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Three day international health conference kicks off in Brisbane

The first Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care kicks off in Brisbane today, attracting hundreds of health professionals from across the region.

Deputy Director-General of Queensland Health’s Clinical Excellence Division Dr John Wakefield said tapping into the knowledge and experiences of global experts was crucial to better integrating care across Queensland’s health system.

“Integrating care is about designing and building services that consider the entire patient journey,” he said.

“As a health system, we are constantly improving and ensuring our services work better to help patients manage their own health, keep them healthy, and out of hospital.

“The APIC conference is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how other regions are breaking down silos and better connecting primary care, community care, aged care and the hospital system.”

Dr Wakefield said 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.

“Anything we can do to improve their interactions with our health system is a good thing.

“The conference workshops and presentations are based on models of care delivery, child and youth health, rural and remote health, mental health, or engaging and empowering communities.

“Digital health, emerging technologies and workforce redesign will also be examined.”

He said the conference was made possible by co-hosts Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and the UK’s International Foundation for Integrated Care, with support from the Clinical Excellence Division.

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,” she said.

“The conference is 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 “this conference is 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.

“We hope it will leave a legacy for ongoing work and innovation to improve health through integration,” he said.

The three day event is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Last updated: 6 November 2017