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    • 12 Jul 2022
    • 20 Sep 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Online zoom
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    The full program is now booked out - please join the waiting list here to be contacted in the case of a cancellation, or consider our September intake, being held weekly on Fridays at 12-2pm

    Health Board essentials modules:

    1. The Victorian health system (July 12, 2022) BOOKED OUT - no longer available for individual registration, please join the waiting list here
    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 (July 26, 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 (August 9, 2022) BOOKED OUT - no longer available for individual registration, please join the waiting list here
    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. Finance fundamentals (August 23, 2022)BOOKED OUT - no longer available for individual registration, please join the waiting list here
    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. 

    5. Clinical Governance (September 6, 2022) BOOKED OUT - no longer available for individual registration, please join the waiting list here
    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. 
    6. Partnering with consumers (September 20, 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.

    If you're not sure whether you're with a member organisation, check our member list before registering.

    • 17 Aug 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Government relations will be critical in the lead up to the 2022 State Election. Here there is an opportunity and need to start mapping out a multi-year plan for your advocacy for external relations in the next election cycle. To be ‘political’ is not merely allowed – you should be doing it, and the strategic aims of your service will be strengthened as a result of a methodical approach to these government relations.

    Join us for an overview of key concepts regarding government relations. This session is designed to equip board directors and executives with the confidence to know how to plan and approach strategic conversations and get the maximum value out of conversations with elected representatives and key policy decision-makers. Juan Paolo Legaspi, VHA Manager, Policy and Advocacy, will provide guidance on how to identify key objectives and stakeholders for your planning purposes, and then how to prepare for targeted conversations that deliver maximum value for your service.

    Breaking down the difference between advocacy and government relations, the session will cover:

    • identifying key issues and defining the outcomes you seek
    • how to identify priority stakeholders with whom you need to engage, and how to get that audience
    • what those conversations should look like, including what not to do.

    Panel to feature:

    • Terry Symonds, CEO, Yooralla, and Board Director, Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network
    • Tom Symondson, CEO, VHA
    • Julia Medew, Media Consultant, VHA

    Encouraged to attend this session are board chairs, directors, secretariats and executives.


    If you're not sure whether you're with a member organisation, check our member list before registering.

    This page is for live registrations - you will get access to the resource kit, attend the session live and get the recording link after the event.

    • 17 Aug 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Government relations will be critical in the lead up to the 2022 State Election. Here there is an opportunity and need to start mapping out a multi-year plan for your advocacy for external relations in the next election cycle. To be 'political' is not merely allowed - you should be doing it, and the strategic aims of your service will be strengthened as a result of a methodical approach to these government relations.

    Join us for an overview of key concepts regarding government relations. This session is designed to equip board directors and executives with the confidence to know how to plan and approach strategic conversations and get the maximum value out of conversations with elected representatives and key policy decision-makers. Juan Paolo Legaspi, VHA Manager, Policy and Advocacy, will provide guidance on how to identify key objectives and stakeholders for your planning purposes, and then how to prepare for targeted conversations that deliver maximum value for your service.

    Breaking down the difference between advocacy and government relations, the session will cover:

    • identifying key issues and defining the outcomes you seek
    • how to identify priority stakeholders with whom you need to engage, and how to get that audience
    • what those conversations should look like, including what not to do.

    If you're not sure whether you're with a member organisation, check our member list before registering.

    This page is for on-demand registrations - you will not be able to attend the session live, but you will receive the resources kit and recording link after the event.

    • 17 Aug 2022
    • 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
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    Join the HealthComms Network meeting to discuss media, advocacy and public relations in the public health and community health sector, share planned comms and engagement activities, and network with your colleagues.

    The VHA Comms and Engagement team is particularly keen to build strong connections with media and comms leads from VHA member organisations so we can support and promote each other’s efforts in the lead up to the election – and, importantly, as we continue to raise the immense challenges faced by the healthcare sector in the public sphere.

    Participants are encouraged to attend the preceding webinar, Conversations that count: advocating for your organisation, to support this discussion.

