Our people off to Melbourne for APAC

The APAC Forum is Asia Pacific’s premier healthcare conference, designed and delivered by our very own centre for health system innovation and improvement, Ko Awatea.

This year (1-3 September) the Forum is being held in Melbourne, hosted by the Commission for Hospital Improvement (CHI), part of Victoria’s Department of Health.  I’m joined by Jonathon Gray, Director Ko Awatea to tell us what we can expect to see and hear over an action packed 3 days. 

Every year hundreds of individuals from across NZ, Australia and Asia Pacific make the trip to APAC. And it’s not surprising when people get to meet and hear from some of the great minds in health improvement, share the work they have been doing and learn about the great initiatives taking place in organisations across the world.

We have approximately 30 CM Health staff attending APAC this year, with many displaying posters that showcase the innovative work taking place across Counties Manukau Health.   It’s always a proud moment when we get to ‘show off’ the work we are doing at CM Health. It’s also a great feeling to know that your hard work is being given the recognition and exposure it deserves.

This year organisers received upwards of 230 high quality poster abstracts. That’s a remarkable effort, so well done to everyone who submitted a poster. For those of you fortunate to be chosen, please see this as an opportunity to share and showcase your work with the international healthcare community.

APAC has attracted speakers and delegates, not just from the Asia-Pacific region but, from across the globe.  So, if you’re displaying a poster this is your time to shine!

As well as our clinicians, mangagers and educators, who feature strongly, the Forum has attracted other internationally renowned speakers in health improvement including:

  • Maureen Bisognano, President & CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, US
  • Dr Dave Williams, President and CEO, Southlake Health Center, Canada
  • Sir Muir Gray, Director, Better Value Healthcare, UK
  • Sir David Dalton, CEO, Salford  Royal NHS Trust, UK
  • Paul Plsek, Chair of Innovation, Virginia Mason Medical Center, US
  • Dr Doug Eby, Vice- President Medical Services, Southcentral Foundation, Alaska
  • Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Improving Quality, UK
  • Goran Henriks, CE Learning and Innovation, Qulturum, Jonkoping, Sweden

APAC is more than just another conference. It’s an opportunity to hear the latest thinking from the very best, network widely, and gain direction, inspiration and advice. For those that are lucky enough to attend this year’s Forum I urge you to make the most of your experience. Soak up all the knowledge you can and share the experience with your colleagues when you return.

For those who are unable to attend you can join the conversations by following @APACforum on Twitter, visiting apacforum.com or connecting with Ko Awatea via LinkedIn or Facebook. We will also be sharing the knowledge and learning’s from APAC, long after the Forum has finished.

What I would ask, is that you help spread the word about APAC, among your colleagues, from outside Counties Manukau Health. Please activate your networks to ensure colleagues from around New Zealand have the opportunity to be a part of APAC.

Our staff attending the Forum will have much to share and teach and they will have access to a programme that rivals the best health conferences anywhere in the world. I’m sure our clinical practise and local population will benefit from our people’s exposure to some of the most leading-edge thinking in health.

Geraint and Jonathon 


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.

2 thoughts on “Our people off to Melbourne for APAC”

  1. It would be great to hear who is going please- we should celebrate our acheivers and what posters were accepted? Can we expect to hear some stories back from APAC?

    1. Those attending the Forum will return with newly acquired knowledge, insights and inspiring stories. This will then be shared more widely. As for the posters we will be announcing the ‘chosen’ ones shortly

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