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SPOTLIGHT ON: DOUG

20 March 2018

Doug Symonds, Medtronic Australasia | Healthcare Economics & Reimbursement | PHI Relations

Attending the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) Congress 2018

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Tenure with Medtronic: 9 ½ years

What motivates you to work in the ANZ medtech industry? Working collaboratively to ensure Australians have access to new, innovative technology that will make to a difference to their life.

Why are you attending the Meeting? An opportunity to discuss policy issues and practical steps to improve patient access to medical technology and improve the value of PHI.

What are you looking forward to most at the Meeting? Hearing speakers present their thoughts on how to put the patient at the centre of care.

Which area of the program interests you most? The discussion on low value vs high value care.

By this time next year, what matter relating to healthcare would you like to see solved and/or part of public conversation? Further discussion on value based healthcare – putting the patient at the centre of care – does offer the best pathway for the healthcare community to improve patient outcomes, while focusing on the sustainability of healthcare into the future.

SPOTLIGHT ON: CATH

20 March 2018

Cath Moore, Medtronic Australasia | Business Development & Corporate Accounts Manager

Attending the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) Congress 2018

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Tenure with Medtronic: 4 months

What motivates you to work in the ANZ medtech industry? To support improved delivery of healthcare for those who need it most.

Why are you attending the Meeting? To represent Medtronic’s Integrated Health Solutions Division.

What are you looking forward to most at the Meeting? Meeting and talking with our customers about the benefits of integrated solutions and our shared risk approach to delivering value to healthcare providers and their patients.

Which area of the program interests you most? I’m interested to hear about developments at the Australian Digital Health Agency from Tim Kelsey.

By this time next year, what matter relating to healthcare would you like to see solved and/or part of public conversation? I’d like all healthcare settings to consider the benefits of a ‘Value Based Healthcare’ approach for their patients and managers.

SPOTLIGHT ON: JAMIE

19 March 2018

Jamie Stanistreet, Medtronic Australasia  |  Managing Director & Vice President, ANZ

Attending the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) Congress 2018

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Tenure with Medtronic: 27 years

What motivates you to work in the ANZ medtech industry? The impact we have on so many patients at Medtronic – 2 patients every second in the world.

Why are you attending the Meeting?  To continue to better understand the trends and challenges for Private Hospitals in Australia.

What are you looking forward to most at the Meeting? Catching up with friends in the Industry.

Which area of the program interests you most? Update from Minister Greg Hunt MP & APHA President Danny Sims; Private Patients in Public Hospitals: Great Debate; and Cost and value in healthcare.

By this time next year, what matter relating to healthcare would you like to see solved and/or part of public conversation? Improved access for stroke patients to timely treatment in Australia 24/7 in all states.

CELEBRATE IWD. MEET MICHELE

8 March 2018

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As Medtronic’s Country Director for Diabetes in ANZ, Michele Blanshard has a unique insight into one of the regions greatest health priorities. Responsible for all business initiatives across Australia & New Zealand, Michele knows what’s important in addressing diabetes – now and in the future. She is passionate about health literacy for the diabetes community and about empowering people to make the right decisions to manage their health and ‘live well’.

Michele’s experience as both Country Director, and before that as a Regional Manager within the business, has necessitated proactivity in approaching government decision makers, advocacy groups, healthcare professionals and the wider community together to solve the health access issues associated with managing what is widely known as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition – and be part of the solution.

Michele is also a member of the Medtronic Australia Executive Leadership Team and an Executive Sponsor of the Medtronic Women’s Network – a high priority initiative for Medtronic in their pledge to recruit and retain women in leadership positions, improve employee and achieve employee diversity. She represents Medtronic as a Board Member for the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) – a position she was elected to last November – and also sits on two not-for-profit Boards.

Four questions posed to Michele:

The theme for IWD in 2018 is ‘Press for progress’ to help accelerate gender parity. What does this mean to you?

Everyone can contribute to leading the charge on gender pay parity and equality in the workplace. Leading the charge is what we must do as nothing will change without focused and collective action. This is not a ‘women’s only’ imperative but one that all parts of society can contribute to – individuals, organisations, government, schools, community groups. # PressFor Progress should motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive

 What’s the best advice – career or personal – that you’ve ever been given?

  • Every 1-2 years spend some time really thinking about your career. Make sure you’re connected with or reconnect with your network.
  • Take criticism or “feedback” for what it is: a gift given to you to make you better at what you do.
  • If you are afraid or uncomfortable, you are probably onto something amazing! Fear means you are growing your comfort zone.
  • And finally – be nice to people. It’s a very simple motto I try to live by daily

 What motivates you to work in the ANZ medtech industry?

Making a difference! Medical technology saves lives, extends lives, helps people become more informed about how to live a healthier life, helps make caring for others easier and ultimately can deliver long-term savings to the healthcare system – now that’s a worthy thing to get out of bed to do each day!

