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Rethink, reset, reimagine: Working towards a stronger Victorian health system

Posted 14 June 2018

VHA CEO, Tom Symondson announces 2018 VHA Annual Conference: Rethink, reset, reimagine.

The Victorian Healthcare Association has opened registrations for its 2018 VHA Annual Conference, on 16 and 17 August at the MCG.  The conference is designed to bring together leaders from within, and beyond, the public healthcare sector to rethink, reset and reimagine how we can work towards a stronger Victorian health system.

“We look forward to bringing together leaders of Victoria’s public healthcare sector to engage in discussion and explore a number of key issues that are important to strengthening our healthcare system,” said VHA CEO, Tom Symondson.

“From rethinking funding and infrastructure, resetting workforce planning, to reimagining demand management, the conference will explore the significant changes underway across Victoria and what they mean for the sector.”

A highlight of the conference is keynote speaker Sara James, award-winning foreign correspondent, author and commentator. She covers a mix of politics, business, culture and social issues on her ABC News Breakfast segment, An American in OZ. Along with her extensive knowledge of politics, Ms James has a child with severe epilepsy, and offers a unique perspective on what she as a parent of a daughter with significant health problems, needs from the health system in regional and metropolitan Victoria.

Attendees will also hear from a range of speakers including:

• newly appointed CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), Ian Hamm

• Director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration and the Growing Brimbank project, Rosemary Calder AM

• Director of the Australian Synchrotron, Professor Andrew Peele

• Melbourne School of Population and Global Health’s Professor Rob Moodie.

The two-day program will include a mix of panel discussions, keynote presentations, and networking opportunities, as well as the chance to hear from the health representatives of Victoria’s major parliamentary parties. Each session will give leaders of Victoria’s health system the chance to rethink, reset and reimagine core focus areas outlined in the VHA 2018 Victorian Election Positions. The conference will connect innovative thinking with practical case studies in areas including workforce, infrastructure, funding, digital health and demand management.

The program will also include a networking event on the first evening and a Digital Health Breakfast at the start of the second day.

For more information and to register for the conference, click here.

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