As day 2 of the APAC Forum dawned, the conference reconvened in the State Theatre to celebrate the APAC Forum Poster Awards. The awards recognised outstanding posters in six categories – technology, leadership, efficiency, equity, community care and lessons and innovations from different industries. The 246 posters at this year’s APAC Forum were presented in an interactive, digital format that has proved a hit with delegates.
The penultimate plenary address of the APAC Forum, ‘Precision Medicine: the Final Frontier (Maybe)’ was presented by Dr Johnathan Lancaster, a world leader in molecular genetics. Dr Lancaster painted a fascinating picture of a healthcare future revolutionised by precision medicine.
Highlights of the 24 concurrent sessions offered on day 2 included Mike Wagner’s packed session, ‘A Special Announcement and Call to Action for Strengthening Healthcare and Leadership’, and a panel interview with four great healthcare leaders, as well as sessions that inspired delegates with insights into improving organisational culture, communication, using data and co-design. Ready-made sessions offered ideas on the themes of innovation, efficiency, equity and measurement for delegates to adapt and implement in their own organisations.
Professor Nicholas Christakis gave the final plenary address of the conference, ‘social network interventions for health and wellbeing’. In his address, Professor Christakis demonstrated that our health depends not only on our own choices and actions, but on the choices and actions of the people around us. He offered insights into how healthcare can leverage social networks to make a greater impact on the health of our populations.
The conference closed with the handing over of the waka huia, the vessel that symbolically safeguards the knowledge of the APAC Forum until next year. Professor Jonathon Gray, director of Ko Awatea, and Geraint Martin, CEO of Counties Manukau Health, sincerely thanked everyone who helped make the conference a success. Geraint Martin reflected that the APAC Forum has “become our Australasian world class conference. Created here, it has given voice to our passion and commitment.”
Deputy director general of Queensland Health, John Wakefield, promised an exciting 6th APAC Forum to be held on the Gold Coast in 2017. Delegates departed looking forward to the experiences on offer, including the first fully digital public hospital, examples of great innovation in rural and remote care delivery, and advanced analytics in integrated care.
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