Tri-Peaks Project

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About the Tri-Peaks Project

The Tri-Peaks Project is a collaboration between the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) and The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) to support and promote good governance and integrated practices across our three different sectors.

Over the next two years, the Tri-Peaks Project is aiming to deliver a range of initiatives to increase collaboration between the child and family welfare, primary healthcare and alcohol and other drug sectors in Victoria.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated adapting some of these activities and their timelines, we hope that Tri-Peaks Project will increase opportunities for professional development and collaboration across our sectors.

Board Survey

The Tri-Peaks Project has released a Board Survey to identify what support and resources board members would benefit from to support good governance practice as part of the Tri-Peaks Project.

To review the results of our survey, please click here.


The Tri-Peaks Project has collaborated with a number of leading organisation and individuals, including Ernst & Young Australia and Cornwalls Law, to provide expert information on a range of topics from governance to the impact of COVID-19 on separated parents and their children.

Material from previous webinars and upcoming webinars are set out below.

TopicDescriptionPresenterDateLead PeakPresentation / Webinar Link
Financial Viability for the NGO Sector and Government Stimulus during COVID-19

This session considered:

  • Business continuity
  • Financial management during a crisis
  • Government stimulus
  • Financial checklist
Cameron Bird, Partner, EY

15 April 2020

3:00 – 4:00pm

The CentrePresentation here
Global Workforce Perspectives and Practical Strategies in COVID-19

This session considered:

  • Government & NGO Impacts Due to COVID-19
  • Experience of human services workforce
  • Workforce essential
Sonia Sharp, Partner EY

17 April 2020

11.30 – 12.30pm

The Centre

Presentation here

Webinar here

Tools for Working Remotely and Privacy Implications

This session considered:

  • Tools for remotely working
  • Managing teams remotely
Sonia Sharp, Partner EY

20 April 2020

12.30 – 1.30pm

The CentrePresentation here
Board evaluation panel discussionThis session discussed what board evaluation is and how regular evaluation contributes to good governance.Jo-Anne Morfoot
Fi Mercer
Gayle Boschert

23 April 2020

12.30 – 1.30pm

VHA Presentation here
The impact of COVID-19 for Separated Parents and their ChildrenManaging parenting arrangements during the COVID-19 crisis – issues and solutions for separated parents.Cath Tregills, Executive Manager & Marney Bowden, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Relationship Matters

5 May 2020

1:00 – 2:00pm

The CentrePresentation here
Not-for-profit governance during COVID-19

Cornwalls Law provided information on governance considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session considered:

  • Board director duties, liability and the “safe harbour” provisions
  • Online privacy and data security considerations
  • OH&S and duty-of-care for staff during the pandemic
Dean Katz, Partner Cornwalls Lawyers

14 May 2020

1.00 – 2.30pm

VAADA Presentation here
Victoria’s New Workplace Manslaughter Laws from 1 July 2020

The new industrial manslaughter laws have been added to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (OHS Act). They will result in a much greater spotlight on compliance with existing OHS laws, as well as introducing a new particular offence of industrial manslaughter.

The new laws will attract the highest penalty in the OHS Act, introducing maximum fines of approx. $16.5m for employers and jail terms of up to 20 years and fines of up to $1.65m for officers whose actions or omissions:

  • cause the death of a worker or member of the public;
  • involve a breach of an OHS duty;
  • were negligent.

This webinar will consider the scope of the new laws and how organisations can prepare for them.

Steve Bell, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

27 May 2020

12.30 -1.30pm

The Centre

Presentation here

Webinar here

Four Keys to an Effective Board

This webinar covered what to think about in:

  • Developing a skills matrix for your board
  • Clarifying the commitment required to be a board member at your organisation
  • Why alignment and diversity of board members is vital
Helga Svendsen, Facilitator and Coach

2 June 2020

12:00 – 1:00pm

The Centre

Presentation here

Worksheet here

Webinar here

The financial future beyond COVID-19: Why financial education matters for employers and employees

Presented by First State Super, this webinar will cover:

  • Data-led insights on the links between the financial wellbeing of employees and productivity.
  • Financial support options available to employees due to COVID-19.
  •  How super is invested and the impacts of COVID-19.
  • What you need to be thinking about now to secure your financial future.

17 June 2020

1pm – 1.45pm

The Journey from Response to Recovery from COVID-19 for Victoria’s Community Health and Human Services Sector

This webinar will be presented by Tom Craven, Director, and Rob Camm, Partner, from Cube Group
This webinar and will consider:

  • What Australia’s possible pathways to recovery from COVID-19 look like for health and community services
  • The multiple ‘waves’ of service disruptions that the COVID-19 will cause
  • How other organisations are preparing for the long-term journey to recovery.
Tom Craven, Director, and Rob Camm, Partner, from Cube Group

30 June 2020


The Centre

Webinar here

Access password: 1T?=$K05

Presentation here

Methamphetamine and Pregnancy: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities

The Women’s Alcohol and Drug Service (WADS) at the Royal Women’s Hospital is Victoria’s only statewide service for pregnant women with complex substance use. WADS uses a multi-disciplinary approach to care for pregnant women and their infants.

Methamphetamine use during pregnancy poses a range of risks to mother and baby, as well as a range of challenges in service delivery.

This webinar will consider:

Current evidence: prevalence of methamphetamine use during pregnancy, risk and protective factors, population demographics;

Health impacts for mothers and their infants, options for treatment;

Effective service delivery, models of care, and WADS’ approach

Associate Professor Yvonne Bonomo – Medical Head, Women’s Alcohol and Drug Service at the Royal Women’s Hospital; Director of Addiction Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Dr Theresa Lynch – Manager, Women’s Alcohol and Drug Service at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Dr Anna Tottman – Consultant Neonatologist Women’s Alcohol and Drug Service at the Royal Women’s Hospital; Honorary Research Fellow, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland.

21 July 2020
12pm – 2pm

Webinar here

Presentation here

Risk Management Fundamentals for Health and Community Services

The webinar will cover:

  • Key risk management concepts
  • Risk management frameworks and governance
  • Using risk management to make informed decisions related to strategic risks and risk register development.

Participants are encouraged to have their organisation’s strategic plans and risk registers at hand for reference during the workshop.

This webinar will provide an opportunity for board directors, CEOs, senior executives, managers, and those with risk management responsibilities in health and community services to explore opportunities to strengthen their understanding and application of risk, governance and related concepts in a short, focussed workshop.

Presented by John Belfrage and Cat Strawa, Risk Advisers, VMIA.

VMIA is the Victorian Government’s insurer and risk adviser, covering a wide range of organisations across Victoria in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Thursday 20 August

12:00 – 1:30pm

Victorian Healthcare Association

Register here or email


Research and resources

Tri-Peaks Literature Review and Summary

The literature review was undertaken to highlight the key elements of effective organisational collaboration between non-government organisations. The report is based on a desktop review of published resources on strategic collaboration; initiatives that supported clients across the health and/or human services sectors; and organisational collaborations across different sectors or disciplines. We found limited research specifically on cross-peak collaborations and their positive impacts on outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Read the Tri-Peaks Literature Review.
Read the Tri Peaks Literature Review Summary.

Other resources


If you would like to learn more about the Tri-Peaks Project or have a query relating to any of the information above, please contact Emma Fenby at, Kerryn Garner at or James Petty at

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