APHA
39th
National
Congress
Wednesday 27 October – Friday 29 October 2021
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Lachlan Kennedy

Lachlan Kennedy is a senior journalist and presenter for TEN News. He has a degree in International Relations and Political Science from the Australian National University.

Lachlan joined Network TEN in 2010, accepting an opportunity to report across the full network line-up including the Early News, Morning News and TEN Late News.

He has completed numerous reporting assignments, including a two year deployment as TEN’s North American correspondent. Lachlan started in the media industry in 2007 at Southern Cross Ten, presenting news updates across New South Wales and the Northern Territory. He joined WIN Television Canberra in 2008, where he became lead political reporter, nightly sports presenter and station chief of staff.

A passionate advocate for bringing viewers more than the headlines, Lachlan delivers the human story in news. Across the world he’s captured the devastation of natural disasters such as the 2015 Nepal earthquake, but also discovered the stories of hope and resilience – as seen in the rebuilding of Moore, Oklahoma after a deadly tornado in 2013. He has reported from Gallipoli and been embedded with the Australian Army in the Solomon Islands.

Lachlan’s investigative work has uncovered loopholes in smoking laws and exposed major companies who admit buying Australian costs too much – as farmers are forced to dump fresh food. He’s revealed the impact of critical school overcrowding and the financial, health and emotional consequences of toxic firefighting foam contamination.

Lachlan has been nominated for a prestigious Kennedy Award in the Outstanding Television Reporting category and is a CNN Journalism Fellow.

Lachlan has the privilege of working with a number of charities. He is a White Ribbon Ambassador and is passionate about raising awareness of domestic and family violence.




Marie Johnson

Marie is an internationally recognised public entrepreneur with a track record of tackling complex wicked problems.

Marie explores radical innovation and questions thinking which doesn’t prepare us for the future. She operates at the intersection of the human experience and systems thinking where co-design reveals boundless potential.

Marie conceived and led the global co-design effort with people with disability to deliver “Nadia” the first AI powered digital human for service delivery. This work sparked a global industry and appetite for AI powered digital humans.

Marie Johnson and Allan Johnson together have created the AI powered Digital Human Cardiac Coach, which Marie introduced at the global Singularity Medicine Exponential Medicine Conference in San Diego November 2019. The humanitarian and social impact of AI in health and human services domains will be profoundly liberating.

Her extensive experience covers the public and private sector in Australia and internationally, including leading Microsoft’s worldwide public services and e-government business in Seattle; Chief Information Officer; Chief Technology Architect; Technology Authority; and board director.

Marie speaks with challenging honesty from the deep experience of delivery. Together with her foresight, people are interested in the grit and the messy reality of politics and culture.

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Dr Fred McQueary, MD, MMM, CPE

A foundation doctor at Mercy since its inception in 1993, Dr McQueary has served in various operational roles and as an orthopedic surgeon.

Dr McQueary was named the Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Mercy in July 2019. He had served as President of Ambulatory Care and Chief Clinical Officer for Mercy since late 2014. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Clinical Integration. Prior to his ministry role, he was President of Mercy Clinic, North Central Communities.

During his leadership tenure at St John’s Clinic (now Mercy-Springfield), Dr McQueary helped develop the integrated orthopaedic group and single-location multispecialty spine centre, both of which are now the busiest in the country. During his tenure as Clinic President, the hospital was named the leading large clinic in the country by Press-Ganey for patient satisfaction.

At the same time Mercy-Springfield was twice named the number one integrated health system in the country by Modern Healthcare. In the four years Dr McQueary has been President of Ambulatory Care and Chief Clinical Officer, Mercy has been identified by IBM/Watson/Truven Health Analytics as one of the top five large health systems in the country.

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Dr Zoe Wainer

Dr Zoe Wainer is the Head of Public Health and Medical Director at Bupa Australia and New Zealand, Chair of the Board of Dental Health Services Victoria and a Director on the Board of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

Her passion and expertise in public health has driven formal and informal collaborations with the ICHOM and Harvard Business School in value based health care across multiple organisations and she has a continued advocacy focus on the importance of sex differences across health from basic research to health systems implications.

Zoe holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Flinders University, and has a clinical background in cardiothoracic surgery and thoracic surgical oncology. She has a PhD and a Masters of Public Health from The University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors



Alan Cooper

Alan Cooper commenced his career in the health industry in 1975.

