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Sustainability of Healthcare Awards and Colloquium

The Bond University Sustainability of Healthcare Awards and Colloquium were developed with the purpose of promoting and raising awareness of best practice in high value health care and recognising the achievements of those in the community who are advocates and pioneers in this area. 

Sustainable Healthcare aims to improve health outcomes while using resources wisely. Sustainable health interventions should be evidence-based, effective, minimise waste, affordable and able to be implemented in the long term without accumulating adverse consequences for society or individuals.

The event

The Sustainability of Healthcare Colloquium will feature keynote speaker Dr. John Brodersen from Denmark and a diverse range of national, international and local experts.  Join the interactive forum and live debate on how diseases are defined, redefined and diagnosed, overdiagnosis and the sustainability of healthcare. The Colloquium runs from 1pm to 4pm followed by refreshments and networking time prior to dinner.

The Sustainability of Healthcare Awards features international keynote speaker Dr. Vinay Prasad who will discuss the promises and risks of precision medicine, and how the best interests of patients can be put first.  Guests will then hear the winning national healthcare innovation projects across the five dimensions of Healthcare Policy, Practice, Education, Research and Health Literacy. The dinner event begins at 5.30pm and includes a three-course meal and drinks.

Guests can choose to attend the day, night or both sessions

2019 sponsors

HealthCert is Australia's leading education provider for medical professionals. Dedicated to improving patient outcomes and saving lives, we have helped over 9,000 doctors in the last 12 years upskill through CPD- accredited and university quality assured certificate courses and professional diploma programs.

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Health Service 360 are an award winning development consultancy with over 17 years’ experience of supporting health providers across the UK, Australia and NZ to deliver care they are proud of. They deliver results to providers who need help with improving patient experience, developing leadership, culture change, 360 feedback or service improvement. 

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Concerto Analytics specialises in the development and deployment of analytic software solutions for large enterprises and works collaboratively with innovative business partners who are specialists in change management, technology, engineering, project delivery, benchmarking and operational improvement.

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Inspiring, energetic and exciting, the Gold Coast is the perfect destination for any meeting or conference. Destination Gold Coast Business Events is the peak business events marketing body and our team of passionate local experts are here to provide free professional assistance to help you create an unforgettable Gold Coast conference experience for your organisation.

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Value based healthcare is about linking dollars spent to outcomes that matter to patients, rather than to volumes of services or to specific processes or products that may or may not achieve those outcomes. Costs cannot be ignored – as high costs limit how many people can be served. So measuring value means looking at the improvement in a person’ health outcomes for the money spent to achieve that improvement. Bupa are working with key stakeholders to determine how we can work with providers to best create value for patients and move from a volume based service focus to a value based service focus.

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Award categories

  • Health Literacy Award – for increasing public understanding of sustainable health
  • Practice Award – for sustainable health intervention that is being implemented
  • Research Award – for increasing understanding of causes or interventions for sustainable health
  • Educational Award – for increasing understanding in students of sustainable health
  • Policy Award – for driving improvements at regional or national level

All nominees and award winners will be recognised at the event for their contribution to Sustainable Health Care, and winners will be given the opportunity to speak about their submission to the wider audience.

Award category prize

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, each award category winner will receive a $5,000 bursary to use towards their sustainable healthcare project.

Keynote speakers

John Brodersen

John Brodersen is general practitioner with over ten years’ experience in clinical practice. Dr Brodersen has a PhD in public health and psychometrics and works as a professor in the area of prevention, medical screening, overdiagnosis, over medicalisation, evidence-based medicine and multi-morbidity at the Centre of Research and Education in General Practice, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen & at the Primary Health Care Research Unit, Region New Zealand.

His research is focused on the balance between benefits and harms of medical prevention, diagnostic test accuracy, informed consent and what the psychosocial consequences are for healthy people when they are over medicalised.

Alexandra Barratt

Alexandra Barratt (MBBS, MPH, PhD) is an epidemiologist and Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney.  Professor Barratt has participated in a wide range of health services research over the last 25 years, including projects on screening for breast and prostate cancer. Currently, she is a lead investigator of Wiser Healthcare, a research collaboration to reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Professor Barratt is a member of the Scientific Committee for Preventing Overdiagnosis, an international collaboration working to wind back the harms of Too Much Medicine. In 2006 and 2007 she won back-to-back Australian Museum Eureka prizes and is an Australian Museum Eureka Prize Ambassador.

Highlight Video | 2019 Bond University Sustainability of Healthcare Awards and Colloquium

2019 Sustainable Healthcare Award Winners

Sponsored by HealthCert

Awarded to Professor Michelle McLean and Associate Professor Jo Bishop (on behalf of Bond University) and Professor Lynne Madden (representing the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ) Working Group on Climate Change and Health)

Submission: Introducing (environmental) sustainability into medical curricula in Australia and New Zealand.

