December 21, 2018

Chief Executive Message

Northern Health Strategic Plan.

It has been a busy and successful 2018 for us at Northern Health. We’ve treated more patients than ever before and I continue to be inspired by the commitment of staff to our patients and our community.

During the first half of 2019, we are developing our new Strategic Plan 2019-2023. This plan is the road map to our future, and your opportunity to become involved with this exciting time in planning health care for the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

The Strategic Plan will build on the tremendous work that has already been achieved towards our Clinical Services Plan, and will encompass work underway through our Trusted Care – High Reliability Organisation Initiatives. It’s also an opportunity to look at how we see ourselves within our community – and what kind of organisation we want to be in five years’ time. The plan will include a review of our vision and values to ensure they resonate with our staff, volunteers, patients and our community.

You will hear a lot more on how you can become involved in consultations early in the New Year.

Staff Recognition Awards – New Award for Clinical Excellence

In October this year, we commenced our new Quarterly Staff Recognition Awards celebrating the many achievements of our staff in both clinical and support roles. The award recipients are currently being profiled in stories on iNews.

The second round of award nominations opens today, with entries due by the end of January.

This time a new award – Clinical Excellence, has been added as a category.

This new award will recognise a clinician or clinical team who are generous with knowledge, instils confidence in patients and colleagues, and achieves the best patient experience outcomes. The introduction of this award aligns with our strong commitment to providing Trusted Care and our desire to celebrate, acknowledge and encourage excellence in clinical care.

I encourage you to consider nominating a colleague or team with extraordinary achievements in one of the award categories.

Happy and Safe Festive Season

Thank you once again for all your work this year. I have enjoyed meeting many of you at the Christmas lunches this week. They are a small way that we express our gratitude for your work throughout the year.

Our Board Chair, Jennifer Williams AM, and the entire Board, also expresses their gratitude for the work you do for our patients day in and day out.

We hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year with your family and friends!


Siva Sivarajah         

Chief Executive