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SPOTLIGHT ON JOHN

22 October 2018
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John Gillespie PhD, Principal Analyst/Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Consultant, Health Economics, Health Policy & Reimbursement, Medtronic ANZ

Attended the 13th International Evidence-Based Health Care Symposium for the Central and Eastern European Society of Technology Assessment in Healthcare (CEESTAHC), Krakow, Poland 8-9th October 2018.

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Tenure with Medtronic: 8.5 years

What motivates you to work in the ANZ medtech industry?

Enabling patient access to technologies that improve and extend lives.

Why did you attend the Event?

I was invited to speak – Medtronic have a long-standing relationship with CEESTAHC – and we have been building relationships in the global HTA community looking at the interplay between HTA (systematic evaluation of clinical and economic outcomes to inform reimbursement/access decisions) and Value-Based Healthcare.

What were the most memorable moments from the Event?

Finding out I was the second speaker on Day One….when my schedule said Day Two! Great to hear about the diversity of approaches used across the CEE region to improve outcomes for patients. Personally and professionally –  spending time in discussions with global KOLs was priceless – I came back to Sydney with some great ideas to help improve how medical technologies are evaluated.

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

We need evaluation and funding frameworks for new technologies not covered under existing mechanisms – e.g. non-implantables. We also need evaluation processes to be shorter and more efficient. Coverage with evidence development would be good too!

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ON JULIAN

12 October 2018
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Julian Swindells,  Senior Clinical Specialist/Clinical Lead, VIC, Medtronic ANZ

Attending Melbourne Marathon to support Insulin for Life

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Tenure with Medtronic: 10 years!! I made it!

What motivates you to work in the ANZ medtech industry?

Being able to help people living with diabetes to get the best results using the latest technology developed my our team.

Why are you attending the Event?

To raise funds for Insulin for Life Global as part of the Fiona Kwok Screening Program, Fiona was a very dear friend and colleague at Medtronic.

What are you looking forward to most in the Running Event?

Raising money and connecting with like minded people!

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

Some public funding for Insulin Pump Therapy and support for adults to get CGM.

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ON RANAE

4 October 2018
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Ranae Stokes, Sales Manager Coronary and Structural Heart NSW and NZ, Medtronic

Attended Elevate Leadership Program session one Hong Kong with one day mission in motion event at Ronald MacDonald house

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Tenure with Medtronic: 8 years

What motivates you to work in the ANZ medtech industry?

I have always had a passion to make a difference in health care outcomes and innovative solutions for patient care.

Why did you attend the Event?

It was incorporated into the leadership development program.

What were the most memorable moments from the Event?

We arrived the first day after the Super Typhoon had hit Hong Kong and we didn’t know what to expect in terms of the devastation. However, the most memorable moment for me was realising that we were helping clean/cook and fix the debris in the gardens for very ill children and their families. It was not for aesthetic appeal, but to keep the immunosuppressed children safe from further illness or injury that could be life threatening for them.

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

Stroke prevention and access to technologies that can help prevent stroke.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON PHIL

4 October 2018
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Phil Bird, Senior Manager, Professional Training & Development, MITG, Medtronic ANZ

Attended Elevate Leadership Program session one Hong Kong with one day mission in motion event at Ronald MacDonald house.

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Tenure with Medtronic: 8 years

What motivates you to work in the ANZ medtech industry?

I having worked across different sectors in predominantly Sales related roles, it was the rate of innovation and how that innovation positively impacts patients that attracted me to the medtech industry.

Why did you attend the Event?

It was an incremental part of the Elevate Leadership program to support a philanthropic event.

What were the most memorable moments from the Event?

Like most of these types of events the people you meet and new connections you make across our organisation are the memorable moments but having the opportunity to help the team at Ronald MacDonald House provide a safe environment for their patients following the Typhoon is something I will not forget.

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

The challenge of providing affordable access to Cancer treatment needs to continue to be part of the conversation as the challenge increases with the rising cost of care and the increasing unavailability of treatments in public systems.

