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Short Stay Hospitals Forum

Bringing together the growing group of stakeholders investing in short stay hospitals and short stay models of care

30 July 2024 | Rendezvous Melbourne

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Short stay is an exciting growth space in Australia and this Forum provides a truly unique opportunity for networking and discussion with a diverse and growing group of stakeholders.

Building on the success of the first event in 2023, the Short Stay Hospitals Forum brings together private healthcare operators, specialist and doctor perspectives, private health insurers, healthcare property funds, healthcare real estate leaders, specialist healthcare providers, government, construction groups, architects, innovative tech providers enabling short stay and everyone in between.


  • A unique opportunity to network with a real mix of stakeholders who are actively working and investing in this area
  • A good cross section of speaker perspectives from across this burgeoning sector
  • Hospital operator insights on realities on the ground, current challenges, concerns and how they are investing
  • Private health insurer perspectives on models of care, areas of opportunity and lessons learnt to date
  • Surgeon and clinician presentations
  • Consumer experiences and a glimpse into the patient journey
  • Discussion around financing short stay models
  • Sessions on clinical care standards, guidelines and quality frameworks
  • Learnings from a mix of leaders who have implemented the short stay model of care
  • The current REIT landscape for healthcare in Australia


Bill Prentice

CEO, Ambulatory Surgery Centre Association (ASCA), USA

A/Prof Daevyd Rhodda

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic Group

Ravi Carothers

Head of Health Fund Relations and Revenue, Healthe Care

Jane Griffiths

CEO, Day Hospitals Australia

A/Professor Kaushik Hazratwala

MBBS, BSc(med), FAOA, GIACD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Director, Weststate Private Hospital, Director Orthopaedic Research, Institute of Queensland, Director, Queensland Lower Limb Clinic, A/Prof of Orthopaedic Surgery, James Cook University

Eva Naidoo

Director of Nursing, Camden Surgical Hospital

Rebecca East

Nurse Practitioner, CEO and Founder, The Holistic Care Collective

Dr John Napoli

Gastroenterologist, Pennant Hills Day Surgery

Dr. Robert Marshall

Chief Strategy Officer, St Vincents Health Australia

Fiona Langley

Southern Operations Director Vic/SA/Tas, Nexus

Sharon Naidoo

Head of Healthcare Funding, Bupa

Nick Bailey

Senior Executive Healthcare Funding and Policy, Medibank

Joanna Green

Principal, Hive Legal

Christian Soberg

Senior Portfolio Manager - HealthCo, HMC Capital

Leith MacMillan

Director, Day Hospital Consulting & Short Stay Private Hospitals

Rhod McKensey

Chief Executive Officer, Honeysuckle Health

Chad Wilhelm

Managing Director, Wilhelm Integrated Solutions

Dr Matthew Read

General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon

A/Prof Aaron Buckland

Spine & Scoliosis Surgeon - Melbourne Orthopaedic Group, Associate Professor, Monash University, Director and Chairman, Spine and Scoliosis Research Associates Australia

Chris Junge

General Manager, Mater Private Hospital, Redland, Mater Health

Dana McKinniss

Senior Manager, Strategy & Insights, Stryker


8:30 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

9:00 am


9:05 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

Joanna Green, Principal, Hive Legal

9:10 am

  • What do the best practice ambulatory surgery centres in the US look like?
  • Examining the data – the growth of ASCs, common procedures, cost effectiveness
  • Key learnings on what works and what doesn’t with short stay and day hospitals in the US
  • What are the quality and safety measures?
  • Innovative models of care and strategies being implemented
  • What does the future look like?

9:40 am

  • Perspectives on short stay and day hospital models
  • Length of stay, funding and casemix
  • The challenge of specialist attrition
  • The realities of building new short stay hospitals in the current climate
  • Impact of prosthesis reform– what will happen post July 1?
  • Where are operators investing and why? Where are they pulling back?
  • Will day hospitals be shifting from day only to short stay hospitals?

10:25 am

Networking Break

10:55 am

  • Vision and goal
  • Current short stay model in Australia and challenges
  • What does it mean for the private health sector and broader health system?

12:30 pm

Partnering through change: how Stryker supported the shift to short stay in the US, and what Australia can learn from it

Dana McKinniss, Senior Manager, Strategy & Insights, Stryker

12:50 pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 pm

  • REIT Response to the short stay space and the realities faced by operators
  • Greenfield/brownfield and how you pay for it
  • Finding investment in short stay facilities
  • Will greenfield opportunities get the returns they set out to achieve?

