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.

Sunday 3 April 2022

11.00 – 13.00Registration desk open
17.30 – 20.00Registration desk open
18.00 – 20.00Welcome Reception

Monday 4 April 2022

07.30 – 08.30Sponsored breakfast sessionJohnson & Johnson
09.00 – 09.30Congress openingAPHA National PresidentLachlan Henderson
09.30 – 09.35HESTADiamond Sponsor WelcomeTim Mitchell-Adams
09.35 – 10.30Awards 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.
10.35 – 11.00Morning tea
11.00 – 12.00KeynoteHow has society changed since COVID- 19 hitCOVID-19 has impacted every facet of Australian life. What are some key changes in society and how will they impact the private hospital sector.Simon Kuestenmacher
12.00 – 13.15Panel sessionNew models of care – how do we prepare for new models of patient centred care and what is in the pipeline?The Pandemic forced a rapid shift in funding and delivery of telehealth. What new models of care should hospitals be considering?Evan Rawstron, Chris Moy, Janne McMahon – Moderator: Neale Fong
13.15 – 14.05Lunch
14.05 – 15.05Panel session Workforce Challenges Beyond the Pandemic – How will the hospital sector deal with the backlogHospitals were experiencing workforce shortages before the pandemic and these have been compounded by closed borders shutting down skilled migration. Aged care reforms will add to pressures on the nursing workforce – what solutions are there to address these issues?  Kate Gillan, Bernadette Eather, Allison Macmillan – Moderator: Peter Mott
15.05 – 15.30Afternoon tea
15.30 – 16.15Panel 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? Phil O’Sullivan, Lib Clark – Moderator: Tim Yeoh 
16.30 – 17.30Small hospitals networking
18.30 – 22.30APHA Gala DinnerVenue: Adelaide Town Hall

Tuesday 5 April 2022

07.30 – 08.30Sponsored breakfast sessionSterequip
09.00 – 09.55Panel 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 and a clinician.Bernadette Eather, Douglas Fahlbusch, Jo Root – Moderator: Christine Gee
09.55 – 10.40Plenary sessionFocusing on resilienceGP and wellbeing expert Dr Fiona Moir explores how managers can enhance the emotional, mental and general psychological wellbeing of staff, including building resilience especially with the disruption of COVID and making their organisation more effective and productive.Fiona Moir
10.40 – 11.10Morning tea
11.10 – 11.55Panel sessionShort-stay surgery – the way of the future?Short-stay surgery is gaining traction in Australia, but is it the best option for all patients?Scott Bell, Linda Swan, Adrian Bauze – Moderator: Anne Crouch
11.55 – 12.55Panel sessionSelf pay surgery – is this a viable alternative to private health insurance?There are now a number of finance options to pay for care in private hospitals. What are the issues and challenges in pursuing this model?Lloyd Adams, Mian Bi, Jo Root – Moderator: Alan Morrison
12.55 – 13.55Lunch
13.55 – 14.25Plenary sessionThe good, the bad and the ugly of private healthcare funding – lessons from overseas Looking at other funding systems where RHC operates, identifying any features that might make sense in the Australian context, ones that wouldn’t work here and ones that should be avoided at all costs? Looking at adverse outcomes for patients/hospitals/doctors driven by funding models and how private and public align in different counties and future opportunities.Ed Byrne
14.25 – 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.Also the USA experience of COVID-19.Fred McQueary
15.15 – 15.30Closing remarks
15.30 – 16.00Afternoon tea