Celebrating 80 years of the VHA

October 19, 2018

VHA members from throughout the state came together with corporate partners and politicians to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Victorian Healthcare Association at the Myer Mural Hall last night.

‘It was a wonderful acknowledgment of this significant milestone as well as celebrating the work of the sector over the past 80 years’, said VHA CEO Tom Symondson.

‘We now look forward the challenges and opportunities ahead for strengthening the Victorian health system together.’

Earlier at the VHA AGM Dr Sue Matthews, CEO of The Royal Women’s Hospital, was announced as the new Board Chair due to the cessation of Gary Thomas’ term and 12 years on the Board. Trevor Adem, CEO of East Wimmera Health Service was elected Deputy Chair. 

Michael Rowland, journalist and presenter of ABC News Breakfast, was the guest speaker and a firm crowd favourite delivering his first ever ‘speech’, sharing his experiences of the healthcare system both here and abroad, as well as his thoughts on the upcoming Victorian Election.

The VHA Annual Awards were also announced with Western Health scooping the pool by taking away two awards this year. The full winners list below:

  • Western Health – winner of the VHA Award for its Western HealthLinks program sponsored by First State Super
  • Merri Health – winner of the Workforce Innovation Award for its strong focus on innovation in a number of its workforce programs sponsored by VHAPlus+
  • The Royal Children’s Hospital – winner of the Innovation in Digital Health Award for its Victorian Children’s Tool for Observation and Response sponsored by PwC.
  • Dale Fisher, former CEO, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre – winner of the Excellence in Leadership Award sponsored by Rosemary Hardham and Associates
  • Western Health – winner of the Patient Engagement Award for its Rapid Discharge Support Service sponsored by State Trustees
  • Kyneton District Health – winner of the Innovation in Clinical Governance Award for its Best Care Quality Framework sponsored by the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance.