The Healthcare Leaders Forum is firmly established as the premier national event for Healthcare executives, congregating key stakeholders for top-line perspectives on management, policy and innovation.
Faced with ongoing constraints and rising expectations, Australia’s healthcare industry is under increasing pressure to innovate and meet the demands of patients, governments and commercial stakeholders.
Market forces, ground-breaking partnerships and digital advances have renewed healthcare for a connected world. As old and new models of healthcare collide and increasingly empowered patients drive demand for more efficient, affordable and high-quality care, the industry’s capacity to adapt will be critical to its future – and the health of the nation.
Gathering senior leaders from across the public and private healthcare spectrum, the annual Healthcare Leaders Forum equips executives with the insights they need to adapt and succeed in a dynamic climate.
This event features an ambitious, outcome-focussed agenda with over 40 C-suite perspectives from the highest levels of healthcare in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from the leaders of all the major industry stakeholders from across the nation.
// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35 + Industry speakers
// 180 + executives
// 5-Star networking environment
Chief Information Officer, Health & Social Care
NHS England (UK)
Will Smart is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the NHS in England. A joint appointment between NHS England and NHS Improvement, he is tasked with providing strategic leadership across the whole of the NHS to ensure that the opportunities that digital technologies offer are fully exploited to improve the experience of patients and carers in their interactions with health and social care; the outcomes for patients; and improved efficiencies in how care is delivered. Prior to taking up this role, Will was Chief Information Officer at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for six years where he was the board level director responsible for all aspects of the Information Management and Technology agenda and the Trust’s Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). During the Royal Free’s acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, Will was an executive director of both organisations tasked with leading the creation of a single informatics function prior to the acquisition. Most recently, as part of the design of the Royal Free Group model (under the NHS England Vanguard programme), he has led the creation of the Trust’s digital strategy to define the capabilities, architecture and service models required to support this new operating model. Will first worked in the NHS in Wales and Northern Ireland during his placement year from university, before taking up an analytics role at St. Mary’s NHS Trust in London on graduation. In addition to senior roles in the NHS, Will has worked as a management consultant with major assignments focussing on IT strategy, service transformation, major IT service and contract reviews and outsourcing.
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Digital Health Agency
Tim Kelsey is Chief Executive of the Australian Digital Health Agency which is responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety. He was formerly National Director for Patients and Information in NHS England – a role which combined the functions of chief technology and information officer with responsibility for patient and public participation. He took up the post in 2012 after serving as the British government’s first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data. He was also National Information Director for health and care in England and Chair of the National Information Board which advises the Secretary of State on national priorities for data and technology. Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in health and care and, in 2000, was co-founder of Dr Foster, a company which pioneered publication of patient outcomes in healthcare. He is also an internationally regarded expert in digital transformation of the customer experience in healthcare. In 2007, he launched NHS Choices, the national online health information service (www.nhs.uk) which now reports around 40 million users per month. In 2014 Tim was named one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by The Sunday Times. Before Dr Foster, Tim was a national newspaper journalist and a television reporter. He worked for the Independent and the Sunday Times, as well as Channel 4 and the BBC. He is co-author with Roger Taylor of Transparency and the Open Society which was published by Policy Press and the University of Chicago in 2016. Tim is visiting professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.
Minister for Health and Medical Research
Brad Hazzard is a senior Minister in the NSW Government and in 2017 was appointed as Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research. He oversees record investment in Health infrastructure and services which has resulted in a hospital building boom across the state and the funding of thousands of new frontline positions. NSW also has a robust and innovative medical research knowledge economy which the NSW Government seeks to encourage and expand. Brad started his professional life as a graduate science teacher at North Sydney Boys’ High School. He later studied law at the University of NSW and was admitted as a solicitor in 1977. He also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. He entered Parliament in 1991 as the State Member for Wakehurst, on Sydney’s northern beaches. Brad has previously served as Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for Social Housing, Attorney General and Minister for Justice and as Minister for Planning and Infrastructure as a Leader of the Legislative Assembly.
Buurtzorg Netherlands & Asia
Buurtzorg Services Japan (JPN)
Exclusively working for BZ since 2017. As a senior advisor for Buurtzorg I provide guidance and help for affiliated organizations in the APAC region. International activities help Buurtzorg in the form of knowledge exchange. With my expertise on Buurtzorg policy I am in the ability to provide support on most levels. I have been involved in negotiations with national and local governments in various countries to build a sustainable platform for “the best care at home”
In the Netherlands I often provide visiting organizations with background information about the organizational structure of Buurtzorg, this concerns both health care related and non healthcare related organizations.
As the son of two district nurses I grew up with the values and knowledge in community nursing. Even though I first choose my own path in life and career I always maintained an interest in the development of Buurtzorg. At least once a year I attended social and professional meetings and have created a large network within different segments of the Dutch and international health care services.
I have lived and worked in various countries all over the world working for Buurtzorg and in for my previous career and will use the knowledge gained from those experiences to help create a sustainable community health-care system.
Director, Centre for the Health Economy
Dr Henry Cutler is the inaugural director of the Centre for the Health Economy at Macquarie University, where he investigates the Health Economy at the macro level, with particular focus on the interdependencies of these systems with each other, and the broader economy.
Henry has led or co-authored over 90 health economics research publications on a broad range of topics for federal and state government departments, government agencies, and Australian and international non-government organisations.
His research focuses on economic evaluation, policy analysis, and forecasting in health and human services using a variety of economic tools and modelling techniques. He has undertaken major studies on health and aged care reform, private health insurance, hospital efficiency, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, blood products, integrated care, hearing services, health care workforce, and mental health care. He regularly comments in the media on health care related topics, including for the ABC, Australian Financial Review, The Australian, and other media outlets.
Henry is also an investigator within the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Digital Health, NHMRC Centre for Suicide Prevention, Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health and Macquarie University’s Centre for Reading.
He has a PhD from UNSW, where his research focused on measuring patient preferences for healthcare system performance, and increasing allocative efficiency within the health care system. Prior to Macquarie University, Henry was the national lead of KPMG’s health economics group, and led the Sydney health and social policy team at Access Economics. He was also a senior economist at the Centre for International Economics.
Global Clinic Rating (USA)
Anyone who knows Daniel Coulton Shaw will tell you that he is an enthusiastic storyteller full of practical ideas that will set your head spinning.
His entertaining presentations are largely inspired by the successes, and failures of numerous forward-thinking international private medical organizations, health clusters, hospitals, clinics and practices across 26 countries worldwide of multiple specialities, for whom he serves as an advisor.
The future health trends Daniel shares are always supported with insightful data & facts gained through the past 4 years as ambassador for the GCR the Global Clinic Rating, an award-winning initiative co-founded by an employee of Google to enable both patients & healthcare professionals to compare the apparent quality of almost half a million private clinics & hospitals worldwide.
Focusing on patient choice today and in the future, Daniel has so far been invited to share his unique learnings at more than 100 industry events and strategy meetings worldwide such as Google, StartUp Health, A.I. World Dubai, ITIC, IMTJ, HTI, MTCE, ICD Asia, the Silk Road Forum China, Future Health London, and many others.
When not on the road, Daniel loves to put theory into practice in the day-to-day running of a successful international dental clinic for English-speaking patients in central Europe that he co-founded back in 2007 as well as spending time “off the grid” with his family – exploring the world beyond phones & screens in the mountains, on the ocean, at great concerts, running races or serving those with limited access to education & care.
Australian Medical Association
Dr Anthony (Tony) Bartone was elected Federal President of the AMA in May 2018, having served as Vice President since May 2016. He served as President of AMA Victoria (AMA VIC) from 2014 to 2016, and as Vice President of AMA VIC from 2012 to 2014.
Dr Bartone is an experienced General Practitioner and management executive, working in two General Practices in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. His principal specialty interests include men’s Health, mental health counselling, care co-ordination of patients with multiple chronic illnesses, and aged care. Dr Bartone graduated from Melbourne University in 1984 after completing his residency at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, and obtained his fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1990.
Dr Bartone also completed a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School in 2004 with First Class Honours average.
Dr Bartone has held many Federal AMA Council and Committee positions since 2008, including serving as a member of the AMA Council of General Practice.
At the 2016 AMA National Conference, Dr Bartone was awarded Fellowship of the Association in recognition of his outstanding services to the AMA and as a mark of the high esteem in which he is held by Fellow members.
Chief Clinical Information Officer
Professor Keith McNeil plays a key role in the clinical leadership of the statewide eHealth program. He works closely with key stakeholders to maximise the clinical and patient safety benefits associated with technology in the healthcare setting, while minimising risk.
Prof McNeil has previously worked within Queensland Health as the Head of Transplant Services at The Prince Charles Hospital, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Chief Executive Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
More recently, Prof McNeil was Chief Clinical Information Officer, National Health Service, United Kingdom following roles as Chief Executive Officer at Addenbooke’s Hospital and Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust.
Chief Medical Officer
As the Chief Medical Officer for Medibank Private, Linda is uniquely positioned to support healthcare reform that can improve health outcomes, patient experience and the affordability of healthcare for all Australians. She is committed to applying evidence and best practice to deliver measurable improvements in health.
Linda’s broad health experience in senior executive roles has shaped her understanding that a collaborative and results orientated approach is required to effectively implement change in our health system.
As well as her CMO role with Medibank, Linda is a member of the Australian Digital Health Agency Safety and Quality Governance Committee and the Australian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians Standards Committee.
Chief Executive Officer
Victorian Agency for Health Information
Dr Lance Emerson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI). Lance works with the VAHI team to drive improvements in safety and quality in Victorian health services through the provision of high quality health service performance information.
Lance has a passion for development and maintenance of information systems to improve consumer care, and has a PhD in the use of clinical indicators to guide better care and improve health outcomes. He has extensive experience in running specialist health organisations, having most recently been CEO of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and prior to that, CEO of the Australian Research and Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).
Director, Health and Biosecurity
Dr Rob Grenfell, a Public Health Physician, is the Director of CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity Business Unit. Leading a broad portfolio covering Nutrition, eHealth, Medtech and Diagnostics and Biosecurity from weeds to Ebola. Rob has broad ranging public health experience including; National Medical Director at BUPA Australia New Zealand National Director Cardiovascular Health at the Heart Foundation Strategic Health Advisor to Parks Victoria Senior Medical Advisor at the Department of Health Victoria Physician in charge of travel health BHP General Practice He was a member of the Safety and Quality Outcomes Committee of the Hospital Innovation Reform Council, a member of the Victorian Quality Council, Chair of General Practice Victoria, and Member of the Health Advisory Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Group Chief Executive
Dr Lachlan Henderson is a medical practitioner who has 30 years’ experience in the health industry. Prior to taking on a variety of executive leadership roles, he was a General Practitioner for over a decade. Lachlan is currently Group Chief Executive of Epworth HealthCare, a role he took on in January 2017. Epworth is the largest private, not for profit hospital group in Victoria with revenue in excess of $900m, employing over 7000 staff across nine sites. In his career, Lachlan has held a variety of University and Board appointments. He is currently Vice President of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) and a Board Member of Cricket Australia.
Janssen Australia & New Zealand
Bruce Goodwin’s career with the Johnson & Johnson family of companies spans thirty five years.
He has been in General Management roles for the last ten years including two terms in his current role of Managing Director Janssen Australia and New Zealand, and also three years as President and Representative Director Janssen Japan.
Prior to General Management he has held Management Board Director positions in Sales and Marketing and in Finance, as well as having gained valuable experience in Global Licensing and Acquisitions. His service with Johnson & Johnson outside of his home country, Australia, includes postings to Janssen Japan, Janssen Belgium and Janssen United Kingdom.
Bruce is a respected Industry Leader and is currently an elected Director and Board Member of Medicines Australia, a role he has also held previously. Whilst in Japan he served as the Vice Chair of the Japan Based Executive Committee of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
Bruce has a strong track record in advocating for policies that support timely and affordable access to innovative medicines and has recently been appointed as a Director and Board member of the Australian Genomic Cancer Medicine Program. In 2017 he was also a key member of the Cancer Drugs Access Committee.
