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Posted on 25 Nov 2021
Innovation and improvement

The Department of Health has provided $32 million in funding to Victorian health services and Ambulance Victoria to deliver place-based wellbeing and extended supports for staff. The funding is designed to invest in strategies to immediately support the health and wellbeing needs of clinical and non-clinical staff, who are employed or contracted by the funded services. 

Safer Care Victoria’s Healthcare worker wellbeing centre is supporting the roll out of this funding by facilitating a community of practice. This will support funded services to share and learn with one another. 

What is the aim of the community of practice?

The community of practice will support Victorian publicly funded health services and Ambulance Victoria to:

  • Use evidence based and real-world experience to drive change and improvement in healthcare worker wellbeing
  • Hear from experts in the wellbeing field 
  • Gain skills in how to co-design solutions with staff using evidence-based frameworks 
  • Share and learn from each other about what is working and what is not
  • Learn how to easily measure the impact of supports being offered to healthcare workers

Who can attend the community of practice?

We ask that each service nominate two representatives to attend to the sessions. Ideally these same two people will attend all sessions to build continuity in learning and collaboration.  

Health services leaders in the OH&S, People and culture, wellbeing areas and project/program managers are invited to attend. We also invite other wellbeing champions or leaders across your service that are responsible for the program or involved in delivering the grant locally. This may be frontline clinical or non-clinical healthcare workers. 

How often will the community of practice meet?

The community of practice will be offered for the life of the funding until June 2022. Six sessions will be held at monthly intervals during this time. Safer Care Victoria’s Healthcare worker wellbeing centre will plan and facilitate the sessions with invited guest presenters and opportunity for funded services to collaborate and interact. 

Where will the community of practice sessions be held?

In the first instance, we will hold virtual sessions and use a variety of online collaboration tools to support your participation. As COVID restrictions ease, in person opportunities may be an option.

Will I have to prepare anything for the session? 

We will aim to keep the burden of reporting and preparation low so that you can focus on the delivery of the wellbeing supports. As part of the funding guidance, you are requested to prepare reports across the funding cycle. We will aim to schedule community of practice sessions before these reporting deadlines to further support you in developing these reports, as well as hearing from your peers. 

There may also be optional reading material and resources that we send you relating to the sessions.

Ultimately, the sessions are aimed to support you and your services to make a meaningful impact on the wellbeing of staff, as well as creating a safe space for sharing and learning. 


1. What are we trying to accomplish?

Thursday 9 December 2021, 10:30–11:30 am

  • Overview of the funding guidelines and timelines

  • How to know what healthcare workers need and want

  • Some local examples of success

  • Setting an aim

  • Requirements for reporting on impacts and planning for evaluation

This session is before 30 December 2021 reporting due date.

Register to attend

2. What does the research and evidence tell us?

Wednesday 12 January 2022, 2:30–3:30 pm

  • We will hear about the evidence and research in the space

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3. How will we know we are making a difference?

Monday 7 February 2022, 10:00–11:00 am

  • Case studies demonstrating change – your chance to share

  • Using measurement in a simple way to know if what we are doing makes a difference

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4. What changes can we make?

Tuesday 8 March 2022, 2:00–3:00 pm

  • Learning from each other

  • How do make sure the good things don’t end up 'on the shelf'

This session is before 15 March 2022 reporting due date.

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5. The power of data and storytelling     

Wednesday 13 April 2022, 10:30–11:30 am

  • Using all types of data to tell the story of improvement

  • How to present your data to tell a story

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6. Bringing it all together

Monday 23 May 2022, 2:30–3:30 pm

  • Preparing your final report

  • Evaluation principles

This session is before 7 June 2022 reporting due date.

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Would you like to know more?

Contact the Healthcare worker wellbeing centre at  


Page last updated: 30 Nov 2021