The APHA program offered a variety of sessions that appealed to a wide cross-section of participants from all areas of the private healthcare system. The program had a great mix of speakers and offered excellent networking opportunities on all three days of the Congress.

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Optional Site Visit

This optional Site Visit will take participants to:

  • The Valley Private Hospital
  • Epworth Camberwell
  • Victorica Parade Surgery Centre

Refer to futher details on "Site Visit" page of website

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception and Networking Session

Grand 5-7 and Lobby (Level 1), Pullman & Mercure Melbourne Albert Park

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7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Breakfast Session #1 - Productive Ageing: Prosperity, Not Austerity

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Medical

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9:00 AM to 9:15 AM

Congress Opening

Andrew Klein, Master of Ceremonies

9:15 AM to 9:45 AM

PLENARY SESSION 1: President's Address

Richard Royle, President, Australian Private Hospitals Association

Read more: Richard Royle
9:45 AM to 10:45 AM

PLENARY SESSION 2: Fast, Flat and Free: Healthcare Trends and Innovations in a Connected World

Gihan Perera, Futurist

With changing demographics, new technology and a more competitive landscape, healthcare is one of the fastest-growing and fastest-changing industries. We look at what's changed, what's ahead in the next 20 years, what it means for private hospitals, and how busy leaders can tap into the changes to future-proof their organisation.

Read more: Gihan Perera
10:45 AM to 11:15 AM

Morning Tea and Exhibition

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

PLENARY SESSION 3: The Hospital of the Future is Here Today

Dr Monica Trujillo, Chief Medical Information Officer, UnitingCare Health

Sponsored by UNIQUEcare

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12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Lunch and Exhibition

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

PLENARY SESSION 4: The Elephant in the Boardroom: Building Mental Health Resilience

Graeme Cowan, Author of The Elephant in the Boardroom

A hospital leader has 3 priorities:

1.    To maintain a positive mood (green zone) personally.
2.    To keep your tribe in the green zone.
3.    To have the will and skill to help those with low mood (red zone).

In times of unprecedented change and uncertainty, employee disengagement has become the norm. The only thing we can control is what we choose to do each day – and that directly impacts our mood, engagement, and performance.

This presentation will highlight practical strategies to build your leadership resilience and your tribe’s performance.

Read more: Graeme Cowan
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

PLENARY SESSION 5: Can Industry Collaboration Save Private Health?

Richard Royle, Executive Director, UnitingCare Health
Terry Barnes, Principal, Cormorant Policy Advice
Ayela Thilo, Head of Government, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Bupa Australia

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3:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Afternoon Tea and Exhbition

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

PLENARY SESSION 6: Medical Gaps: Are they undermining the value proposition of private health?

Dr Leon Clark, Group Chief Executive, Adventist Health
Professor Michael Grigg, President, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Terry Barnes, Cormorant Policy Advice

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6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Pre-Dinner Cocktail Function

Convention Centre Entrance & Element Room (Ground Floor), Pullman & Mercure Albert Park Melbourne

Sponsored by Baxter Healthcare

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7:30 PM to 11:59 PM

Congress Gala Dinner

Grand 1-4 (Level 1), Pullman & Mercure Melbourne Albert Park

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7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Breakfast Session #2 - The Bottom Line Impacts Everyone, Everyone Impacts the Bottom Line

Sponsored by Intelog Healthcare Performance Group

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9:00 AM to 9:30 AM

PLENARY SESSION 7: Partnering for the Future

Martin Bowles, Secretary of the Department of Health

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9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

PLENARY SESSION 8: Quality Performance: Can it be bought?

Michael Coglin, Chief Medical Officer, Healthscope
Andrew Sando, CEO, Australian Health Service Alliance
Luke Slawomirski, ACSQHC

Panel Discussion

Read more: Andrew Sando Dr Michael Coglin Luke Slawomirski
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Morning Tea and Exhibition

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

PLENARY SESSION 9: Torture the Data Long Enough and It will Confess

Dr Chris Farmer, Medical Director St Andrews Private Hospital Adelaide
Dr David Ben-Tovim, Professor, Clinical Epidemiology and Process Redesign

Getting data is easy but creating agreement on actionable insights is still hard because it requires consideration of purpose, people and technology. Usual approaches go from design of the systems, the  selection of the measures, their presentation  and their purpose when it should be the other way around. The first part of the presentation will illustrate what confessions are possible with increasing levels of technology and visualuisations.

Read more: David Ben-Tovim Dr Chris Farmer
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Lunch and Exhibition

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

PLENARY SESSION 10: Alive and Clicking - using the patient voice to drive safety and quality via social media

Associate Professor Michael Greco, Chief Executive, Patient Opinion Australia
Cathy Jones, National Quality Manager for Healthscope

How can we engage more practically with patients who wish to give us feedback? What can they teach us about becoming a quality organisation? Patient Opinion is one technology that can help create conversations via social media that is safe and constructive. It’s about empowering both patients and staff.

Read more: Assoc. Professor Michael Greco Cathy Jones
3:00 PM to 3:05 PM

Congress Closing Remarks

Michael Roff, CEO, Australian Private Hospitals Association