After 23 years of working as a registered nurse at various levels in the public health system in both NSW and QLD, Alan made a career move into the private sector and relocated to Bundaberg.

Over the past 20+ years with the Friendly Society Private Hospital, Alan has held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Director of Nursing (1998 – 2011) roles.

In 2010, his role expanded to Chief Executive Officer of the Bundaberg Friendly Society Medical Institute which encompasses the Friendly Society Private Hospital and Friendly Society Pharmacies.

During this time he has guided the business growth from a 55-bed low ranked private facility to a modern, innovative highly regarded, 143-bed acute care Hospital.  His primary interest lies in developing a great work culture with the belief that culture trumps strategy every time and that a positive culture has a return on the bottom line.

He holds post graduate qualifications in Nursing Education and Health Administration as well as a Master of Business Administration.  He has a Graduate Membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing.

Alan is a long-standing, active member of key industry bodies; he currently holds positions of the President of the Private Hospitals Association of Queensland, and is a member of the Australian Private Hospitals Association Council and Board Director.



John Hill

John Hill was appointed the Independent Chairman for Private Healthcare Australia in April 2019.

Mr Hill has over 20 years’ experience in public arena, including almost 11 years as a minister in the South Australian Government, holding portfolios including Health, Environment and Conservation and the Arts. John has been involved in a variety of projects which include: the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, and Tonsley Park Redevelopment

Mr Hill has also participated as a member of national ministerial bodies covering health, environment and the arts, as well as specialist councils covering national food regulation and the Murray-Darling River system.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors [FAICD].



Dr Fiona Moir, MBChB MRCGP PhD

Fiona trained in the UK and went on to work as a GP in New Zealand. She is a Director of two companies: Connect Communications, a medical education business which designs and facilitates self-care, supervision and communication skills sessions for health professionals, and First Response, a company specialising in peer-interventions for identifying and responding to distress in the workplace. Fiona also has a part-time role as a Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland. Within this job, she has developed SAFE-DRS, a Health and Wellbeing curriculum for medical students, and has created comprehensive pastoral care policies and care pathways for the medical school.

In 2008, she was one of the co-authors of the CALM website, a resource for stress management and happiness, which was originally made available to students and then later released to the public. Her interests are: early interventions for stress, anxiety and depression; self-care; the health of health professionals; healthy workplaces and communication. Her PhD is in the area of peer-led interventions to improve mental health. In 2018, she won the University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor’s excellence award for Health, Safety and Wellbeing.



Dr Fiona Kerr

Dr Fiona Kerr is the founder of The NeuroTech Institute, an independent body investigating the neurophysiology of interaction – between humans, and with and through technology. Her research areas include the neurophysiological impact of touch and eye gaze on healing and trust, and how human and technological interaction affects empathy, complex decision making, creativity and belonging.

Dr Kerr speaks and consults internationally to medical and technology companies, governments and policy makers on creating sustainable, human-centric healthcare, education, aging, and Defence. She is vice Chair of the Catalyst foundation, Strategic Advisor to Global Centre for Modern Aging, a member of Australia’s Ethical AI in Defence group and an advisor to Finland’s national AI steering committee. She holds honorary academic roles with the University College Dublin, SA Health Medical Research Institute and Adelaide university, and has a PhD in complex systems engineering and cognitive neuroscience, augmented by degrees in psychology and anthropology



Suthagar Seevaratnam

Suthagar Seevaratnam is the inaugural Chief Information Security Officer for the Australian National University. He was appointed to this role, upon the recommendation of the Australian Cybersecurity Centre, in October 2018 following the first breach of the University’s network. Since that time he has been accountable for developing the ANU’s information security strategy and led the team which detected and disclosed the second breach reported in June 2019. Suthagar is also the strategic security advisor to the ANU Cyber Institute – a new initiative designed to build a world class cyber masters program and research hub.

Prior to joining ANU, Suthagar was the General Manager of IT Operations and Chief Information Security Officer for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. His appointment to the Bureau came at a time of extensive cybersecurity uplift in the wake of the organisation’s breach in 2016. In this role he was responsible for the development and guidance of the Bureau’s strategic cybersecurity direction.

Suthagar was also the Head of Cryptology for the Australian Signals Directorate where he was responsible for Australia’s intelligence and cybersecurity cryptologic mission. During this time he initiated the ASD joint facility on ANU’s campus – the first such open academic facility in the history of the ASD and is a key investment in helping to greater Australian STEM capability.

