Rural Regional Roundtable group

The Victorian public healthcare system continues to combat significant system pressures with workforce challenges, the need for long-term infrastructure planning, ongoing system reforms and increased service demands.

Over the past 18 months these pressures have been compounded by the pandemic, adding to the significant challenges experienced by the system. These challenges require collective action, investment and advocacy.

Featuring a lineup of expert guest speakers, the Rural Regional Roundtable (RRR) virtual roundtable series aims to support rural and regional hospitals’ immediate and long-term preparedness and resilience.

The RRR will focus on key system pressures including:

  • workforce
  • health infrastructure
  • sector coordination and communication
  • surge capacity and system resilience.


Rural Regional Roundtable on COVID-19 preparedness

The VHA held its first Rural Regional Roundtable (RRR) on Wednesday 13 October. Rural and regional health board directors, executives, and senior leaders from across the state joined virtual discussions on readiness and resilience as the health system prepares for the COVID-19 peak.

We have summarised key themes from the session in this article. The information collected around COVID-19 preparedness will assist in applying a strong rural and regional lens to our ‘Navigating COVID peak’ advocacy work.

We would like to thank Chris Hotham, Deputy Secretary for Health Infrastructure, for his time and sharing his insights from the Department of Health. We would also like to thank our members for their engagement and support to help shape policy and advocacy efforts – especially during such a busy time.

Workforce was a strong theme that came through and is likely to be the next topic on the agenda for the RRR series. Stay tuned for more details.



For more information on the Rural Regional Roundtable group, contact us: 03 9094 7777 or email