Bruce holds an Economics degree from Macquarie University, an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Chief Executive Officer
Ian McCrae founded Orion Health in 1993, an award-winning, global provider of healthcare information technology advancing population health and precision medicine solutions. Passionate about the role that technology plays in making personalised healthcare a reality, Ian led the development of the company’s flagship products – Rhapsody Integration Engine and Amadeus. Amadeus, Orion’s big data cloud-based platform, helps manage more than a 100 million patients records globally. Ian holds a Masters in Engineering Science and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Director, Workforce Services, Logan Bayside Health Network
Metro South Health
Georges has been working in human resources for more than 10 years focussing initially in employment relations and then expanding his portfolio to work in the broader HR spectrum. He joined the Logan Bayside Health Network in April 2018 as the Director of Workforce Services. Prior to this, Georges has worked in statewide roles in the Department of Health, the ICT provider eHealth Queensland and other Hospitals as well as working in the private sector with a national cement company. Georges current role is a broad people role with the upcoming and significant redevelopment of the Logan Hospital and the accompanying workforce planning being a key focus. Georges main objectives is utilising co-design principles in ensuring the workforce plan is led by the staff in collaboration with clients.
Chief Digital Health Officer
Metro North Hospital and Health Service
A/ Prof Clair Sullivan is currently the Chief Digital Health Officer at Metro North Hospital and Health Service. A/ Prof Sullivan graduated with Honours in Medicine and a Research Doctorate in Medicine (UK). She is a fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian College of Health Informatics. She has been appointed Associate Professor of Clinical Informatics at the University of Queensland and is widely published in clinical informatics and serves on several national advisory boards for digital health.
Western Sydney Local Health District
Over the past 12 years, Graeme has held a number of executive roles, including chief executive for North Sydney Local Health District. His knowledge of both clinical and corporate services includes a strong focus on system performance through healthy relationships. Graeme has accumulated significant experience in all aspects of leadership in both the public and private sectors. He takes great pride in being able to deliver highly complex clinical services through high performing teams. His breadth of knowledge spans facility, district and statewide environments and enables him to couple strategic direction with the broader improvement and research goals, including ensuring optimal provision of safe, high quality and timely clinical services in-line with the needs of the community and the health system. With patients as his principal focus, Graeme strives to support NSW Health to deliver high-quality care and brings a simple motto to each discussion – “what if it was your mum?”
Private Healthcare Australia
Dr Rachel David is an expert on healthcare policy and financing, and is currently the chief executive of Private Healthcare Australia, the industry peak body representing health funds. Formerly a medical practitioner, she is dedicated to harnessing medical best practice and policy to improve health outcomes in the community. Previously a senior advisor to the Federal Health Minister between 1996 and 2000, her relationships in the government sector and Australian business community extend to the highest levels.
Dr David has worked with the international pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices industries for more than a decade, including Australian biotech leader CSL, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. On the senior management team of CSL Ltd, she played a pivotal role in making the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil available to Australian women, and later boys. She has also been a founding practice manager of the McKinsey & Company health and government sector practice in Australia.
In her current role, Dr David undertakes policy and advocacy work, as well as thought leadership for Australia’s major health funds.
Chief Executive Officer
Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Leanne is the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. She is a health advocate and service executive with over thirty years’ experience in health and social policy, program and service development. Leanne has held executive positions within federal government and in national and state non-government organisations. Leanne is Board Director of Coordinare South East New South Wales’ Primary Health Network, the Ozhelp Foundation, PainAustralia and the Advancing Practice Advisory Board. She is the Independent Chair of Coordinare’s Community Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Australian Pharmacy Council and NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation’s International Expert Advisory Committee. Leanne has tertiary qualifications in communications and business. She is a member of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.
Chief Executive Officer
Donna has over 25 years’ experience as a clinician, educator, manager and leader in a variety of public and private healthcare environments. In her current role as CEO Mater Education, she’s responsible for leading learning and development across the Mater Group, as well as the commercial operations of a not for profit Registered Training Organisation, delivering nationally accredited qualifications, simulation services, clinical education and continuing professional development programs for the healthcare workforce. Donna has academic appointments with UQ and ACU and holds qualifications in nursing, education leadership & management, project management and training and assessment. Donna is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently the Deputy Board Chair of True Relationships and Reproductive Health and a Board Director for Jobs Queensland.
