WELCOME LETTER 

Dr Karyn Cuthbert, Conference Chair 

Senior Staff Specialist, Hospital in the Home, Canberra Hospital

Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Australian National University

Division of Medicine| Canberra Health Services | ACT Government

Dear Friends, Colleagues and HITH Society Members,

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee and Executive, it is a great pleasure to extend to you an invitation to join us at the 13th HITH Society Annual Scientific Meeting. The conference will be held in Canberra from 18 to 20 November 2020 at the modern Hotel Realm. With the year being 2020, a fabulous “Roaring 20s” dinner and dance will be held nearby in the iconic Old Parliament House, which was our seat of parliament from 1927 to 1988.

The annual HITH Conference has become a cornerstone of the HITH Calendar and is the must attend HITH event of the year. The Conference will strive to offer plenty of networking opportunities to meet and interact with colleagues from Australia, New Zealand as well as our invited speakers, sponsors and exhibitors

We are excited about developing our program in line with the conference theme of 2020: The HITH Revolution. With pressure on inpatient beds higher than ever before, we believe it’s time for HITH to be a standard and expanding component of the patient flow process in Australasia.  The location in Canberra provides a wonderful opportunity to involve federal politicians, policy makers, academics, advisors and senior government decision makers.

We also look forward to welcoming our keynote speaker; Michel Calmon, CEO of Fondation Santé Service; Vice President of HAH French Federation (FNEHAD), France who will share insights on the well established and rapidly expanding HCH (Hospital Care at Home) services and FNEHAD in France.

Canberra is a young and vibrant multicultural city with many iconic attractions that tell the story of Australia.  Delegates can relax in the beautiful natural environment or wind down at one of the award winning dining and art precincts.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

Organising Committee

Dr Karyn Cuthert - Chair, Conference Organising Committee

Canberra Hospital; Australian National University; ACT Government, ACT

Dr Daryl Kroschel

Silver Chain, WA

Pauline Dobson

John Hunter Hospital, NSW

Angela Ellis

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service – Bundaberg, QLD

Barbara Farrelly

Flinders Medical Centre, SA

Narelle Hawkins

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA

Sue Henning

Silver Chain, WA

Michelle Horsnell

Cabrini, VIC

Dee Loader

Alfred Health, VIC

James Pollard - HITH Society Australasia President

Cabrini Health, VIC

Dr AnnMarie Crozier

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital HITH, Sydney Local Health District, NSW

Voni Leighton

Vitalis Health and Home Care, NSW

Dr Lisa Bell

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, ACT

Rowena Hogan

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, ACT

Louisa Andrews

Canberra Hospital, ACT 

Louise Drinkwater

Canberra Hospital, ACT 

Dr Anne Balcomb

Orange Hospital Ambulatory Care/HITH service, NSW

Naree Stanton

ACT Health Directorate, ACT

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