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Catholic Health Australias 2016 National Conference

Catholic Health Australia's National Conference for 2016 will be held from 29-31 August at the five star Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth St, Sydney. The theme of our Conference for 2016 is “The Difference We Make”, and aims to put into focus the strong tradition of Catholic health and aged care provision in Australia, highlight and challenge the notion that Catholic care offers something different to other care providers, and stimulate higher-level strategic thought about how the Catholic sector can bring greater innovation - on all fronts - to the provision of health, aged and community care in Australia, now and into the future.

The Conference opens at 5.00pm on 29 August with a keynote address by Prof Gordian Fulde, the Director of Emergency at St Vincent's Hospital. Professor Fulde has spoken out against the scourge of ice, alcohol-fuelled violence, and binge-drinking. In January 2016 he was named Senior Australian of the Year.

Welcome Reception will commence straight after at 6.15pm at the Conservatory Bar and Lounge located on level 1 of the hotel, followed by 2 full days of conferencing on 30 & 31 August.

We are very excited to have Genevieve Jacobs as the MC for the duration of the Conference. Genevieve has worked for 666 ABC Canberra, moving from weekend programming to a fulltime role as the afternoons presenter. It’s a challenge she has attacked with relish, providing her with the opportunity to expand her interests in politics and current affairs, history, the arts and the environment. Genevieve’s trademark is a strong connection with local issues, and a warm, well informed and humorous presentation style.

This year our international speaker is Sr Carol Keehan, DC. Sr Keehan is the 9th President and Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. In 2015 Sr Keehan invited President Barack Obama to address delegates at the Catholic Health Association’s Assembly. In his address President Obama focused on the key features of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. He stated that Sr Keehan had played a key role in the legislation of the Affordable Care Act and the Catholic Health Ethos helped shape Obamacare for a fairer health system for all, especially for those that fall into the low income demographic.

To download the Preliminary Program please click here

To view Speaker Proflies please click here

Nominations for Catholic Health Australia Awards 2016 NOW OPEN
Catholic Health Australia is celebrating World Health Day and over 150 years of excellence in Catholic health care with the opening of nominations for the CHA Awards 2016. Awards categories are: Leadership in Positive Ageing; Emerging Leader; Nurse of the Year; Outreach Health Care; and Excellence in Pastoral Care.

Click here to download the Nomination Form

The 2016 Catholic Health Australia National Conference has a number of sponsorship packages available, aimed to provide sponsors with a choice of exposure level in relation to desired financial commitment. Participating as a sponsor and/or exhibitor at the 2016 Catholic Health Australia National Conference can take you straight to your target market and demonstrate your level of support and commitment to the health and aged care sector.

To download the Sponsorship Brochure please click here

The exhibition area will be located on the conference floor on level 2 of the hotel. There are no speaking spots available in the Conference Program for Sponsors or Exhibitors to directly address the delegates, however an exhibition booth would enable you to have one-on-one conversations with delegates at the during all catering breaks. The exhibition will be the networking hub of the conference, giving delegates the opportunity for direct contact with sponsors and exhibitors alike. Becoming a sponsor and/or exhibitor puts you one step ahead of your competition, provides a national brand presence and offers direct access to the key movers and shakers within the Cathoic sector.

To download the Application to Exhibit please click here

To download the Exhibition floor plan please click here

To download the Sponsor and Exhibitor Briefing Notes please click here

For more information on the CHA Events contact Angela Lowe, Meeting & Events Manager on 02 6203 2777 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Catholic Health Australia is pleased to announce its inaugural Medical Research Symposium to be held on Thursday, 5 May 2016 in Melbourne. The Medical Research Symposium aims to foster better communication, collaboration highlight the many achievemnets of CHA researchers.

Catholic Health Australia's first Medical Research Symposium will be held on 5 May 2016 at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. Key note speaker will be distinguished Australian research biologist, Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE. Sir Gustav has enjoyed international fame for his breakthrough contributions to the fields of antibody formation and immunological tolerance.  

Sir Gustav Nossal will be joined by Professor Chris Baggoley, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and a number of outstanding researchers representing CHA members. We are delighted to announce presentations from rheumatologist/clinical epidemiologist, Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, NHMRC Senior-Principal Fellow and Director of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Hospital, Professor Steve Webb from St John of God Subiaco, who also holds a post as Senior Staff Specialist  in Intensive Care Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital and a Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia and Monash University, Professor Mark Cook, Chair of Medicine and Director of Neurosciences at St Vincent's Hospital and Professor Sue Walker, Director of Perinatal Medicine at Mercy Hospital for Women, and the Sheila Handbury Chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Melbourne.

Rising Stars in Medical Research: The key goal of the Rising Stars in Medical Research Awards is to discover, recognise and reward innovations Medical Research by early/mid career researchers.

Only a limited number of abstracts nominated for an oral presentation will be selected for oral presentation in the Rising Stars session by the Scientific Review Committee. Abstracts that are not selected for oral presentation will still be considered for poster presentation.
Emphasis should be placed on the innovative nature of your work.
Abstracts must be original work, illustrating how it represents innovation in medical research.
An abstract must be submitted by the presenting author. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words (excluding the title, authors and affiliations)
All abbreviations must be spelled out on first use.
Abstracts should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar. Abstracts must be submitted in Microsoft Word 97-2003, 2007 or 2010 format. All author(s) approve submitting this work for presentation.
At least one author will be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The organisers reserve the right to remove a presentation from the program.

