Leading effectively during political change periods (Melbourne)

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Venue: Woodward Conference Centre, 10th Floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham St, Carlton
Date: 12 June 2019 9:00am to 12 June 2019 03:30pm

Leading effectively during political change periods

Political leadership change is a critical element that drives health reform in the United States, Australia and most global health systems.

The Event

In June 2019, the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association and the Harvard Club of Australia will be holding an executive workshop in Sydney (4 June), Canberra (6 June) and Melbourne (12 June) with Professor John McDonough (Harvard University).

This workshop on ‘Leading effectively during political change periods’ will transform how health leaders in Australia understand, anticipate and respond to health system challenges in the context of political change, ideological shifts, and health care funding instability in Australia and abroad.

Professor Nancy Devlin, Professor of Health Economics, newly appointed Director of the Centre of Health Policy, University of Melbourne and President Elect of ISPOR, the leading global professional society for health economics and outcomes research will join us as a guest speaker for this event. 


Health systems are increasingly complex and politically driven. Efforts to tackle reforms in the health sector often are overshadowed by governmental efforts to impose their own ideological system preferences, often without valid evidence. Consequently, many health systems confront poorly developed proposals with unrealistic time frames driven by election cycles more than anything else.  This explains how much new healthcare policy is delivered and financed. 

In this political context, today’s health care leaders must be prepared to engage with new ways of considering health policy development and implementation. Leadership and new thinking that enhances population health by embracing a systems approach to reform, including political influence, is essential for success. The outcome of success is improved quality, timeliness and affordability in the health care sector.

Who will attend?

This workshop is aimed at hospital and healthcare executives to prepare for and to assume leadership roles, to create and to lead health care system reform efforts and to offer perspectives and analysis of the political contexts influencing current reform opportunities and debates.

Other attendees that may benefit from the workshop would include executives from:

  • Primary Health Networks and primary healthcare providers;
  • Federal and state public service;
  • Local Hospital Networks and public hospitals;
  • community health services,
  • health and social sciences sector non-profit organisations
  • aged care providers and;
  • universities.

Workshop outputs

Using case studies, role playing, group activities, and other experiential learning formats the objectives of the workshop will be to prepare health executives to:

  • Lead effectively during political change periods
  • Provide sustainable change for complex health systems during unstable years
  • Develop and sustain effective strategies during health systems reform epochs

At the completion of the workshops, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the structure, challenges, opportunities and productivity levers affecting the U.S health system, with lessons applied in the Australian context;
  • Recognize the perceptions of government leaders, especially medical care and public health leaders, and enhance these relationships for mutual success;
  • Enhance their health services research capacity to advance health system and population health improvements; and
  • Learn how to enhance trust-based relationships with other systems stakeholders.

Discounts are available for groups of five or more. For more information email admin@ahha.asn.au

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