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 timeframes 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 or
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  • 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