The APAC Forum has long proclaimed its superior networking opportunities. And in his 2015 keynote address Ko Awatea’s director, Professor Jonathon Gray, made an explicit call for healthcare professionals and change-makers to collaborate in order to achieve the system-wide transformation required to care for the world’s populations.
But it’s sometimes hard to quantify excellent networking opportunities. So it is with pleasure that the APAC Forum team received a story of collaboration, born from networking at the last APAC Forum, which has directly led to the successful vaccination against typhoid of more than 220 children in the Indian slums around Ahmedabad.
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Rhodie Miller, an executive recruiter for Hardy Group International (HGI), was attending the 4th APAC Forum in September 2015 in Auckland when she heard Professor Anupam Sibal speak at the InSight talks. Rhodie later had a chance meeting Anupam at HGI’s exhibition stand, which would be the stimulus for an international collaboration.
Anupam is the Group Medical Director of India’s Apollo Hospitals Group and kindly offered his ideas and assistance to Rhodie who has been travelling India for the past two years assisting a non-profit group Manav Sadhna in providing humanitarian aid to the underprivileged.
In the slums around Ahmedabad, typhoid is still a major health risk, especially for young children who don’t have immunity to fight the bacteria. The collaborative effort of Apollo Hospitals Group, HGI, and Manav Sadhna resulted in the vaccination of over 220 at-risk two to six-year-olds.
Read Rhodie’s story here
The APAC Forum strives to provide excellent networking opportunities. We know that at a conference with many hundreds of people it can be difficult to know where to start so we provide as many tools and instances as possible to path the way for authentic, meaningful connections. Our networking initiatives include a vibrant exhibition hall, delegate engagement, and events such as the gala dinner, welcome reception, and InSight talks.
Ko Awatea has also refined its conference app that allows you to research who will be in attendance, seek out people from similar roles or organisations, connect with your chosen delegates or presenters, and create a schedule so you can easily juggle your elected sessions with any appointments or business meetings you make.
We also encourage APAC Forum delegates to take advantage of social media. Connecting with people on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter can be an easy way to keep in touch. These mediums are important networking tools and make it easy to send a short message to a newly acquired contact reinforcing the connection.
But perhaps the most important piece of advice to remember when networking is to follow up. After meeting Anupam, Rhodie followed up with a phone call a month later, that resulted in her visiting Apollo Hospital’s Group and ultimately mobilizing a team of doctors, a nurse, and a co-ordinator. Networking is about sharing who you are and what skills you offer to the world, and if you’re good at keeping in touch, people will remember you when it counts.