Courses and programs

Purposeful Meetings

Fed up with long, time-wasting meetings? Do your meetings get side-tracked? You are not alone. The Harvard Business Review states that the average employee spends 31 hours every month in unproductive meetings. Turn your meetings around and take them from time-wasters to productive segments of your day.

The Management Solutions: Purposeful Meetings course is a one-day workshop that equips NSW Health managers with the knowledge and skills to facilitate effective and successful meetings.

The course assists you to:

  • Assess if a meeting is required.
  • Understand different styles of meetings.
  • Plan and prepare a well-run meeting, including advice on agendas, minutes, and protocols.
  • Identify the functions of an effective meeting.
  • Manage behaviours and challenging participants.

Through facilitated activities, the Purposeful Meetings course provides you with the skills to ensure your meetings reach their potential by creating a respectful and open environment for collaboration within specific time-frames and a set structure.

For more information on course availability in your area contact us at

I feel the course content gives clear direction around planning and running meetings and effective strategies for participating in future meetings. Information on chairing a meeting was of particular benefit having been a manager for less than one year.
Northern Sydney Local Health District, November 2016


  • 1 day


  • Face-to-face workshop

Locations and Frequency

  • Workshops are delivered throughout the year at the request of NSW Health organisations or participants can enrol in a centralised course
  • Contact the Management Development Unit for more details
    T: 02 9844 6136


  • NSW Health employees currently in management or team leader roles
  • Staff acting in management roles
  • NSW Health staff who organise and/or attend meetings and would like to increase productivity of meetings

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise different types of meetings, their uses and opportunities to effectively contribute
  • Be able to successfully chair a meeting
  • Develop communication skills relevant to various roles
  • Implement strategies to manage challenging behaviours of meeting participants
  • Apply project management skills to ensure follow up and evaluation of meetings