    • 31 Aug 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    The VHA’s state-wide Prevention and Health Promotion Network aims to bring together VHA members with an interest in prevention and health promotion to build a unified, cohesive, and professional support system. 

    Our third network meeting for 2022 will be held online on Wednesday 31 August (10am-12pm) and will feature:  

    1. a keynote presentation from Anita Thomas, Program Manager of HealthAbility’s innovative, sector-leading Baby Makes 3 program
    2. breakout room discussions exploring the importance of embedding gender impact analysis in health promotion across healthy eating, physical activity, and other priority areas
    3. a prevention and health promotion policy update
    4. opportunities to connect with other prevention and health promotion practitioners from across the state.

    And please save the date for our final network meeting for the year, which will hopefully be an in-person session on Wednesday 30 November (10am-1.00pm).

    • 14 Sep 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Monitoring CEO performance is a key responsibility of the Board, and the Victorian Department of Health requires that the Chair and Board set a CEO performance plan. But what should directors be looking for in a CEO’s performance and how can they ensure the right supports are in place for the CEO to perform at their optimum?

    This session covers the important roles played by the Chair and Board, ways of supporting CEOs for success, and the key elements which form part of an effective performance plan.

    Join the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot and guest expert panellists, to find out their tips for developing and supporting CEOs to set them up for success

    • 14 Sep 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Monitoring CEO performance is a key responsibility of the Board, and the Victorian Department of Health requires that the Chair and Board set a CEO performance plan. But what should directors be looking for in a CEO’s performance and how can they ensure the right supports are in place for the CEO to perform at their optimum?

    This session covers the important roles played by the Chair and Board, ways of supporting CEOs for success, and the key elements which form part of an effective performance plan.

    Join the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot and guest expert panellists, to find out their tips for developing and supporting CEOs to set them up for success


    • 6 Oct 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom
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    The Victorian Healthcare Association invites you to attend this year’s Annual General Meeting

    The AGM will be held on Thursday 6 October 2022 at 10am via Zoom.

    Voting members are invited to attend to hear operational reports from the VHA Chair and Audit and Risk Committee Chair, and appointment of three Directors.

    • 14 Oct 2022
    • 18 Nov 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Online zoom
    Register

    Health Board essentials modules:

    1. The Victorian health system (October 14, 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 (October 21, 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 (October 28, 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 (November 4, 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 (November 11, 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 (November 18, 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.

    • 16 Nov 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Setting the strategic direction of an organisation is a key board responsibility, but it can sometimes be a challenge knowing where to start in this process as well as striking a good balance between operational and strategic objectives. It takes foresight, insight, and oversight for a Board to navigate this undertaking successfully.

    This session covers understanding the board’s role in strategy, embedding and activating that strategy, and how directors can stay efficiently abreast of the health context and contemporary issues.

    Join the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot and guest panellists as they share their tips on getting – and staying -  focused on strategy.


    • 16 Nov 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Setting the strategic direction of an organisation is a key board responsibility, but it can sometimes be a challenge knowing where to start in this process as well as striking a good balance between operational and strategic objectives. It takes foresight, insight, and oversight for a Board to navigate this undertaking successfully.

    This session covers understanding the board’s role in strategy, embedding and activating that strategy, and how directors can stay efficiently abreast of the health context and contemporary issues.

    Join the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot and guest panellists as they share their tips on getting – and staying -  focused on strategy.

    • 31 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Conflicts of interest arise when personal or other professional interests and duties may be perceived to influence the way in which a director acts or votes on an organisation’s board. It is the Board’s role to manage any conflicts of interest and duty in the public interest (Code of Conduct for Directors of Victoria Public Entities, SECT 2.5) and individual directors have a duty to notify other directors of material personal interest when conflict arises – it can constitute an offence under the Corporations Act 2001 (SECT 191) if directors breach these obligations recklessly or with intentional dishonestly.

    Conflicts of interest/duty can occur in any organisation, so it is important that executives and board members are aware of what to look for and how to respond whenever conflicts arise.

