Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Great Healthcare Challenge 2011: Achieving Patient-Centred Outcomes

Karen Jameson attended this 3-day conference which was held at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne from 11-14 October.  The event was sponsored by the Australasian Association for Quality in Health Care (AAQHC), the AustralianCouncil on Healthcare Standards, the Australian Healthcare and HospitalsAssociation and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators(RACMA).

The conference brought together an impressive group of clinicians, executives and academics in the Australian health system.  The theme “achieving patient-centred outcomes” reflected the challenges of delivering integrated healthcare in the current reform environment, including governance; information management and e-health; clinical leadership; appropriateness of care; safety and quality and the need for patient-centred outcomes. 

A range of local and international speakers presented an innovative program of plenary sessions and workshops which explored the major issues affecting healthcare quality and safety.   A comprehensive trade exhibition, showcased the most up-to-date products, technology and information on health and health care innovation and development.  There was also an impressive poster display highlighting specific issues relating to patient-centred care.

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