The Asia Pacific (APAC) Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare is coming to Auckland in September 2013 and it’s shaping up to be bigger, better and more inspiring than APAC 2012. To reserve your place and to register go to www.apac-forum.com
While planning for this year’s event is in full swing, let’s go back to APAC 2012 and bring back that spark that was ignited 6 months ago
For those of you who attended APAC 2012, it was an incredible opportunity to hear from some of the best healthcare leaders from New Zealand and around the world – (many of which are returning for APAC 2013). During an action packed three days 900 people from 16 countries attended lectures and workshops on how to improve care and tackle some of those healthcare challenges in a rapidly shifting environment.
Common themes included the importance of involving patients and families in care, challenging the status quo, working with others across the system, investing in our number one asset – our workforce, achieving the IHI Triple Aim (in which there was a great deal of interest and enthusiasm), creating a culture of innovation, thinking differently to transform care and learning from our colleagues from around the globe [click here to check out the workshop summaries]
Following APAC people left with a renewed energy and sense of hope, purpose and motivation of what could be done to improve quality care in their workplace. It gave the message that anything was possible and we could achieve great things if we worked together. On a more personal note I left with new friendships and new connections.
Six months later that appetite for quality improvement continues, as Ko Awatea and Counties Manukau Health forges into a sustainable and innovative future – fuelled in part from the learning’s of APAC and the quest to become the best health system in Australasia by 2015. We have come so far over the past few months and are becoming increasingly recognised nationally and internationally as a strong force in improvement and innovation. The 20,000 Days and Target CLAB Zero campaigns are perfect examples of what can be achieved when you take a system wide and collaborative approach. What’s really exciting about this work and other quality initiatives happening across the sector, is that we are seeing the beginnings of a movement where people have the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead transformational change.
While APAC 2012 focused on new connections, new perspectives and new approaches to solving healthcare problems, APAC 2013 with it’s theme of ‘Innovate today – Design tomorrow’ will build on its momentum, offering some practical ‘how to guides’ and real time solutions to the problems facing CM Health and countries around the world.
We have come a long way over the past few months, however there is still a lot we can learn and share. Once again we have some amazing speakers which include Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Dan Heath, Best-selling Author and Senior Fellow, Duke University CASE Center and Michael Donald Kirby AC, CMG, an Australian retired judge, jurist, and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia. What I admire most about these speakers is their wealth of knowledge, their passion and desire to succeed and their ability to go out and make things happen.
To find out more about APAC 2013 and to register go to www.apac-forum.com
Don’t miss out on the event of the year!
Director Ko Awatea