No doubt you’ve heard of the APAC Forum, managed by Ko Awatea, the centre for health system innovation and improvement at CM Health. Now in its fourth year APAC, is already the third largest healthcare improvement conference in the world.It’s right up there with similar conferences in Europe and the US. We are certainly not a poor relative!
This year APAC returns to New Zealand. Taking place over three days, 23 to 25 September at Auckland’s SKYCity, the conference will bring some of the biggest names in healthcare improvement to our shores.
APAC2015 follows on the heels of a successful conference in Melbourne last September that attracted over 1500 delegates including senior managers, board and policy makers, frontline clinicians and quality improvement specialists from throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
It was great last year – this year promises to be even better. Once again APAC delivers an action-packed programme and, with it, the ‘big name’ speakers we’ve attracted from around the world. Delegates will have access to approximately 130 speakers (a combination of the best New Zealand has to offer as well as world-renowned experts) across 42 sessions. Each session, along with the academic posters on display, falls into one of the Conference’s themes: value-based healthcare, leadership, transformational change, co-design, high performing organisations, or knowledge management. These are all topics, high on the agenda of healthcare organisations around the world.
Keynote speakers headlining the conference include: Professor Charles Vincent – a highly regarded authority on patient safety, Itay Talgam – a world-renowned orchestral conductor turned ‘conductor of people’, our very own Professor Jonathon Gray, Director of Ko Awatea and Ruby Wax, British comedian and ‘poster girl’ for mental illness.
In addition to the regular conference sessions, delegates have the option to attend ‘intensive’ sessions on Wednesday 23 September. These chaired seminars feature some of the most impressive speakers and international experts: Click here to find our more.
APAC is more than just a conference; it is an opportunity to be inspired, to be motivated and to share experiences and challenges with like-minded people. Its sole purpose is to arm delegates with the knowledge, confidence and connections required to tackle and drive sustainable and positive long-term change. We all know there’s amazing work occurring throughout the healthcare sector in Counties Manukau, New Zealand and further abroad. We also know that we don’t always have the opportunity to share the learning from such work. That’s why attendance at APAC is so valuable.
If you’re lucky enough to attend APAC (if you’re interested, please speak with your manager in the first instance) then you have a prime opportunity to learn from and celebrate great work. You have the very best minds in healthcare improvement in front of you. You’ll be inspired by the very people who are pioneering change and making a real difference to their organisations and the lives of their patients and communities.
It’s time now to be planning what your involvement in APAC will be. Will you submit an abstract for an academic poster? (you have until 31 July 2015 to complete your poster submission.) Will you apply to become a red shirt? Or are you, a colleague, or your team worthy of one the Ko Awatea Excellence in Healthcare Improvement Awards? Check out the APAC website for further details