18-20 March 2018
#aphacongress Register

Master of Ceremonies

Dr Sally Cockburn




Dr Sally Cockburn is a GP and health advocate, with a twist. While she practices part time in suburban Melbourne she is also known around Australia as ‘Dr Feelgood’, a high profile media presenter who champions sensitive issues and demystifies medicine.’ Along with over 30 years clinical experience, her 22 year media career spans every television network and Australia’s top radio networks. She spent 10 years as health presenter on Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton and her national radio sex and relationships program Pillowtalk was a trailblazing phenomenon in the 1990s. She also hosted her own talk back TV show on Channel 7. Currently she can be heard hosting her Sunday Night talk back radio program, Talking Health, on Melbourne’s radio 3AW. Sally is recipient of the radio industry’s award for best documentary and an MBF award for excellence in health journalist. Behind the scenes, Sally is passionate about patient and community issues and is active in health policy and education at many levels. Sally is a Lifetime Australia Day Ambassador for Victoria and in 2010 Sally was inducted into the Victorian Women’s honour roll for harnessing the media to improve health communications. That same year she was also awarded the Monash Distinguished Alumni service award. She has served as Chair of Family Planning Victoria, on the boards of Metropolitan Ambulance Service and Vic Health and also the Victorian Government’s Mental Health Reform Council and Sexual Health Task Force. She has also been a member of the Melbourne Zoo’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr Jeanette Conley



Dr Jeanette Conley has worked in various healthcare roles and arenas. Early career roles included receptionist to a General Practice, a pathology collector, nursing training and working as a registered nurse in intensive care nursing, surgical nursing, and nurse education. Later Dr Conley studied Medicine at the University of Newcastle. During her medical training Jeanette joined the Royal Australian Navy and spent 13 years as a naval officer. During this time she completed medical specialty training and obtained Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). She also has worked in General Practice.

Dr Jeanette Conley is currently the Medical Executive at Adventist HealthCare, which oversees Sydney Adventist Hospital, the largest private hospital in NSW. Over the past 14 years this role has presented many opportunities including working as a part-time surveyor with the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS), acting as a supervisor and preceptor for RACMA trainees, establishing numerous registrar positions and partnering with Sydney University to create the first private hospital based clinical school in NSW.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Peter Davidson




Peter Davidson is a Critical Care Paramedic – Employed by Ambulance Victoria for 28 years – qualified M.I.C.A (Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic) in 1992 and worked as a Mobile Intensive Care Flight Paramedic for the following 22years with Air Ambulance Victoria’s rescue helicopter “Heli-med One” with the last 14 of those years as Air Ambulance Operational Team Manager before moving to Queensland in 2014 where he is currently employed by QAS (Queensland Ambulance Service) as a Critical Care Paramedic on an SRU (Single Response Unit) from the Gold Coast.

Peter was aboard the first rescue helicopter to reach survivors in the ill fated 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race decimated by a hurricane where 6 sailors lost their lives. This was to be one of the worst maritime disasters in ocean racing history.

Confronted by waves of up to 80 feet and wind gusts of 160km/hr Peter was winched down into these conditions to conduct the most testing rescues of his career.

Twice coming close to death Peter successfully rescued 8 survivors in the midst of this hurricane from the stricken vessel “Standaside”.

Peter shares with you the events, insights and leadership challenges that he and his crew faced on this day.

Dr Christine Dennis



Dr Christine Dennis joined the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) in July 2014 as the Chief Executive Officer.

Trained as a Registered Nurse / Midwife, Christine has worked in the Australian health care system for over 35 years. Practising clinically for the first 20 years, the past 15 plus years have included senior roles in policy and planning, health system operations and, in Chief Operating Officer/Chief Executive Officer roles in both South Australia and the Northern Territory.

She has led multifaceted change, safety and quality improvement programs aimed at raising organisational performance, and integrating service delivery across healthcare systems.
Her current position incorporates overseeing the delivery of ACHS’s objectives within the Australian domestic market and, in international markets including Hong Kong, China, Indonesia and the Middle East.

Dr Dennis has also been an invited lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Tasmania (Sydney Campus) and has recently been appointed as the Chief Examiner (Australia) for the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

She has tertiary qualifications in nursing and health service management; has a Doctorate of Business (University of South Australia) and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Her doctoral thesis was titled ‘The Problematic Nature of Strategic Planning in the Public Health System’.

