We understand the impact the global pandemic has had on health services across Victoria, including the ability to deliver maternity ward training programs.

We’re currently assessing the feasibility of continuing obstetric training as part of the 2020-2021 IBPS program. We expect to share the outcomes and status of the 2020-2021 IBPS program with you in September. 

Share your feedback on the 2020-2021 program by completing this short survey (5-10 minutes) by 5pm, Monday 10 August 2020.

2019-2020 Incentivising Better Patient Safety (IBPS) refund

We’re pleased that Victorian maternity hospitals are committed to the objectives of the VMIA Incentivising Better Patient Safety (IBPS) program and have been working hard to meet the eligibility requirements. We thank you for your support.

Attestation for VMIA’s 2019-2020 IBPS program is now open to all eligible Victorian public hospitals and closes at 5pm AEST on Friday, 22 May 2020.

Meeting the 2019-2020 IBPS Eligibility Criteria [PDF, 1.46MB] and completing the attestation form will ensure your medical indemnity refund is processed.

Please be aware that IBPS is measured at the hospital level. Health services with multiple hospital sites should complete a separate attestation form for each hospital.

Please find links to the form and details below.

Common FAQs

When is attestation open?

Attestation for the 2019-2020 Incentivising Better Patient Safety (IBPS) program is now open and will close on Friday, 22 May 2020.

How do I know if I will receive my refund?

As long as you meet the IBPS Eligibility Criteria [PDF, 1.46MB] and complete the attestation form, you’ll receive the refund in June.

When will I get my refund?

If successful, you’ll get your refund(s) in mid-June 2020. We pay our refunds via electronic funds transfer (EFT), accompanied by a letter of acknowledgement and a refund invoice.

Will VMIA contact my hospital to understand how we implemented the Incentivising Better Patient Safety program?

We will be having conversations with some successful hospitals in September, just to make sure the IBPS program has been properly implemented and is delivering value for the Victorian community. You’ll need to keep your education and training records maintained in order to support this conversation.

We’ll let you know if your hospital has been selected in August.

Do I need supporting evidence?

While education and training records weren’t needed for the attestation process, it’s important to keep them maintained (including birth suite shift data) as this is best practice.

Your IBPS Training Tracker Tool was a great resource for you to evidence your training over the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 time period, however you may also have kept records of attendance at training programs, copies of certificates issued to staff and birth suite shift rosters to help you keep a track of your progress with the Incentivising Better Patient Safety program.

Any questions?

You can call us on 9270 6989, or email us at contact@vmia.vic.gov.au – we’re always here to help.