What should healthcare in the community look like in the future? That is the question the Integrated and Community Health Directorate were looking to answer when holding its first "Integrated Healthcare: Moving to the Future Forum" on Wednesday 5 April. Although less than a year old, the Directorate was keen to draw on international expertise and involve clinicians and health workers from across the district, local partners, other NSW Health organisations and NGOs in developing an integrated healthcare model for the future.
More than 200 registrants attended the Forum in person at Rosehill Gardens and on the webcast, broadcast across NSW.
Well-known media personality Julie McCrossin was MC for the day and set the tone with a lively and engaging presentation style as she ran around microphone in hand with her incisive and snappy interview technique. Professor Jeremy Chapman, representing the Board of Western Sydney Local Health District and Adjunct A/Professor Walter Kmet, CEO Western Sydney Primary Health Network were the first to experience Julie’s quick-fire style.
Sir John Oldham, who flew in from the UK to present at the Forum, provided plenty of food for thought with his vast experience in implementing change in systems in the UK, US, Canada, Sweden and Australia. The second international speaker, Carolyn Gullery, showed that just across the ditch, New Zealand has succeeded in developing a model of integrated healthcare connecting GPs, other health providers and patients in the Canterbury District. Continuing the discussion on placing the patient at the centre, Professor Don Nutbeam (University of Sydney) emphasised the importance of clinicians learning to communicate with patients in ways are meaningful to them.
With outstanding speakers, a magnificent MC, table group discussions and online polls, there was plenty to keep the whole room engaged throughout the day. As they were departing, many commented on how they would take on board the ideas and approaches emerging from the day into their own work and how they were looking forward to the next forum next year. Stay tuned!
Thoughts from attendees on the day
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