To mark the end of a unique and challenging year and prepare for an approaching year of reform, recovery and reimagining, the VHA hosted a series of virtual #StateofHealth events from 14-18 December.

Each session is designed to reflect on the past 12 months and provide inspiration for the year ahead.

A year of challenges and opportunities

  • A video capturing lessons from COVID-19 for the health sector
  • A live episode of #BestofBothWorlds hosted by Sara James with journalists Melissa Sweet from Croakey and Grant McArthur from the Herald Sun exploring the headlines of health in 2020
  • Insights from Professor Anna Peeters, Director of the Institute for Health Transformation at Deakin University
  • A case study exploring the impact of bushfires on health services with Margaret McDonald, CEO of Cobaw Community Health
  • A message from Sarah Forman, Prashant Iyer & the team at Aware Super

Health in the community

  • Welcome and insights from Sue Matthews, Chair, VHA
  • A conversation with Emma King, CEO, VCOSS about the needs of communities across Victoria
    Reflections from:
  • Tassia Michaleas, Chief Executive Officer, Merri Health
    Glenn Pringle, General Manager, Innovation & Community Care, IPC Health
  • Case studies on the rise of Telehealth
    • Deborah Stuart, CEO, Central Bayside Community Health Services
    • Dr Richard G. Horton, Director, Department of Anaesthesia, Pain and Perioperative Medicine and Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Western Health
  • A message from Michael Gorton AM from Russell Kennedy Lawyers

Meeting the needs of all Victorians

  • Messages from The Hon James Merlino, Minister for Mental Health and The Hon. Luke Donnellan, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers
  • Reflections on aged care, disability and mental health by VHA CEO Tom Symondson
  • A Zoom into achievements of public hospitals and community health services across the state
  • A message from Amanda Edwards from OnePassport

2021 Ready

  • A conversation with change maker and community builder Zione Walker-Nthenda about change in 2020
  • Reflections from Aisha Mansfield, Aware Super Emerging Leader Scholarship recipient
  • A message from Fiona Mercer, Founder, Governance Evaluator

Celebrating the sector

  • A presentation by Daniel Strachan and the team behind the ‘COVID-19 Healthcare Workers Voices’ project
  • Celebrations across the sector including a virtual time capsule of stories from across the sector and reflections from across the state
  • A message from Adrian Wilson from BankFirst