What do you get when you bring over 1000 people together from 23 countries to hear, and learn from some of the leading minds in health and quality improvement?
You get sparks of brilliance, incredible energy, numerous conversations, valuable learning opportunities and a chance to network with people from across Asia Pacific and beyond. Let’s not wait for a whole year to do this again!
The APAC Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare keeps getting bigger! This year saw record crowds, with people continuing to see real value in coming together to discuss and seek solutions to some of the challenges facing healthcare organisations around the world. It’s crucial that we all recharge at events like this – and bottle the will and commitment for change as a powerful force for transformation.
Our key note speakers, Maureen Bisognano, Dan Heath, Glenn Colquhoun and Hon Michael Kirby spoke to packed out rooms. Delegates tweeted key messages and learnings – in fact, we had 91,830 people following the APAC conversation – amazing!
One of the key messages for me this year is that we are stronger together than alone. We heard some great examples of transformational change taking place in Counties Manukau Health, across NZ and overseas – often as a result of a collaborative approach.
We also heard about the amazing work taking place in low resourced countries and came to understand that the key to successful improvement around the world is putting the patient at the centre of everything we do and engaging with the hearts and minds of staff, patients, families and communities.
It’s clear we have a lot to learn from one another, so how do we maintain the valuable connections and networks that were made during the Forum? Ko Awatea will be setting up a quality improvement network, with representatives from around the world. The idea is to join up the dots, and bring people together who are working on similar projects and challenges. While we are doing great things in our own part of the world, just think what we can achieve together.