International Conference on

Risk Management

April 15-16, 2016, BOE Clocktower, Waterfont, Cape Town

Explore the risks and challenges associated with healthcare in South Africa and consider the changes required to make healthcare safer.

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Dear DelegateWelcome to Risky Business!

In the early 2000's a paediatric cardiac surgical and intensive care team from Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital (GOSH) in London initiated a successful study in which they used the analogy of a Formula 1 pit-stop (with McLaren and Ferrari) as a template to improve the safety and efficiency of the handover of critically ill infants and children from the operating theatre to the intensive care team after complex heart surgery. It soon became apparent that there was a huge opportunity to learn from world-class professionals from other safety critical industries and sport.

In order to engage healthcare professionals in this learning, a conference called Everybody's Business / Risky Business: Learning from other high risk industries was organized between Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Royal College of Surgeons in England in November 2006. The theme was to learn from defining or sentinel moments in other high-risk industries and discover which of these lessons could be translated to medicine to improve patient safety.

Following on the tremendous success of this first conference, an expanding collaborative venture evolved over the the next few years with Risky Business conferences having been held around the world: (London, Boston, Toronto, Phoenix, Geneva and Cairnes). In 2012 we held the first Risky Business meeting in Cape Town, and following the success of that meeting we are welcoming you to the second “Risky” in Cape Town.

We are looking forward to hearing a array of wonderful speakers from a range of industries and environments as we explore the risks and challenges associated with healthcare in South Africa and consider the changes required to make healthcare safer. Our particular focus on this occasion will be “Living with uncertainty” as decisions in medicine so often need to be made without as much information as would like.

The meeting has been made possible by the great generosity of our sponsors and much hard work from the steering committee.

I hope that this meeting will open new opportunities and be a catalyst for change in the “Risky Business” that is healthcare.

‘Living with uncertainty"

Our particular focus on this meeting will be “Living with uncertainty” as decisions in medicine so often need to be made without as much information as would like.

Friday 15th14:00 pm - 17:30 pm

Saturday 16th08:00 am - 17:00 pm


Accommodation is very limited, early booking is essential!

For further accommodation options in and around the V&A Waterfront

The V & A Waterfront is situated in South Africa’s oldest working harbour, the 123 hectares (300 acres) area has been developed for mixed-use, with both residential and commercial real estate.

With over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery, leather goods and audio-visual equipment. The Waterfront is also still a working harbour and the fishing boats can be seen bringing in fresh fish and large container ships being towed in by the tugboats.

For accommodation suggestions please click on these venues:
The Commodore Hotel ****
The Portswoods Hotel ***
Breakwater ***

Event Sponsors

Thanking all our valued sponsors!

 Medical Protection Click here to Become a sponsor.

Useful Information We are commited to make this meetup as useful as possible

Registration & Information Desk

This service will be situated in the Foyer, BOE Conference Centre and will be open from 12h30 on 15 April 2016 and 07h00 on 16 April 2015-11-26.


We urge delegates to take care of their personal possessions at all times and exhibitors to be particularly aware during the period of exhibition build-up and breakdown. Lock – up storage is available.

Name Badges

Must please be worn at all times for security reasons.

Emergency Medical Services

Dial 10111 from any mainline telephone for an emergency response.

Refunds - Accounts Queries

Contact the Registration Desk.

Language Policy

The official language of the Congress will be English. No simultaneous translations will be provided.

Courtesy Request

Food and Drink: Only water may be consumed inside the auditorium. Please respect this request. Smoking: Strict legislation governs smoking in public places in South Africa. Smoking is absolutely forbidden inside the BoE Conference Centre. Mobile phones: Please ensure that mobile phones are on silent mode during the conference sessions. Time-keeping: As time will be very tight, delegates are requested to respect the starting times for all sessions.


All guests are responsible for own insurance.


The organising committee, the Congress Organiser and the participating Societies, accept no liability for any damages, injury and/loss of whatever nature by participants and/or accompanying person.

Booking Office

Tel: +27 21 910 1913
Fax: +27 21 910 0471

Congress Office

Event Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd
8 Docav Road, Meadowridge 7806
Tel: +27 21 712 0571
Fax: 086 686 8882
Cell: +27 82 569 8777