Counting Down to APAC

I’ve already mentioned the APAC Conference we will be hosting in September but today I want to give you a sneak peek at more of the detail which has recently been finalised. APAC will bring together some of the very best minds in the world who are busy making health services safer and better for all of us. Hosted jointly by Boston’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Ko Awatea and the Health Quality and Safety Commission, APAC will bring together health heavyweights such as Dr Don Berwick (considered by Time magazine as the most influential person in the world in healthcare), Professor Sir Muir Gray, the Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS, Maureen Bisognano, CEO and President of IHI, Beverley Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer at The Centre for Patient and Family Centered Care, and many others.

This will be the first in a new series of annual meetings in the Asia Pacific region. The last forum was held in Auckland in 2004 and was hosted by IHI and the British Medical Journal Group. This conference will focus on the solutions to the big health problems faced by all health providers around the world, but particularly those we are facing here in New Zealand and in other countries in the Asia Pacific region. It will be an opportunity for many of us to share our work and ideas in improvement and innovation with a group of like-minded experts.

The focus of this conference also extends well beyond hospital services and will address many of the determinants of health and wellbeing as well as those barriers that have slowed our progress. The sessions will cover the basics of improvement and safety, innovation in design, patient and family centred care, leadership, measurement, investment and disinvestment and value, equity in healthcare, health technologies and many other areas of great interest to the health sector and beyond. We are touching on issues that are part of a much bigger picture.

This is an opportunity that does not happen very often so I hope you will register and participate. Early bird discounts are available till August 5. Click here for more information and I hope to see you there on September 19 – 21.



Author: Geraint Martin

Geraint Martin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Counties Manukau DHB in December 2006. It is one of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand and services a population of half a million. He has significant experience over 30 years in national policy & in managing both primary and secondary care . Previously, he was Director of Health and Social Care Strategy at the Welsh Government .He authored a radical 10 year strategy of reform, including the successful “Saving 1000 lives” Campaign.Until 2004, he was CEO at Kettering General Hospital & had held senior positions in London & Birmingham.He has worked closely with clinicians in improving clinical standards,patient safety,chronic disease management & managing acute care to reduce hospital demand.In NZ, He has promoted clinical quality and leadership as central to improving patientcare. This has led to a significant increases in productivity and access, whilst maintaining financial balance. CMH has completed in 2014 a $500 m capital redevelopment programme, the largest in New Zealand. A central part of this is the establishment of Ko Awatea,the Centre for Innovation and Research which will underpin CMH as one of the the leading health systems in Australasia.In 2008, he chaired the Ministerial Review of Emergency Care in New Zealand, and in 2013 was an member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Health Sector Performance. Geraint has an MSc in Health Policy from Birmingham University .His post-graduate work has focused on health economics and Corporate Strategy . He is adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at AUT and Victoria University, Wellington Elected in 2006 as a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management, previously he was an Associate Fellow at Birmingham University.He is is Chair of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a member of the Institute of Directors, on the Board of the NZ Institute of Health Management & previously the Board of The NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission.

One thought on “Counting Down to APAC”

  1. Hi Geraint,
    It was great to meet you at the LS2 for the 20000 days campaign. And congratulations on bringing the APAC here…. I have cleared my roster to attend and have encouraged my collegues to do the same. Your vision is appreciated here in Wellington.. Cheers,

    Dr. Shawn Sturland
    Director Intensive Care Services Wellington Region
    National Clinical Lead CLAB collaborative.

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