Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity Member | Melbourne - CBD

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Posted on 26-Apr-2021
Application Close Date: 28-May-2021
Melbourne - CBD
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Exciting opportunity to join the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity

The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (the council) is now seeking expressions of interest for membership for the 2021–2024 term. Join this dynamic group for a unique opportunity to influence government policy and decision makers, inform educational and improvement programs to improve outcomes and experience for Victorian women, children and families.

The council operates pursuant to sections 33-48 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and is the advisory body to the Minister for Health on issues relating to perinatal, maternal and paediatric mortality and morbidity.

The council is responsible for:

˜  providing independent oversight of all deaths and severe maternal morbidity

˜  monitoring and interpreting trends in obstetric and paediatric mortality and morbidity

˜  highlighting areas that require improvement in hospital and community settings

˜  identifying areas for further research

˜  informing the development of policies and guidelines

˜  providing advice on areas for prioritisation and investment by identifying issues that impact on the quality of care and outcomes for women, babies, children and families

˜  identifying opportunities for system-wide improvement and reform

˜  advising on specific matters referred to the council by the Minister for Health and the Department of Health as required.

For more information about the work of the council, including its reports, visit the Safer Care Victoria website.

What are we looking for?

˜  Proven ability to direct, lead and strengthen system changes.

˜  Experience in strategic planning and delivery of programs that improve the health of communities. This may include experiences relating to women, babies, children and families.

˜  A commitment to partnering with the community and consumers with an improvement focus.

˜  An ability to find solutions that address the health disparities for those in priority groups and to actively drive health and human services reform to increase equity of health outcomes and experiences.

˜  An interest or understanding in human factors and systems thinking.

˜  Demonstrate an understanding of just culture

˜  A commitment to work effectively with the government and its agencies, including but not limited to Safer Care Victoria, the Department of Health, the Department of Fairness Families and Housing, the Victorian Agency for Health Information and the Coroners Court of Victoria.

˜  Ability to interpret the data to set clear and measurable safety and quality improvement goals and recommendations.

˜  Willingness and ability to share and promote the council's role and to share our work widely among consumers, clinicians and health services and our community.

˜  People who will contribute vigorously and proactively with key stakeholders to promote best clinical practice, research and innovation and quality improvement in maternity and paediatric health.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that government boards and committees reflect the rich diversity of the Victorian community.

We encourage applications from people of all ages, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse and intersex people. We will provide adjustments to the recruitment process upon request.

Applications are open to consumer, clinicians, service executives and managers, health and human service leaders, population and public health experts and academics from across the state.

Council members will be appointed for a period of three years. The council meets at least four times annually for two hours per meeting and holds an annual planning day. Additional meetings and out of session work may be required.

How to apply

Review the Terms of Reference.

Go to the Get on Board website to review the Information for Applicants and to apply. 

Applications close 28 May 2021

Applications must include a current curriculum vitae. Please provide the contact details for two referees.

As part of the application process and to demonstrate your suitability for membership, please answer the questions within the application questionaire, keeping in mind the key selection criteria outlined in the Information for applicants document.

Vision impaired applicants may email an application to the secretariat.

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More information

Please contact the council secretariat at