The first China-Australia hospital accreditation and medical quality seminar held in Beijing

With endorsement and supervision from Bureau of Medical Administration, National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, the First China-Australia Hospital Accreditation and Medical Quality Seminar was held in Beijing on 28 April 2018, co-organised by National Institute of Hospital Administration (NIHA) in China and Australia China Health Accelerator (ACHA). Mr Tim Dillon, Commissioner – Greater China from State Government of Victoria, was invited to attend. Senior leadership from Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and Australasian College of Health Service Management(ACHSM) and about 80 Chinese participants of government officials from provincial health commission and hospital managers or directors attended this seminar.

In opening ceremony, Dr Quanfu Ye, Director of NIHA, gave a warm address on behalf of the organisers. He recognised and appreciated the successful running of the first peak dialogue on hospital accreditation, safety and quality management between China and Australia. Australia has an advanced healthcare system globally and is ranked at number two on the leader board; and China as the largest developing country is eager to draw on international experience to develop its healthcare system and benefit the Chinese people. Dr Ye expressed his  appreciation to ACHA for its coordination and to the Australian experts who travelled from afar to share their expertise and experience with their Chinese counterparts. Dr Ye is looking forward to further exchange and communication, as well as deepened collaborations with ACHA.

Group photo for the seminar

During the seminar, Dr Christine Dennis the CEO of ACHS and Mr Michael Giuliano the executive director of ACHS International, Dr Neale Fong the President of ACHSM and Mr John Rasa introduced how Australia is doing on hospital safety and quality, management system and professional training. Prof Xiaohong Chen from NIHA, Dr Yongjin Guo from Shanghai Hospital Development Centre, and Professor Taihua Wu from Dalian Medical University presented how China has been doing on hospital accreditation, Informationised management and applying DRG to promote medical quality. Mr Jason Sun the CEO of ACHA summarised the China-Australia collaboration opportunity and challenge, and proposed future cooperation mechanism or pathway. Professor Mingguang He and Professor Xiaohong Chen co-hosted the discussion session.

Discussion session

It is believed that this seminar is a successful beginning of future China-Australia collaboration on hospital management and accreditation, which will export Australian expertise to China and help China to improve management capacity and healthcare service quality.