Leading Transformation is the theme of the
Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL) Conference, being held tomorrow and
The annual meeting
will provide laboratory managers from around Australasia the opportunity to
discuss what the future holds for laboratory management and will look at past
successes, current challenges, and future initiatives.
This year the meeting is being co presented by
the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB) and has attracted
high calibre speakers, including, the Hon Tony Ryall, Minister of Health and
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister.
Trevor English, General Manager of Canterbury
Health Laboratories (CHL) says this is believed to be the only meeting of its
kind in the country and helps to provide a platform for laboratory managers to
discuss common issues regardless of where they work.
“This year we have representatives from
laboratories as far North as Northland right down to Invercargill, as well as
Ministry of Health representatives, Australian colleagues and private companies
involved in laboratory technology,” Trevor says.
Presentation content is balanced between
Australian and New Zealand examples and initiatives, giving a good overview of
the Australasian laboratory environment.
“The programme delves into laboratory
leadership and includes an interactive workshop session,” he says.
“Part of the programme will also involve
discussion of how CHL responded to February’s earthquake, particularly looking
at the loss of two of the three community laboratories and what initiatives have
been put in place since then in response to these changes.”
Over the years the meeting has moved from a
predominantly scientific focus to recently becoming more aligned to management
of and discussion surrounding the industry, Trevor says.
The meeting is on at the George Hotel from
9.45am tomorrow, Thursday July 21 and runs to 4pm Friday July 22.
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