Group Chief Executive Officer
St John of God Health Care
Dr Shane Kelly was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Health Care in June 2018. Dr Kelly completed his medical degree at the University of Western Australia, following which he worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in clinical roles. He went on to complete a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Public Health and took on senior management roles in Western Australia including as the Chief Executive of the Women’s and Children’s Health Service and subsequently the South Metropolitan Health Service. Before joining St John of God Health Care, Dr Kelly was Group Chief Executive Officer of Mater Misericordiae in Queensland and prior to that he was Chief Executive of the North Metropolitan Health Service. He also spent more than eight years as the Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Subiaco Hospital. Dr Kelly is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, the Australasian College of Health Service Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Managers and Leaders (formerly Australian Institute of Management). He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences) and an Adjunct Professor of Australian Catholic University. His main professional interests are in relation to health system performance and accountability, and the provision of safe, high quality evidence-based patient care.
Group Chief Executive Officer
The minute you meet Mark you know he is passionate about access to world-class healthcare. As the Group CEO, and a highly-regarded radiation therapist, Mark knows all too well the impact of cancer on patients, family and society. His leadership style is simple, nurture and challenge a team to deliver exceptional cancer care and grow the business to deliver that care for as many people as possible.
Since taking the reins in 2015, Mark has delivered a robust growth profile. In this time the Group has expanded into Singapore, New Zealand and China, with a significant South-East Asia reach, delivered a 50% increase in their radiation oncology footprint and driven acquisition in the chemotherapy compounding space to deliver one of Australia’s largest oncology manufacturers. Having worked in cancer care in both North America and Europe Mark led and founded Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC) which became part of Icon in 2014. He has published 25 peer reviewed scientific papers and is a frequently invited key note speaker both nationally and internationally. In 2018 he was announced as a Director on the inaugural Union of International Cancer Control’s (UICC) City Cancer Challenge Board.
Mark was a State Finalist for the Australian Institute of Management [AIM] Queensland Manager of the Year in 2014 and regional winner of the AIM Excellence Award 2015. He has a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and is a Fellow of both the AIM and the Australian Institute of Radiography [AIR].
Sydney Local Health District
Dr Teresa Anderson, Chief Executive of the Sydney Local Health District with over 30 years’ experience as a clinician and manager in the public health system. Her roles included General Manager, Liverpool Hospital and Director, Clinical Operations, Former Sydney South West Area Health Service. A graduate of this University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Teresa then went on to complete a PhD in Linguistics at Macquarie University on the Early Identification and Treatment of Communication Disorders in Infancy. Dr Anderson is also currently Chair of the Sydney Research Council, a partnership between the University of Sydney, Sydney Local Health District and the Medical Research Institutes.
Chief Executive Officer
Macquarie University Hospital & Clinical Associates
Walter has over 25 years’ experience in health care & human services in Australia, South East Asia & the United Kingdom. Walter’s experience spans a variety of organisational situations in the private, not for profit, & public sectors. Walter has just commenced a new role as CEO of Macquarie University Hospital and Clinical Services, after seven years as CEO of WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network.
Walter has had a strong interest in health equity, innovation, reform and quality improvement, leading integrated care and commissioning initiatives that have sought to improve outcomes for people and the community. He has led discussion about the Quadruple Aim in the Australian context and the implementation of models of integrated and team-based care, translating into the practice international best practice developments such the patient reported measures, patient centred medical home, and pharmacists in general practice. He has had a long history leading and working closely in partnership with hospitals, GPs and service providers and consumers, incorporating patient reported measures to drive the improvement in outcome. Some of this has been reported nationally and internationally, including in the Australian Productivity Commission’s ‘Shifting the Dial’ Reports in 2017.
Walter has qualified for a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management from the University of Newcastle, a Master of Business and Technology from the University of NSW, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor with Western Sydney University. Walter has held numerous Board and Advisory positions and is currently a Board Member of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association and a Member of the NSW Ambulance Advisory Board.
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Council on Healthcare Standards
Dr Karen Luxford is the CEO of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and ACHS International from mid-July 2019. Karen is a senior executive in health with over 20 years’ experience in a range of leadership roles in the public, not for profit and private sectors including CEO, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, A/g CEO and Executive Director, Clinical Excellence Commission NSW and GM of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre in Australia. Karen has extensive experience in governance, strategic planning, safety and quality, engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and leading organizational change. Karen is also currently the Board Chair of Endometriosis Australia (NFP charity). Karen is an alumni Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy & Practice, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and is passionate about health care.
