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Posted on 07 Jun 2018

By Prof Anne-Maree Kelly, Emergency Care Clinical Network Governance committee

There is nothing more inspiring than seeing the amazing work being done in hospitals large and small to improve quality and safety for patients and for staff.

Last month, I had the privilege of attending the IHI-BMJ International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During the conference I presented a poster about  improved peri-intubation care of patients in emergency departments on behalf of the Emergency Care Clinical Network. You can download the poster below.

The Emergency Care Clinical Network is one of Safer Care Victoria’s 11 clinical networks. The role of the network is to bring together clinicians and consumers to improve the quality of care and patient experience in Victorian emergency departments.

At the IHI-BMJ conference I joined 3,000 delegates from all over the world, including consumers, clinicians, administrators, policy makers and researchers from all areas of health. This broad mix made for vigorous conversations from a wide, and sometimes unexpected, range of perspectives.

Topics discussed at the conference included the use of social media for change, the importance of mindset, creating emergency for change, and the personal journey of one clinician who promised to himself to change the health system in his country – and is succeeding. I have come back energised and with so many great ideas!

Our  poster was presented in the safety section of the conference posters and attracted a lot of attention. In particular, delegates were interested in the change model that the Emergency Care Clinical Network uses. My discussions with other clinicians often centred on how it had or could be used for other improvement projects with good effect. As a bonus, our poster received a commendation by the organisers and we were invited to submit it for publication. 

My experience at the conference reminded me of the power of sharing improvement work and that the ripples ‘born’ in Victoria can influence care all over the world.

Note: the IHI-BMJ International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is coming to Melbourne on 10-12 September 2018. Email to access a discount rate for Victorian health practitioners.

Page last updated: 08 Jun 2018