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Surgery Redesign Training Program

The Program

The Surgery Redesign Training Program is a five day face to face course delivered by the Centre for Healthcare Redesign in partnership with the Surgical Services Taskforce, the Ministry of Health and Agency for Clinical Innovation.

It focuses on developing skills and knowledge for project management with a specific focus on the health care environment and surgical services.

The Program allows individuals and teams from Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks to develop the foundation skills of project management, change management, process improvement and clinical redesign over three days of classroom-based learning. This is followed by two days of Accelerated Implementation Methodology, a training module concentrating on the practical aspects of managing change and implementing projects using a ten-step framework.

Participants will also be exposed to state based approaches in their specialty, and will have the opportunity to hear from clinical leaders and experts, as well as learn from other health staff in the program.

The Project

Participants attend the Program with a proposed surgical project and develop the project into a detailed plan during the Program using the tools and skills developed throughout the training week. Projects best suited to the Surgery Redesign Methodology are improvement projects, where priorities have been identified and a measurable problem can be solved in the organisation.


Following the Program, the project will be implemented in the workplace with the support of mentors, sponsors and local Redesign Leaders. Opportunities are available to highlight the project work online through the Innovation Exchange or electronic newsletters. Some previous projects have gone onto publishing and to be entered as both local and state Health Innovation Awards.

The Surgery Redesign Training Program supports projects in the following way.

How Does the Redesign Training Program support Projects

How to Apply

The Surgery Redesign Training Program runs 6 to 10 June 2016, and 15 November 2016. Nomination forms must be received by close of business on 29 April 2016.

For consideration, applicants must:

  • Have a current or proposed surgical project that aligns with their LHD / SHNs strategic priorities and is scoped to resources and time available to participants
  • Have a commitment to attending the 5 days of the Surgery Redesign Training Program
  • Submit a project plan and present a project update to the ACI on 15 November 2016
  • Complete the attached nomination form by 29 April 2016
  • Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance to the SRTP by 8 May 2016

To apply, download the nomination form and return to:

Gavin Meredith
Surgical Services Taskforces Manager | ACI
02 9464 4644

Applicants may apply as individuals or in project teams, preference will be given to nominated applicants whose projects focus on management of the patient with a Fractured Hip, Implementation of the Operating Theatre Guidelines, Operating Theatre Efficiency, Surgical Models of Care or achieving the National Elective Surgical Targets.

Most Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks have a locally coordinated process for managing applications. Local Redesign and Innovation Leaders will be able to assist you with the process.

Key Dates
Applications Open 6 April 2016
Closing Date for Applications 29 April 2016
Notification of Application Outcome 8 May 2016
Surgery Redesign Training Program 6-10 June 2016
Presentation and Project Update to ACI 15 November 2016

Program Structure

Monday Clinical redesign methodology
The case for change
Enhancing the patient experience
Tuesday Data sources, NEST and data dictionary
Data analysis and SPC
Governance, project roles and responsibilities
Wednesday Diagnostic tools
Activity based funding
The theory of constraints
Thursday Accelerated implementation methodology (AIM)
Friday Accelerated implementation methodology (AIM)


Reviews from past participants

"This is an accessible Program and great for making short projects happen"

"One of the greatest benefits of the Program is allowing people to experience the bigger picture of Surgery Redesign, not just seeing where the problems are, but how to develop solutions and bring about change."

- Redesign Leaders

"I'd be keen to send more participants to the program. And I know people are queuing up, asking me to attend."

- Project Sponsor

"This was very eye opening for me as a surgeon. I didn't know that we could make such a positive contribution to patients on a systems level."

"Having a project outlined before attending really made me think about how to fully plan the design and implementation process. The Program gave me the tools and skills to realise my project"

"It was great to meet other participants and look at what they are doing in their workplaces to improve services. I really valued the networking opportunity"

- Program Participants

Program Evaluation

An evaluation of the program was undertaken in 2013, finding that several factors increase project completion and implementation success.

A copy of the evaluation report and the recommendations Action Plan can be downloaded here:

In light of the Recommendations Action Plan, the Program delivery and project follow-up activities have been restructured to better support participants to complete their project plan and implement it successfully.