Offering A World-Class Opportunity

I’m sure many of you have been captivated over the past few weeks by the Olympics and the astounding displays of athleticism, determination and excellence which have been broadcast on our screens. It’s a rare delight to see a group of professionals from around the world brought together in one place to showcase their talent for the rest of us armchair athletes! But it has indeed been great to watch, especially the amazing efforts of the New Zealand team. Congratulations to South Aucklander Valerie Adams on her silver medal – it’s fantastic to see someone local succeeding on the world stage.

Opportunities like the Olympics, which bring together world-class professionals to showcase their talent, are rare. But this September we’re organising an Olympics of our own, in this case by bringing the absolute best healthcare thinkers in the world together right here in Auckland for the APAC Conference. Among those who are coming to share their ideas and intellect will be Dr Don Berwick – considered by Time magazine as the world’s most influential person in healthcare, Professor Sir Muir Gray – the Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS, Maureen Bisognano – CEO and President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Beverley Johnson – President and Chief Executive Officer at The Centre for Patient and Family Centered Care.

I’d now like to add some of your names to this list.

Thanks to the generosity of Fisher and Paykel, which has given us a substantial amount of money towards the APAC Conference, we are now able to sponsor a number of CMDHB staff to attend. Next week the APAC team will be approaching the general managers of each division and asking them, with their clinical directors and clinical nurse directors, to nominate staff for these sponsored positions. Registration fees for the September 20 and 21 conference are about $1000 so this really is an excellent opportunity to be part of this event without the associated expense. I encourage you to contact your GM if you’re interested in being considered for sponsorship to attend as I really would love to see as many DHB staff – both managerial and clinical – at APAC as possible. The Health Quality and Safety Commission, who is jointly hosting APAC with Ko Awatea and Boston’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has also made some scholarships available so there’s no reason not to be involved.

While APAC is a healthcare conference, the content is broad and aimed at enriching every participant with new knowledge which will add value to their day-to-day work. Everything from classical quality improvement and innovation topics around measurement, safety and patient and family centred care, to broader areas around leadership and addressing some of the barriers that have previously impeded progress towards our goals, will be covered. The aim is empower you as healthcare professionals to ‘better your best’ and make change happen. Read more about the programme and how to register here.

APAC is bringing the best of the world to our backyard and with it the opportunity for you to mix and mingle with some of the greatest healthcare thinkers around. This rarely happens in New Zealand – the last APAC Conference hosted here was in 2004 and the next one will be held in Singapore. To connect with this kind of brilliance, we’ve commonly had to make long and expensive journeys to distant parts of the world, often costing at least $10,000 by the time airfares, pricey European hotels and registration fees are factored in.

This time, as part of our ongoing commitment to investing in staff and providing them with opportunities to develop and flourish, we’re bringing the Olympic event of public healthcare here to you. And with less than 40 days left till APAC gets underway, now’s the time to put your name forward and secure your place. I hope you grasp this unique opportunity and are there alongside the rest of Team Counties at APAC this September.



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.

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