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Surgeons gather in Queenstown to talk outcomes

Surgeons gather in Queenstown to talk outcomes

Wednesday 3 August, 2016

Around 100 of New Zealand’s leading surgeons and health professionals will converge on Queenstown this week to attend the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting.

Every year the Meeting brings together some of the country’s foremost medical minds to discuss issues vital to the provision of high quality surgical care in New Zealand.

Running from 4-5 of August, the theme of this year’s meeting “Getting the Measure of Outcomes” focuses on the importance of collecting, analysing, and communicating health data, and the tremendous impact that this can have on improving health outcomes for New Zealanders.

Among this year’s multi-disciplinary line-up of renowned speakers is Professor Justin Dimick, the University of Michigan’s Director of the Centre for Health Outcomes and Policy in the United States.

Professor Dimick is an international leader in surgical outcomes research, with over 150 peer-reviewed publications addressing performance measurement, variation in hospital quality, and cost-quality relationships.

The ASM will also feature Professor Madeleine King from the University of Sydney as the Henry Windsor Visiting Lecturer.

Professor King is the Cancer Australia Chair in Cancer Quality of Life and Director of the Quality of Life Office and specialises in the measurement and interpretation of health-related quality of life and other patient-reported outcomes.

Over the course of the two days delegates will also discuss:

Ethnic outcome disparities in New Zealand
What New Zealand can learn from the NHS experience of Faster Cancer Waiting Times
How primary care is best utilised to enhance surgical outcomes
The availability of surgical outcomes for public scrutiny

The Annual Scientific Meeting is being held at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown and will run from Thursday 4 August to Friday 5 August.

About the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

RACS is the leading advocate for surgical standards, professionalism and surgical education in Australia and New Zealand. The College is a not-for-profit organisation that represents more than 7000 surgeons and 1300 surgical trainees and International Medical Graduates. RACS also supports healthcare and surgical education in the Asia-Pacific region and is a substantial funder of surgical research. There are nine surgical specialties in Australasia being: Cardiothoracic surgery, General surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic surgery, Otolaryngology Head-and-Neck surgery, Paediatric surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Urology and Vascular surgery.


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