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.