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Minister Hennessy opens VHA conference

Posted 05 October 2017

We don’t have nearly enough humanity in health, the Minister for Health and Ambulance services, the Hon Jill Hennessy told the VHA conference at the MCG today.

“We talk about patient centred care, genomics, quality and safety, funding – and all these things are of course very important. But we don’t spend enough time thinking about the centre of gravity – and that’s human beings,” Ms Hennessy told health service leaders at the VHA’s Humanity in Health conference.

“Ultimately it’s about reducing human suffering and enabling human dignity. And this is an incredibly inspiring platform to do it. 

“Why is it we do what we do? What is our fundamental purpose? It’s a very noble profession that you commit yourself to do ever day.” 

Dignity, kindness, compassion, humour and optimism was essential but undervalued health service work place behavior, she said

Minister Hennessy congratulated the health service board members, CEOs and staff attending the conference, saying she had deep admiration for their contribution.

“It’s human beings that make us get out of bed in the morning.”

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