Webinar Series

Day Hospitals Australia are pleased to present the following series of Webinars, which feature presentations from industry leaders and panel discussions to address the many challenges faced by the day hospital sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The webinars were held in lieu of the Day Hospitals Australia National Conference, which was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, government travel restrictions and social distancing.

Please email: aasta.thomson@dayhospitalsaustralia.net.au for further information.

WEBINAR 1 – Response to COVID-19 in Australia

Aired: Wednesday 23 September 2020

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In this webinar representatives from the Commonwealth and State Departments of Health and Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, discussed lessons learnt during the pandemic, the viability agreement and contracting process, suggested plans for future pandemics, the impact on infection control practices and the future for day hospitals following the pandemic.

Moderator: Philip Truskett AM, Board Chairperson, Day Hospitals Australia

Speakers:

  • Bronwyn Field, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Portfolio Strategies Division, Australian Department of Health
  • Fifine Cahill, Long Term Health Reform Branch Head, Australian Department of Health
  • Brian Kelleher, Assistant Secretary PHI Branch, Department of Health
  • Susan Pearce, Deputy Secretary Patient Experience and System Performance, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Professor Marilyn Cruickshank, Past President, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
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WEBINAR 2 – An International Perspective

Aired: Wednesday 14 October 2020

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Respected day hospital sector leaders from the US and UK joined our CEO Jane Griffiths to discuss the international COVID-19 experience, key learnings and obstacles being faced, how day hospitals are leading the recovery and recommendations for Australia.

Moderator: Jane Griffiths, CEO, Day Hospitals Australia

Speakers:

  • Dr Ian Jackson, Editor, International Association for Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS) Ambulatory Surgery Journal and President of IAAS Scientific Committee
  • Prof Doug McWhinnie, President, IAAS and Past President, British Association of Day Surgery
  • William Prentice, Chief Executive Officer, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
  • Prof Beverly Philip, President, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Immediate Past President, IAAS
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WEBINAR 3 – Panel Discussion – Private Health Insurers and Industry Professionals

Aired: Wednesday 4 November 2020

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A panel of representatives from Private Health Insurance Funds examined the lessons learnt from COVID-19, the impact elective surgery suspensions have had on waiting lists, economic hardship caused by the pandemic and its impact on PHI membership, and ways that the day hospital sector can work with PHI Funds to ensure a viable private health sector.

Moderator: Jane Griffiths, CEO, Day Hospitals Australia

Speakers:

  • David Nowell, National Manager Hospital Relations, Australian Health Service Alliance
  • Gael Filippini, Director Health and Care management – Health Insurance, Bupa
  • Andrea Caton, Head of Hospital and Medical Benefits, HCF
  • David Du Plessis, Head of Health Service Contracting, Honeysuckle Health
  • Dr Andrew Wilson, Group Executive, Healthcare and Strategy, Medibank
  • Scott Bell, NSW Director, Day Hospitals Australia and COO, Nexus Hospitals
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WEBINAR 4 – Discussion around PPE supplies with industry representatives and the day hospital sector

Aired: Wednesday 18 November 2020

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In this webinar, industry representatives and members of the day hospital sector discussed PPE supply and access issues, and infection control practices. Jane Whitelaw from the University of Wollongong also spoke about the Selection of Respiratory Protection.

Speakers:

  • Jane Whitelaw, Certified Occupational Hygienist, Coordinator of Occupational Hygiene Specialisation: WHS Academic Program, University of Wollongong
  • Paul Dale, Director, Policy, Medical Technology Association of Australia
  • Helen Bucknell, Quality Infection and Prevention Consultant
  • Squadron Leader Jessica Sutherland, Operations Support – International Freight Assistance Mechanism, Austrade
  • David Brand, CEO, The Wesley Pharmacy / Brands Surgical Supply
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