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December 2018

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LOHVE network members (back) Royal Melbourne Hospital’s James Smith and Ali Hall, Swan Hill and District Health’s Maris Martin, Northern Health’s Christine McGowan, St John of God Bendigo’s James Breene, SJOG Ballarat’s Eunice Reynolds, The Royal Women’s Hospital’s Niamh Condren Goulburn Valley Hospice Care Service’s Tania Holt, Palliative Care Victoria’s Mike Kennedy, (front) Bendigo Health’s Sharon Walsh and Peter Faulkner, Ballarat Community Health’s Michelle Graffeo, the Royal Children’s Kiley Kavanagh, Eye and Ear Hospital’s Betty Tallis, Northern Health’s Henni Wade and Toni Brown, Western Health Jo Spence, Kyabram Health’s Alma Limbrick, Cabrini Health’s Pamela Woods, Northeast Health Wangaratta’s Kerryn Mitchell, Maryborough Health’s Lee Duffin and Latrobe University’s Rachel Winterton.

Volunteers a priority for health services

The Leaders of Health Volunteer Engagement (LOHVE) network has welcomed the addition of volunteer engagement to statement of priorities (SoPs) documents for all public health services.

SoPs are a requirement for public healthcare services under the Health Services Act 1988.

They represent the service agreement requirements for public hospitals under the Act.

Volunteers have a strong history in Victoria’s public health services and add immense value to both the patient and visitor experience.

‘Having volunteer engagement in the statement of priorities shows that it is important,’ said LOHVE chair Sharon Walsh.

The LOHVE network was established in 2011 by Bendigo Health and Northeast Health Wangaratta to gather and support health volunteer managers and co-ordinators in the central and northern region of Victoria.

In March 2013, Bendigo Health, on behalf of the LOHVE network, facilitated Australia’s first health sector volunteer benchmarking study to capture data from the 2012 period.

Update surveys have followed annually.

The LOHVE network has now partnered with La Trobe University to undertake the Defining the scope of volunteering practice within health and aged care services project in 2019.

The project will develop a capability framework for leaders of volunteers in health and aged care services and an implementation strategy to embed the framework in practice.