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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 and VAADA – The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association to support and promote good governance and integrated practices across our three different sectors.

Over the next 2 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 will shortly be releasing a Board Survey to capture the key governance issues for the child and family, alcohol and other drugs and community health sectors. This will be used to plan future activities and resources.



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.

Topic Description Presenter Date Lead Peak
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, 3pm-4pm CFECFW

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,


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 CFECFW
Board evaluation panel discussion


This 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
The impact of COVID-19 for Separated Parents and their Children Managing 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, 1pm-2pm CFECFW
Not-for-profit governance during COVID-19 Dean Katz, Partner Cornwalls Lawyers 14 May of 2020

1.00pm – 2.30pm

Approaching strategy planning for HFP boards during COVID-19 Helga Svendsen, Facilitator and Coach


19 May 2020

12pm – 1pm