Tasmanian Health Service and University of Tasmania staff were fortunate to attend an interactive forum on leadership, with specific emphasis on stroke care. Dan Comerford, Director of Acute Care at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and Associate Professor John Worthington, a neurologist affiliated with the University of New South Wales shared their expertise with a group of Tasmanian academics and health professionals.
The forum actively encouraged attendees to be the facilitators that bring about positive change in their workplace. It emphasised that leadership can come from any level in an organisation and stressed the importance of understanding local context and delivering solutions that are tailored and relevant to the local environment. The necessity of listening to and learning from people at the coalface of healthcare was discussed at length and the importance of openly communicating change and improvement initiatives with others was strongly emphasised.
A number of new networks and professional connections were forged during the discussion. We look forward to increased collaboration between Tasmania and New South Wales, with shared learnings helping us to deliver even better stroke care for our community. The NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation has developed an ‘Innovation Exchange’ network the provides a collaborative place online to share and promote local innovation and improvement projects and resources. Check it out at https://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/ie.