Maternal and child health conference (5.05.2016)
Written on the 18 May 2016
5 May 2016
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
Like many of my colleagues, before entering this Parliament I had a variety of work experience - and that included working in the private health sector, the small business sector, the corporate sector and the public health sector. In fact I spent over 16 years in public health. Over that time, as members could imagine, I developed a number of networks. I had a number of calls from people who know of my experience of having worked at the Royal Women's Hospital as a midwife asking if I was going to the maternal and child health (MCH) conference which they were attending a few weeks ago. I said I was not but I would make inquiries with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), which was running it.
To my surprise I received a response from the MAV that said:
". . . the MCH conference is a professional development conference for MCH staff.
" It is not a public event.
" Therefore invitations are not issued."
Meanwhile, the minister was in attendance at that event . . . and the secretary of the department mentioned that I was in attendance. And of course from that I received a number of text messages from people saying, 'Could we catch up with you?' I explained to them that I was not invited by the MAV but I felt it was important that I should be there in my role as a shadow minister.
The next day the minister issued a press release about what was discussed at that conference.
In future I would hope that the MAV would extend the courtesy of having shadow ministers attend important events like this.