Suthagar holds a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Commerce both from the University of Sydney. He is married with one child.



Paula Oliver

Paula Oliver is the Acting Manager for South Australia Cyber Security Innovation Node in Adelaide. Responsible for the strategic development and delivery, Paula leads a collaborative program of work, in partnership with industry, academia and state government, which brings focus to key areas for the SA, such as the Defence Supply Chain, Digital Health, Autonomous Systems and Skills and Education to drive growth and innovation in the cyber industry in South Australia.

Paula who is a “Certified Information Security Manager” (CISM), previously held a position as Senior Manager of Assurance and Outreach within the Office for Cyber Security in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in SA Government. During her time in this role she contributed to the design of the South Australia Government’s Cyber Security Strategic Plan launched in 2018, leading the redesign of the SA Government Top Ten Cyber Security Resilience and Preparedness Objectives maturity model and reporting scheme, providing policy and risk advice, and cyber security training and awareness to all levels of Government including Ministers and the Premier.

Paula is passionate about ensuring Cyber Security education and skills are a priority for South Australia and that our next generation workforce (as well as the present one) understand the importance of cyber security



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.



Danny Sims

Daniel Sims was appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ramsay Health Care’s Australian operations on 1 January 2015. In Australia, Ramsay Health Care is the leading operator of private hospitals with 65 hospitals and 7 day surgeries. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr Sims was the Chief Operating Officer of Ramsay’s Australian and Asian operations since 1 July 2008. In this role, he was ultimately responsible for the operating performance and strategic direction of Ramsay’s hospital businesses in Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Mr Sims started with Ramsay Health Care in 2003 after emigrating from the United States. He commenced with the Company as Group Financial Controller-Hospital Operations before moving to operational management as the New South Wales (NSW) State Operations Manager on 1 July 2006.
Prior to coming to Australia in 2003, Mr Sims was a health care financial executive for a variety of companies between 1990 to 2003, including Ramsay Health Care, Inc., a publicly-traded company specialising in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment across the United States.

Prior to 1990, Mr. Sims worked as an auditor with Ernst & Young for nine years, specialising in audit services to hospitals.

Mr Sims is the Chairman of the Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation and is President of The Australian Private Hospital Association (APHA). Mr Sims has been a Director of APHA since 2007 and he became a Board member of HESTA, a large superannuation fund, in January 2016.


Gerry Power

Gerry is the National Head of Sales for Emergence Insurance, the only specialist cyber underwriter in the Australian market. Emergence are one of the largest writers of cyber insurance in Australia. Their solutions include an incident response team enabling clients to prepare and recover from cyber events.

His role involves assisting insurance brokers and their clients understand the developing area of cyber risk and how cyber insurance can assist as part of a clients’ risk management solution.

Gerry has 25 years’ international experience in the general insurance industry.  He was included in the Insurance Business 2019 Top List of 39 insurance executives transforming the insurance industry.

Gerry is a Chartered Insurer, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) of England, an Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and holds a Diploma in Technical Analysis from the Australian Technical Analysts Association of Australia.


Mark Wiltshire

Mark is a director of wiltshire + swain architects. He has experience as both an Architect and as a Registered General Nurse. His background provides for a unique insight into the complex issues surrounding healthcare and other complex institutional projects. Mark also teaches at UniSA’s School of Architecture.

He is a graduate of the South Australian School of Art and has art work within the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia. He has previously served as a Chapter councillor with the Australian Institute of Architects and was chair of the collaborations steering committee where the focus was on cross discipline collaboration within the art and design areas.


Barry Sandison

Barry Sandison was appointed CEO of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in June 2016. With over 36 years’ experience in the public sector across more than 13 agencies, his expertise covers a wide range of health and welfare related work, with previous roles in both policy and service delivery. Since joining the Institute, Mr Sandison’s priorities have been on sharpening the Institute’s strategic focus, broadening the awareness of the Institute’s impressive capabilities and managing the Institute’s growth of nearly 60%.

Prior to joining the Institute, Mr Sandison was a Deputy Secretary within the Australian Government Department of Human Services, where he undertook roles in both the Centrelink and Medicare elements of the Department and oversighting its strategic information management function. Prior to this role, Mr Sandison held senior executive roles in various other Commonwealth Departments.

