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Finance and Costing Improvement Group 27 & 28 March 2019


Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - Thursday, 28 March 2019

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Aerial UTS Function Centre
Building 10, Level 7, 235 Jones Street

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Chris O'Gorman

This group's goal is to maximise the utility and timeliness of peer, patient cost and revenue comparisons in the pursuit of efficiency, and safe, high quality patient care.

Activity Based Funding will continue as the primary Commonwealth Hospital funding mechanism for at least the next two years. More Health Services are looking for cost and revenue improvement opportunities across all programs. The Health Roundtable provides the most timely, in depth cost and revenue analyses, and peer comparisons in Australia.

We will highlight the huge cost impost of poor patient care and sub-optimum safety and quality. We will show your profit and loss for each of these streams using your own NWAU units. See how much you are making or losing for each episode, clinical service, clinical department, service stream or your entire health service.

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Finance & Costing Improvement Group
Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney

Day 1 – Wednesday 27th March 2019

8.30 – 9.00am

Registration (Arrival Tea and Coffee)

9.00 – 9.30am

Welcome and Introductions

9.30 – 10.25am


Safer care saves money: How to improve patient care and save public money at the same time


Dr Stephen Duckett, Director of the Health Program, Grattan Institute

Stephen will talk to his most recent report on Hospitals focussing on how costs and revenues can be a powerful tool in improving the safety and quality of patient care.

Recommended reading before meeting – Grattan Report - is here

10.25 – 10.35am

Small Group Discussion regarding Dr Duckett’s presentation

10.35 – 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00 – 12.00pm

INSIGHTS (2) - Presentation and analysis of Costing Reports for 2017/18 – new features and improvements

12.00 – 12.30pm

INSIGHTS (1) – Identifying the critical issues based on Costing Reports – teams to work with their reports to drill into their data and identify key issues

12.30 – 1.30pm


1.30 - 1.45pm

INNOVATIONS 2018 – teams who attended last year to give a 2-minute update on their AIM statements from the 2018 meeting (if not presenting it as a poster)

1.45 – 2.45pm

INNOVATION - Innovation Poster Session – Each Facility to highlight an Innovation project around Costing and/or performance improvement.

2.45 – 3.00pm

Top 3 Poster Presentations – More detailed presentation of selected Posters

3.00 – 3.30pm

Afternoon Tea

3.30 – 4.30pm

Top 3 poster presentations to continue


Team action planning. Deciding how transformational change can occur and develop a clear vision of the change activities that are needed.

4.30 – 4.45pm

Day 1 Summary and Close


Networking refreshments and canapes


Group Dinner – Hisshou Teppanyaki – 752 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Day 2 – Thursday 28th March 2019

8.15 – 8.45am 

Arrival Tea and Coffee

8.45 – 9.30am

Welcome and reflections from day one

9.30 – 10.30am

INSIGHTS (3) Thought Starter

James Downie, Chief Executive, Independent Hospitals Pricing Authority

James will talk about the current developments in Pricing for 2019/20 including next steps in the funding model for hospital acquired complications (HAC) and other topical issues related to this group.

10.30 – 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00 – 12.30pm


Solving burning platform issues for delivering effective services into the future. Teams to develop their action plans and then identify barriers to implementation. These barriers/roadblocks to implementation will then be reviewed by all and discussed.

12.30 – 1.30pm


1.30 – 3.00pm




Team Action Planning: Participants will work with their own health services team to refine the Aim Statement and Action Plan based on the good ideas heard.


Teams to present their plans to the group. All plans will be placed on the wall for general improvement/discussion/suggestions by other teams.


Teams to input into our online system the key issues/things they need help with around their Action Plan.

Discussion about topics/themes for next year’s Meeting and closing comments


Meeting Ends

Accommodation & Flight Arrangements
Delegates are responsible for making their own accommodation and travel/flight arrangements.

Suggested Accommodation

Accommodation Contact Details Reference Code Discounts
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Central
2 Lee St, Haymarket NSW 2000

+61 2 8396 9800
Mercure Sydney
818-820 George Street NSW 2000 Sydney Australia

+61 2 9217 6666
Novotel Sydney Central
169-179 Thomas St, Sydney NSW 2000

+61 2 9281 6888
Vulcan Hotel
500 Wattle St, Ultimo NSW 2007

+61 2 9211 3283
Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central
Cnr of George and Quay Streets Sydney New South Wales Australia, 2000

+61 2 9212 2544
The Old Clare Hotel
1 Kensington St Chippendale, NSW, 2008

+61 2 8277 8277
Dulcis Domus Broadway Serviced Apartments
16-18 Broadway Sydney CBD 2007 Sydney Australia

+61 455 595 559
28 Hotel
28 Regent Street Chippendale, NSW 2008

+61 2 9102 2828
Veriu Broadway
35 Mountain St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia

+61 2 8379 7880