Call for Speakers

Our Call for Speakers initiative gives you an opportunity, as an individual or an organisation, to send proposals to speak at the International Forum Sydney 2021.

We are looking for dynamic speakers to showcase an innovative project, run an interactive workshop or inspire a new way of thinking in a face to face or virtual setting.

Call for Speakers ends on 7 October 2020.

Share your improvement story at the International Forum Sydney 2021

Why should you get involved?

Be part of a movement to ignite change across healthcare networks on a global scale. Typically, with over 1,500 attendees from 35+ countries, the International Forum in the Asia Pacific presents a unique opportunity to share your work with an audience who has the power to make a real difference.

We are looking for dynamic speakers to share their quality improvement and patient safety experience and knowledge.

As we are now planning to offer both face to face and virtual attendance options for this International Forum, we accept speaker proposals for both face to face and virtual delivery. 

Proposals can showcase an innovative project, run an interactive workshop or inspire a new way of thinking. We welcome applications from across the healthcare sector and beyond, including non-clinicians, patients and carers, voluntary/social sector employees, students and first-time presenters.

What are we looking for?

The mission of the International Forum is to bring together the quality improvement community to improve care. We do this by sharing ideas and experiences from different countries, professions and healthcare systems to discuss what works (and what doesn’t) with the aim of creating a revolution in patient outcomes.

We have a strong preference for content that:

  • Is co-designed with or lead by patients or service users
  • Illustrates strategies facilitating interdependent approaches for achieving improvement within and across settings and systems
  • Contains new and fresh ideas that have the potential to change the status quo
  • Has a robust evidence base with reliable results


Watch some of the sessions from our previous conferences to get an idea of the quality of content at the International Forum.

Call for Speakers topics

For the International Forum taking place in our 26th year, we have six key areas for submissions. We expect that submissions within these topics will refer to the impact of COVID-19 on the project and its results.


One of the biggest challenges facing the global quality movement is limiting the harm caused by medical error. Abstracts in this stream should consider innovative ways to tackle this issue, considering how we prevent adverse events through advances in technology, process and human factors training. We’re also looking for approaches that analyse what goes well (frequent events) in order to create a system that is able to adapt to shifting and unexpected conditions without a reduction in quality of care.

Quality, Cost, Value

More care is not always better; overtesting and overprescribing can lead to a worse outcome for the patient and an intolerable strain on the healthcare system. Abstracts in this stream should consider how to improve efficiency of care by creating new models, process improvements or pathways that are focused on what matters most to the patient.

Person and Family-Centred Care

A core value of the quality improvement movement is moving from a place where healthcare is provided to the patient, to a collaborative space where patients have agency over the design, process and outcomes from their care. Abstracts in this stream should consider how we keep the patient at the heart of healthcare, the value of co-designing projects with service users, and the benefits of patients taking the lead in improving lives for their communities.

Population and Public Health

The quality improvement movement recognises that to improve outcomes for a population we need to promote health as well as prevent illness, and ensure everyone has equal access to care. Abstracts in this stream should look at innovative approaches to improving health outcomes on a national scale, as well as how new approaches can reach the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Building Capability and Leadership

To implement a new revolution in quality of care, organisations need to empower individuals at every level to be agents for change. Abstracts in this stream should consider how we can disseminate learning and knowledge, build networks, optimise teams and scale up ideas from individual projects to international programmes.

Improvement Methods

Any successful quality improvement strategy needs to be underpinned by a robust methodology and framework so that results can be measured, evaluated and shared. Abstracts in this stream should consider how we analyse these methodologies, and what new models and approaches could transform the way we take ideas through to successful implementation.

Notifying you

You will be notified of the outcome by email in February 2020. Please note the email address that you supply in the Submitter Details page will be the email address used to correspond the results of your submission. If you change email addresses during this time, please let us know so we can update your records.