APAC returns to New Zealand. An explosion of innovative health and healthcare success stories

APACNo 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



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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