July 12, 2023

Launching a new direction for education and training at Northern Health

On Wednesday, 5 July, Northern Health officially launched the Education and Training Strategic Plan 2023-27.

The Education and Training Strategic Plan will provide strategic direction for education and training over the next five years and will guide Northern Health and our partners as we work to meet the education and training of needs of our staff and community now, and into the future.

The event was well attended by internal and external stakeholders, including members of the Northern Health executive, managers, educators, clinical support nurses, administrative staff and academic partners from University of Melbourne and La Trobe University.

Siva Sivarajah, Chief Executive, welcomed guests and officially launched the plan.

“Education and training are pivotal to the successful implementation of the Northern Health Strategic Plan, as the ‘science’ of education will empower teams and enable staff through their engagement with the terrific learning culture here at Northern Health,” said Mr Sivarajah.

“In turn, this culture will help Northern Health to attract, retain and develop our workforce in a way that best meets the health needs of our diverse northern community.”

“We know that our community benefits from empowered teams collaborating together and it makes sense to harness this sense of collaboration across disciplines during the process of life-long learning. I look forward to the implementation progress of the Education and Training Strategic Plan and the contribution it makes to the transformational journey that Northern Health is on, in pursuit of a healthier community, making a difference for every person, every day,” Mr Sivarajah said.

Tony McGillion, Divisional Director, Education & Training, said, “We know that the evidence of effective Education and Training is corroborated by the safe, quality team-based care that we give our community and it makes perfect sense that the process of education and learning ensures that our consumers as the vital ingredients of a multi-disciplinary recipe for success.”

Over the past week, there have been several activities focusing on the importance of effective education and training, with a few still available to attend. You can view the full event program here.

To learn more, and to view the Education and Training Strategic Plan 2023-27, please click here.

Pictured in featured image (L-R): Peter Brack, Director, Education (Allied Health), Tony McGillion, Divisional Director, Education & Training, Siva Sivarajah, Chief Executive, Wanda Stelmach, Chief Medical Officer and Rob LoPresti, Chief Education Officer – RACGP