Kei toku atua e hareruia, hareruia hareruia hareruia, hareruia”, sang the Yendarra School children, their voices ringing throughout the Ko Awatea Centre on Friday, 16 September.
The moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ performed in Māori by the children was one of the many highlights from Ko Awatea’s one-day event, InSight from APAC Forum.
InSight from APAC Forum shared highlights and key learnings from this year’s APAC Forum 2016 in Sydney. The one-day event gave those who were unable to attend the APAC Forum, which was held in Sydney, the opportunity to collaborate, share knowledge and learn.
Delegates were welcomed with a powhiri, and a rousing performance from Legacy Performing Arts led into Jonathon Gray’s inspiring plenary, Extraordinary, in which he launched World Health CLIMB, (College of Leadership, Innovation, Management and Beliefs).
“What seems impossible is possible. Great care everywhere is possible, with great leadership,” Professor Gray said.
Five short talks Technology in Practice – Power to the People were presented from experts within Ko Awatea’s several partner organisations; AUT University, the University of Auckland, and UNITEC. Topics included the use of apps for stroke risk and mental health care (Prof Valery Feigin and Julia Pella), ways of measuring and improving hospital noise levels (Dr Mike Kingan), models from genome to patient (Dr Kelley Burrowes). Dr Michelle Dickinson, aka NanoGirl, explained how big data and nano technology can improve healthcare.
Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, presented the inaugural Paul Stevenson Memorial Lecture on the introduction in NHS Wales of Prudent Healthcare. “Do no harm” must now be extended to “achieve measurable good”, he said.
Five global healthcare leaders who had continued on to New Zealand from the APAC Forum in Sydney shared the highlights from the sessions they delivered in Australia. This included Ko Awatea’s Dr Lynne Maher, Paul Plsek and Brandon Bennett, together with Junaid Bajwa from the UK.
Dr Johnathan Lancaster’s closing plenary Precision Medicine, the Final Frontier (Maybe) encouraged people to consider the meaning and implications of precision healthcare.
A late afternoon reception, attended by esteemed guest David Mace, Chairman of the Freemasons Foundation completed the day and provided delegates the opportunity to network and discuss their insights from the day.