If you want to re-discover the passion in caring

III.”PAF” Conference – Passion and science in healthcare

„Our mission is to restore the passion and self-respect of healthcare providers. We improve the cooperation between hospitals and the relationship between patients and healthcare workers. Our aim is to strengthen the self-healing capability of the organisations acting in the healthcare system”

Andrea Mezei, President of PAF Foundation

PAF foundation is committed to raising awareness and further development of the healing power of human relationships – focusing on organisations acting within the healthcare system. This is the third conference organised by the foundation for a more humane public health system in 2017.

Our personal experience has been already proven by scientific researches: human healing and compassion have a positive impact on both the healthcare workers and patients’ recovery.

Compassion reduces pain
After an empathetic per-op consultation, patients have better surgical outcomes, better wound healing, use half the dose of morhine and go home earlier (randomised controlled trials).

Compassion reduces health costs
Total costs of healthcare in the whole system are 30% lower when the primary care doctor provides ’above median’ patient-centered care. 

In major causes of death like heart disease, the difference in death rates between pessimists and optimists is about as big as the difference between smokers and non-smokers.

We, the organisers and speakers of the conference firmly believe that the passion - that has faded in the daily practice - can be restored.

Our star speaker this year is the world famous apostle of compassionate care, Dr. Robin Youngson (New Zealand)
who is an anesthesiologist and founder of the international „Hearts in Healthcare” movement.

We invite the participants (healing teams, physicians,  nurses) to joint learning and knowledge sharing led by Robin Youngson and 15 highly committed Hungarian healthcare specialists. It will be worth it, as a healthcare professional is one of the most incredible jobs in the world.

Our aim is to restore the passion of care.

Robin Youngson is a fascinating speaker and trainer who inspires the audience through his own experience and stories. He (also as a WHO advisor) facilitates hospital development projects, workshops and motivating lectures around the world, from the UK to the USA. Robin Youngson comes to Central Europe for the first time thanks to an invitation from PAF.

The conference program – beside Robin Youngson’s presentation – includes the following professionals all sharing their experiences:

  • Andrea Mezei (President of PAF Foundation)
  • Dr. Andrea Ficzere (Director - Uzsoki Street Hospital , Deputy Director - Hungarian Hospital’s Association)
  • Prof.Dr. Ildikó Horváth (Deputy Director, Medical Director - Korányi National Institute of Tuberculosis and Pulmonary)
  • Dr. Nóra Soós (Psychosomatic specialist resident)
  • Dr. Tamás Berényi (Head of Emergency Department – Semmelweis University) and
  • György Leitner (Managing Director, Affidea Diagnostics) are going to share their experiences.

This is an interactive conference in which experiential workshops will be facilitated by the following physicians:

  • Dr. Péter Kanizsai - Semmelweis University, Emergency Department
  • Dr. Ágnes Bene – St. John's Hospital and North Buda Joint Hospitals, Psychiatric and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Department
  • Dr. Lilla Ungváry – Ophthalmologist, Aeromedic
  • Dr. Dániel Kulin - Semmelweis University
  • Dr. Anikó Malik - Semmelweis University, 1st Department of Paediatrics
  • Dr. Borbála Telcs – St. Margaret´s Hospital, Department of Developmental Neurology
  • Dr. Péter Krivácsy - Semmelweis University, 1st Department of Paediatrics, Emergency Department
  • Dr. Erika Borbényi - Semmelweis University, Oncology Centre
  • Dr. Zsolt Bognár – Pál Heim Children’s Hospital, Emergency Department
  • Dr. Attila Dobos – Hungarian Defence Forces Military Hospital, Central Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy Department
  • Dr. Flóra Dezső - Hungarian Defence Forces Military Hospital, Central Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy Department 

The final session will be the Hungarian premiere of Robin Youngson’s book: “Time to Care
We have organised several professional events during the week to ensure that as many people can meet Robine Youngson as possible:

  • 16th of October (Mon): Semmelweis University - Motivational lecture for medical students (800 participants)
  • 17th of October (Tues): PAF Conference – Váci Greens Office Building (250 participants)
  • 18th of October (Wed): Uzsoki Street Hospital – Motivating lecture for local workers (150 participants)
  • 19th of October (Thurs): Rest day, sightseeing
  • 21th–22nd of October (Sa-Sun): Passion seminar with Robin 