Chief Executive Officer
Sonic Clinical Services
Ged is CEO of Sonic Clinical Services, an organisation that includes Australia’s largest General Practice and Occupational Health businesses as well as Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Lifescreen, Sonic Nurse Connect and Precedence Health. Prior to being appointed CEO of Sonic Clinical Services in 2017, Ged was CEO of IPN Medical Centres from 2015. Ged has been a GP with IPN for over ten years, working in The Mosman Practice on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. He became NSW Medical Director in 2009 and then Chief Medical Officer of IPN in 2011, a role that supported GPs working with IPN through a collaborative approach to clinical advice, mentoring and on-going training. Ged has a broad experience of general practice in both rural and metropolitan settings in Australia and abroad. He has been a practice owner, worked in the private health industry and in occupational health as well as general practice. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Liverpool in England in 1988 but conducted his specialist GP education between Australia and the UK. Ged is passionate about innovation, collaborative leadership and investing in the future of primary care.
Executive Director, Workforce Services
Metro South Health
Dave Waters leads the HR function for Metro South Health– the major provider of public health services in Brisbane’s south, and the Logan, Redlands and Scenic Rim regions of Queensland with more than 15,000 employees. His previous roles include Chief Human Resources Officer for both the state’s health and transport departments and head of employee relations for the Queensland health and education agencies. Dave’s professional pathway, including careers as a journalist and union official, has provided him with a unique perspective on the people and culture challenges facing the public sector and business functions more broadly. He is passionate about opportunities in the areas of digital transformation, leadership and culture to drive sustainable public healthcare. Dave lives in Brisbane with his wife Dr Erin Waters and three children Juliana, Laurence and Anabel.
Manager, Clinical Information and Decision Support
Agency for Clinical Innovation
Mel is currently the Manager for Clinical Information and Decision Support at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. She leads a diverse team who have key roles and functions to support large systems transformation. Ensuring a range of patient, clinical, process and outcome data are developed and implemented in a co-design approach to ensure we are supporting a value based healthcare system and importantly improving the health outcomes and experiences of care for people across NSW. Key to the success of the program areas is adopting and supporting e-enabled solutions to improve outcomes and experiences of care for patients.
Prior to this Mel has held a number of management roles within NSW Health she has worked at a state health level focusing on improving the outcomes and experiences of patients and staff at the Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Clinical Excellence Commission. She has also had extensive experience in nursing, starting as an enrolled nurse and later progressing to education where she focused on neuroscience nursing and finally yet importantly becoming a Clinical Nurse Consultant she specialised in the area of Stroke, an area she is still very passionate about.
An exciting component of her current role is leading the implementation of the Patient Reported Measures program, inclusive of the PRM IT solution – Health Outcomes and Patient Experience (HOPE). This program is proudly breaking new ground and leading the way for many aspects locally and internationally when it comes to Patient Reported Measures & implementation of e-enabled solutions.
Executive Director People & Culture
Michelle is an experienced Human Resources Practitioner, who has delivered progressive, responsive and relevant services to Northern Health to support staff, whilst they deliver healthcare needs to the community.
She leads Northern Health, People & Culture directorate services, which include strategic employment, attraction and retention strategies, health/safety and wellbeing, learning and development, human resources and staff innovation system services. Her background is well suited in delivering sustainable workforce solutions, especially with the expected population growth of 59% by 2031.
Michelle has a Masters in Administration in Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations and has received Candidature for her Doctorate – Research Topic ‘Impact of nurse casualisation’.
General Manager, Health Services
Sally joined TAL in April 2016 as General Manager, Health after 7 years at Macquarie Life where she was responsible for managing the underwriting and claims teams as well as leading the insurance proposition.
Sally has a background as a medical doctor and has spent nearly 20 years in the Australian, South African and UK Insurance industry working in strategic leadership positions covering most aspects of life insurance. She has extensive experience in product, claims and underwriting, and in particular the ability to review these functions from a customer perspective as well as a business point of view.
