The Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) 2018 Conference, taking place at The Forum, The Campus in Johannesburg this year, will feature several programme innovations and the return of a clinical stream – all in response to previous conference delegates’ feedback. This is according to Executive Head of Public Affairs at HASA, Mark Peach.

“Time away from work is always a challenge for our delegates, so we have tweaked the programme to begin at midday on the 1st of October and end at the same time on the 3rd of October. Effectively, this means that Johannesburg-based delegates will spend only one full day out of office if they so choose. We will also feature several clinically-focused discussions in the afternoon on the second day of conference including topics such as antimicrobial resistance – a matter that has become a focus of clinicians across the world,” said Peach.

Peach added that delegate rates are the lowest in the healthcare conference market and have been kept so deliberately in order to ensure that the conference is accessible to as wide a range of stakeholders as possible.

“With the National Health Insurance (NHI) and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bills on the table, along with the preliminary findings of the Healthcare Market Inquiry now released – all awaiting public comment – the conference will be covering important ground this year and we want to ensure that as many stakeholders as possible will find maximum value in attending. It is also for this reason that we are offering two delegate packages – a one day package for the second day of conference, and a full conference package,” said Peach.

The programme innovations are intended to complement a strong speaker line-up to ensure the conference plays a significant and constructive role in understanding the unfolding healthcare reform debates that are already underway.

“Our conference theme calls for forward thinking, for a focus on the future, and for collaboration among all stakeholders. Essentially this means we want to feature thought leaders, speakers with deep insights and experience of similar sectorial reforms, and proven experts in their fields,” said Peach.

“The conference needs to, and will, play a role in constructively debating the draft legislation, in putting evidence and research front and centre of the intended changes to healthcare, and in showing leadership. This is not a time for non-engagement or for unnecessary contestation. To achieve the conference’s goals we need strong, experienced and informed speakers. Happily we have already finalised most of the programme and will be releasing speaker biographies and topics to be covered along with the detailed programme in the coming weeks,” concluded Peach.

The conference will, as usual, feature an exhibition of services and products relevant to the hospital market.

Delegate and exhibition bookings are now open at

General enquiries can be directed to the HASA 2018 Conference Management: Kerry Simpson, Bespoke Strategic Communications, 011 262 2843, 

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