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International conference heads to Brisbane

The International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC) has chosen Brisbane as the host for its first Asia Pacific conference.

IFIC will present the 1st Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care with co-host Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 6-8, 2017.

The three-day event is proudly supported by Queensland Health’s Clinical Excellence Division, with its Deputy Director-General Dr John Wakefield saying addressing health system fragmentation was a major priority for Queensland Health.

“Health systems are challenged by rising healthcare costs, increasing rates of chronic disease and here in Australia; an ageing population,” he said.

“From a patient perspective, especially those with chronic health problems, the health system is frequently experienced as being fragmented and hard to navigate.

“Integrating care focuses on designing and building services that consider the whole of a person’s health needs and the entire patient journey, and making services work better to help patients manage their own health, keep them healthy, and out of hospital.

“The Queensland Government has invested $35 million dollars to an Integrated Care Innovation Fund to support integration projects across the state.

“The Integrated Care Innovation Fund is funding projects that help us better connect with Primary Health Networks and not-for-profit organisations, so the APIC conference is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how other regions are breaking down silos and better connecting primary, community care, aged care and the hospital system.”

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan said integrated care played a central role in realising the organisation’s vision to lead life-changing care for children and young people for a healthier tomorrow.

“Co-hosting this event demonstrates the value we see in integrating care across the continuum with other agencies and service providers who support children, young people and their families.”

“The conference will be an exciting opportunity to showcase the dedication of our staff to the integrated care approach and the importance of child and youth health in the integrated care agenda.”

Dr Nick Goodwin, CEO of IFIC and co-Director of IFIC Australia said “we very much look forward to working with our co-hosts in Queensland to realise our 1st Asia-Pacific Conference in Brisbane this November.”

“This conference will act as a platform for showcasing best practice and building understanding on how best to take forward integrated care strategies in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region,” he said.

“We hope the conference is hugely enjoyable and that it will leave a legacy for ongoing work and innovation to improve health through integration.”

The conference is open to all clinicians, health managers, researchers and consumers. Spaces are limited and can be booked online on the APIC1 – 1st Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care website.

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Last updated: 29 August 2017