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Shining a light on crisis management

| Published by Michael Gorton AM, Victor Harcourt

We need to talk about crises and their repercussions for your organisation.


Can you manage a crisis? Can your organisation cope with a crisis? What will you do to help your employees? How will you manage your stakeholders? Can you meet your legal obligations?

Organisations often receive negative publicity and scrutiny from investors, government, customers and regulators leading to financial losses as a result of a crisis and the way it is handled.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care will provoke further negative publicity. Executives today need to lead and manage their organisation through a time of greater uncertainty and increased scrutiny.

Join Russell Kennedy Lawyers to hear from a hand-picked panel of experts ready to share their knowledge and personal experiences.


Michael Gorton AM, Principal, Russell Kennedy Lawyers
Michael Gorton AM is a senior partner at Russell Kennedy Lawyers and has more than 25 years’ experience advising the health and medical sector on all aspects of commercial law, assisting boards of health organisations to understand their legal obligations for effective governance structures, governance policies and implementing risk management strategies. He is the Chair of Alfred Health. He is a Board member of Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Ambulance Victoria, and is the Chair of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). He is a former Chair of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Victor Harcourt, Principal, Russell Kennedy Lawyers
Victor is a recognised senior practitioner in administrative and disciplinary law, health and aged care, prosecutions, government law and alternative dispute resolution. Victor has a Masters in Health and Medical Law and was named Best Lawyers' 2014 Melbourne Health and Aged Care Law "Lawyer of the Year" and was recognised in 2012 - 2019 for his expertise in Health and Aged Care Law. He was also recognised in 2014 - 2019 for his expertise in Government Practice and in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law in 2017 - 2019. He specialises in Coronial Inquests; regulatory compliance and risk management; dispute resolution and litigation, and prosecutions.

Vivienne Corcoran, Strategic Marketer, Speaker & Author
Vivienne is an experienced strategist, director and facilitator with a range of experience in the corporate, professional and health sectors. In her professional career she has managed PR, stakeholder and crisis management situations for a wide range of organisations. Vivienne worked on a range of submissions and organisational responses to previous Royal Commissions.

Vivienne is Chair of Statewide Autistic Services which provides residential, recreational and respite care. She has been a patient advocate with many years experience in paediatric and adult health and has consulted to a wide range of private and public health and disability organisations over the past thirty years.

Event Details:

Tuesday 30 October 2018

8:30 am - 10:00 am

A light breakfast, tea and coffee will be provided.

Russell Kennedy, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street Melbourne

Register here by Friday 26 October 2018.

This event is free to attend, but bookings are essential for catering purposes.

If you have any questions regarding this event please email seminars@rk.com.au

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