UNSW Built Environment Event: ACHSM/CHAA National Congress 2010

21 07 2010

More than 400 people attended the ACHSM/CHAA National Congress 2010 in Fremantle, Western Australia last week. As in 2009, CHAA partnered with the Australian College of Health Service Managers to organize this conference which attracted a mixed audience of health service managers, health service/facility planners, architects, project managers/directors, building contractors and others. The conference was presented across four streams – Effective Leadership, Workforce, Quality Safety and Risk, and Health Facility Planning and Design. Abstracts for all papers were peer reviewed thus ensuring presentations were engaging and of a high standard. CHAA’s work in two areas was presented by Centre researchers. Vivien Chow presented a paper on the ARC Linkage project looking at the impact of climate change-generated extreme weather events on health infrastructure. Jane Carthey presented work on the Health Infrastructure NSW research project that looked at how to ensure future flexibility and adaptability of health buildings to prolong their effective life and fitness for purpose.

The conference was opened by the Hon Nicola Roxon, the Federal Minister for Health who talked about the Gillard Government Health Reform program. She was followed by the newly appointed WA Director General of Health, Kim Snowball and the National President of ACHSM, Robert Grima in making opening remarks. Daryl Sadgrove, CEO of ACHSM and Jane Carthey, Director of CHAA then welcomed delegates on behalf their respective organizations.

Hon Nicola Roxon, Dr Weerawat Phancrut, Deputy Secretary General, National Health Security Office, Thailand, Kae Martin (ACHSM SA Branch President), Robert Grima (ACHSM National President), Jane Carthey (Director CHAA), Thelma Burnett (ACHSM WA Branch President), Daryl Sadgrove (ACHSM National CEO)

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