Mr Sandison holds a Bachelor of Business Management, and until recently was a long term Board member and Chair for L’Arche Genesaret, an ACT community organisation providing supported accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities.


Ian Yates

Ian Yates is Chief Executive of Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, the national peak consumer body for older Australians. Ian has played national leadership roles in COTA since 2002 after being Chief Executive of COTA SA since 1989. He serves on a wide variety of federal government advisory bodies, currently including the Aged Care Financing Authority, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council, the Aged Care Sector Committee, the Dementia Ageing and Aged Care Mission Expert Advisory Panel, the Aged Care Clinical Advisory Committee, the ATO Superannuation Industry Stewardship Group and the ASIC Consumer Advisory Panel.

Ian is also a Sponsor Member of the National Aged Care Alliance and chairs several Alliance Committees; a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR); Chair of the Management Committee of the Australasian Journal on Ageing; a Director of COTA’s membership services company; a Director of Livable Housing Australia; and A Board member of the Aged Rights Advocacy Service.

He has held a number senior positions in public health governance in South Australia and served on the Flinders University Council for 20 years including seven years as Deputy Chancellor and Chair of both its Audit and Resources Committees and Alumni. Ian is Emeritus Deputy Chancellor of Flinders University and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University. He was awarded Membership in the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2005.


Assistant Commissioner Jason Heffernan

Assistant Commissioner Jason Heffernan commenced volunteering with the NSW Rural Fire Service in the Wagga Wagga area, undertaking Bush Fire Fighter Training in May 1999.

He has a farming family background in the Riverina Region and continues to enjoy spending time in the area.

An avid supporter of rural and regional areas, he has spent considerable time in Regional NSW in a NSW RFS capacity and brings with him a rural perspective to his role.

Since his commencement with the NSW RFS as a salaried officer, Assistant Commissioner Heffernan has undertaken a variety of roles within rural and regional NSW, as well as the metropolitan areas including roles as a District and Regional Manager.

In March 2015, he was made an Assistant Commissioner and appointed to the role of Director Regional Services. Following this, in 2017 he became Director Response and Coordination and in January 2020 was appointed Director of Area Operations.

In his current role, Assistant Commissioner Heffernan oversees the operational function of the State including; Planning and Coordination, Major Event and Emergency Response and Executive oversight of the Fire Trails Network across NSW.

He has tertiary qualifications in Emergency Management, Policing and Business Management.


Dr Bernadette Eather

Dr Bernadette Eather is the National Manager of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety for Ramsay Health Care Australia, where she is responsible for the strategic oversight of clinical incident management, quality improvement, data analytics in patient safety, and development of clinical policy and procedure for the 73 Ramsay Hospitals.

She was the former Director of Patient Safety for NSW Health at the Clinical Excellence Commission, where she was responsible for the State-wide patient safety program.  She has worked in health care for more than 25 years in a range of clinical, operational, and clinical governance roles.  Dr Eather’s Doctoral research focussed on Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Systems in acute hospitals.   She is passionate about patient safety, sharing lessons learned, and promoting the safe, high quality care Ramsay Health Care provides.


Dr Douglas Fahlbusch

Douglas has over 20 years of specialist anaesthesia experience, mainly in private practice in Adelaide, with interests in neuroanaesthesia and workflow improvement. He teaches registrars at Calvary Wakefield Hospital and nurses at the major private hospitals. His early general medical career was in public hospitals in Adelaide and the Royal Australian Navy. Douglas then returned to Adelaide to train in anaesthesia (Fellow, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists) and retrieval medicine.

Douglas has a keen interest in the future of humanity and its healthcare, is a cancer survivor, and has incorporated his professional and personal research and experiences in a book ‘Reimagining Healthcare’ that helps doctors and administrators reduce risk and cost in healthcare by breaking down healthcare silos. We improve healthcare outcomes by including business processes as clinical tools.

Douglas has spoken at state (ASA/AMA), national (ANZCA, MIGA) and international (ANZCA) meetings, and published on medical and non-medical topics. Douglas has a Graduate Diploma of Management (GDM) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) with pro bono state and national experience with the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.

Douglas grew up in the Barossa Valley and Tasmania. He is married to Liz, with two adult children. He enjoys learning, travel, motor car rallies, boats, cross-country cycling, tennis and snow-skiing. Douglas believes education provides individuals with the most opportunities in life and supports a number of charities in this area.