leadership roles in Senior Management Teams (SMT) in Higher Education.

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What’s in a Word? The Language of Self-harm and Suicide (and why it matters)

Suicide is complex, but helping to prevent suicide doesn’t have to be.  Everyone has a role to play and there are some seemingly small changes, that we can all make, that have a big impact. Thinking about the language that we use can do just that. While our language can convey compassion, provide hope, empowerment and optimism, we can also unwittingly express messages that divide and stigmatise. This blog post by Emma Neilsen discusses how even everyday expressions may carry connotations we have not considered and speak to ideas we don’t condone.

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The Cost of Collaboration: More than budgeted for?

Collaboration remains the ‘go to’ or ‘gold-star’ strategy as governments, business and community look to connect people, break down silos, cross boundaries, build partnerships and generate collective impact. All of which leads to collaborative advantage.  It is likely that this preference will continue well into the future. The allure of collaboration is seen as self-evident: by leveraging the synergies formed from working together, innovation is possible, new knowledge is built, and complex, intractable social and economic problems can be resolved. In addition to these social benefits are the expected cost savings to be had from working in more connected or integrated ways. Robyn Keast*, Michael Charles* and Piotr Modzelewski** discuss the cost of collaboration.

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Innovative film from Manus: when the language of journalism is too weak to describe the reality

Set at the Manus detention centre in Papua New Guinea, the film Chauka Please Tell Us the Time is a unique collaboration between Iranian-Kurdish journalist detainee Behrouz Boochani andIranian-Dutch filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani, made with footage from a mobile phone.

Showing this month, it is the latest piece of brave, innovative work from Boochani to shine a light on what happens in Australia's offshore detention world, where few Australian journalists have been able to venture and health and other workers have risked prison to speak out.

In this interview with Enza Capobianco from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Boochani talks about the film and how he has sought a different way to tell the story of detention because ’the language of journalism is too weak to describe the reality in this prison'.

The interview is republished here with permission from ACMI - read the original post hereChauka Please Tell Us the Time is showing at the ACMI in Melbourne from June 16-18 and at the Sydney Film Festival on June 11 and 15.

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