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ACHSM Breakfast Forum and Half Day Symposium

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust... It's all about Quality, Safety & Trust!
On the eve of the first Ashes cricket test at the GABBA, Brisbane, ACHSM (Qld) will bring together an interesting and experienced team of health executives for its 2013 Annual State Healthcare Symposium. The major focus will be on the Quality and Safety of Healthcare Services in Queensland. This event will start with the breakfast forum followed by the Half Day Symposium.
BREAKFAST FORUM: "A Radical Approach to Transforming Health and Care Services" 
Presenter: Mike Farrar, Former CEO, NHS Confederation
Based on current trends, the growing proportion of GDP that countries will need to devote to healthcare is unsustainable. Faced with such pressures, Governments around the world have been forced to introduce new ways to tackle the problems, but these have focused mainly on short term pay restraint and price deflation. Mr Farrar will argue that they need to adopt a broader, more radical approach that increases the value of current healthcare spend, and that, right at the heart of this sits a step change in improving the quality and reliability of care. He will discuss strategies adopted in the UK to create a platform for achieving this, and use this as a mirror which could be held up against other systems and approaches. In the session, Mr Farrar will look at how such strategies can be deployed in a manner that engages and inspires clinicians, connects to service users and citizens, and employs techniques from other industries to transform health and care services.
Half Day Symposium: ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO DUST... It’s all about Quality, Safety & Trust!
Queensland Health Minister, the Hon Lawrence Springborg, has been invited to open the Symposium that will feature not only Mr Farrar but several of his ex-colleagues from the NHS now holding senior executive positions in Queensland Health. (Please refer to the program). Following on from Mr Farrar’s address, ‘A radical approach to transforming health and care services’, a series of short presentations from the Qld Health executives will enlarge on their UK experience and indicate how these experiences will integrate in a positive manner to improve services and patient outcomes for Queenslanders. Each presentation will be enhanced by Q & A with audience participation and the morning’s proceedings will culminate with a facilitated panel discussion. Some of the issues to be addressed will be:
  • Does quality cost? How do you strike the balance between quality and efficiency?                  
  • What are the levers you can use to drive improvements in quality? How can you engage clinicians in this?
  • What is "patient engagement"?                  
  • How do we build health literacy in our communities to ensure more active consumer and community engagement?                  
  • Is there a place for ‘rationing’ in healthcare?
With the reputation of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) clinging to their coat tails, will the CEO ‘imports’ from the NHS bring a winning formula to Qld Health that the English cricketers threaten to bring to the Ashes Test?

Presenters: Philip Davies; Ron Calvert; Malcolm Stamp; Julia Squire; Nick Steele; Mike Farrar; Michael Greco
When:  Wednesday, 20 November, 2013 7:00 AM  - 1:30 PM
Where: Royal on the Park Cnr Alice & Albert Sts, Brisbane, Queensland 4000
For more information: View Forum Summary 
Enquiries: Mike Knowles 07 3229 3170

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