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2015 Governance Conference

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The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney, is confirmed for the Conference Eucharist and Conference Opening Plenary Session for the Governance Conference.

CHA Governance Conference to address issues around collaboration; "Competition: moving from intention to practice" is the theme of a plenary workshop at the 2015 Contemporary Catholic Governance Conference. Mr Julien O'Connell, Dr John O'Donnell and Ms Patricia Faulkner will conduct a workshop developed around relevant case studies to explore the issues and possible solutions to the challenges of working collaboratively to serve the mission of Catholic health and aged care in a market-driven environment. 

CHA welcomes Trustees, Boards,CEO's and Mission Directors to this biennial event targeted to those entrusted with governance in any of the Church's ministries across health, aged care, education and social services.

Why attend?
 
The conference will:
1. Provide an opportunity for those in governance and leadership of a Catholic ministry to explore the nature and contemporary context of their roles
2. Examine the relationship of governance and leadership roles to the mission of the Church
3. Examine the exercise of fiduciary responsibilities in the context of emerging trends and challenges in health and aged care service delivery
4. Enhance appreciation of and access to opportunities for effective collaboration.
 
Who should attend?
Those holding governance and leadership positions in Catholic ministries of health, aged care, education andsocial services.
Conference program
 
The conference will provide the opportunity to hear from experts in the field of Catholic ministry and governance.
Using a case study approach it will be focus on key themes and issues of concern to those in Catholic governance roles.
The conference will be facilitated by Kerry Brettell Director of Integroe Partners and is designed to maximise interaction and collaboration among participants. Using a case study approach based on the Harvard method it will focus on key themes and practical issues of concern to those in Catholic governance roles. Participants will have the opportunity to examine specific issues, listen to experts and engage actively in dialogue with colleagues in a process which will stimulate new awareness and emerging solutions toshared challenges.
Preparatory reading material will be circulated by early-March 2015.
 
Confirmed speakers include
Fr David Ranson
Sr Mary Wright
Ms Phil Billington
Ms Virginia Bourke
Other CHA member Trustees and Board Directors
 
Click here to download registration brochure
Click here to make your accommodation booking at the Crowne Plaza
 
For further details please contact Susan Sullivan
 
Proudly sponsored by Catholic Super

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Conference presentations

To read the discussion paper that informed conference proceedings, click here.

Click on the links below to access the speakers PowerPoint presentations from the conference.

Fr Joe Parkinson       
Fr Gerry Arbuckle       
Fr Noel Connolly          
Susan Pascoe              
Br John Henry Thornber                
 
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Annual Awards 2014

The 2014 Awards were presented at a formal dinner on Tuesday, August 26, during CHA's National Conference at Victoria Park, Brisbane. The awards were announced by CHA Board Chair, Rowena McNally and presented by Peter Bugden, the chair of the awards sponsor, Catholic Super.

SR MARIA CUNNINGHAM LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD

Bishop Michael Putney (Awarded posthumously)

CHA EMERGING LEADER

Elizabeth Oliver, Catholic Homes

CHA NURSES OF THE YEAR

Sue Heffernan, St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne

LEADERSHIP IN POSITIVE AGEING

"Safe Place to call Home" program run by Charles O'Neill Hostel, Catholic Healthcare

OUTREACH HEALTHCARE

Erhma Origins Program, based in Dandenong and lead by Erhma and St John of God Pinelodge

EXCELLENCE IN PASTORAL CARE

Kate Hewitt, Mercy Health Melbourne

Annual Awards 2013

The 2013 Awards were presented at a formal dinner on Tuesday, August 27, during CHA's National Conference at The Carousel, Albert Park, Melbourne. The awards were announced by CHA CEO Martin Laverty and presented by Peter Bugden, the chair of the awards sponsor, Catholic Super. Click on the award winner's name for more information.

SR MARIA CUNNINGHAM LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD

Sr Isobel Moran, SJG

CHA EMERGING LEADER

Dr Linda Mellors -- executive director, Mercy Public Hospitals Inc

CHA NURSES OF THE YEAR

Sian James and Maria Field, St John of God Health Care

LEADERSHIP IN POSITIVE AGEING

Anaesthesia and Older Australians - St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne

OUTREACH HEALTHCARE

Homeless to Home Healthcare - Mater Health Services and Micah Projects

Sr Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award

Sister Maria Cunningham RSC OAM worked as a nurse, a nurse educator and a leader of Catholic health care ministries for all of her working life. She was instrumental in the establishment of Catholic Health Australia. She set an example for others by committing her life to service of the sick and the poor through working in hospitals, prisons and with mothers and children. In recognition of her life of service, Catholic Health Australia awarded her the inaugural Sr Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award in 2011, and named the award after her.

Nominations will be called for each year for the award. The award, to be announced at the annual CHA awards dinner during the national conference, will be given to a person who has made a significant contribution to the Church's presence in health and aged care. This person will have inspired and mentored others working in Catholic health and aged care ministries, and through their work or influence have enabled the healing love of Jesus to be felt by people in need. Not only will this person have made an impact within Catholic ministry, but they will also have had an impact on the broader community.

Nominations should be made confidentially to the Catholic Health Australia CEO, and the CHA Stewardship Board will determine an appropriate winner to be announced each August.

Recipients of the award have been:

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