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Henry Marsh forum: Clinical leadership in health quality and safety

  • Event start: 9 Mar 2016 9:00am
  • Event end: 9 Mar 2016 4:00pm
  • Location: Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington

A day-long forum for the health sector will be held featuring one of Britain's top neurosurgeons. Dr Henry Marsh will be the keynote speaker at the next event in the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Open Forum: International Speaker Series, on Wednesday 9 March 2016 in Wellington.

The forum has an emphasis on clinical leadership in health quality and safety. You will also hear from an impressive line-up of senior New Zealand health professionals who will share their insights and practical experiences, and draw on what clinical leadership means for them in practice.

His surgical interests are centred on brain tumour surgery and he was one of the pioneers of the use of awake craniotomy for intrinsic brain tumours. He was the subject of a major BBC documentary Your Life in Their Hands in 2004, which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal. He has been working with neurosurgeons in the former Soviet Union, mainly in Ukraine, since 1992 and his time there was the subject of the award-winning film The English Surgeon. He was appointed CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2010.

Topics will include:

  • role modelling
  • openness and learning from mistakes
  • communication with colleagues and patients
  • team work
  • growing clinical leadership locally and nationally.

Download the event flyer for distribution to your colleagues.


The full programme can be downloaded here. It features:

  • an address from Hon Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health
  • Mr Henry Marsh – top British neurosurgeon and pioneer of ‘awake’ craniotomy
  • Martin Snedden – recognised for his strong leadership skills on the sporting field, at the highest level in sports management, and in business
  • senior New Zealand health leaders, discussing growing clinical leaders locally and nationally.


Registration fee: NZ$295.00 including GST. Includes: Open Forum attendance, buffet lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea.

Register for the forum online. If you do not receive your confirmation and/or invoice within ten minutes of booking, please contact the event organiser, Catherine Davenport (09 214 7440 | catherine@limeandsoda.co.nz).


The Commission is seeking one gold and two silver sponsors for the event. Interested in becoming a sponsor? View our sponsorship opportunities.

This event is presented in partnership with the New Zealand Festival.

Last updated 20/12/2016