Sally is passionate about challenging the norm, and is always looking for innovative ways to deliver to the needs of customers both from a product, risk and service perspective. Her role managing the Health Services team at TAL allows her to focus on adding value from a holistic health and medical perspective throughout the customer journey, whilst supporting internal health technical capabilities.
Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association
Alison Verhoeven is Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia. Its members include public and not-for-profit hospitals, primary health networks, primary and community health services, universities and individual health leaders. Ms Verhoeven has broad experience in health, education, corporate governance and communications, and has worked in both the private and public sectors in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
Annie Butler is the Federal Secretary for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. Annie was formally appointed to the role in June 2018, having served as the Assistant Federal Secretary since March 2014, and following years of experience in the clinical, professional and industrial areas of nursing. Annie is a registered nurse with more than a decade’s experience working in public hospitals, the community and on health education projects, and a further decade working in research and education. She worked for the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association, for a further decade, as a professional officer, organiser and lead organiser, prior to moving to the national position of Assistant Federal Secretary and now holding the position of Federal Secretary Annie believes that we must fight to maintain the professions of nursing and midwifery in Australia and ensure their advancement. She is passionate about improving Australia’s system of health and aged care and the critical role nurses and midwives have to play in the future of our health system. Annie is particularly keen to see nurses drive change for improvements in Australia’s aged care sector. Annie has a degree in Health Science, an Honour’s degree in Nursing and is currently completing a Bachelor of Economics.
Executive Director Clinical Services
Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Frank Tracey is the Executive Director Clinical Services at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ HHS). He holds a clinical operational portfolio and leads the Planning Improvement and Innovation functions for the organisation. Frank has more than 30 years’ experience working in health systems. This experience includes executive roles in large health organisations. Frank has a clinical background in nursing and holds advanced qualifications in health management and governance. His extensive experience in health commissioning and provision in clinical and community settings is complemented by strong managerial and leadership skills, and an applied interest in population health planning and translational health research. While working in both government and non-government roles Frank has focused on delivering sustainable health strategies that serve the best interests of patients, health professionals, the broader health system and the community.
Director Infrastructure and Assets
Goulburn Valley Health
Dylan Hesselberg is a Civil Engineer with experience in delivering significant infrastructure projects and programs. His career to date has comprised of various senior leadership roles within State and Local Government Agencies in Queensland and Victoria – most recently he entered the Healthcare Sector in the capacity of Director Infrastructure and Assets at Goulburn Valley Health. Dylan holds Engineering and Project Management qualifications, is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and an elected Councillor in the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Project Management.
Head of Healthcare Practice
Darren Kilmartin’s career in Healthcare spans over 25 years. Working as a Medical Scientist in Histopathology and Microbiology at Royal Children’s Hospital, Mayne Health Dorevitch Pathology, St. Vincent’s Pathology and ARL Pathology.
Darren worked in roles including scientific, client liaison, business development management and operations management, allowing him to oversee the delivery of professional services to hospitals, GPs, specialists, day procedure and aged care facilities, whilst managing teams and large workforces.
In the past 10 years, Darren has been working as Project Manager and Engagement Executive at Cerner Australia, delivering electronic medical records in hospitals in Victoria, Queensland, NSWs and South Australia.
And, over the past 12 years Darren has been a volunteer Director on the Board of a large Community Health Service.
Systematic change is erupting across the entire health ecosystem. The rising burden of chronic disease, a wave of consumer expectation and a storm of data have all collided, creating a climate where longstanding models, definitions and outcomes are being challenged. How are healthcare leaders reconciling competing funding priorities, and what areas are being compromised? Which policy developments are helping accelerate the unification of disparate health systems? What can be done to remove friction and improve cooperation between federal and state governments?
Healthcare can no longer resist the tides of empowerment changing the consumer landscape. While the information asymmetry between clinicians and patients is striking, consumer expectations for a streamlined, reliable, and secure user experience are gathering real momentum with just cause. How can we empower patients to personally articulate the outcomes that truly matter to them? And is it possible to reconcile these individual outcomes at a systems level under a more holistic approach to healthcare? Is greater transparency the master-key for unlocking patient empowerment?