Travel Awards: Proudly supported by Catholic Super

Three travel awards are available to cover travel costs for attendance of the CHA Medical Research Symposium 2016. Awards, up to the value of $1,000, will be selected delegates who have completed the Travel Award application form and submitted an abstract based.

Awards will be selected based on scientific excellence and clarity of abstract as judged by the CHA scientific committee.

For more information and updates keep an eye in Health Matters magazine and CHA's weekly e-newsletter. or contact Dr Ellen Marks at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 02 6203 2777


Over 130 delegates attended the 2015 CHA Governance Conference at Coogee Beach Sydney.  Feedback from the Governance Conference has been very positive and delegates found the sessions informative, thought-provoking and a great opportunity to hear from experts in the field of Catholic ministry and governance.  The broad-ranging conference program gave delegates a rich array of material to help them in their effective governance and leadership for mission now, and into the future.

 
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Catholic Health Australias 2016 National Conference

Catholic Health Australia's National Conference for 2016 will be held from 29-31 August at the five star Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth St, Sydney. The theme of our Conference for 2016 is “The Difference We Make”, and aims to put into focus the strong tradition of Catholic health and aged care provision in Australia, highlight and challenge the notion that Catholic care offers something different to other care providers, and stimulate higher-level strategic thought about how the Catholic sector can bring greater innovation - on all fronts - to the provision of health, aged and community care in Australia, now and into the future.

The Conference opens at 5.00pm on 29 August with a keynote address by Prof Gordian Fulde, the Director of Emergency at St Vincent's Hospital. Professor Fulde has spoken out against the scourge of ice, alcohol-fuelled violence, and binge-drinking. In January 2016 he was named Senior Australian of the Year.

Welcome Reception will commence straight after at 6.15pm at the Conservatory Bar and Lounge located on level 1 of the hotel, followed by 2 full days of conferencing on 30 & 31 August.

We are very excited to have Genevieve Jacobs as the MC for the duration of the Conference. Genevieve has worked for 666 ABC Canberra, moving from weekend programming to a fulltime role as the afternoons presenter. It’s a challenge she has attacked with relish, providing her with the opportunity to expand her interests in politics and current affairs, history, the arts and the environment. Genevieve’s trademark is a strong connection with local issues, and a warm, well informed and humorous presentation style.

This year our international speaker is Sr Carol Keehan, DC. Sr Keehan is the 9th President and Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. In 2015 Sr Keehan invited President Barack Obama to address delegates at the Catholic Health Association’s Assembly. In his address President Obama focused on the key features of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. He stated that Sr Keehan had played a key role in the legislation of the Affordable Care Act and the Catholic Health Ethos helped shape Obamacare for a fairer health system for all, especially for those that fall into the low income demographic.

To download the Preliminary Program please click here

To view Speaker proflies please click here

Nominations for Catholic Health Australia Awards 2016 NOW OPEN

 Nominations are now open
Catholic Health Australia is celebrating World Health Day and over 150 years of excellence in Catholic health care with the opening of nominations for the CHA Awards 2016. Awards categories are: Leadership in Positive Ageing; Emerging Leader; Nurse of the Year; Outreach Health Care; and Excellence in Pastoral Care.

Click here to download the Nomination Form

The 2016 Catholic Health Australia National Conference has a number of sponsorship packages available, aimed to provide sponsors with a choice of exposure level in relation to desired financial commitment. Participating as a sponsor and/or exhibitor at the 2016 Catholic Health Australia National Conference can take you straight to your target market and demonstrate your level of support and commitment to the health and aged care sector.

To download the Sponsorship brochure please click here

The exhibition area will be located on the conference floor on level 2 of the hotel. There are no speaking spots available in the Conference Program for Sponsors or Exhibitors to directly address the delegates, however an exhibition booth would enable you to have one-on-one conversations with delegates at the during all catering breaks. The exhibition will be the networking hub of the conference, giving delegates the opportunity for direct contact with sponsors and exhibitors alike. Becoming a sponsor and/or exhibitor puts you one step ahead of your competition, provides a national brand presence and offers direct access to the key movers and shakers within the Cathoic sector.

To download the application to exhibit please click here

To download the Exhibition floor plan please click here

To download the Sponsor and Exhitbitor Briefing notes please click here

 We look forward to welcoming you to the 2016 National Conference!

 

The CHA 2015 Awards recognises the achievements of members towards improving services within the framework of a Catholic approach to care. Award winners in each category presented a brief overview of their achievements and explored with conference delegates details of the innovative projects and approaches to care for which they have been honoured.

SR MARIA CUNNINGHAM LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD

Fr Comac M Nagle ofm

Leadership in Positive Ageing - Holistic Wellness Program, Southern Cross Care (Vic)

Outreach Health Care - Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network (DAWN)

Excellence in Pastoral Care - Mary Ringstad, National Director of Mission, Little Company of Mary Health Care (Calvary)

Nurse of the Year - Megan McKechnie, Program Director, Medical, Sub-Acute and Palliative Care Services, Mercy Health

Emerging Leader - Stephen Tippett, Manager, Food Services, St Vincent's Hopsital Melbourne

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

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