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August 2019 CHeST symposium: Improving Healthcare Improvement

Improving Healthcare Improvement, 26 August 2019, all welcome. Join us for this one day symposium.

Keynote address: Professor Mary Dixon-Woods

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February 2019 CheST symposium: The State of Play

Health systems, health services and technology research at Otago: The state of play in 2019

CHeST, which is a cross-campus University of Otago Research Theme, hosted a one-day symposium aimed at highlighting key health systems, services and technology research and policy questions for 2019 and beyond.

Date: Wednesday 20 February, 2019, 9.30am-5.15pm.
Venue: Otago Business School building, 60 Clyde Street, Dunedin, Room 1.17.

'World class' presentations at annual symposium

The presentations at the 2019 Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST) symposium were “world class”, according to organisers.

Almost 100 people attended the event that illustrated the depth and breadth of health systems, services and technology research at Otago.

More about the presentations and discussions.


The symposium had a lively series of presentations from the University of Otago staff, District Health Boards and community-based organisations presenting on:

  • Primary health care
  • Patient and community engagement
  • Management and organisation
  • Funding

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Download/view the programme (PDF)

Keynote speakers

Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque
Chief Executive, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, Australia

Jean Frederic Levesque imageDr Jean-Frédéric Levesque joined the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), as Chief Executive in June 2017. He was previously Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information for four years.

Dr Levesque brings to the ACI leadership in healthcare system analysis and improvement, combining experience in clinical practice in refugee health and tropical medicine, in clinical governance and in academic research. He is a member of the Strategic Analytic Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Health Information and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He has held senior positions responsible for publicly reporting information about the Canadian health system at the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec and the Commissaire a la santé et au bien-etre du Québec.

Dr Levesque has a Doctorate in Public Health, a Masters in Community Health and a medical degree from the Université de Montréal, Canada. He is a Conjoint Professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity of the University of New South Wales. His research focuses on how different models of care impact on patient outcomes and experiences of care. In 2011-12, he was a Visiting Academic at the University of Melbourne.
(Source ACI website)

Andrew Inder
Manager, Community and Ambulance, Ministry of Health, New Zealand

Andrew Inder imageAndy is the Manager, Community and Ambulance, Service Commissioning, for the Ministry of Health. Andy’s portfolios include responsibility for the strategic leadership and overall management of national programmes including primary care, community pharmacy, health of older people, national telehealth service, oral health and national ambulance service.

Previously Andy managed the New Zealand Workplace Injury Prevention Integration Programme at ACC, and has held a number of management positions in Catalyst Risk Management, an employee health and rehabilitation organisation, and NZ Post. He trained as a physiotherapist at the University of Otago.

Live streaming

The event was live streamed and recorded for those not able to attend. The Zoom webinar link is

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2017 CHeST Symposium

The first CHeST Annual Symposium in Dunedin on 29 August 2017 brought together many academics, researchers, health authorities, managers, and experts from the University of Otago, District Health Boards, and various non-governmental organisations. The theme for this year's symposium was Implementing Integrated Care.

2017 CHeST symposium attendees

Symposium programme

View or download the symposium programme (PDF)

Keynote speakers

2017 chest symposium presentation by Marshal1 ChinMarshall H. Chin is the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics at the University of Chicago, an expert in health equity, general internist, and health services researcher. He has deep experience in improving the care of vulnerable patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases through the health care system and community interventions. Dr Chin is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine.

2017 chest symposium presentation by John MacdonaldJohn MacDonald is the Independent Chairperson Network Leadership Group—Mental Health and Addictions Sector, Southern District Health Board. He also chairs Alliance South, Central Lakes Health Network. He is a member of the Queenstown Lakes District Council, representing the Queenstown-Wakatipu Ward.

2017 CHeST symposium presentation by Joanne BaxterAssociate Professor Joanne Baxter is the Associate Dean (Māori) of the Dunedin School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Māori Health. She is also the Director of Kōhatu—Centre for Hauora Māori.


View or download the slides from the CHeST presentation  (PDF)

View or download the slides from John McDonald’s presentation (PDF)


Download the symposium report (PDF)

Photo album

Revisit some of the key images from our conferences.

Conference photos

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