Climate change and environmental degradation are significant threats to human health and society. This threat is well described in the scientific literature, position statements by Australasian Medical Colleges and the Australian Medical Association (AMA). Despite this, there has been little response by medical programs in Australia and New Zealand to include environmentally sustainable health care in the curriculum. This submission describes a co-ordinated, collegial initiative by the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ) Climate Change and Health Working Group to introduce (environmental) sustainability into medical curricula across both countries to ensure that future doctors can respond to the threats. An appropriately skilled medical workforce is essential to create change through their practice, advocacy and leadership (Madden et al., 2018). The submission also describes how the Bond University Medical Program (Faculty of the Health Sciences & Medicine (HSM)), is developing this work as an exemplar to other medical schools in Australasia.

Sponsored by Health Service 360

Awarded to Associate Professor Justin Keogh and Dr Tim Henwood

Submission: Development of sustainable exercise programs for older Australians and New Zealanders.

Since collaborating in 2011, Associate Professor Keogh and Dr Henwood have gained substantial external research funding and published extensively in three related areas:
1. Prevalence and predictors of sarcopenia (the age-related loss of muscle mass, strength and function);
2. Benefits of exercise, especially progressive resistance and balance training, in counteracting these sarcopenic-related effects; and
3. Facilitators, barriers and motives of older adults and aged care stakeholders to the development of sustainable older adult exercise programs.

Consistent with the five foundation concepts of implementation science described by Rapport et al. (2016), we have made a consistent effort to work with industry to ensure Diffusion, Dissemination, Implementation, Adoption and Sustainability i.e. that our research is translated to improved outcomes for older adults. A summary of our key research outputs and how these have resulted from, but also further improved our industry engagement has resulted in the development of sustainable exercise programs for older community-dwelling and residential aged care Australians and New Zealanders.

Sponsored by Bupa Health Insurance

Awarded to Professor Tammy Hoffmann and Professor Chris Del Mar

Submission: Conceptualising and conducting a pair of ‘matching’ systematic reviews that examined people’s expectations about the benefits and harms of health interventions.

The first review focused on patients and the public and included 36 articles (a total of 27,323 patients). The main finding was that across all the studies, the majority of participants overestimated intervention benefits and underestimated harm. The second review focused on clinicians and included 48 eligible studies (a total of 13,011 clinicians). This review’s main finding was that clinicians rarely had accurate expectations of benefits or harms, with inaccuracies in both directions, but more often underestimated harms and overestimated benefits. Both reviews were published in JAMA Internal Medicine and received extensive international and national attention. The reviews confirmed that inaccurate expectations about the benefits and harms of interventions are pervasive and a substantial threat to unsustainable healthcare. Since this problem occurs in both patients and clinicians, this is a toxic combination. If either of the parties who are involved in making decisions about the use of health interventions has inaccurate beliefs about their likely benefit or harm, then evidence-informed decision-making and subsequent efficient and effective healthcare is threatened. This skewed perception of the value of many interventions is an irrefutable contributor to the uptake of low-value interventions and this problem should be addressed as part of initiatives aimed at improving healthcare sustainability.

Sponsored by Destination Gold Coast

Awarded to Associate Professor Anne Abbott

Submission: Reimbursement indications for carotid revascularization procedures.

Associate Professor Anne Abbott’s research and translational work commenced and continue to drive a global paradigm shift away from risky, expensive procedures used to prevent stroke. Associate Professor Abbott’s seminal discovery was that medical intervention alone (lifestyle coaching and medication) is now best for stroke prevention associated with advanced (>50%) symptom-free narrowing of the carotid artery (that supplies blood to the brain). This lesion is known as moderate or severe (advanced) asymptomatic carotid stenosis. It occurs in about 10% of people by their 8th decade and causes about 10% of strokes (Abbott et al, IJS, 2007).

Sponsored by Concerto Analytics

Awarded to Dr Jonathan Kaufman

Submission: Liquid Gold: Effective and cost-effective investigation of urinary tract infections in young children.

UTIs are one of the commonest infections of early childhood. A urine sample is required to diagnose or exclude UTI, but collecting urine from a young pre-continent child is challenging. Existing collection methods all have limitations. Suboptimal sample collection is detrimental to patient care and health service efficiency.

This research series developed a quick and simple way of collecting the necessary urine samples from young children, including:
1. Quick-Wee: Randomised Controlled Trial of a novel voiding stimulation method
2. Liquid Gold: Health Economic Analysis of urine collection methods
3. What’s The Catch: Qualitative Study in general practice

The Quick-Wee RCT was published in 2017 in The BMJ. The method is practical with a triple dividend of more effective, cost-effective and patient-centered care. Findings have been implemented into practice and guidelines around the world.

Interviews with our 2019 Award Winners


"Winning the 2018 Sustainable Healthcare Award for Education has led to an increased recognition of the important work our company does, as well as helping with creating a better understanding among senior administrators of healthcare organisations about the benefits of partnering with industry"