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Table 3 Thematic focus group template used to guide analysis

From: The sustainability of an Australian initiative designed to improve interdisciplinary collaboration in mental health care

Mental health professionals MHPN staff
Previous interaction with other mental health professionals: Are mental health professionals seeking ongoing networks?
i. Collaboration i. What evidence substantiates this response
ii. Systemic issues
Supportive structures
Unsupportive structures  
How well have MHPN workshops facilitated collaboration? How are ongoing networks being coordinated and who is involved?
i. Individual motivators i. Role of the co-ordinator
Referrals ii. Role of MHPN staff
Collaborative learning
Knowledge of other professionals’ roles
ii. Workshop style/format
iii. Facilitator factors
iv. Disciplinary mix
v. MHPN resources  
How well have interdisciplinary networks been built? What are the barriers to ongoing networks?
i. Ongoing resource issues i. MHPN resources
Role of co-ordinator ii. Role of the co-ordinator
Funding iii. Role of MHPN staff/input of MHPN
Workshop structure iv. Purpose of network
Clarity of purpose v. Clarity of what works
ii. Individual factors vi. Content of network meetings
iii. Other suggestions vii. Local issues
Need for a Supporting structure (i.e. MHPN) viii. MHPN online
Need for local model ix. Professional mix
Topic/interest based vs. location based  
Impact on practice and client outcomes: What are the enablers of ongoing networks?
i. No impact i. MHPN resources
No change in practice ii. Role of the co-ordinator
Too soon iii. Role of MHPN staff/input of MHPN
Difficult to measure iv. Purpose of network
ii. Impact v. Clarity of what works
Awareness within/between disciplines to refer to/consult vi. Content of network meetings
vii. Local issues
Awareness of services in public/private sector viii. MHPN online
Understanding of professional roles/skills ix. Professional mix
Understanding of system/processes  
Isolation/communication/collaboration with other professionals
Communication to other professionals (incl. reporting)
Client outcomes  
How could the MHPN better engage health professionals who are less likely to be involved in networking activities? Describe the best example of an ongoing network
i. Incentives i. Processes
Food ii. Strategies
Financial reimbursement iii. Systems
Professional development points/training iv. Resources
ii. Marketing
By whom/to whom?
Local understanding of services  
iii. Workshop structure  
How do the MHPN aims for interdisciplinary collaboration and networking match with your needs?  
i. Ongoing resource issues
Government policy
MHPN funding/support
ii. Individual factors
Older vs. newer practitioners
Public vs. private sector