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12 - 14 September 2016

APAC Forum

The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) is proud to partner with the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and Ko Awatea to bring you the 5th APAC Forum in Sydney in September 2016. We share Ko Awatea’s goals of building partnerships, driving innovation and improvement, and pursuing positive transformation in health and care. Together, we will deliver an APAC Forum that supports these goals.

Registration details for the event - Link

Details of program - Link

Save the Date! The APAC Forum is coming to NSW

This year, for the first time, Asia Pacific’s premier healthcare conference will convene in Sydney over the three days of 12-14 September 2016. As one of the largest health improvement conferences in the world it is set to attract the biggest delegation of change-makers APAC Forum and Australia has ever seen.

Bringing together some 2,000 health professionals, the APAC Forum will appeal to anyone with an interest in the health sector that has the aptitude and desire to create change. It attracts change-makers who are leaders, policy makers, patients, consumers, carers, doctors, nurses, allied health and quality improvement specialists.

The APAC Forum has been created by Ko Awatea, the centre for health system innovation and improvement at New Zealand’s Counties Manukau District Health Board (Counties Manukau Health). Ko Awatea is not only recognised for tackling relevant health challenges and encouraging leading-edge innovation, but also for attracting some of the best speakers in the world.

The 5th APAC Forum in Sydney will provide a unique platform to improve the health and wellbeing of our population by uniting global thought leaders, frontline teams, colleagues and contemporaries to:

  • inspire every person working in health
  • stimulate cross-sectorial and multi-disciplinary dialogue
  • nurture knowledge transfer
  • design and share best practice, enabling each and every delegate to become a catalyst for change.

APAC Forum 2016 speakers

Every year the APAC Forum brings together some of the best minds in health and quality improvement from around the globe. This year is no exception. The Ko Awatea website will continue to be updated as more APAC Forum 2016 speakers are confirmed. Visit the speaker page - Link

Early bird tickets available now

Delegate registrations are on sale now. Discounted early bird registrations are available until 31 May 2016. Please visit the website for detailed conference costs, further information, and to register.

Speaker abstracts have now closed

Speaker abstracts closed on Friday 18 March 2016.

Poster abstracts now open!

Displaying a poster at the APAC Forum allows you to share your achievements and ideas with like-minded professionals, as well as learn from any experiences they have had.
This year ePosters will be introduced at the APAC Forum, which will be displayed on large flatscreen monitors (alongside a limited number of selected traditional printed posters) within the exhibition area.

Draft poster submissions will be accepted via the online portal until 30 June 2016.
Submit your poster draft now - Link

Call for Excellence Award nominations
Recognising individuals, teams and organisations who are improving health and care

All over the world there are individuals, teams and organisations determined to innovate, transform and improve our systems for the betterment of the health and wellbeing of our populations and we are here to celebrate them.

The Ko Awatea Excellence in Health Improvement Awards provide the perfect opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in health innovation and quality improvement on an international basis. Nominations are now open. Entry to the Excellence Awards is open to individuals, teams and organisations who are proud of the work they, or their colleagues, have undertaken in transforming and improving health and care.

Doltone House The Ko Awatea International Excellence in Health Improvement Awards ceremony will be held as part of the APAC Forum gala dinner on the evening of Tuesday, 13th September 2016 at Sydney's spectacular Doltone House overlooking the city's harbour.

Good luck! We look forward to celebrating with you in Sydney.

Award categories
For more detailed information about the awards, their categories, and how to submit a nomination please see the website - Link

Individual Awards:
  • Award for Leading Sustained Quality Improvement
  • Award for Assuring Quality of Healthcare Standards
  • Award for Outstanding Leadership in Quality Improvement
Team/Organisation Awards:
  • Award for Citizens at the Centre of Service Re-Design and Delivery
  • Award for Developing a Flexible and Sustainable Workforce
  • Award for Improving Patient Safety
  • Award for Promoting Clinical Research and Application to Practice
  • Award for Working Seamlessly Across Organisations

Visit the APAC Forum website for more information. - Link


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