As part of the 2016 Jobs for Youth campaign, Latrobe University presents this professional development day that will provide insights into employment outcomes and workforce planning in the health and community services sector in Melbourne's North, and will examine the skills needed by young jobseekers looking to enter the sector.
La Trobe University Director Community Engagement & Employability, Sue Davies, will MC this event, which takes the pulse of the health industry across Melbourne's North. The health sector is one of the largest employers in the region, taking in medical service providers, social work, childcare, dental providers, wellbeing practitioners, allied health and more. The forum will identify and explore career opportunities for young jobseeekers, examine the state of the industry and map pathways so attendees are better able to advise young jobseekers considering a career in health.
AUDIENCE: Decision makers and game changers in schools and tertiary institutions, local and state government, community organisations, RTOs, GTOs and the health and allied services industries.
Professor Karen Dodd - Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Partnerships) College of Science, Health and Engineering
Karen currently holds a senior leadership position in the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University. The academic partnerships portfolio is a very interesting diverse portfolio that includes overseeing the activities of the College in the following areas:
- Regional operations
- International development
- TAFE and other educational organisational partnerships
- Work Integrated learning, including the oversight of clinical placements
- Secondary school outreach
- Student international mobility program
Phillip Bain - Chief Executive Officer at Plenty Valley Community Health
Phillip commenced as Chief Executive Officer at Plenty Valley Community Health in August of 2014 following an extensive career in health administration, policy development and governance.
Prior to coming to Plenty Valley Community Health Phillip was Chief Executive Officer of the Goulburn Valley Medicare Local based in Shepparton where he was involved in the establishment of a new Commonwealth primary care commissioning and planning entity for central Victoria. With the announcement of the abolition to the program by the Federal Government Phillip decided to return to his roots in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
Phillip was Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Division of General Practice for more than 13 years. In this role he worked closely with GPs, hospitals, Councils and community health services to support system improvement. During this period he became familiar with Plenty Valley Community Health and the Whittlesea community and was instrumental in attracting funding for the GP Superclinic in South Morang.
Phillip has held numerous elected and appointed positions in government and within the community. He was the former Chair of the Darebin Community Health Service, a Victorian Multi-cultural Commissioner and a Director of Melbourne Health.
Currently, Phillip is a Director of Agpal-qip, the accreditation provider to primary care, Director of the Sadaat Association and Humanitarian Hearts and Deputy Secretary of the Chinese Medical Association.
Phillip has served as a Municipal Councillor and Mayor in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and worked as a Ministerial Advisor with the Federal Health Minister in the Hawke Government.
Phillip is passionate about community health and improving access to marginalised communities.
When not at work Phillip enjoys spending time with his adult children, enjoying fine art and antiques, investigating his family history and being involved in community organisations and ethnic communities.
Michelle Fenwick - Executive Director People and Culture at Northern Health
Michelle has worked in the public and private health care industry for over 20 years in operational, management and consulting roles. She has extensive background in sustainable workforce planning within health care and has implemented a number of Human Resource Management Systems across large tertiary and speciality hospitals. Michelle is passionate about the positive impact, which People & Culture is able to deliver an organisation, especially when our people are our number one asset.
Michelle has a Masters in Administration - Human Resource Management / Industrial Relations and has candidature for her Doctorate in Business Administration research topic: Impact of nurse casualisation.
She is an Associate Fellow with the Australian College of Administration and earlier this year stepped down from the Australian Health Services Financial Management Association (AHSFMA) board after 8 years of service.
Chris James - Executive Director at NORTH Link
Chris is newly apointed to the role of Executive Director at NORTH Link. NORTH Link is a regional partnership of industry, education and government established in 1995. It is a business network and regional economic development advocacy group representing Melbourne’s northern region comprising the cities of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland and Whittlesea.
Chris has served in a number of specialist and executive management roles representing industry in the fields of policy, communications and public affairs. Chris’ previous experiences span all three levels of Australian Government.
Chris' presentation at the Forum will be informed by the NORTH Link/Regional Development Australia Northern Melbourne 2015 publication, The Future Workforce: Melbourne's North. This document identifies the need to create local jobs, especially in the light of a projected unprecedented population growth of more than 300,000 new residents in the region by 2031. The report provides a seven-step employment growth strategy that identifies over 300 potential transport, social, utility, environmental, and economic projects and programs. [p122] Chief among these the report identified the following health industry-related priorities as deserving of immediate action:
- Accelerated NBN rollout
- La Trobe, Austin and RMIT knowledge cluster
- New aged care facilities
- Implementing health precincts
- 1500 new hospiatal beds in existing health facilities
- New childcare and kindergarten facilities
The report noted that strategic investment in infrastructure, including road and rail, schools and hospitals is a critical lever for business and industry.