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Cover image for lecture: Above All, Honouring the Patient

Lecture Overview

Amongst all the internal politics, self-serving behaviours and paperwork that you might find yourself surrounded by at work, it's often easy to forget why you're nursing in the first place. This session with Sean Smith serves as a reminder to how having a patient-centred approach can help ground you and cut through all the distractions.


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Sean Smith

Sean Smith has had the privilege of working in health care for three decades in more than a dozen countries around the world. Commencing his clinical career as a registered nurse, Sean progressed into hospital management, before spending eight years as the CEO of a large healthcare provider. Sean has built two healthcare businesses and consulted to industry around health informatics, healthcare management, and healthcare strategy. Sean is currently the CEO and DON of Mackay Private Hospital and Adjunct Senior Lecturer for Flinders University’s Master of Hospital Administration degree in China. Sean has experience with clinical and non-clinical systems planning, implementation, and deployment in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the United Kingdom. With a passion for healthcare education, Sean has educated from university healthcare students in Australia to community health workers in Papua New Guinea. Sean provides clear, concise consultation through his experience in clinical management and information technology, to ensure projects are delivered with the best possible outcomes for all stakeholders, on budget and on time. His passions are strategy in health care, quality in clinical practice, and excellence in health management. Sean holds a Master of Business Administration, a graduate diploma in advanced nursing, and is a member of the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Health Informatics Society of Australia. Sean continues to provide leadership and strategic direction for all stakeholders to deliver the highest possible standards to exceed current and future healthcare needs. See Educator Profile


46 Total Rating(s)
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Megan Liddell
31 May 2019

Very refreshing

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Elizabeth Fernandez
30 May 2019

background noise was distracting

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Lydia Kelly
28 May 2019

Really good resource.

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Elsa-Louise Beanland
28 May 2019

Great learning. Background noise a little distracting but engaging lecturer helped.

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Lisa Garcia
25 May 2019

Really great points. Especially good as a reminder to evaluate whether your passion for nursing could be re-invigorated by trying something different for a time, rather than burning out.

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Julie O'Brien
25 May 2019

Great lecturer but background noise was terrible. People coughing etc., so at times I couldn't hear Perhaps when these lectures are recorded everyone in the room is made aware and anyone with a cough should not attend

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Anna Carter
22 May 2019

Good relevant lecture.

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Michelle rolleston
17 May 2019

I would refer to this talk from time to time . To be reminded of the essentials of nursing . Great session

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Pauline Webber
16 May 2019

A topic dear to my heart and practice.

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Fema Lyn Quiton
15 May 2019