Healthscope hosts first state forum for Visiting Medical Officers

Specialists from across Queensland, South Australia, Western Australian and the Northern Territory descended on the Gold Coast this month for Healthscope’s first state forum for Visiting Medical Officers (VMOs).

The forum was an opportunity for doctors to meet with Healthscope executives, including Managing Director and Chief Executive Gordon Ballantyne, Hospitals State Manager QLD, NT, WA and SA, Arthur Yannakou and Chief Medical Officer, Dr Victoria Atkinson.

Dr Atkinson said the forum was a chance for specialists and executives to work together and discuss the strategic direction of Healthscope and its hospitals, clinical governance and patient experience.

“It was a rare opportunity to hear directly from doctors about their priorities and how we can work more closely together,” Dr Atkinson said.

“Doctors were particularly interested in digital strategy, including the use of apps, future investment at site level and how we can use our voice as a national operator of 43 private hospitals to promote our high quality care and clinical outcomes.”

Dr Atkinson anticipated that the forum would be the first of many, with more to follow in other states with the aim of Healthscope hosting a national conference.

“We hope this forum will pave the way for a national VMO forum as we continue to live our refreshed purpose at Healthscope –‘we work together for better care’.”

About 17 VMOs attended the forum at Gold Coast Private Hospital which also included showcasing a selection of the new Healthscope patient menu.

Hospitals State Manager QLD, NT, WA and SA, Arthur Yannakou said he looked forward to hosting more conferences and workshops with doctors and other clinical staff.

“Our first forum was a great opportunity to improve how we engage with our VMOs and importantly how to improve our “doctor value proposition”, which in summary is about how we move from a sometimes transactional interaction to a more relational interaction,” Mr Yannakou said.