On Friday 5th September, a very special event was held at Ko Awatea. This event was sponsored by the Paul Stevenson Memorial Trust. Counties staff, along with staff from other DHB’s, GP’s from the South Auckland area, school nurses and universities to name a few, were invited to share in some of the knowledge exchange from the 3rd APAC Forum.
Three speakers came back to Auckland following the APAC Forum in Melbourne to specifically take part in this event, namely Sir Muir Gray CBE and Director of Better Value Healthcare, UK; Professor Peter Bradley, Executive Director of Public Health Development, NHS Wales; and Paul Plsek, Consultant in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership of Change & Director of Innovation at the Virginia Mason Medical Centre, Seattle, WA, USA.
The event was opened by David Galler who gave a very warm welcome and tribute to Nari Stevenson.
David Mace then went on to introduce Professor Peter Bradley. Professor Bradley’s role and passion is to help improve the health and wellbeing of the nation, and to tackle serious issues facing Wales, such as health inequality. He leads the ‘Improving Quality Together’ programme which has been so successful in raising the improvement capability of so many NHS Wales staff. Peter shared his experience and knowledge that has led to the success of this programme.
This presentation was followed by the introduction of Paul Plsek, made by Jonathon Gray. Paul is an internationally recognized consultant and senior advisor to health systems on the topics of innovation, leadership and large-scale change in complex systems. His work can be described as “helping organizations think better”. Paul spent his time talking to the audience about the Virginia Mason story and how, over a period of time, they have become one of the finest healthcare providers in the world.
Finally, Jonathon Gray introduced the main plenary speaker – Sir Muir Gray. Sir Muir is well known to many of us at Counties and is a pre-eminent figure in world healthcare. His interests and expertise are enormous bringing to his commentary a panoptic view of the world that both educates and simplifies things that otherwise would remain mysterious. Sir Muir delivered the morning’s plenary speech addressing the broad topic of infectious diseases and in particular, that of bacterial meningitis.
The event was closed at mid-day by our Chief Executive Geraint Martin, who presented Nari Stevenson with flowers and thanks for all the support provided by the Paul Stevenson Memorial Trust.
Over 120 people attended the event and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.