On the morning of Day 1 the conference opened with several keynote speakers and a panel discussion. 

These presentations set the scene for the rest of the conference.

Read more: Keynote addresses set the tone for the 2016 HealthPathways Conference (1 Nov)

One health system – the journey so far

The Canterbury health system has been undergoing a nine year process of planned and organic evolution that has broken down silos and started to build a joined-up health system that’s garnered acclaim in some of the most respected international journals: 

But the journey is far from over.

In this presentation, delegates heard a brief recap of Canterbury's journey so far, and an explanation of the challenges and strategies for the next few years to achieve an even more joined-up health and social services sector.


  • David Meates, Chief Executive Officer, Canterbury DHB & West Coast DHB
  • Carolyn Gullery, General Manager, Planning & Funding, Canterbury DHB & West Coast DHB


Primary and community care in an integrated health system

Organised Primary Care has played a vital role in the Canterbury health system transformation story. It has been a true partner with the District Health Board in every sense of the word providing leadership, strategy, innovative tools and systems, and infrastructure capacity. Pegasus Health is the largest primary health organisation in Canterbury, and second largest in New Zealand.

In this presentation, Vince Barry gives a brief history of organised primary care in Canterbury and an outline of its current and future roles in improving the healthcare system and outcomes for patients.

Speaker: Vince Barry, Chief Executive Officer, Pegasus Health


Panel discussion
A panel of health system leaders from across the HealthPathways Community gave their perspectives on what they’ve heard in the key note presentations about whole-of-system change, and relate that back to achievements and opportunities in their own health systems.

Members of the audience were invited to ask questions about those perspectives, and to share observations, themed around the role of HealthPathways and other system-change tools in supporting whole-of-system improvements.

We will return to some of these themes and discussions on Day 3 as we reflect on what we’ve learnt and shared during the site visits, presentations, and workshop participation in the first two days of the conference.

Facilitator: Andy Froggatt, Chief Implementation Advisor, HealthPathways Community


  • Jodi Paxton, Manager, Specialist Outpatient Reform, Queensland Health
  • Jane Grey, Director, Innovation & Support Hunter and New England
  • Dr David Hambleton, Chief Executive, South Tyneside CCG
  • Dr Bernie Cummins, Director, Nursing and service Integration, South Australia Health
  • Dr Angus Ritchie, Nephrologist, Clinical Lead (HealthPathways Sydney), and Physician Infomaticist


  • Video (Vimeo, 1 hr 13 mins)