Dr Ian Sturgess
Associate Medical Director
Francis Health, NSW
Dr Sturgess works across the Francis Health network and is currently engaged on emergency department and patient flow performance improvement projects with a number of District Health Boards in New Zealand. Over the last 12 months Ian has also worked with several health districts and services in NSW and Queensland, including Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.
Prior to joining Francis Health, Ian worked as the clinical leader for Britain’s Emergency Care Improvement Program, working with more than 150 hospitals to enhance their emergency care performance. His focus is instilling a ‘no wasting of patient’s time’ mindset into organisations, with the aim of releasing clinician time and delivering better patient outcomes. He believes that a patient’s time is the most important currency in healthcare.
As a geriatrician, Ian is particularly passionate about optimising the pathways for frail and elderly patients and preventing risks associated with long hospital stays, such as deconditioning – what he believes to be a hidden epidemic in healthcare settings.
He is an expert advisor on acute flow performance initiatives and has developed now widely used methodologies such as the “Red2Green” approach that focuses on reducing unnecessary waiting and delays for patients in hospital.