The VHA is working with subject matter experts to deliver topical and timely information on issues that matter to health board directors and other senior leaders in health.

 

Who should attend?

The series has been developed to support busy health board directors and executives with practical information and resources on sector-critical topics.

Past and upcoming session details are below. Additional sessions may be added to support directors and executives with time-critical information and policies as they arise.

 

How do I access the sessions?

Each lunch and learn session is available live and on-demand – and supported by a range of tools and resources – to meet varying availability and learning styles.

Join live to get the benefits of real-time engagement with our speakers and your colleagues during the one-hour session. Participants will also have access to the webinar resource kit.

If you can’t attend on the day, or would like to access a past event, register for ‘On-demand’ access to the webinar recording and resource kit.

  • Member registration: $40 per person
  • Non-member registration: $70 per person
  • On-demand: member $15 per person, non-member $25 per person

 

Upcoming sessions

 

23 February – Board meetings in 2022: what does the new BAU look like? 

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, in this session, VHA Director, Strategy & Engagement, Micaela Drieberg, and guest panellists will explore the governance lessons learned during the pandemic and how these might be applied to board activity on an ongoing basis.

The session will highlight 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 will be of particular interest to board directors, secretaries and those who interact with boards.

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16 March – Understanding conflict of interest

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, join the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot and guest panellists who will provide insight on the processes of identifying and managing conflict of interest for boards and directors. Topics to be covered include recognising conflict of interest, assessing which form it takes, and establishing processes to manage the conflict of interest effectively. The discussion will also consider when a conflict might be deemed unmanageable and what options are available under these circumstances.

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7 April – Quality and Safety Bill: what you need to know about duty of candour

In late 2021 the Health Legislation Amendment (Quality and Safety) Bill 2021 was introduced to the Victorian Parliament. The Bill 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’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot and guests panellists who will unpack the practical significance of the Bill’s new duty of candour clause, and its requirements, 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 will explore 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.

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Available on-demand

Successful induction of new board members

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.

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Applying the recommendations of VAGO’s Clinical governance: Health services report

This session covers 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’.

Join the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot and guest panellists Nathan Farrow (A/Director Centre for Patient Safety and Experience, Safer Care Victoria) and Sally Martin (Director Quality, Improvement and Patient Experience, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and NorthWestern Mental Health) as they take a closer look at VAGO’s recommendations to the audited health services and how they can be applied to all health services.

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Board evaluation

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.

In this session, Governance Evaluator’s CEO and Founder Fi Mercer and Russell Kennedy Lawyers Principal Michael Gorton (also Chair, Alfred Hospital; Board Member, Ambulance Victoria; and President of the Board of Directors, Wellways Australia) join the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance’s Jo-Anne Moorfoot to discuss the importance of board evaluation and how the assessment process can help your board continuously improve.

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The role of a board chair

12-1pm, Wednesday 17 November

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, attendees will learn about the critical role of the board chair inside the board meeting and beyond. Attendees will 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.

Guest panellists include: Michael Delahunty, Chair, Goulburn Valley Health; Janice Munt, Chair, Central Bayside Community Health Services; and Linda Bardo Nicholls AO, Chair, The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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