Conversations that count – professional development and networking opportunities

July 27, 2022

As we head towards the November state election, the VHA is running a ‘Lunch and learn’ webinar to help VHA member organisations plan and get the most out of strategic conversations with elected representatives and policy decision-makers. We know that health will be a strong focus for the election agenda this year.

‘Conversations that count: advocating for your organisation’ is designed to help public health and community health service leaders start mapping out a multi-year plan for advocacy and external relations in the next election cycle.

Breaking down the difference between advocacy and government relations, the session will help participants identify key issues and outcomes sought, prioritise stakeholders you need to engage, and define what those conversations should look like – including what not to do.

The webinar will feature:

  • Juan Paolo Legaspi, VHA Manager, Policy and Advocacy
  • Terry Symonds, CEO, Yooralla, and Board Director, Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network
  • Tom Symondson, VHA CEO
  • Julia Medew, VHA Media Consultant

Conversations that count will be held from 12-1pm on Wednesday 17 August, and will also be available on-demand.

Click here for more information and registration links.


Media and communications professionals: join us for a follow-up HealthComms Network meeting

Communicators play a critical role in advocacy. The VHA Communications and Engagement team is keen to build strong connections with media and communications leads from VHA member organisations, so we can support and promote each other’s efforts in the lead up to the election – and, more broadly, as we continue to raise the immense challenges faced by the healthcare sector in the public sphere.

Communications and media professionals from VHA member organisations are invited to join a follow-up discussion with the VHA Communications and Engagement team, online from 1.15-2pm on Wednesday 17 August. Click here to register.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss media, advocacy and public relations in the public health and community health sector, share planned communication and engagement activities, and network with other communications and media professionals working in the public health space.

Participants are encouraged to attend the preceding webinar, Conversations that count: advocating for your organisation, as a professional development opportunity and to support discussions at the Network meeting.