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20-21 November - CEO Planning and Review Meeting


Thursday, 20 November 2008 - Friday, 21 November 2008

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Stamford Plaza Hotel
33 Cross Street
Double Bay
New South Wales

NOTE: Block bookings of rooms at the Stamford Plaza Double Bay were released on 18 October.  However, rooms may still be available.  Please contact the hotel as soon as possible to see if rooms are still available.

The Health Roundtable is holding its annual review and planning meeting on 20-21 November in Sydney.  This meeting is open only to Personal Members -- the designated senior representative of each organisational member of the Roundtable.  If the Personal Member is unable to attend, you may send one representative who can express your preferences and report on your organisation's activities.

There is a "new member workshop" on the morning of 20 November to provide an executive overview of the way to get the most value from your membership in the Roundtable.

The meeting of all members begins with lunch at 12.30 pm on Thursday. 
We will review of the key innovations of the year, and Brian Dolan from the UK will discuss advances in "Releasing Time to Care". 
There is a group dinner on Thursday night for all members. 
The workshop on Friday morning provides a chance to discuss hot issues and share innovations in small groups with your peers. 
This is followed on Friday afternoon with a planning session to identify specific topics to include on the agenda for 2009 and 2010.
There is no registration cost for the delegates to this meeting. 
However, it is essential to register your attendance on this website.  
Delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

Agenda:     Thursday 20 November

New Member Workshop – Getting Value from The Roundtable

8.30 – 9.00am

Registration and Arrival Coffee

9.00 – 10.30am

Overview of Health Roundtable Activities and Services

  • Casemix, Emergency and KPI analyses
  • Optional Benchmarking – Nursing, Mental Health, Maternity
  • Optional Services – Lean Healthcare Training, Staff Surveys

10.30 – 10.45am


10.45 – 12.30pm

Structuring for Optimal Value

  • Designating Liaison representatives
  • Using HRT data to support your strategic objectives
  • Creating a learning organisation
  • Closing the loop on improvement initiatives

Agenda:     Thursday 20 November

Health Roundtable Review Meeting (ALL MEMBERS)

12.30 – 1.30pm

Lunch (Registration for New Arrivals)

1.30 – 2.30pm

Review of Health Roundtable Insights – 2008 (David Dean)

This will be a high-level review of the major “wins” by member organisations that may be relevant to other members. (Detailed discussion of casemix, emergency, and key performance indicators will be conducted via webcast with each organisation individually.)

2.30 – 3.00pm

Afternoon Tea

3.00 – 4.30pm

Keynote Presentation:  Making Progress in “Releasing Time to Care”:

Insights from England and New Zealand  (Brian Dolan)

Brian has extensive experience working as Executive Director of Modernisation and Service Improvement at a major Trust in the UK, and has provided clinical leadership to the “Improving the Patient Journey” initiative of Canterbury District Health Board. He is now also consulting to NSW Health on “Releasing Time to Care.” He will be discussing ideas to create more capacity to provide patient care by applying “lean thinking” techniques in the ward environment.


Group Dinner – Botticelli – Ristorante Italiano, 21 Bay Street, Double Bay.

Agenda:     Friday 21 November

Health Roundtable Planning Meeting (All Members)

8.30 – 9.00am

Arrival Tea & Coffee

9.00 – 12.00 noon

Innovations and Hot Issues – Small Group Sessions

  • Metro Tertiary (e.g. Bayside, Princess Alexandra, Auckland)
  • Major Metro (e.g. Southern Adelaide, Western, Gold Coast, Waitemata)
  • Regional Centres (e.g. Townsville, Darwin, Royal Hobart, Wellington)

These groups will provide the opportunity to interact with peers from other regions.  We will provide time for intra-regional discussions at lunch.


Each participant will have 5 minutes to present an innovation that may be helpful to other members.

All participants will identify one “hot issue” and get input from other participants in the session.

(Summaries to be shared across all groups)

12.00 – 1.00pm


1.00 – 3.00 pm

Planning for 2009 and Beyond

  • Overview of the calendar and on-going benchmarking activities
  • Prioritising the highest priority topics for special Roundtable discussion
  • Developing the outline for each topic, including identifying potential expert speakers/facilitators


Meeting Closes

Accommodation & Flight Arrangements
Delegates are responsible for making their own accommodation and travel/flight arrangements.
The Stamford Plaza Double Bay has set aside rooms for the nights of 19 and 20 November 2008 for The Health Roundtable at the Conference rate of AUD$205.00 (room only including GST).
To receive this rate, Delegates should call Reservations direct on 61 2 9362 2131 or 9362 4455 and mention THE HEALTH ROUNDTABLE block booking.
To reserve one of these rooms please book before 18 October 2008.
Requests for accommodation after this date will depend on the Hotel’s availability.