Resilience and collaboration key theme at conference

Tuesday April 17, 2012

​Resilience and collaboration will be a key theme at a national health conference held in Christchurch later this month.

'Shine the Light', Allied Health Technical and Scientific Professions Conference, being held in Christchurch on April 26 and 27, is aimed at profiling and sharing what's happening in health now and into the future.

The conference will open doors to professionals from across New Zealand and Australasia to talk about resilience, collaboration, innovation and transformation.

A key note speaker is Michael Bishop, Director Allied Health, Department of Health and Human Services, in Launceston, Australia.

Michael will give an insight into his experience of more than 20 years' working in reviewing Allied Health Professional services and service systems across Australia and New Zealand.

"Allied Health Professional services and system development provides a tool for building organisation success and efficient, effective patient health outcomes," Michael says.

"This is because it develops both service capability as well as encouraging the needed compassion or caring aspect of the service.

Michael will present his work under a framework he has developed and applied to individual and organisational resilience.

"The Empathy and Capability (EMCAP) Framework, predominantly looks at individual's and organisation's capability and their ability to successfully meet service demands over time with empathy and sensitivity to client and community needs," he says.

Stella Ward, Canterbury District Health Board and West Coast District Health Board Executive Director for Allied Health, says Michael is highly regarded in the health sector, both in New Zealand and Australia.

"We are really looking forward to his presentation, which is sure to provide some valuable lessons and inspirations for our health professionals," Stella says.

"The conference is also a fantastic opportunity for our own health professionals to share how resilience and collaboration has got them through the earthquakes."

Graeme Nuttridge, from Physio South in Christchurch, will be speaking about his clinic's resiliency programme; Tracey Partridge will talk about reflecting on the disaster response and preparedness of Christchurch's Older Persons' Health Specialist Service, while Rose Henderson and Ron Chambers from Specialist Mental Health Services will share the experiences and lessons of psycho-social recovery.

Allied Health Technical and Scientific professions include physiotherapists, laboratory scientists, nutritionists, dieticians, occupational therapists and social workers.

The conference will be held at the Copthorne Commodore Airport Hotel. To register go to:

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