Any systems change that is resisted or rejected by clinicians is superficial. Architects of transformation are going to greater lengths to understand, respond to, and ultimately remove the barriers to buy-in from clinicians. How are executives engaging with personnel on the frontline to implement transformations of utility? And how are leaders overcoming intergenerational resistances to transformation and digital apathy? How are communication channels evolving to bridge the disconnect between clinicians and executive leadership? Are our existing mental health practices failing younger clinicians?
We can no longer deny the transformative power of technology to radically improve patient outcomes. The depth of change envisaged by technology is as formidable as it is necessary on the path to securing the health of the nation. How are leaders forecasting technological ROI to ensure that outcomes are achieved relative to the cost of achieving them? And how are extensive system changes being justified before the Board given the pace of technological redundancy? Is EMR the bedrock of interoperability it was promised to be? And is technology resolving or confusing risk and accountability in healthcare?
At a systems level, the gravity of change impacting healthcare is rarely overstated. The escalating pressure on leaders to navigate this dynamic environment however warrants greater attention. How are executives building the necessary knowledge and experience to lead with confidence in this interdisciplinary climate? What strategies are executives adopting to build change momentum and reconcile the diverging interests of diverse stakeholder groups? And how are conservative managerial approaches evolving through transformations to ensure greater system adoption?
Digital players with an eye for opportunity have turned their gaze on healthcare. As commercial environments collide and industry lines become blurred, the scope for partnerships is limited only by the complexity of their execution. How can we protect intellectual property in collaborative environments to deliver new more capable systems? How are new entrants from the technology and retail spaces redefining our approach to the patient experience? How are healthcare leaders engaging in cooperative, bipartisan conversations around healthcare policy? And what regulatory changes are required to more fully integrate external solutions into the wider health ecosystem?
Infrastructure is the physical site where population, commercial and political pressures meet. It is also the cornerstone of complex system transformation. While there are natural limitations on the longevity of infrastructure, do we fully understand how the increased pace of technological redundancy is impacting large-scale projects? And how can we prevent health infrastructure from being wielded as a political weapon for partisan outcomes? How are leaders achieving a synergy between clinician and business-led outcomes? What role does infrastructure play in facilitating a move to new models of care delivery?
Kronos is the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Tens of thousands of organisations in more than 100 countries use Kronos to control labour costs, minimise compliance risk, and improve workforce productivity.
The Australian Digital Health Agency officially commenced operations on 1 July 2016 and is tasked with improving health outcomes for all Australians through the delivery of Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, seamless and secure in collaboration with partners across the community.
The Agency is the System Operator of My Health Record, which is an electronic summary of an individual’s heath information that can be shared securely online between the individual and registered healthcare providers involved in their care to support improved decision making and continuity of care.
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Established in 2001, the company works with clients in sectors including health, banking and finance, government, and not for profit that all maintain strict policies and procedures for safeguarding data privacy. Our service enables clients to streamline communication, simplify workflows and generate savings by reducing the costs associated with the internal management of sending correspondence.
Bing integrates seamlessly with existing technology platforms, requires no upfront investment, no process change, comes with full training, transparent costs and is easy to use.
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Celebrating its 4th year, the Healthcare Leaders Forum is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts. A strict screening process and strong delegate focus ensures a senior executive only event to discuss the future of healthcare in Australia.
A unique sponsor format will position you and your brand as a thought-leader amongst the decision makers in Healthcare. From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this audience, before, during and after the event.
As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business within the healthcare industry, the Healthcare Leaders Forum offers unrivalled cut-through.
This event was sold out in 2018
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|Healthcare Professional: 1-2 Delegates||$2200 + GST|
|Healthcare Professional: 3-5 Delegates||$1980 + GST|
|Healthcare Professional: 6-9 Delegates||$1760 + GST|
|Healthcare Professional: 10+ Delegates||$1540 + GST|
Please note if you are a Service Provider to healthcare professionals, email [email protected] to discuss your involvement at the Forum.
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Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What’s included in my delegate pass?
A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, and access to provided speaker presentations.
Is there a group booking discount?
Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact [email protected].
Can I transfer my pass?
A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to [email protected].
How do I receive my delegate pass?
Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.
Is media registration available?
No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.
A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.
What is a Service Provider?
A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of healthcare industry.
Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.
Will there be a delegate list available?
No, Connect Media does not provide delegate lists to attendees