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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.

 

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION BROCHURE

SPEAKERS

To view Speaker Profiles please click here

Nominations for Catholic Health Australia Awards 2016 Have Now Closed
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.

SPONSORSHIP

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

EXHIBITON

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

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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

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

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