 

Feel the beat to prevent stroke

26 September 2018
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Last week we were once again proud to support hearts4heart and the Stroke Foundation to raise  awareness of atrial fibrillation (AF) in our community during the Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week (17 September to 23 September). Just because the Awareness Week has ended doesn’t mean community attention on AF should too.

AF is a particular type of irregular heartbeat. In a healthy heart, all four chambers beat at the same time, somewhere between 60 and 100 times per minute. If someone has an irregular heart, the left side of the heart (left atrium) beats rapidly and unpredictably and can beat irregularly at over 400 times per minute.

If left untreated or poorly managed, AF may lead to serious health complications, like stroke or heart disease. However fast and simple checks could help identify those at risk of stroke.

AF affects up to 460,000 Australians and causes around 36 percent of strokes. The condition costs the Australian economy at least $1.25 billion every year.

hearts4heart Chief Executive Officer Tanya Hall said Australians must act now to reduce their risk of stroke and heart disease caused by AF. Ms Hall said that AF was the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm but once detected, it can be managed.

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hearts4heart Chief Executive Officer Tanya Hall

This year, hearts4heart and the Stroke Foundation urged people to attend a screening event in their local area or visit their own healthcare provider to get checked for AF. However checks for AF shouldn’t be restricted to just one week of the year – it’s important to pay attention to your health all year round.

According to the Stroke Foundation, while your risk of AF and stroke increases with age, anyone of any age may be impacted.

Currently, there is one stroke every nine minutes in Australia and by 2050 this number is expected in increase to one stroke every four minutes. Yet most strokes can be prevented.

More than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by managing conditions – including AF – and living a healthy lifestyle.

Recognising the increasing incidence of AF in the community, Australia’s first guidelines for the diagnosis and management of adult patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) were released by the Heart Foundation and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) in August. For more on the Guidelines.

SPOTLIGHT ON PHILIPPA

25 September 2018
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Philippa Dennis, Medtronic NZ MITG Country Manager

Attended NZPSHA Seminar ( 20-21 September 2018),  NZ Private Surgical Hospital Association

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Tenure with Medtronic: 25+ years across ANZ

What motivates you to work in the ANZ Medtech industry?

The Medical Device arena has become a very complex and  challenging environment. Working in the Medtech industry,  provides an opportunity to work with teams that produce new and innovative technologies which provides life changing outcomes for the patient. When you see these results, it makes you feel very proud to be a part of that process.

Why did you attend the Event?

This is an ideal forum to catch up with the C Suite & Executives within the private hospitals in NZ.

What were your highlights in the Event?

I had an opportunity to present to the group as Medtronic was a Major sponsor of the event. The theme of the seminar was around “ Quality” and my presentation really highlighted Tenet 3 of our mission:

“to strive without reserve for the greatest possible reliability and quality in our products; to be the unsurpassed standard of comparison and to be recognised as a company of dedication, honesty, integrity, and service”.

Discussion was also around how this is a major artery running through all facets of the business.

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

A shift in thinking about how do we help the private hospital arena look to delivering efficiencies to the patient and assist in becoming easier to deal with.

SPOTLIGHT ON MARY

21 September 2018
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Mary Ball, Medtronic ANZ Sales Coordinator MITG – WA/SA/NT

Attending The Bloody Long Walk

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Tenure with Medtronic:  11 years

What motivates you to work in the ANZ medtech industry? 

Being able to have a small connection with helping people.

Why are you attending the Event?

Personal challenge and to help raise money for a cause that is not very well known. Mitochondrial disease (mito) is a debilitating genetic disorder that robs the body’s cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure and potentially death. It is terminal; there is no cure and few effective treatments. One Australian child born each week will develop a severe or life-threatening form of mitochondrial disease.

What are you looking forward to most in the Event?

Sense of achievement and camaraderie with other people participating.

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 all GP’s and Specialists to be aware/educated on the large range of products that are available and be able to give patients the best advice for the best outcomes.