The winning practice managers – Margaret Phillips, Cheryl Walker and Alyson Pevreal – then gave presentations at the PM Breakfast on 26th October about one piece of information they gained from the conference which will make a difference to their roles, or which they have since implemented into their practice.
Having previously never attended an AAPM conference, Margaret Phillips from Southport Doctors said she did not expect it to be as beneficial and motivating as it was.
“I found the talk by Simon Thiessen on Demystifying and Transforming Workplace Culture extremely interesting, and I could see that implementing some of his ideas into our workplace would only make it a better place to work for our staff and doctors,” said Ms Phillips.
“He spoke about how people deserve great workplaces so they can feel more connected, positive and bring their best selves to work each day.
“After listening to him, I returned to work and tried implementing his ideas of involving staff in the process of establishing an ideal culture in our workplace.”
The next presenter was Cheryl Walker from Griffith University Health & Medical Service, Gold Coast Campus, who stated the AAPM conference was a wonderful opportunity to build skills, increase knowledge and network with a large group of healthcare professionals.
“I gained valuable information as a result of attending the conference, especially from Coaching Skills for Practice Managers by Riwka Hagen, Founder and Principal Consultant of Medical Business Services,” said Ms Walker.
“The purpose of the session was to provide an overview on what coaching is all about and provide a framework for developing and implementing practice manager coaching skills.”
Alyson Pevreal from Myhealth Nerang, Myhealth Coomera and Myhealth Foxwell Road enjoyed presentations by Gary Smith and keynote speakers: Dr Norman Swan, Dr Daniel Nour, Dr Richard Fejo and Jana Pittman.
“The future focus for Primary Health Care will be the results of the ten-year (2022-2032) Primary Health Care Plan,” said Ms Pevreal.
“The big word is integration – primary, secondary, tertiary, and social; the emerging trends will be multidisciplinary teams, meaning much more collaboration.”
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