Showcase 2022

Solving the puzzle

meeting the needs of our diverse communities
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9—10 May 2022

Not even Queensland’s version of a wet and chilly day could dampen the spirit of creativity and innovation of our clinicians from coast to country, as we returned to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for Showcase 2022.

Continuing in the spirit of ‘by the people, for the people,’ the Clinical Excellence Showcase stage welcomed more than 70 healthcare staff who shared how they are ‘solving the puzzle’ and delivering better care for Queenslanders.

The hybrid event welcomed almost 500 delegates in-person and hundreds more online, who mastered the art of virtually networking via the CEQ Events App.

Day one came to a rousing start with a keynote address from Dr Tahnee Bridson, Queensland Young Australian of the Year and founder of Hand-n-Hand Peer Support. She shared her deeply personal experiences with mental health and shared her tips to improving the wellbeing of our clinical workforce.

She outlined alarming statistics regarding the wellbeing of Australian’s healthcare workforce, with one in four to one in five doctors reporting thoughts of suicide. Her advice, in addition to accessing the support provided by the unique peer mentoring service Hand-n-Hand Peer Support, is to recognise the signs of burnout and take time out to recharge.

Tahnee also strongly emphasised the importance of every healthcare worker having their own GP.

A highlight of the event was our inaugural You Can’t Ask That panel where four clinicians took the stage to share what it is like living and working as a First Nations Clinician in Queensland. Heartfelt, emotional and insightful, all delegates exited the session inspired to be the allies our First Nations colleagues need to create and sustain change.

Members of the panel – Joe Tesiram, Kirsty Leo and Gary Torrens – and panel chair Alicia Veasey spoke about institutionalised racism and how unconscious biases mean some people don’t even realise they are being racist. Dr Veasey said the burden of calling out racism – which she witnesses and experience multiple times on every shift – took a huge emotional toll and was very traumatic.

Dr Veasey also had the crowd applauding when she said her vision was to see care moved to the community regardless of whether patients are black or white.

Kirsty Leo also flagged the new key performance indicators set out under the Health Equity Strategy and encouraged audience members to familiarise themselves with the KPIs and identify how they could be applied and achieved in their own areas.

The panel encouraged other healthcare workers to become allies, by educating themselves on institutionalised racism, actively getting involved in (and understanding) events like Reconciliation Week and finding the confidence to say ‘that’s not right’.

“It’s not up to us to ‘build resilience’. It’s up to all of us. This is an issue for all of us,” Dr Veasey said.

As always, the Clinical Excellence Showcase event wrapped-up with our annual great debate with city and country battling to decide whether more money for the cities mean better healthcare for everybody. Who took out victory, though? You’ll have to wait and see when the session is published online next week!

Clinical Excellence Queensland would like to thank all of the presenters for sharing their projects and journeys with us and for the delegates – both in person and online – for attending. We hope you found at least one healthcare innovation ‘gem’ to take back to your own workplace and feel inspired to create change.

Don’t forget, the fourth season of the Clinical Excellence Showcase podcast will drop throughout June 2022, so subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts to relive all this year’s presentations. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss out on the episodes as they drop. You’ll also find out about all future Showcase events, so hit that like or follow button so you don’t miss out!

Award winners

Our presenters are the clinicians and administrators at the coalface who have successfully navigated healthcare system challenges to deliver change, improvement and innovation in their own health service.


PROJECTS presented


in person Attendees


virtual attenndees


Plenary sessions


The Clinical Excellence Showcase was a ticketed event at Brisbane Powerhouse. Events held at the venue follow all the Queensland Government COVID-19 guidelines and we’re working closely with the venue to ensure we host a COVIDSafe event.

For more information about the venue, visit the Brisbane Powerhouse COVID advice page.