2015 Conference Highlights

From a Facilities Perspective ~ Gavin Carey-Smith

The Conference  kicked off to a great start with the ‘meet and greet’ time on Wednesday evening. As usual this was a great opportunity to catch-up with new and old members within the organisation and begin that valued networking which is one of the most important features of our conference.

The conference presentations this year covered a range of interesting and important information that has and will continue to keep our experience ahead of the ever changing environments we work in.

With subjects such as the work Warren Crawley has done on Power Systems in Niue, the new Gallaghers Visitor Management system to help manage contractors on site, the Waikato DHB major developments that Kevin Barsley & Graham Dudfield have been been involved in, the nightmare of a job Greg Truscott had sorting out the way-finding at the Royal Perth Hospital, the shared learnings from Max at Hutt Hospital, the challenging electrical work Kim Bruton completed at Northeast Health, Australia, the massive new Sidria Hospital project Iain Ferguson worked on in Qatar and many other great presentations we can confidently say a wealth of information was gained.

It was good to see so many of the Facilities members attend the conference and enjoy the trade night. The trade night offers huge opportunities for our facilities members. Not only do they provide opportunity to see a vast array of new equipment and systems that are valuable for our work but for attendees it is the opportunity to gain industry specific education, networking and to have a great time with the hosted food, drinks and prize giving. Of cause none of this would happen without the hard work of the organisers and the companies behind the trade stands so a big thanks to them all.

I hope you all enjoy a festive Christmas and New Year and I would encourage you to look for other like-minded Facilities, Project Managers or Engineers within our work places that could also benefit from the NZIHE conferences and invite them along to this years conference in Wellington.

A Clinical Engineering View ~ Simon van Aaslt

There was a training day held on the Wednesday morning with some Technical and Clinical overview of a new Electrosurgery Generator and then after lunch an Overview of Enternal feeding pumps, Insulin pumps and Pacemakers from the very helpful and friendly people from Covidien.
We had a meet and greet on the Wednesday evening which was great to catch up with a number of early birds and re-new some old and not so old acquaintances over a couple of brews and vino’s.
Thursday was combined sessions all day with the Facilities guys and after the welcome from President Doug Moller we had some very interesting speakers including Darren Hackett from Waikato DHB, Greg Truscott who is the Australian ANZEX Delegate and various other speakers covering things from National Procurement to “How to Cope with Change”.

The AGM was held with a reasonable number of people in attendance on Thursday afternoon. This was then followed by the Trade night which was held at “The Atrium” Wintec which was well attended, and where a few more brews and vino’s were had.
Friday morning was split into the two streams, Facility and Clinical Engineering, so the morning session focus was on Technology, E Health and wireless energy and Temperature monitoring with an update on CE qualifications from the Manukau Institute of Technology.
Friday afternoon was combined again with speaker, lain Ferguson who has had much to do with the new Sidria hospital that has been built in Quatar and Doug Moller about the oral health upgrade. We then had a final talk from Zane Lee (Exec Member) about his visit this

Finally we had the Gala dinner with some short speeches and some very good entertainment, singing and dancing from a Bavarian band impersonators, hahaha. A good night was had by all, and we look forward to catching up with you all again in Wellington this year.
Simon van Aalst.

Footnote - Its always a biggie but the food was fantastic right through the entire conference.