Tuesday, 5 September 2017 3:24pm
The 1st annual symposium of The Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST) took place at Hunter Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, 29 August 2017. The theme of this symposium was "Implementing Integrated Care". This half-day event featured three keynote speakers followed by a panel discussion. The welcome address was delivered by Associate Professor Joanne Baxter, one of the theme leaders for CHeST.
The CHeST Co-Directors Prof Robin Gauld and Team Stokes along with the theme leaders Associate Professors Sarah Derrett and Joanne Baxter gave a brief overview of CHeST.
John MacDonald, Independent Chair, Mental Health and Addictions Network, Alliance South followed with a talk on the Stepped Care model. Professor Marshall Chin, Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics in the Department of Medicine, University of Chicago was the second keynote speaker who gave a presentation entitled “Integrated Care Models and Policies in the U.S".
Associate Professor Joanne Baxter, Associate Dean for Māori Health, University of Otago was the final keynote speaker and made a presentation on "Māori Health Workforce Development – impacts, challenges, and opportunities for the health sector".
A panel discussion facilitated by Prof Robin Gauld provided opportunities for the participants and all the speakers to discuss more on issues of integrated care, research gaps, and implementation challenges. Dr. Neil Houston from NHS Scotland, a General Practitioner, who leads the successful Scottish primary care patient safety programme also joined the panel session which was facilitated by Professor Robin Gauld.
Over 40 participants attended. These include academics and researchers from different centres, departments, and schools of the Otago University; health authorities, managers and experts from District Health Boards and various non-governmental organisations.
Feedback on the Symposium has been very positive. We hope the participants had opportunities to learn, discuss and share their knowledge and experience about the integrated care. A detailed report is forth coming.