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How will health systems worldwide cope with ageing populations? with Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite and Professor René Amalberti

Date:  19 September 2017

Presenters:  Jeffrey Braithwaite, PhD, FAIM, FCHSM, FFPHRCP, FAcSS, Hon FRACMA, Professor of Health Systems Research, Founding Director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Director, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science

René Amalberti, Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Ergonomics, MD, PhD, Senior advisor HAS, French Accreditation Agency, Director, FONCSI, Foundation for Industrial Safety Culture

Track 3:
 Patient Safety






What our Participants say...

"This webinar showed that the word observatory is a good approach and noticed that aging is everywhere in the world- if we pilot good solutions, will consider the transferable as well; I also learned from the others, well done! Clear, concise PowerPoint presentation." 

Angie Pang
Manager, Australia
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"It’s good to learn and know the trend of ageing population and strategies of resolution and change. PowerPoint presentation is good to read. The two presenters who teach on the webinar are also good to learn from.”

Dr. Shew-Fang Shieh
Hospital Director, Taiwan



About the Webinar

Around the globe almost all countries are ageing. This is happening at a faster rate in some countries than others. For example, by the 2030s it is estimated that 40% of the population in Japan and Switzerland will be aged over 60, while China, with its relatively younger population, is projected to catch up by the 2050s.

Ageing populations worldwide are placing increasing pressures on health care systems, and transforming the nature of care which is needed. Rich and poor countries alike need to act as evidence-based solutions become available. The most rapidly ageing countries will act as frontrunners, providing valuable insights into what has succeeded and what has failed.

Strategies such as the implementation of telehealth and mobile applications, emphasising home care models and introducing public long-term care insurance are currently being trialled around the world. How we can learn from initiatives such as these is the topic of this webinar. 

Learning Objectives

1. To increase awareness about global ageing and its implications for health care systems and settings.
2. To learn about potential strategies to combat massive ageing in health care settings.
3. To discuss specific issues such as the coordination of efforts, maintenance of health care quality and standards, and the evaluation of initiatives to address ageing.

Intended Audience

Those with an interest in the impact of ageing populations on health systems.



About the Presenters

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, BA, MBA, MIR (Hons), PhD, FAIM, FCHSM, FFPH RCP (UK) is Foundation Director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Director, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, and Professor of Health Systems Research, Faculty of Medicine, and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His research examines the changing nature of health systems, particularly patient safety, standards and accreditation, leadership and management, and the structure and culture of organisations and their network characteristics, attracting funding of more than AUD$59 million. Professor Braithwaite has published extensively (more than 600 total publications) and he has presented at international and national conferences on more than 780 occasions, including over 75 keynote addresses. His research appears in journals such as British Medical Journal, The Lancet, Social Science & Medicine, BMJ Quality and Safety, International Journal of Quality in Health Care, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and many other prestigious journals. Professor Braithwaite has received numerous national and international awards for his teaching and research. He has contributed to ISQua in various ways for many years including on Board sub-committees, by sharing his research widely, and as an ISQua Expert. 


Dr René Amalberti is Professor of Medicine (Physiopathology), MD, PhD Cognitive Psychology. After a residency in Psychiatry, he joined the Airforce in 1977, graduated in aerospace medicine, and got a permanent Military Research position in 1982. He retired with a rank of General in late 2007. During his carrier, he occupied several detached managerial positions in national and international bodies: head human factors and flight safety of the European Civil Aviation Authorities (JAA -92-99), chairman of the French national program road and railways safety (01-13), and chairman of several scientific boards in charge of environmental risk.