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Webinar: How will health systems worldwide cope with ageing populations? 
Professors Jeffrey Braithwaite and René Amalberti

19th September 2017, 11:00am (GMT +1)

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.

 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

Innovations Webinar - Further Information

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Previous Webinar

On 24th July 2017 Prof 
René Amalberti, MD, PhD, Senior advisor to the French Patient Safety Accreditation Agency (HAS - Haute Autorité de Santé) and Chair of ISQua's Innovative System Change Working Group - ISCWG (ISQua’s working group on massive ageing) gave a webinar on the massive aging of the population and why this will and is having just a major effect on healthcare.

A recording of this session can be watched below:

The Big Picture on Worldwide Massive Ageing

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On Monday 17th October 2016 Professor Cliff Hughes officially launched our first White Paper:

Health systems and their sustainability

To further develop the strategic priority focused on Innovation the Board established a sub committee, the Innovation and Systems Change Working Group (I&SCWG). The first task of the I&SCWG was to identify an emerging issue in healthcare for which the group could add value. During 2015 the group decided to focus on the global issue of ageing populations and the increasing pressure worldwide on healthcare systems which is transforming the nature of care needed. Healthcare systems must continuously innovate and adapt if they are to meet the challenge of delivering safer, better care to more complex patients within limited healthcare budgets into the future. In October 2015 a one day seminar was held in Doha, Qatar where representatives from sixteen countries shared their vision, diagnosis and further challenges to address their ageing populations. An Editorial based on the discussions held in Doha was published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care in March 2016.

Pre-Conference Seminar Tokyo 16th October 2016

Innovations Workshop: Future-Proofing National Health Systems So They Can Deal with Ageing Cohorts with Associated Chronic Diseases: Creating Sustainable Health Care 

René Amalberti; FR, Jeffrey Braithwaite; AU, [On behalf of the Innovations Systems of Working Group of the International Society for Quality in Health Care] 

Health care systems across the world are experiencing increased financial, organisational and social pressures attributable to a range of critical issues including the challenge of ageing populations. Health systems need to adapt, in order to continue to provide quality care to the widest range of patients, particularly those with chronic and complex diseases, and especially those in vulnerable and low income groups.

We report on a workshop designed to tackle such issues held under the auspices of ISQua in October 2015 in Doha, Qatar, with representatives from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Emirates, France, Ireland, Jordan, Qatar, Malaysia, Norway, Oman, United Kingdom, South Africa and Switzerland.

We discuss some of the challenges facing health care systems in countries ageing rapidly, to those less so, and touch on current and future reform options.

1. Amalberti R, Nicklin W, Braithwaite J (2016). Preparing national health systems to cope with the impending tsunami of ageing and its associated complexities. Towards more sustainable healthcare. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, In press.

Watch a recording of the session on Periscope 

Following a presentation focusing on the white paper, titled 'Health systems and their sustainability', the workgroups were asked to discuss, using the white paper as a resource, the following questions:

1. What were the lessons learned from this mornings session
2. How applicable are this issues to your country
3. What are the impacts and outcomes to be prepared for
4. What are the pragmatic solutions?
5. And are these solutions applicable within your own country/other countries?

Part 1 (04:43)  Part 2 (57:52) 

Members of the I&SCWG

Innovation and Systems Change Working Group

  • (Chair) Amalberti, Prof René MD, PhD
  • Adam, Ms Sheila
  • Braithwaite, Prof Jeffrey, BA, MBA, MIR (Hons), PhD, FAIM, FCHSM, FFPH RCP
  • Chappy, Mr Edward MPA, CHPP, FACHE
  • Cornue, Mr Christopher BSc, MSc
  • Knudsen, Dr Janne Lehmann MD, MHM, PhD
  • Lachman, Dr Peter M.D. MPH. M.B.B.Ch., FRCPCH, FCP (SA), FRCPI
  • Nicklin, Ms Wendy R.N., B.N., M.Sc.(A), CHE, FACHE, FISQua
  • Vincent, Prof Charles A M Phil, PhD