Sunday 3 April 2022 – Tuesday 5 April 2022
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The APHA 39 National Congress brings together leaders from across the private health care sector to discuss the ever changing health landscape in Australia.

The impact of innovative technologies on health care will be a focus for the APHA Congress in 2021. What new technology is already being employed overseas and what impact will it have when it arrives on our shores?

Issues such as technology advances, cyber-attacks and artificial intelligence as well the risks or benefits they pose will all be discussed through panel sessions, debates and plenaries.

Wednesday 27 October 2021

09.00 – 10.00Registration desk open
09.30 – 14.00Social Tours
11.00 – 13.00Registration desk open
17.30 – 20.00Registration desk open
18.00 – 20.00Welcome Reception

Thursday 28 October 2021

07.30 – 08.30Sponsored breakfast sessionJohnson & Johnson
09.00 – 09.30Congress openingAPHA National PresidentDaniel Sims
09.30 – 09.35HESTADiamond Sponsor Welcome
09.35 – 10.15Awards FinalistNew and innovative programs and projects: APHA Awards for Excellence finalistsFinalists in the APHA Awards for Excellence will present on their Award entries. Play a role in determining the winners -the final five percent of their score will be awarded through an audience poll.
10.15 – 10.45Morning tea
10.45 – 11.45KeynoteHow is artificial intelligence changing medicine and changing hospitals?Australian Marie Johnson will tell the story of Hanna, the world’s first digital human cardiac coach that she codesigned based on patient needs including health illiteracy and accessibility and brought to life using human emotive avatars and artificial intelligence (AI). Hanna is currently being implemented at the New Hanover Regional Medical Centre in the US and is part of the new wave of augmented healthcare that is changing the global medical tech landscape.Marie Johnson
11.45 – 12.45Panel sessionQuality data reporting, can private hospitals take the lead?Consumers demand transparency and ‘data geeks’ promise use ‘visualisation’, but how and why should private hospitals report their data? Can the private hospital sector take a lead? Hear perspectives from Private hospitals, a clinician and the chief executive of AIHW.Christine Gee, Bernadette Eather, Douglas Fahlbusch, Barry Sandison
12.45 – 13.45Lunch
13.45 – 15.00Panel sessionPatient-centred care: a how-to guideIf patient-centred care is the objective, how can we work together to achieve it for Australians?
A panel discussion including: private hospitals, a GP, a private health insurer and a consumer representative.
Zoe Wainer, Alan Cooper, Dr Chris Moy, Brett Goods, Ian Yates
15.00 – 15.30Afternoon tea
15.30 – 16.15Plenary sessionIs private health insurance in a ‘death spiral’?Insights and information from inside the private health insurance industry and an overview of what the future holdsJohn Hill
16.30 – 17.30Small hospitals networking
18.30 – 22.30APHA Gala DinnerVenue: TBA

Friday 29 October 2021

07.30 – 08.30Sponsored breakfast sessionSterequip
09.00 – 09.45KeynoteLeadership in a time of disruption

Private hospitals leaders are dealing with flattening activity levels, increasing demands from funders to do more for less, complex relationships with clinicians and staff while trying to deliver high quality care in an environment with an increasing regulatory burden.

Can the healthcare sector learn from other sectors about management and readiness for disruption?

During the recent bush fire crisis, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) were tested not only to perform and save lives and defend property but to also show great leadership under the most trying circumstances.

NSW RFS Assistant Commissioner Jason Heffernan
09.45 – 10.3Plenary sessionHow managing staff stress can make your hospital more productiveEnsuring clinical staff manage stress is a key area of interest for any private hospital manager. GP and wellbeing expert Dr Fiona Moir explores how managers can enhance the emotional, mental and general psychological wellbeing of staff, making their organisation more effective and productive.Fiona Moir
10.30 – 11.00Morning tea
11.00 – 11.45Plenary sessionAI and youPartnering with artificial intelligence (AI) for a human-centric future: how is the proliferation of technology and the advancement of AI affecting us and the effects of direct human interaction that cannot be replicated by – or through – technology.Fiona Kerr
11.45 – 12.45Panel sessionRunning a hospital in an increasingly cyber insecure worldDigital attacks are an increasing reality for Australian businesses. With attacks happening all over the world at an alarming rate how can you prepare for and prevent a cyber security storm?Suthagar Seevaratnam, Paula Oliver, Gerry Power
12.45 – 13.45Lunch
13.45 – 14.15Plenary sessionDesign at work Leading architect, Mark Whiltshire, will discuss how hospital spaces can not only look good, but work well. The designer of St Andrew’s Hospital South Australia, will talk about the project backstory, reasons for design decisions and the outcomes.Mark Wiltshire
14.15 – 15.15KeynoteThe worlds first virtual hospital, the hospital with no bedsA transformational approach to healthcare: How the world’s first hospital without any beds is delivering innovative virtual care programs to improve patient care and experiences.Fred McQueary
15.15 – 15.30Closing remarks
15.30 – 16.00Afternoon tea