Conference program

 08:30 – 9:00 Arrival and registration
 09:00 – 10:45 Welcome speech, introduction, energizing of the conference memebers, organisation of the workshop groups
 Andrea Mezei (President of PAF Foundatio) PAF Passion
 Dr. Andrea Ficzere (Director - Uzsoki Street Hospital , Deputy Director - Hungarian Hospital’s Association)
 Patient focus in Uzsoki
 10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 13:15 Dr. Nóra Soós (psychosomatic– Klinik Lahnhöhe, D) 
 How did I find Robin? (from dogmatic medicine to integrative healing)
 Dr. Robin Youngson (anaesthesiologist, founder of Hearts in Healthcare, NZ)
 Passion and science in healthcare
 Interactive workshops in small groups facilitated by our team members
 Sharing our experiences with the whole group
 Dr. Robin Youngson: Hearts in healthcare – the introduction of the book with inspiring comments from the author and the translator (HVG)
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch break
 Dedication of Robin’s book
 14:15 – 14:45  Dr. Ildikó Horváth (Deputy Director, Medical Director - Korányi National Institute of Tuberculosis and Pulmonary)
Empathy in healthcare management
 Dr. Tamás Berényi (Head of Emergency Department – Semmelweis University) 
Being a doctor: passion or addiction?
14:45 – 15:45  Dr. Robin Youngson: Recreating passion – inspirational speech
 Work up of positive patient-experiences in small groups
15:45 – 16:15  Coffee break
16:15 – 17:15  Dr. Robin Youngson: How to become the hero of care? 
 inspirational speech, work up of the theme in small groups with creative methods
17:15 – 17:30  Afterword
17:30 – 18:00  Dedication of Robin’s book

Dr. Robin Youngson

  • Robin is an anesthesiologist trained in the UK and practising in New Zealand for the last twenty years. 
  • 1991 – he publishes his first book, „Operation! A handbook for surgical patients”.
  • 1996 – he designs a patient-focused development program at Auckland Hospital
  • 2004 – his daughter is seriously injured in a car crash therefore she spends 3 months in hospital. His personal experience as a relative generated a refreshed drive for his engagement in the fight for a more humane healthcare. He initiates a movement aiming a new approach, allowing relatives to stay with the patients around the clock instead of the limited time of visiting hours.
  • 2006 – he becomes  on of the International Steering Committee Members  of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety.
  • He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Compassionate Healthcare
  • He is a Fellow of the Global Empathy Committee
  • He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychological Medicine of the University of Auckland
  • 2012 – he establishes the program „Hearts in healthcare” with his wife, Meredith Youngson
  • 2012 – his book „Time to care - How to love your patients and you job” - is published
  • 2016 -  he receives the most prestigious award of the New Zealand Medical Association
  • 2016 – „From HERO to HEALER – Awakening the Inner Activist” - is published


His approach and philosophy: according to his experience, the majority of healthcare institutions suffer from a downward spiral driven by stress and disappointment of the employees. However, there is another process, just as strong as the previous one: the upward spiral based on positive attitude, care and resilience. Everyone can decide which way to go.

What is the reason behind that despite of several institutional difficulties there are some healthcare professionals that arrive to work with a smile on their faces every single day?

He is frequently invited to international conferences and seminars to support the attainment of this positive attitude.  On these events he develops and improves the audience’s consciousness and empathy via interactive workshops. Thanks to the internal satisfaction triggered by the engaging experience of human relationships and renewed collaborations with patients, healthcare workers can acquire a positive and stable attitude.

Robin is a fascinating speaker and trainer who inspires the audience through his own experience and stories. He gives inspirational lectures and workshops around the world, from the UK to the USA.

He arrives in Central Europe for the first time to share his knowledge and inspire the healthcare professionals and decision makers.

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III. PAF Conference

Passion and science in healthcare

17. October 2017. Váci Greens Business Centre Conference Room – Block C
117-119. Váci street, Budapest

GE Healthcare and Affidea opened its’ new Health Centre in this building. It’s equipped with Central-Europe’s most modern diagnostic techniques (CT, MRI and other radiological devices). PAF was also there at the opening ceremony.

You may register in three different ways:

 1. Purchase the ticket through bank transfer:

A konferencia részvételi díja orvosoknak: 20.000 Ft  
Registration fee for doctors : 20.000 HUF  
(early bird till 30. September : 15.000 HUF ) 
OFTEX accreditation has been made for doctors: 6 points
Health professionals, students, pensioner and PAF volunteers: 15.000 HUF 
(early bird till 30. September : 10.000 HUF )
ÁEEK accreditation has been made for healthcare professionals as well.
Bank account : PAF Közhasznú Alapítvány  10700244-66607027-51100005
As a notification please write your name and PAF2017/Conference

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