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September 2021 half day CHeST symposium: Health New Zealand

This year’s theme is the upcoming health reforms announced by the government in April this year–Health New Zealand.

Our guest speakers include Dr Carol Atmore, Medical Director of WellSouth and David Meates, former CEO, Canterbury DHB.

Dr Carol Atmore

David Meates

Both speakers have extensive background in healthcare leadership and policy, and will be talking about the health reforms and what it will mean for the New Zealanders specifically in the Otago region. We will also have a panel discussion with our guest speakers and senior Otago faulty members.

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August 2020 CHeST symposium: Improving Healthcare with Emerging Technologies

We aim to bring together researchers, health practitioners and health service managers to explore how the New Zealand Healthcare System should engage with emerging technologies.

Our theme: Challenges of implementing emerging healthcare technologies.

Healthcare systems are notorious for being complex and challenging—where introducing, implementing and sustaining any change is considered a mission. Emerging technologies to drive process and quality improvement such as digitisation, big data, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) have opened up a new research stream that addresses the organisational and policy-related prerequisites to ensure successful implementation of such innovations.

The successful implementation of innovations could serve as a valuable source to support healthcare operations, and drive public policy and management discussion forward

Keynote speakers

Enrico Coiera imageProfessor Enrico Coiera

Presentation: The fate of medicine/healthcare in the time of AI

Trained in medicine and with a computer science PhD in Artificial Intelligence, Professor Coiera has a research background in both industry and academia and a strong international research reputation for his work on digital health safety, decision support and communication processes in biomedicine.

Coiera is the Director for the Centre for Health Informatics (CHI) celebrating its 20th year in 2019, Director for the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Digital Health and Director of the Australian Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare (AAAiH). His textbook Guide to Health Informatics is in its 3rd edition, is widely used internationally, and is translated into several languages.

He was elected Foundation Fellow and first President of the Australasian College of Health Informatics, is a foundation member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

Mike Collins imageMike Collins

Mike Collins is the Executive Director People, Culture and Technology at the Southern District Health Board. Previously Mike was the Director of the Learning Environment and the Director of Service Excellence at Otago Polytechnic with a passion for creating dynamic working environments and believes in a team culture aligned to values.

Mike believes a successful organisation requires a clear strategy with innovative aspirations supported by people working within an empowering culture where staff own and enable the business values. One of the keys to success is to form a highly effective team by promoting efficient and transparent communications, focusing on the customer at the center of all decisions, creating a fun and enjoyable work environment and providing an on-going investment into staff education, knowledge transfer and mentoring.

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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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