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5th APAC Forum: Exploring new frontiers

Te Tāhū Hauora Health Quality & Safety Commission
12 September 2016  - 14 June 2016
9:00 AM  - 5:00 PM
Hilton Hotel, Sydney

The APAC Forum has quickly become one of the largest health improvement conferences in the world. It provides a unique platform to unite global thought leaders, frontline teams and colleagues.

The 5th APAC Forum will be held at the Hilton Sydney, Australia from 12–14 September. It will bring together approximately 2000 change-makers, who are determined to make positive improvements to the health and wellbeing of their communities. The APAC Forum is designed to give delegates the skills, knowledge and networking opportunities to allow them to ‘explore new frontiers’ in health.


Register on the Ko Awatea website by 31 May 2016 to take advantage of discounted early bird registration. Standard registration applies from 1 June.

Call for poster submissions

Displaying a poster at the APAC Forum allows you to share your achievements and ideas with like-minded professionals, locally, nationally and internationally, as well as learn from the experience of others.

Ko Awatea are calling for posters that share significant health improvement initiatives and ideas. Anyone wishing to display a poster at this year's APAC Forum is required to produce a draft ePoster (PDF format) in the first instance. Submissions should be made online by 30 June 2016.

Confirmed speakers

Ko Awatea has announcee a line-up of inspiring keynote speakers.

Dr. Shetty is the founder and executive director of India's Narayana Health. He is a cardiac surgeon who has completed over 4,000 paediatric heart surgeries – all without charge. Dr. Shetty is described as a healthcare entrepreneur and was credited by Forbes for “walmart-ising” heart surgery.

Professor Nicholas Christakis is a social scientist and physician who conducts research in biosocial science, network science, and behaviour genetics. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University has been named in the "100 most influential people in the world" and "Top 100 Global Thinkers" lists. 

Once a champion cross country skier, Ms Shepherd’s life was irrevocably altered when she was hit by a truck whilst training. Her story provides moving consumer insights; not only did she survive, she learned to fly, became an aerobatics instructor, and is now a successful speaker and best-selling author.

Professor Jonathon Gray has more than twenty years’ experience, a master’s in Public Health from Harvard, and is an expert in healthcare improvement and innovative service development. Ko Awatea's director addressed APAC Forum 2015's audience with a keynote presentation which stressed the need for international collaboration, which earned him a standing ovation.

The Ko Awatea website will continue to be updated as more APAC Forum 2016 speakers are confirmed. Read more about the session speakers.

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