2:15 pm

  • Weighing the operational realities – what is needed to enable short stay?
  • Getting staffing and skill sets right
  • Licensing and inspection
  • Working with the insurance companies – the disadvantages of second tier benefits for new hospitals
  • The greatest risks to new hospitals
  • Diversify or die? What opportunities are there beyond a single specialism?

3:00 pm

Afternoon Networking Break

3:30 pm

  • Australia’s current accreditation system for all public and private hospitals
  • The need to incorporate the potential risks associated with care in Day and Short Stay Hospitals
  • How does Australia compare with other countries?
  • Why a fit for purpose accreditation system with appropriate standards that assess the risks associated with ambulatory care so important

4:00 pm

  • How are health funds thinking through the shift toward short stay?
  • Funding models
  • Cross subsidisation – what does short stay mean for more complex patients?
  • Perspectives on a DRG model as in the public system – exploring differentiated benefit for short, medium and highest complexity
  • What is the new case mix procedures that are going into stand alone day hospitals?
  • Clinician behaviour – how do you ensure doctors are on board?
  • Where are they seeing opportunities for short stay?
  • How do all stakeholders ensure patients feel a sense of value?

4:45 pm

Closing remarks from Chair

4:50 pm

Networking Drinks

6:00 pm

Conference Close




Packages Price
Virtual Pass$1495+GST
One Day Conference$1595+GST
Extras Price
Streamly Access Pass $150+GST

What to expect

1 Day of networking with a highly targeted group of stakeholders
Meet and network with every stakeholder in the room. Have a productive conversation with senior leaders and cultivate meaningful connections via the dedicated networking breaks.

Executive Insights & Market Experts
This is a unique opportunity to learn from the leaders on what they are doing, how they are doing it and why. Ask questions which inform your own decision making, grasp what other stakeholders are thinking and take actionable learnings back to your organisation.

On-Demand recordings & BONUS video content
Need to re-watch a presentation from the event? Interested in seeing more our specialised healthcare content?

ConnectMe App

  • Searchable attendee list
  • Access the agenda
  • Pre-book meetings
  • Live chat with attendees
  • Engage in Q&A


Networking Drinks
Sometimes the best conversations aren’t the ones about business in a boardroom… they’re the chats over a glass of wine about your mutual appreciation of Succession.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved in the 2nd Annual Short Stay Hospitals Forum!

New for 2024 is the colocated Mental Health Models & Facilities Forum, which provides more access to an exciting program and overlapping audience!

There are many opportunities for networking including social events such as networking drinks, lunch and refreshments breaks making this not just a conference… but an all-encompassing industry experience.

Sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organization to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Network with the industry
  • Build brand awareness

To see what we have available please contact;

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
P: 02 9080 4318


Making short stay hospital care work in practice
A co-designed, “shared stakeholder value model” could be key to making short stay hospital programs a success, according to healthcare funding expert Sharon Naidoo of Bupa.

What can Australia learn from US ambulatory surgery centres?
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have existed in the USA for more than fifty years, with around 6000 Medicare-certified centres now open throughout the country.

Healthcare CEO dispels the myths surrounding ERAS
ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) was first introduced as a model of care in the late 1990s, and is increasingly earning the support of clinicians in a range of surgical treatment modalities.

Overcoming barriers to short stay joint replacement programs
EShort stay joint replacement programs are increasingly being talked about in healthcare, as forecasts for the surgery blow out to unsustainable levels.

Making short stay hospital care work in practice
A co-designed, “shared stakeholder value model” could be key to making short stay hospital programs a success, according to healthcare funding expert Sharon Naidoo of Bupa.

ConnectMe + Streamly

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.


Streamly • On-Demand video vault

Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive year round access to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related healthcare events*. Login information will be sent post event. For more information visit our Streamly page.

* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.

when & where

30 Jul 2024

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders St
Melbourne VIC 3000


Still have a question?

General Information & Registration
Customer Service
+61 2 9080 4307

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Danielle Newman
+61 2 9080 4318

Speaking Enquiries
Frankie Brewer
+61 439 780 927

Marketing & Media Enquiries
Libbie Sinclair

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