Kathryn Alexander

Kathryn Alexander
  • Founder of Smart Patient & Health Commons
    Author, publisher, lecturer & trainer;
    30+yr patient advocate helping patients to get better health outcomes


Kathryn is an internationally recognised author, patient advocate, speaker and trainer with 30 years’ experience helping people with chronic conditions collaborate with their care providers in order to make informed decisions and choose treatments that offer the best value to get them to where they want and need to be, that fit within their criteria and circumstances. Through the research Kathryn has found that the motivation for ‘making it happen’ is not driven by the misery of one’s circumstances but through realising the possibilities that bring meaning back into people’s lives; and through identifying best fit solutions, seemingly insurmountable barriers can be lifted making the journey possible.

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Validating the value of our collective resources via a patient’s experience
Presenting with Stephen Alexander


Saturday 1 September  |  View program for more details


Following over 2 years of interviews, discussions, planning, R&D and development in the City of Logan the first batch of 40 people who wanted to be some place other than where their diagnosis/prognosis indicated they were heading, were given sufficient skills and knowhow to determine where they wanted to be on their journey.

Then with the new capacity to better collaborate with their care providers and assess what resources might help them most, having factored in their condition, circumstances, evidence and any input/ advice of their care provider, they embarked on a year of monitoring.

Kathryn will show some examples of individual and collective results, findings and indications that include improvements over time for their health capacity, their confidence and motivation and the value of implementing self-determined key solutions in overcoming their barriers.

Stephen will illustrate how the raw data, analytics and knowledge harvested from information collected by each person on their defined journey can complement existing population-based data to improve regional productivity. This approach will also assist regions to better leverage the use of resources and services that demonstrate most value to get people to where they need to be and pave the way for new funding models of care.

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