Incentivising Better Patient Safety

The 2019/20 Eligibility Criteria with a special guest presentation on Closing the Loop from Medical Indemnity Claims.

The evidence is clear. When maternity staff take part in best practice training, the outcomes for women and babies in their care improve.

Over the next year, we’ll continue to encourage Victorian public health services to train 80% of their clinical staff in areas which make a difference to the lives of our newest Victorians. In return, participating hospitals will receive a refund on VMIA obstetric insurance premiums. For large health services this is 5%, while smaller health services will save at least $15,000.

This session has been designed to help you navigate the second year of VMIA’s Incentivising Better Patient Safety program and thank you for your support over the past year.

The second presentation explores how VMIA is shifting the conversation from what happened in a claim to why. As we build our understanding of why claims are occurring, we are able to close the loop to look at strategies and initiatives to reduce preventable harm.

Learning objectives

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the 2019/20 Eligibility Criteria and how your hospital may implement the changes
  • Network with your peers and understand how other hospitals have navigated through the programs first year
  • Gain insight into the work being done to identify medical indemnity risks from insurance claims
  • Understand the link between risk identification, funded research and innovation projects
  • Explore emerging risks in medical indemnity


If you are a midwifery educator, birth suite unit manager, maternity services manager, medical director or executive at a Victorian public hospital, these information sessions will provide you with a helpful guide to the Incentivising Better Patient Safety program in 2019/2020. Birth suite clinicians may also find these sessions useful and are welcome to attend.

Each hospital may invite up to four (4) delegates.


Shevaun O'Loghlen and Ursula Harrison 

Please note that this session does not include the birth injury and medical negligence litigation presentation. 

Page last updated: 5 January 2016