Metro North Health Forum 2023

Progress through Partnerships made at the 2023 Metro North Health Forum

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“A well connected agenda offering practical ideas from thought-provoking speakers.”

The 2023 Metro North Health Forum and GP Breakfast Briefing held on 10 May 2023 at the Victoria Park Function Centre, jointly hosted by Brisbane North PHN and Metro North Health, brought practitioners and stakeholders together for the first time post-pandemic.

Over the past three years our sector has rallied to respond to new and significant challenges posed by COVID-19 – an endeavour that has led us to collectively innovate new ways of working together with a focus on enhancing partnerships and co-commissioning models. This year’s forum theme – Progress through Partnerships – was designed to honour and advance this work from a national, Queensland and local perspective.

The full day program lived up to the theme, putting healthcare system “reimagination” on the agenda and highlighting the importance of working together towards a model of care that is better connected and patient-centred.

Held in the wake of the release of the 2023–2024 Federal Budget, the opportunities that voluntary patient enrolment (delivered through MyMedicare) and what this could mean for continuity of patient care were front and centre of mind.

Prominent General Practitioner, thought leader and keynote speaker for both the GP Breakfast Briefing and Forum, Dr Walid Jammal delivered a compelling – and well received – case for the kind of integrated, multidisciplinary and team-based care that patients (and practitioners) want.

It was a fitting high-level and aspirational conclusion to a program that spanned healthcare economics, partnership brokering, collaborative commissioning, HealthQ32 and “stimulated ideas about the future of the health system.”

Primary, community and allied healthcare professionals from across the North Brisbane region fully embraced the collaborative nature of the event, with lots of valuable networking and robust, insightful discussion both in and out of session.

In true embodiment of the Forum’s theme, Brisbane North PHN in partnership with Metro North Health was pleased to facilitate this opportunity for meaningful, solution focused discussion in our region.

Speaker line-up

  • Dr Walid Jammal, Principal GP, Hills Family General Practice | Co-Chair of the GP Advisory Group for the Agency of Clinical Innovation (NSW Health) - Connection: in search of a high performing integrated primary care system of the future
  • Luke Baxby, AU National Healthcare Leader, Deloitte Australia – Healthcare reimagined
  • Michelle Costello, Accredited Partnership Broker, Brisbane North PHN – Working effectively together to solve complex issues
  • Paul Martin, Executive Manager | Commissioned Services, Brisbane North PHN and Shirley Anastasi, Director of Governance and Quality, Metro North Mental Health – Commissioning collaborative: a new way of commissioning mental health, alcohol and other drugs and suicide prevention services.
  • Megan Kreis, Senior Director, Queensland Health – Key partnerships for reform

Breakfast and Forum videos

Summary videos of the GP breakfast briefing and Metro North Health Forum are available to view below.

Further information

For any Forum enquiries, please email info@health2gether.org.au.