We imagine, transform, lead and experience the best of our District
A unique experience of Sydney Indigenous languages opened the 2019 Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium.
Sydney Local Health District welcomed more than 1200 staff, patients, community members and health, medical and research partners to the Hyatt Regency to network, celebrate achievements and foster collaboration.
Now in its seventh year, the Symposium is the flagship event of Innovation Week. This year, the theme was Imagine, Transform, Lead, Experience.
In keeping with 2019’s designation as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, we asked our Aboriginal staff to help express this theme in the various Indigenous languages of the Eora Nation.
Attendees were invited to Nangami (dream), to Walibanga (turn something upside down) and to Marana (be first).
Chief Executive Dr Teresa Anderson AM reconfirmed Sydney Local Health District’s commitment to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
“We are going to have the healthiest Aboriginal community in the country,” she said.
The keynote presentations began with an in-depth look at 10 years of pioneering innovation in structural heart disease at RPA.
Interventional cardiologist Professor Martin Ng outlined the key milestones of transcatheter aortic valve implantation or TAVI.
TAVI is a highly-specialised procedure that allows a diseased aortic valve to be replaced via a keyhole surgery – without the need for open heart surgery.
“We perform world first surgery to save lives. Our patients are the sickest of the sick and we are delivering the best of the best. We go above and beyond for our patients every week,” Professor Ng said.
There are also new techniques and technologies being developed to create new solutions for other diseased valves in the heart.
In Spotlight on a Service we explored RPA’s Comprehensive Stroke Service with Associate Professor John Worthington, Clinical Nurse Consultant Kylie Tastula and the multidisciplinary team of paramedics, anaesthetists, neurointerventional radiologists, neurologists, intensivists and specialist nursing staff. They were joined by eight stroke patients from around the state who have been treated at RPA.
The Service is achieving impressive results with endovascular clot retrieval (ECR), an innovative, complex and delicate procedure that reduces disability and is potentially curative for certain stroke patients.
“There’s literally hundreds of people across NSW on rosters that meet and greet these patients and get them to us. It works like clockwork and to watch the teams at the bedsides and watch them in the angiogram suite, that’s the marvel of this,”
Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research Brad Hazzard presented the Sydney Research Awards and Scholarships and the Healthy Families Healthy Children School Science Project Competition Awards.
“Thank you to the Sydney LHD for all the work you do, thank you to each and every one of you for the care and love that you give to our patients,” Mr Hazzard said.
The ICT Lounge took visitors on a tour of technologies shaping current and future healthcare.
Microsoft Asia Pacific HoloLens lead, Lawrence Crumpton, demonstrated how mixed reality is helping clinicians in their work, allowing them to look inside anatomical parts and view a patient’s medical information in real time.
Scott Taylor, CEO and Co-founder of PERX Health, explained how the Perx app increases patient adherence to clinical treatment plans, and a team from Cerner Corporation's PowerChart Maternity led the audience on a dramatic journey through a woman’s pregnancy using the electronic documentation tool.
Dr Nic Woods, Microsoft Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, gave the audience an insight into some of the emerging technologies Microsoft is working on with partners in healthcare, including a watch that dampens Parkinson’s tremor and AI-powered health chat bots.
In the Great Debate, four top clinicians and two Board members battled it out over the proposition that “clinical systems and processes are more important than experience”.
There were four big winners in our special Symposium-edition of The Pitch. The judges awarded $25 000 to the “You Matter” Equal Access to Cystic Fibrosis Care Initiative which aims to improve access to tertiary level care for cystic fibrosis patients – particularly in rural and remote areas.
The judges awarded $20 000 to an Innovation in Communication project. It aims to develop child protection specific communication simulation so staff can practice communication with patients, families and teams.
And the Ear Phone Project was awarded $14 000. It combines two new pieces of technology to improve access to ENT care for indigenous Australians in remote communities in NSW.
Dr Anderson also announced that a project to improve access to healthy food and water for medical staff will be funded across all hospitals in the District.
Check out the image galleries and video highlights packages. Videos of each of the keynote presentations in full will be progressively available at https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/innovationSymposium/videos.html.