2018 World Hospital Congress Highlights

The 42nd World Hospital Congress held in Brisbane, Australia last month was a resounding success with more than 1,000 health leaders and professionals from more than 40 countries joining the discussion on how healthcare delivery needs to evolve in order to meet 21st century demands. The three-day event was organized by the IHF with the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and the support of Queensland Health’s Clinical Excellence Division as host partner.
WHC-plenaryThe Congress featured over 130 presentations from more than 150 speakers across a range of keynotes, panel discussions and concurrent sessions. Presenters included industry experts, health leaders and consumers. You can view and download the presentations here and watch the video recording of the plenary sessions here.
There were more than 100 posters on display in the exhibition area that showcased a range of work focused on value-based care, integrated care and digital transformation. To view the digital posters, click here. This year’s Best Poster Award was given to “Dynamics of Peer Learning in Medical Department — Journal and Case sharing Club” from Ruttonjee & Tang Shiu Kin Hospitals, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong.
Twenty-seven outstanding projects and programs also received awards during the International Hospital Federation Awards ceremony. You can view the list of winners here.
Before the Congress, a number of pre-conference events took place:

  • Dell Medical School Professors Elizabeth Teisberg, Scott Wallace, and Alice Andrews conducted a two-day workshop providing a comprehensive overview of value-based health care.
  • Novartis hosted a one-day thought-leadership forum on Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations which brought together a diverse group of stakeholders in facilitated discussions.
  • Health Innovation, Investment and Research Office (HIIRO) of the Department of Health, Queensland hosted a two-hour workshop on Global advantage and practical guidance for conducting clinical trials in Queensland.

WHC-site-visitA number of delegates also joined the pre-conference site visits to Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Translational Research Institute, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and the Centre for Children’s Health Research, and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.
This year also featured the first ever Design Jam event in the history of the World Hospital Congress. The one-day activity, led by Nous Group and Hacking Health Queensland, brought together bright thinkers from across the health sector. They were grouped into teams and given key problems to develop innovative solutions for. Each team pitched their ideas at the end of the day to an expert panel and an audience of interested delegates. It was a great event where participants – both congress delegates and others – collaborated to solve real problems and identify viable solutions.
Delegates also enjoyed the opportunities to widen their networks and connect with industry peers from around the globe during the breaks in the exhibition area and social events such as the Gala Dinner and Aussie Sundowner.
The 42nd World Hospital Congress put a spotlight on some of the key issues impacting healthcare and health services across the world and was hailed by delegates as an enjoyable, informative and valuable event to attend. You can view all photos, presentations, videos and other materials here.
Join us in Muscat, Oman in 2019
Just almost two months since the Congress, we’re now gearing for the 2019 event.  The Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman is proud to host the 43rd World Hospital Congress on 7-9 November 2019 in Muscat with the overarching theme “People at the heart of health services in peace and crisis”. Once again, the congress will bring together health leaders and professionals from around the globe to exchange knowledge, expertise, experiences and best practices in leadership in hospital and  healthcare management and delivery of services. More details will be available at www.worldhospitalcongress.org soon.
The call for abstracts for paper presentations and posters is now open. Click here for more information.
We hope to see you in Oman!

Group discounts available