 By this time next year, what matter relating to healthcare would you like to see solved and/or part of public conversation?

Well, many know about my commitment to drive for equity of access for all people living with diabetes to technology to help them better manage their diabetes SO the problem I would like to see solved is the problem that unless you have private health insurance (PHI) in Australia you cannot access an insulin pump – not fair!  The solution – government funding for insulin pumps for those living with T1D.

SPOTLIGHT ON: PHILIPPA

28 February 2018

Philippa Dennis, Medtronic Australasia | NZ MITG Country Manager

Presenting at the 2nd Women in Healthcare, Pharma & Medical Leadership Summit (28 February & 1 March 2018)Philipa_Dennis_6889

Tenure with Medtronic: 25 years

What motivates you to work in the ANZ medtech industry? There is constant change in this sector along with advancing and exciting technologies that change lives. Working for Medtronic allows you to be at the forefront of these changes and be a part of making that difference.

Why are you presenting at the Meeting? I was approached by the Conference organisers and after having spoken with them, they felt my experience could be of benefit to the audience they are catering to. I’m also a passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. I see this as an opportunity to help support women in leadership positions, as well as those aspiring to lead.

What are you looking forward to most at the Meeting? There are some very different topics and presenters from across the sector that I have not heard before.

Which area of the program interests you most? There is a lot of discussion around the human factor, women coping with today’s work pressures & being confident enough to step up and take challenges.

You are participating in the “Managing the Divide between Friend and Leader” Session. Why is this topic important to you and what message do you want your audience to take away? There are a lot of important factors to cover but I hope the audience can take away some fundamentals and principles that are easily practised in the managing of teams.

  • How to foster an environment of collaborative goal achievement
  • Earning respect through relatability
  • Leading with credibility
  • Mentoring with consistency & fairness

By this time next year, what matter relating to healthcare would you like to see solved and/or part of public conversation? I would like to be involved in helping to create partnerships and an opportunity for the coming together of Clinicians, leaders in policy making, administrators and companies like Medtronic to discuss what is best for the patient in the health pathway and how can we do this together.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP IN 2017

13 December 2017

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. For questions regarding a Medtronic therapy or product over the festive season please contact a Medtronic representative or our call centre — opening hours and contact details are listed in the table below.

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Thank you for your partnership this year. Please take a moment to view our digital year-end card.

IT’S TIME FOR MEDTECH TO THRIVE

29 November 2017

When Australia Innovates, the World of Healthcare changes according to a discussion paper released by The Actuator – Australia’s National MedTech Accelerator. The paper highlights the societal and economic imperative across Australia to address fundamental challenges and enhance innovation in the local healthcare environment, in order to foster and create an ecosystem in which medtech innovation may thrive.

Key themes from the paper send a strong message to policy makers, industry, and the healthcare community of the opportunity to better foster innovation:

  • Better investment in deep technology;
  • Overcoming fragmentation;
  • Time‐to‐market and value capture;
  • More multinational ecosystem investment;
  • Increase risk tolerance in investment; and,
  • Streamline regulatory frameworks and increase enabling policy approaches.

According to Dr Buzz Palmer, Chief Executive Officer of The Actuator, Australia is ripe, ready and needs to get this right; As a nation, Australia is amongst the global best in terms of research capability and capacity to explore and create early‐innovative healthcare solutions. To capitalise on this, Australia needs to collectively pull together resources, consolidate expertise across borders and de‐silo the system to enable the country to truly benefit from its – relatively untapped but outstanding – potential in MedTech.”

 

The Medical Technology Association of Australia [MTAA] agree that medtech has the power to significantly benefit our population; “Global advances in medical technology over the past 20 years have resulted in a 56 per cent reduction in hospital stays, 25 per cent decline in disability rates, 16 per cent decline in annual mortality and increased life expectancy of approximately 3.2 years.

“At the heart and soul of the medical devices industry are 19,000 dedicated professionals, committed to making a positive difference to patients’ lives through medical technology allowing them to live or to have a quality of life that they otherwise would not have.” a spokesperson said.

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Dr Jason Wenderoth, a leading Interventional Neuroradiologist from Sydney discusses the life-changing impact of medical technology when delivered in a modern, ready and supportive health eco-system.

 

At Medtronic, our team represents almost 1,000 of those professionals. We understand the responsibility, and aim to advance innovation in a meaningful way so to ensure every Australian who requires access to therapies receive them.

We are ready, so let’s be bold, partner and create meaningful innovation for the people who matter most.

The paper ‘When Australia Innovates, the World of Healthcare Changes’ was launched during a ceremony at NSW Parliament House. Speakers included The Hon Minister Matt Kean MP, co-author Dr Buzz Palmer, and Dr Jason Wenderoth – Interventional Neuroradiologist, Australia. Learn more here: http://medtechactuator.com/.

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