    In this session, participants were joined by the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot and guest panellists, Sarah Lukies (Senior Legal & Governance Counsel, Xero, and non-Executive Director, West Gippsland Healthcare Group) and Dr Jo Flynn (Chair, Board Ministerial Advisory Committee, President, Berry Street, and Director, Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare)), who provided insight on the processes of identifying and managing conflict of interest for boards and directors.

    Topics covered include recognising conflict of interest, assessing which form it takes, and establishing processes to manage the conflict of interest effectively. The discussion also considered when a conflict might be deemed unmanageable and what options are available under these circumstances.

    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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    The Health Legislation Amendment (Quality and Safety) Act 2021 seeks to amend the Health Services Act 1988 to provide for the appointment of a chief quality and safety officer, to provide for quality and safety reviews of health services, and to create a new statutory duty of candour for health service providers (among other amendments).

    Join Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance (ACHG)’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot and guest panellists, including Michael Gorton (Principal, Russell Kennedy, Chair, Alfred Hospital, Board Member, Ambulance Victoria, and President of the Board of Directors, Wellways Australia), Lanii Birks (A/Manager Patient Safety, Experience and Response, Safer Care Victoria), and Kelly Taylor (consumer representative, Safer Care Victoria advisory group), who unpacked the practical significance of the Act’s new duty of candour clause which will increase the requirement for health services to have robust quality and safety systems and mature open disclosure processes.

    It is important that health service executives and quality and safety leads understand and embrace this clause to ensure that clinicians and consumers are appropriately supported through the process and positive outcomes are achieved for all involved. In response to the duty and its requirements, Victorian health services would need to develop a health queries plan, have an effective compliance process and establish auditing processes, as well as monitoring and reporting requirements.

    In this session we explored how duty of candour will require health professionals to have open disclosure and will dramatically change oversight requirements and expectations of health services in relation to admission of fault, reporting when something goes wrong, privacy, and the consequences of noncompliance. Learn about implementing a health queries plan, having an effective compliance process and establish auditing processes, as well as monitoring and reporting requirements.

    • 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
    • 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    A functioning board is key to the success of any organisation and relies on strong and effective relationships and communication between board members as well as with executive management. Without these competencies and skills driving an organisation forward, decision-making and governance may be negatively impacted.

    This session will delve into how to optimise board performance through improving board room behaviours and dynamics.

    Join Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot and guest panellists who will discuss what behaviours and processes to strive for, what warning signs to look out for, and provide practical ways to foster and maintain positive board dynamics.

    Topics to be covered include: managing challenging behaviours, ensuring that you have a productive outcome-focused board environment, how to set the board up to succeed in building relationships and setting performance expectations, ensuring all board members are engaged (including getting the best performance from quiet directors, managing any factions in the board, board room behaviours and values, and navigating conflict.

    Encouraged to attend this session are board chairs, directors, secretariats, and executives.


    If you're not sure whether you're with a member organisation, check our member list before registering.

    This page is for on-demand registrations - you will not be able to attend the session live, but you will receive the resources kit and recording link after the event.

    • 31 Dec 2022
    • 11:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Board directors need to develop and maintain a strong grasp of the funding mechanisms and models which apply to the organisations they serve. Yet some of the numerous terms and concepts used to describe health funding can be confusing at times. Join us for high-level overview of how the health funding system works in Victoria, with an expert guest panel on hand to demystify it.

    This session will provide insight into hospital vs community health funding, basic understanding of the various funding instruments and how they monitor financial performance against activity-based funding, and what to look for when reviewing performance information of your service. The session is designed for Board Directors, and anyone seeking to gain a better grasp of the basics of funding as it applies to their service.

    If you're not sure whether you're with a member organisation, check our member list before registering.

    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.

    • 31 Dec 2022
    • 11:59 PM
    • 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. 

    Guest Panellists:

    • Timothy Greene, Board Chair, Colac Area Health
    • Amanda Murphy, CEO, Connect Health & Community

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

    • 23 Feb 2023
    • 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, we will explore the governance lessons learned during the pandemic and how these might be applied to board activity on an ongoing basis.   

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


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