Pre-Conference Workshop Day: Monday, 27th November 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Welcome Coffee

Workshop A

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM International Recognition in Healthcare to Improve Skills, Engagement and Recruitment Within Your Workforce

Sarah Coleman, Workforce Planning and Development Manager, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney
St Vincent’s Private Hospital has developed a strong workplace culture and sustained it for 10 years. It is evident in the organisation’s 2-3 per cent low turnover rate and being one of only three Australian hospitals with International Magnet Designation. Magnet recognises high quality nursing and effectively influences the programs and strategies to assist in staff engagement, recruitment and support for skill development. In this workshop, Sarah will discuss the benefits of Magnet with reference to St Vincent’s Private Hospital’s improved data collection and increased programs to support staff to help your organisation take that extra step to meet your long-term workforce and business objectives.

What will the workshop cover?

  • Understanding the characteristics of Magnet Recognition and how it can influence your organisation’s quality professional development, support for nursing staff and workplace value to meet KPIs and improve patient outcomes
  • How does Magnet Recognition make your health service stand out? – Insights into driving compassionate care to prepare for future increased demand on services while maintaining employee job satisfaction
  • Balancing the skills, engagement and recruitment of new graduates, volunteers and those transitioning into retirement to manage shift work for all workforces
  • Improving your data collection and analysis to manage your supply and demand of full-time, part-time and volunteers


Sarah Coleman

Workforce Planning and Development Manager
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney

Workshop B

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Facilitating Transformative Innovation and Change Through Workforce Planning - A Practical Approach

Helen Finneran, Senior Policy Advisor, Regional Workforce Planning, Victoria Department of Health & Human Services
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services have been researching and developing methods to support workforce planners within health organisations to do workforce planning that facilitates workforce innovation and transformative change. Workforce innovation and transformation are important, particularly when old ways of working just don’t work anymore, but this type of workforce planning can be more challenging from a change management perspective. Part of the Victorian DHHS’ approach is to draw on redesign, systems thinking, strategic foresight or futures thinking and design thinking, with the understanding of how to apply these methods into workforce planning. In this workshop, you will scope and design a workforce planning method that helps you to find opportunities to achieve innovative solutions to the challenges of growing population demands for healthcare in the future. The focus is on practical methods and the change management approaches to support their implementation.

What will the workshop cover?

  • Practical application of resources and guides on innovation-oriented workforce planning and how it can support the implementation of future workforce development programs
  • Change management approaches to assist in facilitating workforce innovation through workforce planning
  • Reflective processes to identify your organisation’s current approach in driving change and innovation
  • How to build workforce planning capability in planning for your future workforce


Helen Finneran

Senior Policy Advisor, Regional Workforce Planning
Victoria Department of Health & Human Services

Workshop C

3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Data-driven Evidence and Tools to Measure your Workforce Clinical Training Needs

Chirag Padalia, Director, Workforce Strategy & Analytics, Aurora Health Care (USA)
While is clear that data can provide evidence for strategic decision making and increase the development of your workforce, many organisations are still challenged with it’s processes. Drawing on the who, the what, the reasons behind data analysis and how to effectively collect it, this interactive workshop will be take you through a detailed, step-by-step roadmap for leveraging metrics and analytics to help enrich your future workforce and influence data driven decision making for your future workforce clinical needs.

What will the workshop cover?

  • Who: Underlining who is responsible for the data mining and the employees who will benefit from the analysis to improve the training needs
  • What: Developing the right plan to adapt and react to the results to determine the areas for improvement
  • Why: Utilising data to evidence change and assess high level trends in the evolving workforce profile
  • How: An overview of the methodology and strategies that will work for your organisation’s capabilities and resources to meet your objectives


Chirag Padalia

Director, Workforce Strategy & Analytics
Aurora Health Care (USA)