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Save the date: Quality Improvement Scientific Symposium 2019

  • Event start: 10 Oct 2019 9:00am
  • Event end: 10 Oct 2019 5:00pm
  • Location: Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is hosting its 5th annual scientific symposium featuring keynote speakers, peer-reviewed papers, and learning and networking opportunities.

This symposium is for health care quality improvement practitioners and focuses on the science of health care improvement, by highlighting improvement methodology.

This year’s theme: From knowledge to action: ready, set, grow, focuses on growing, harvesting and sharing the knowledge that will drive improvement action across all fields of health care.

Participants will:

  • share what has been learned from applying scientific methods to health and health care improvement
  • network with colleagues interested in using scientific methods to improve health and health care
  • discuss challenges in applying and disseminating scientific approaches to health and health care improvement
  • create a common understanding of how to apply and disseminate scientific methods to improve health and health care.

Keynote speakers

Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque

Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), New South Wales (NSW), Australia

Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque joined the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation as chief executive in June 2017. He was previously chief executive of the Bureau of Health Information for four years.

Dr Levesque brings to the ACI leadership in health care system analysis and improvement, combining experience in clinical practice in refugee health and tropical medicine, in clinical governance and in academic research. He is a member of the Strategic Analytic Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Health Information and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He has held senior positions responsible for publicly reporting information about the Canadian health system at the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec and the Commissaire a la santé et au bien-etre du Québec.

Dr Levesque has a Doctorate in Public Health, a Masters in Community Health and a medical degree from the Université de Montréal, Canada. He is a Conjoint Professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity of the University of New South Wales. His research focuses on how different models of care impact on patient outcomes and experiences of care. In 2011-12, he was a Visiting Academic at the University of Melbourne.

Darlene Cox

HealthCare Consumers, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Australia

Darlene has been involved in the consumer movement since the late 1990s. She is an eminent advocate for health consumers with an excellent knowledge of the health system in Australia. Darlene has a strong, practical understanding of community engagement principles. She has been the executive director of Health Care Consumers’ Association Incorporated since 2008. She is a board member of the Capital Health Network and is also a member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) Community Reference Group and the Consumer Reference Group for Wiser Health Care. She has had a long standing interest in improving the quality and safety of heath care and has been involved with the Australian Medical Council, Australian Commission for the Safety and Quality of Health Care and the the National Prescribing Service, most recently as a member of the Choosing Wisely Advisory Group.

Dates to note

6 May 2019 Call for abstracts opens
12 July 2019 Abstract submissions close
14 August 2019 Notify applicants of results
9 September 2019 Deadline for presenter registration


The cost to attend is $120 + GST per person

Individual registration:
Group registration:

For more information, check this page for updates or email

Last updated 18/04/2019