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Upcoming events

    • 8 Feb 2022
    • 19 Apr 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Online zoom
    • 18
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    Health Board Essentials modules:

    Enrolment is available for either the complete program or select modules.  

    1. The Victorian health system (February 8, 2022)
    This session will introduce you to the Victorian health system. It includes an overview of key stakeholders and types of health services, and will explore current priorities and challenges. This topic is ideal for those not familiar with Victoria’s health system or wanting to update their knowledge following recent changes.
    2. Corporate Governance (February 22, 2022)
    This session introduces you to best practice principles for good governance and draws on literature from the Department of Health and Human Services, Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Victorian Public Sector Commission. Specific topics covered include Board roles and responsibilities, decision making, behaviours the delineation between strategy and operations.
    3. Risk concepts & context (March 8, 2022)
    In this session you will learn about risk definitions and language, and their relationship with strategy, quality, and safety. Practical examples of risk tools will also be explored to facilitate understanding, action, and informed decision making.
    4. Clinical Governance (March 22, 2022)
    This session covers the key domains of the clinical governance framework and their application to health settings. An overview of effective clinical governance systems and their practical application is also included, in addition to data systems, incident reporting and review, effective clinical risk management, and clinician engagement. 
    5. Finance fundamentals (April 5, 2022)
    This session is designed to introduce you to foundations of financial governance including the role of directors in budget setting, monitoring, and analysing financial performance. You will also explore funding models, different types of financial statements, and key financial terms. 
    6. Partnering with consumers (April 19, 2022)
    This session introduces you to reporting requirements related to partnering with consumers. It explores what is meant by participation, collaboration, and patient-centred approaches in healthcare, and includes examples of current practice.

    • 15 Feb 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom
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    Health board directors, executives, and senior leaders from rural and regional VHA member organisations are invited to join our second Rural Regional Roundtable.

    At the first roundtable meeting, members identified that workforce was the greatest pressure on the health system. Participation in this forum aims to help services navigate short-term workforce shortages exacerbated by the omicron outbreak, as well as longstanding workforce issues. Attendees will be invited to explore potential solutions and help shape the VHA’s support and advocacy efforts. 

    • 23 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    During this time of considerable and sustained stress of Victoria’s health system, we have seen innovation not only in the delivery of publicly funded health, aged care and community health services, but also within the governance space. Boards and executives have increasingly used online tools to overcome challenges of remote working and to maintain strong relationships and engagement. 

    At a time when Victoria's health and aged care services seek to strike an effective balance between 'business as usual' activity and COVID-19 responses, in this session, VHA Director, Strategy & Engagement, Micaela Drieberg, and guest panellists will explore the governance lessons learned during the pandemic and how these might be applied to board activity on an ongoing basis.   

    The session will highlight governance innovations adopted within the public health system during the pandemic, covering topics such as the benefits and challenges of virtual and hybrid meetings, how virtual environments can be used as tools to conduct business as well as build comradery and engagement, maintaining COVIDsafe processes and procedures, and successfully integrating and supporting new board appointments.  

    This session will be of particular interest to board directors, secretaries and those who interact with boards.   


    • 25 Feb 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    • Zoom
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    CEOs and board directors of VHA member organisations are invited to attend a special briefing with Professor Euan Wallace, Secretary of the Department of Health. During this members-only event, Professor Wallace will provide an overview of the health priorities for the department and the sector in 2022.

    Please note that registration for this event is open to VHA members only.

    Event details

    • 9.30-10.15am, Friday 25 February
    • Online, Zoom
    • 28 Feb 2022
    • 11:59 AM
    • On Demand
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    Appointing a new director is an important step in refreshing the board and ensuring an appropriate mix of skills, expertise, and experience around the board table. However, most boards are time pressed with critical discussions and decisions that must take place in the limited time available for board meetings. 

    In this session, Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot took directors through the essential elements of a good induction program to ensure new directors are clear on their governance role, the processes of the board as well as the business of the organisation. 

    This on-demand session is only available until 1st March 2022

    This session has already occurred, and is available for you to access On Demand.

    • 4 Mar 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom
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    CEOs and board directors of VHA member organisations are invited to attend a special briefing with Sandy Pitcher, Secretary of the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. During this members-only event, Ms Pitcher will provide an overview of the community service priorities for the department and the sector in 2022.

    Please note that registration for this event is open to VHA members only.

    Event details:

    • 10-11am, Friday 4 March
    • Online, Zoom
    • 16 Mar 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    • 7 Apr 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    • 31 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • On Demand
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    This session covered the key domains of the clinical governance framework and their application to health settings, in the context of the recent VAGO report 'Clinical Governance: Health Services'.  

    The Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot and guest panellists Nathan Farrow (Director Centre for Patient Safety and Experience, Safer Care Victoria) and Sally Martin (Director Quality, Improvement and Patient Experience, the Royal Melbourne Hospital) took a closer look at VAGO’s recommendations to the audited health services and how they can be applied to all health services.

    Along with this session, we have prepared a resource kit for your reference.

    This session has already occurred, and is available for you to access On Demand.

    • 31 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    An effective, engaged board is a sign of a well-functioning organisation. However, even the highest performing organisations need a periodic health check. The Department of Health requires that health boards should self-assess their performance every year, with an external review conducted every three years. 

    The VHA and the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance partnered with Governance Evaluator to ensure the highest quality support for health Boards to build strong governance. In this session, Governance Evaluator’s CEO and Founder Fiona Mercer joined the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance's Executive Director Jo-Anne Moorfoot and Alfred Health's board chair Michael Gorton to discuss the importance of board evaluation and how the assessment process can help your board continuously improve. 

    Along with this session, we have prepared a resource kit for your reference.

    This session has already occurred, and is available for you to access On Demand.

    • 31 Dec 2022
    • 11:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    The board chair plays a significant leadership role in governance of the board and organisation. This role is more than just ensuring an effective meeting and extends well past the meeting function. 

    In this session, Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance's Jo-Anne Moorfoot explored the critical role of the board chair inside the board meeting and beyond.  

    Attendees were asked to consider both the practical role chairs need to undertake as well as the personal characteristics expected to perform as an effective chair and the specific requirements of health sector. 

    Along with this session, we have prepared a resource kit for your reference.

    This session has already occurred, and is available for you to access On Demand.

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