Future Directions of IT & Data

The ‘Future Direction of IT & Data’ Network meeting was held on 18th September, with  45 CEOs and Business Managers on hand for the launch of the Centre’s report on “Usability of Case Management Systems & Data”, which will be made publically available in early October.

Grahame Coles, Chief Information Officer at DHS, then provided the Department’s view on the future directions of IT & Data, including planning for CRISP and IRIS.  DHS are currently investigating the use of Mobility and Cloud across a broader range of their services internally, and the impact of this on external stakeholders.  A robust conversation then followed with Grahame on ‘Data Sharing for Better Client Outcomes’.

The University of Melbourne – together with the Parenting Research Centre – presented on their current ‘Child Welfare Decision Support Project’.  The meeting was then rounded out with Graham Boal presenting details of the Client Information System project currently being undertaken by a number of agencies, including MacKillop Family Services, Berry Street and Anglicare.

Following on from themes raised in this workshop, the Centre will convene a working group to focus on the immediate and longer term issues impacting data provision and reporting to the Department if Human Services for child and family service providers. Contact Chris Shelly on 03 9614 1577 if you would like to participate.

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