New Zealand Health Symposium 2017

Explore, Innovate, Transform

Symposium logoThe New Zealand Health Symposium in Wellington on 21 – 22 February 2017 brought together many people at the forefront of health and social services delivery in New Zealand to focus on how new technology and innovation and ideas will revolutionise the way healthcare is both delivered and experienced.

This was the second Symposium in the series. At the first, Powering up our Future, in April 2016, the refreshed New Zealand Health Strategy was launched. 

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman provided the opening address and reflected on progress made since the New Zealand Health Strategy was launched. This included a greater focus on prevention and wellbeing, and more integrated services. Innovation, collaboration and new ways of working along with strong leadership are key to achieving this, Dr Coleman said.  

The opening address is available online: Opening speech to NZ Health Symposium.

Over two days the Symposium covered the concepts of exponential change, as well as disruptive innovation and the leadership needed to tackle the challenges and opportunities faced in a rapidly changing world. Prominent international and New Zealand-based speakers shared their insights and provided inspiration.

The speakers

Dr Michael Gillam, CEO HealthLabs

Michael Gillam is CEO of HealthLabs, a discovery automation company for Big Data. He is a physician certified in emergency medicine and medical informatics. He has advised numerous organisations and companies on their health care data strategies and is the founder of health care innovation labs in Microsoft and Washington DC.  

Download Michael's presentation: Exponential Medicine (PDF, 10.2 MB)

Scott Anthony, Managing partner Innosight

Scott Anthony is the managing partner of Innosight, a consulting and investment company that focuses on strategic transformation, disruptive change and business model innovation.

Kaila Colbin, New Zealand Ambassador for Singularity University

Kaila Colbin is the New Zealand Ambassador for Singularity University and is represented on the boards of numerous organisations.  Kaila’s presentation looked at the dramatic implications of exponential technologies and offers insights into how we might prepare for this dynamically changing world.

View Kaila's presentation at the AgileNZ conference: Riding the exponential Wave of Change

Michelle Dickinson, Senior lecturer, Engineering The University of Auckland

Michelle is a senior lecturer in engineering at The University of Auckland and the co-founder of the education charity OMGTech! Her background in biomedical and materials engineering have given her a unique insight into how medicine and engineering can work together for future health care developments. 

Christine Nixon, Chair, Good Shepherd Microfinance, Chair, Monash College, and Deputy Chancellor, Monash University

Christine Nixon is the former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police. She was the first woman to become a police commissioner in Australia. She consults, advises and presents keynote speeches and workshops focused on change, leadership, diversity, women and leadership, management, emergency management and corruption. 

From the symposium

Participants at the Symposium
Participants at the symposium.


Participants networking
Participants networking.


Discussion during a session
Discussion during a break-out.


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