Just returned from Australia where I gave a keynote speech to ‘Inspire 2012’ – the inaugural conference of Health Workforce Australia. (http://www.inspire2012.org.au/
Some fascinating presentations and discussions around the innovation challenges to delivering high quality healthcare across a very diverse continent, with some big implications for skills and training, workplace productivity and new models to deal with rapidly changing population structure and distribution. Some highlights were:
• Paul Redmond talking about Generation Y (and other groups like Generation X, Baby Boomers and Millenials) and how we need to rethink our approaches to this significant social group in terms of their user needs and potential as co-creators of innovation https://twitter.com/paulatliverpool
• Ian Curran talking about STeLI (Simulation and Technology-enhanced Learning Initiative) , a large-scale research programme looking at the role which simulation technologies and approaches can play in enhancing patient safety. A close collaborator with Clayton Christensen he highlighted some of the emerging challenges around disruptive innovation in healthcare and placed particular emphasis on regulation as a barrier to change
• Denis Pashen and Michael Penniment giving examples of technological and organizational innovations in delivery of healthcare in remote regions, including the use of ‘Physician Assistants’ and the growing role of telemedicine.
Some of the issues were explored in more detail in ‘Masterclass’ sessions and Joanna Tait put together a Storify overview here: http://storify.com/DrJoannaT/hwa-inspire-2012-masterclasses