CHA National Conference


Planning has commenced for 2015 National Conference to be held from 24-26 August at the QT Hotel. Canberra is modern city, set within extensive parks and gardens and enjoys four distinct seasons. Located on the ancient lands of the Indigenous Ngunnawal people, Canberra’s name is thought to mean ‘meeting place’, derived from the Aboriginal word Kamberra. We look forward to welcoming you to Canberra in August!

Our conference is the premier event on Australia's health and aged care calendar. It has become the forum for a significant gathering of health care professionals. Once again we anticipate 400+ delegates including key executives, medical and nursing staff, mission directors, board members and other people committed to the delivery of the health and aged care ministry.

I am delighted to invite your organisation to participate as a sponsor or exhibitor at the conference. Sponsoring or exhibiting at the Catholic Health Australia national conference provides a unique opportunity for organisations to come face to face with delegates within the Catholic sector. The CHA conference will represent an excellent opportunity to promote and highlight your company's products and/or activities and build positive brand awareness, enhance community relations and demonstrate your organisation's support of the Catholic health and aged care sector, which cares for one in every 10 Australians in hospitals and aged care.

Click here to download the CHA Conference Exhibition Floor Plan

Click Here to download the CHA Application to Exhibit Form

If you are interested in recieving the CHA Sponsorship Prospectus or being an exbibitor for the 2015 national conference please contact Angela Lowe 

Catholic Health Australia would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the 2014 National Conference:

Catholic Super   CCI rgb smHPS Logo website CMYK          HESTA ISF RGB 2012 LARGE

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2015 Contemporary Catholic Governance

30-31 March 2015 Crown Plaza Coogee Beach

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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Nursing Symposium 2014

Catholic Health Australia Nursing Symposium

Proudly sponsored by HESTA.



November 24th, 2014

Encore, St Kilda Beach, Melbourne

Returning for a second year, Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms, CEO Australian College of Nursing, will facilitate the day, with the program commencing with a morning of plenary sessions across the themes of leadership and person centred care.

CHA members will then showcase, concurrently, across three different areas relating to person centred care.

A call for abstracts is currently being made for the following areas:

  1. The Nurse Unit Manager role in the patient journey- care and experience.
  2. Engagement with consumers
  3. Consumer sovereignty

Full program to come at the beginning of October, after consideration by the CHA DONM Committee of the submitted abstracts.

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.


Bishop Michael Putney (Awarded posthumously)


Elizabeth Oliver, Catholic Homes


Sue Heffernan, St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne


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


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


Kate Hewitt, Mercy Health Melbourne

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