Health Quality & Safety Commission Open Forum - International Speaker Series Tuesday, 10 March 2020

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Why is it so hard to be open? The pitfalls and promise of transparency in health care.

This event will bring together world leaders in thinking about transparency from New Zealand, the UK and Australia.
Discussion will focus on the scandals, principles and history driving the transparency agenda, alongside some of the nuances of transparency in practice - how has it been done elsewhere and how can it be done intelligently and thoughtfully in New Zealand? How do we give the public what they want while driving quality improvement and increasing patient safety?

The programme can be viewed here.

Keynote speakers:

HQSC - Samer NashefMr Samer Nashef, Royal Papworth Hospital, UK

Mr Samer Nashef qualified as a doctor at the University of Bristol in 1980 and trained in general surgery in London and Exeter. His specialist training in cardiac surgery was in Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester and Bordeaux in France. He was appointed consultant surgeon at Papworth in 1992.

Samer is active in research, with a major interest in the evaluation and monitoring of the quality of surgical treatment. In that field, he has led national and international initiatives, including the EuroSCORE Project.

He is the author of two books:The Naked SurgeonandThe Angina Monologues. In his spare time, he compiles cryptic crosswords for a number of publications, includingThe GuardianandThe Financial Times.

Samer Nashef is presented in partnership with the New Zealand Festival of the Arts. Read more about Mr Nashef here.

HQSC - Stephen DuckettDr Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute, Australia

Dr Stephen Duckett is director of the health programme at Grattan Institute. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals, to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care 

An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Read more about Dr Duckett here.

Find out about the other speakers here.


The cost to attend is $295 + GST per person. Register here.

Further information can be found on the HQSC website, or contact