Record crowd expected for Metro North Health Forum

Exhibition space has sold out and a record number of attendees is expected for this year’s Metro North Health Forum on 19 June 2018 at the Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills.

Now in its fifth year, this annual event is hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Brisbane North PHN to highlight key local initiatives that connect and coordinate healthcare.

Brisbane North PHN Deputy CEO Libby Dunstan said the Metro North Health Forum was now at capacity, after reaching 400 registered attendees.

"The theme for this year’s forum is ‘Connecting for the future’. This embodies the idea that futureproofing our health system depends on our capacity to connect and engage service providers and consumers,” Ms Dunstan said.

“Many of those presenting at the Metro North Health Forum are involved in direct service delivery and can speak with experience about what is working and where we can improve,” she said.

“For this event, we have engaged people working across the full spectrum of the programs we plan and deliver, from healthcare consumers and medical professionals, through to our most senior executive managers.

“This year’s forum will be an unparalleled learning and networking opportunity for anyone wanting to influence the future of healthcare in our region,” Ms Dunstan said.

Among the big names announced for the forum, ABC 612 Afternoons presenter Katherine Feeney will welcome attendees and MC the event.

Keynote speaker will be Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, a senior principal scientist at the CSIRO working in the field of strategic foresight. Dr Hajkowicz will present on Zooming out: trends and drivers impacting the health sector over the coming decades.

Metro North Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Shaun Drummond said the challenges of a growing and ageing population will be felt in all parts of the healthcare sector.

“We need to identify those shared challenges in advance and work together to be as prepared as possible.

“The Metro North Health Forum is an opportunity to bring together people from the healthcare continuum to share ideas and solutions.”

The forum will also boast an exhibition of 30 local for-profit and not-for-profit health related organisations.

A GP breakfast briefing will precede the forum, at which local GPs will be able to learn about the latest initiatives relevant to general practice.

For more information or to view the draft program, go to http://health2gether.org.au/.