Professor Adam Elshaug



Professor Elshaug is Co-Lead of The Lancet Right Care Series:

Adam Elshaug, M.P.H., Ph.D., is an internationally recognized researcher and policy advisor specializing in reducing waste and optimizing value in health care. He is Professor of Health Policy, HCF Research Foundation Professorial Research Fellow, and Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at The University of Sydney. He also Heads the Value in Health Care Division within MCHP, is Senior Fellow with the Lown Institute in Boston, a ministerial appointee to the (Australian) Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce, a member of the Choosing Wisely Australia advisory group, the Choosing Wisely International Planning Committee, the ACSQHC’s Atlas of Healthcare Variation Advisory Group, immediate past (elected) Member of the Executive Committee of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ). In October 2017 Professor Elshaug was appointed to the Board of the NSW Bureau of Health Information (BHI). He is a Chief Investigator within the Wiser Healthcare Collaborative: wiserhealthcare.org.au
Professor Elshaug was a 2010-11 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow based at the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). From mid-2011 to mid-2013, he then served as NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellow in Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy. In parallel, he became The Commonwealth Fund’s Inaugural Visiting Fellow for 2012-13 in New York City.
Professor Elshaug’s expertise in optimizing value in health care involves: (i) defining low- versus high-value care from various stakeholder perspectives, such as patients, clinicians, community members, and policy makers, (ii) Measuring patient and provider level prevalence of low-value care within large healthcare datasets, and (iii) Working closely with national and state governments, and third party payers across the world to design and implement reforms aimed at reducing waste and optimizing heath care safety and value, including the design and evaluation of alternative care and payment models.
He is recipient of numerous research awards and over 120 invitations to address conferences, government, academic, insurance and health technology assessment groups internationally. He has published over 80 technical reports and peer review articles with first-author publications in journals such as The Lancet,New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, Journal of the American Medical Association, Medical Journal of Australia, BMJ Quality & Safety. His qualifications include: BA; BSc(Hons); MPH; PhD. A link to his peer-reviewed publications is HERE.

Shane Evans



Shane leads Minter Ellison’s national health industry group. With 22 years experience acting exclusively for health clients, Shane has an in-depth understanding of all aspects of health service delivery, regulation and funding. Shane is often called upon to assist with early intervention following clinical incidents, system and clinician reviews, drafting facility by-laws, advising on credentialing, scope of clinical practice, clinician concerns and internal appeals following suspension or termination of accreditation, as well as funding negotiations and contracts.

Ms Chriss Gee


Christine Gee is the Chief Executive Officer of Toowong Private Hospital in Brisbane Qld. Her career in public and private acute healthcare spans over 30 years and she holds an MBA.
Christine holds a number of Board appointments across local, state and national arenas. She is a committed member of the Board of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) and Chairs both its Psychiatric Committee and the Safety and Quality Taskforce as well as having held the office of National President on two occasions. Christine is also a member of the Qld Board of the Medical Board of Australia and a number of its sub committees.
Christine continually emphasises the necessity for private sector inclusion in the development and implementation of quality and safety initiatives and is a longstanding Board member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and Chairs its Private Hospitals Sector Committee, Mental Health Advisory Group and Co-Chairs its National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards Steering Committee.
Christine was awarded the Centenary Medal for distinguished service to the health industry in 2003, the 2005 APHA Individual Achievement Award and the 2007 Baxter Healthcare/ACHS Award acknowledging Longstanding Service to Quality in Australian Healthcare.

Tim Kelsey


Tim Kelsey is chief executive of the new Australian Digital Health Agency.

Before that he was the first National Director for Patients and Information in NHS in England – a role which combined the functions of chief technology and information officer with responsibility for patient and public participation.

Tim was chair of the National Information Board at the same time and, in that capacity, led design of a new national strategy for technology in English healthcare to 2020 which has been adopted by the British government as formal policy.

Tim joined the NHS in 2012 after serving as the British government’s first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data.

Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in our public services and, in 2000, was co-founder of Dr Foster, a company which pioneered publication of patient outcomes in healthcare.

He is an internationally regarded expert in thinking differently about how digital and social media can transform the customer experience in public services. In 2007, he launched NHS Choices, the national online health information service (www.nhs.uk) which now reports around 50 million users per month. In 2014 Tim was named one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by 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.

Tim has also worked for Telstra and for McKinsey & Co.

Tim is a visiting professor in the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London and co-author of Transparency and the Open Society (Policy Press and University of Chicago, June 2016).

Follow Tim on twitter @tkelsey1

Janne McMahon, OAM



Janne has worked as a mental health consumer advocate since 1997. She is the founder and Executive Officer of the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia). She has appeared before ten parliamentary inquiries, has been a member of expert reference groups, committees and working groups over the last 20 years including the Mental Health Committee of the Australian Private Hospitals Association. She is Patron of the Australian BPD Foundation and member of the Board of Mental Health Australia. Janne has recently retired as a surveyor with the ACHS after 15 years in this position.   In 2008 Janne was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her advocacy work.