Course Title: Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: HWSS6096C

Course Title: Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4364 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Iren Citler
Phone: +613 9925 4914

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify networking and collaboration needs and develop formal and informal partnerships to enhance service delivery and improve professional practice.

This unit applies to work in all industry sectors, and to individuals who take pro-active responsibility for improving collaboration between workers and organisations.

This course addresses four units of competency:

- use communication to build relationships CHCCOM022
- Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001
- Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
- Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships CHCPRP001

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships


1. Identify networking and collaboration needs and opportunities

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the ways in which individual and organisation performance may be improved through collaboration

1.2 Identify and prioritise organisation and individual needs

1.3 Identify gaps in networks and collaborative practice and identify required action to fill the gap


2. Develop collaboration strategies


Performance Criteria:

2.1 Gather and review information about relevant services, organisations and key people

2.2 Pro-actively initiate relationships with other inter and intra sectoral professionals and organisations

2.3 Share information and resources, where possible, with other organisations to overcome duplication in service delivery

2.4 Maintain currency and accessibility of information

2.5 Define and document the type and level of collaboration, and negotiate with the relevant people


3. Work collaboratively


Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify opportunities that meet client, personal and organisation goals

3.2 Plan and implement integrated projects and service delivery

3.3 Liaise with staff from relevant organisations on a formal and informal basis


4. Represent the organisation


Performance Criteria:

4.1 Promote a positive image of the organisation at available opportunities

4.2 Communicate issues, policies and practices of the organisation in appropriate formats

4.3 Implement confidentiality measures that protect client, organisation and network


5. Maintain and enhance networks and collaborative partnerships


Performance Criteria:

5.1 Maintain networks and other work relationships to provide identifiable benefits for clients and the organisation

5.2 Improve and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

5.3 Monitor benefits to worker, organisation and client group in ongoing participation

5.4 Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of collaborations and make recommendations for action

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In class: Class lectures and exercises. group discussion and practical demonstrations

Teaching Schedule



Cluster 3

Effective Work Practices: CHCCOM002







Assessment Details

Week 1 of cluster delivery

Build Communication Skills

Explore diverse community groups eg. NESB, ATSI, LGBTQI



Build Communication Skills

Explore diverse community groups



Build Communication Skills

Research online sites and complete ATSI quiz

Online Quiz, multiple choice introduced

Week 2 of cluster delivery

Legal and ethical considerations

Exploring various L&E , statuatory and policy based issues

Online Quiz required to be completed by this week.


Legal and ethical considerations

Group work





Group work

Present back to class

Presentation of Legal and ethical scenarios to demonstrate practical application of knowledge and skills

Conducted this week

Week 3 of cluster delivery



Self care




Planning and organising

Communicate with fellow workers

Plan and participate meetings




Risk assessment for community work


Week 4 of cluster delivery

Mock community network meeting

Research processes for meeting ‘Develop a community drug action plan’.



Mock community network meeting

Plan processes for meeting ‘Develop a community drug action plan’.



Mock community network meeting

Present meeting

Demonstration of conducting a mock community network meeting, and small written report on the process employed

Conducted this week

Week 5 of cluster delivery

Communication skills

Practice various skill set through role play



Communication skills

Practice various skill set through role play

Various communication styles



Communication skills

Practice various skill set through role play

Various communication styles


Week 6 of cluster delivery

Effective client engagement

CALD attitudes



Effective client engagement

Client engagement from various community sectors



Effective client engagement

Students required to role play a NESB client and a clinician

Role play with NESB client conducted this week

Week 7 of cluster delivery











No assessment conducted, enrichment activity








Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources


Overview of Assessment


Assessment 1: Multiple choice knowledge quiz

Assessment 2: Demonstration of community network meeting skills

Assessment 3: Role play to demonstrate communication skills with NESB client


Assessment Tasks


Assessment 1: Due in week 2 of cluster: multiple choice knowledge quiz

Assessment 2: Conducted in week 2 of cluster: demonstration of community network meeting skills

Assessment 3: Conducted in week 6 of cluster: role play to demonstrate communication skills with NESB client



Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrix's are available through program administration

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