APAC Forum 2016 will hit Sydney this September, bringing with it delegates from all over the world, eager to share in the health improvement conversation.
Now in its fifth year, APAC Forum has rapidly become one of the largest health improvement conferences in the world, attracting delegates representing more than 30 countries.
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Some of the biggest names in health are coming to APAC Forum in Sydney this September. Are you?
Created by Counties Manukau Health (CM Health) and its centre of innovation and improvement, Ko Awatea, APAC Forum is designed to stimulate dialogue and share best practice.
This year it is themed Exploring New Frontiers and will feature four exceptional keynote speakers; Ko Awatea director professor Jonathon Gray, world famous paediatric heart surgeon Dr Devi Shetty, director of the Yale Institute for Network Science and Professor of Medicine, Sociology, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor Nicholas Christakis, and Australian former Olympic Skier turned pilot Janine Shepherd.
Professor Gray describes his fellow keynote speakers as pioneers, each in their own way answering the near impossible challenge to adapt to changing and sometimes almost impossible situations “with enthusiasm, energy and amazing skill.”
Dr Devi Shetty, for example, has treated thousands of sick children in India whose poverty would previously have precluded them from life saving heart surgery.
Professor Christakis, who has identified artificial tipping points to change behaviour in groups of people for the better, hopes delegates leave his presentation with an understanding of the extent to which social networks can be targeted to improve human welfare.
Meanwhile, Janine Shepherd who was hit by a utility truck and told that she would never walk again, actually learnt to fly, and has subsequently inspired thousands with her journey of acceptance and resilience.
She promises a presentation rich in themes of hope and connection. “I sort of crack open that shell that people have.”
APAC Forum attendees are leaders, policy makers, doctors, nurses, allied health, quality improvement specialists, and patients. They are change-makers, keen to hear from some of the best minds from around the globe, learn from their peers, and gain direction and inspiration.