The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) presented the first Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care from November 6-8, with co-host Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQHHS). The event was held at the award-winning Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and proudly supported by the Clinical Excellence Division.
The 1st Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care (APIC1) saw approximately 300 researchers, clinicians, managers and consumers from the region and beyond come together to learn about the latest innovations and best practice standards in integrated care, and the design and delivery of health and care services. They shared experiences and the latest evidence generated around the following key conference themes: new models of care delivery, child and youth health, rural and remote health, mental health, and engaging and empowering communities.
Several Queensland Health staff presented at the conference, including projects funded by the Integrated Care Innovation Fund which is administered by the Clinical Excellence Division. Staff from our Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch also presented their work on enhancing the continuum of services and care available to adolescents and young people with severe and complex mental health issues.
Keynote speakers included Dr Sanjeev Arora, Director of Project ECHO, Dr Sarah Dalton from the Agency for Clinical Innovation (New South Wales), Stephen McKernan from Ernst and Young, Dr Nick Goodwin, CEO of IFIC, Professor David Perkins from the University of Newcastle, and Claire Jackson from the University of Queensland. Chief Executive CHQHHS Fionnagh Dougan was also a keynote speaker.
All papers presented as oral presentations or posters at the conference will be published in the International Journal of Integrated Care (IJIC). More information on the journal can be found online.