We are now well into the new year and have held our first professional development and networking event with plans underway for the next event in May and the annual conference day program in July.
We were pleased to welcome the Hon. Jack Snelling, Minister for Health, Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Health Industries as the guest speaker discussing the 'Transforming Health' reforms. It was encouraging to note the large number of guests from a range of non-acute healthcare sectors. Given the large amount of information already available in the media, the Minister spoke briefly to allow a lengthy Q&A time from which came a range of interesting questions.
At the first Branch Council meeting for 2015 submission guidelines for two new awards were finalised. These two new awards are intended to honour two of our leading healthcare managers - one at an executive level and one an emerging leader. Information about how to nominate candidates is outlined in this newsletter.
The newsletter group has been working to redesign the format of the newsletter to give it a more 'contemporary look' and to convert the distribution to an email process that will give us data about its acceptance. We have taken into consideration the feedback received in the survey conducted last year. Key articles such as the editorial from Finlaysons, council and member profiles, and interesting articles will continue to be published. We will include links to relevant journal articles and have an 'upcoming events' section. Amanda Shields, one of our Branch councillors, has kindly offered to share her wellness tips.
Congratulations to SA Branch member Dr Chris Bollen who has been accepted as a candidate for Fellowship. Chris will be sitting the examination at the congress later this year.
I look forward to seeing you all at the next event in May.
Kae Martin, President ACHSM SA