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Delivering Social Impact with Latitude Network

Delivering Social Impact with Latitude Network

Russ Wood, long-term co-worker at MIC Northcote, is currently on a business tour in the U.S. With scheduled meetings in Los Angeles, New York, and Boston, he and his business partner are taking their clients to learn more about a new approach to delivering social and health service outcomes.

Russ and his business partner Dale run Latitude Network, a consulting firm that advises on performance-based contracts between service providers and government. We recently sat down with Russ to better understand what this means.

“At the moment,” Russ explained, “our social and health service system is contracted on an activity and output basis. Mental health, family violence, hospital funding and so on. Contracts are based on providing numbers—office opening hours, crisis accommodation occupancy rates, hours of mental health appointments delivered—not long-term change.”

Global Health Strengthening

Global Health Strengthening

You’re on a babymoon holiday in Vanuatu—and you go into labour early. Where will you go to have the baby? Do you know which healthcare facilities are equipped and staffed for child birth? Until recently, such information wasn’t readily available—not for locals, healthcare professionals, or the countries themselves. Now, the free app and website Tupaia provides comprehensive supply chain information on healthcare facilities in the Asia Pacific.

Beyond Essential Systems provides healthcare consulting in developing countries, with a focus on procurement, distribution, and pharmaceutical consulting. In 2017, co-founder Michael Nunan managed the development of Tupaia—health resource and supply chain mapping for the Asia-Pacific region.