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December 2012

Procurement program wins award

Health Purchasing Victoria’s Procurement Professionals’ Program (PPP) has won the 2012 Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australasia Procurement Award in the Best People Development Initiative category.

CIPSA members are drawn from all business and community sectors throughout Australia.

HPV works in partnership with public hospitals and health services to undertake and manage large scale tenders and contracts, including medical supplies, services and equipment.

HPV currently manages more than 30 contract categories with total expenditure of more than $450 million per annum.

The PPP aims to improve the knowledge and skills of hospital staff involved in procurement in Victoria’s public health sector.

It combines internationally-recognised CIPS accreditation with face-to-face workshops and projects designed to suit the needs of hospitals.

The six-module course aligns with the CIPS International Diploma of Purchasing and Supply.

The inaugural class of 12 students completed the PPP in mid November, 2012. Candidates came to the course with a variety of years of experience and backgrounds. With an overall average of eight years’ experience, students ranged from newly-appointed to 25 years in procurement.

Candidates’ previous qualifications included computing, supply management, medical terminology, logistics, business administration, clinical nursing, science and engineering.

•  Enrolments are now open for the 2013 PPP. For more information visit