APHA
38th
National
Congress
Sunday 17 March – Tuesday 19 March 2019
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David Smiedt

Is described by Adam Hills, as “a living breathing joke machine”. David Smiedt has been delighting audiences around the country and overseas with his brand of warm inclusive, uplifting, intelligent comedy. David is one of Australia’s finest comedians, emcees and corporate performers.

A regular on television shows David is the author of seven humorous books and writes for a wide range of over 30 magazines including, Virgin Airline Mag, Elle, Home Beautiful, Cleo, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Body & Soul, Sunday Style, Australian Geographic, Jetstar, Maire Claire in three countries, Sun Herald, Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday Life and Vogue where he specialises in a humorous take on style health trends and celebrity profiles. Aside from being the current grooming editor for GQ magazine he is the only journalist in Australian publishing history to be in concurrent issues of lads-mag Ralph and Your Garden. Topical and charming, David’s comedy will entertain and uplift.

In 2016 David was invited to be an expert speaker at Vivid Live. For the sold out event – The Edelman Story Workshop in Storytelling.

In 2017, comedian, author and Instagrammer (16k followers) David Smiedt was diagnosed with cancer. He turned the experience into a sell-out show around Australian Comedy Festivals entitled Finding Chemo and wrote about it for GQ magazine. Having appeared at The Sydney Writer’s Festival and Vivid Ideas, he is now establishing the first bedside comedy club for cancer patients at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse hospital in Sydney.




Gus Balbontin

Gus Balbontin is the former Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet. Having led one of the most recognisable brands in the world through significant business transformation, he’s perfectly placed to speak about the complexities of running a business, in an ever changing, highly competitive world.

Gus shares lessons that can be applied to businesses of all sizes and from all industries that are confronting massive digital change. Adaptability, transformation and innovation are just some of the key themes he speaks to. His common sense strategies will surprise you, his practical approach inspire you… you’ll leave his presentation feeling informed and entertained.

A big thinker, Gus doesn’t let life’s hurdles get in the way of big solutions. His knowledge and expertise in transformation and digital innovation is genuinely impressive, as he teaches his audience how to navigate the struggles and successes that even the biggest brands in the world experience.




Michael Roff

Michael Roff is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA). Michael joined APHA as Public Affairs Manager in 1994 and was appointed CEO in 2000.

Prior to joining APHA, Michael worked as an assistant to a Justice of the High Court and as a Policy Advisor to Ministers in the New South Wales and ACT Governments. He also spent several years in Sydney as a public affairs manager with a major national industry association.

APHA is the peak national body representing the interests of the private hospital sector, with a diverse membership that includes large and small hospitals and day surgeries, for profit and not for profit hospitals, groups as well as independent facilities, located in metropolitan, regional and rural areas throughout Australia.

For more than ten years, Michael has also served on the Board of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards in addition to holding appointments on a wide range of government and industry advisory bodies.



Tony Lawson

Tony has been a member of the CHF Board since 2010 and Chair since 2014. He was re-elected as Chair at the November 2018 Board meeting.
Tony strives to operate at strategic levels in policy forums and meetings conducted by and with CHF, always promoting enhanced consumer participation and engagement in every encounter.
Tony continues to ensure the development and maintenance of sound, respectful and productive relationships with key stakeholders. Tony also seeks to make strong contributions to health consumer matters in other settings, including as a Board member of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. Tony is also a member of the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Tony has managed not for profit organisations and was Chair of the SA peak consumer health body for six years. He has undertaken many health consumer participation projects and produced many reports and published a number of articles on health and consumer health issues.
Tony has extensive experience in managing and implementing governance frameworks in a diverse range of organisations both as a leader and independent adviser. Overall, he has been involved at the highest levels in consumer health for over a decade and continues to strive to provide decisive and strategic leadership to CHF representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers.



Craig Drummond

Craig Drummond joined Medibank in July 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. Medibank is a leading private health insurer committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of Australians.

Craig has had over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector – Group Executive Finance and Strategy at NAB from 2013 to 2016; Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Chief Executive Officer and Country Head from 2009 to 2013. Previous to that he was at Goldman Sachs JB Were (1986 to 2009), in various roles culminating in Chief Executive Officer.

Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the university of Melbourne in 1981. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton University in 2001. Craig is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and is a chartered Accountant.

Craig is a strong advocate for gender equality and has been a Male Champion of change since 2016. Craig is also a Director of the Geelong Football Club and a Finance Committee member at Ian Potter Foundation.


Dr Rachel David

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.



Shane Evans

As the leader of MinterEllison’s national Health Industry Group, with over 23 years’ experience acting exclusively for health clients, Shane oversees a ‘one stop shop’ at MinterEllison for all advisory, commercial and litigation services across the firm. Shane provides practical solutions tailored to each client’s specific needs. This includes health regulation, privacy and cyber breaches, crisis management, clinical negligence claims, health service investigations and royal commissions.

Shane additionally works with the firm’s corporate and project lawyers to co-ordinate and deliver practical, industry-specific, client focused advice related to health transactions, inbound investment, outsourcing and infrastructure arrangements. Best Lawyers International has named him Lawyer of the Year (Australia) for health and aged care on multiple occasions.



Dr Victoria Atkinson

Dr Victoria Atkinson is a cardiothoracic surgeon and joined Healthscope on 1 October in the role of Chief Medical Officer.

Building on a strong clinical background, Dr Atkinson works to integrate the clinical, operational and governance aspects of healthcare to enhance patient care. She believes that executive, clinical and Board must come together to achieve patient focussed and harm-free care.
Dr Atkinson is the Deputy Chair of the Board for Better Care Victoria, is a Board Director at Alfred Health and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Victoria).

She holds an MBBS, FRACS, AFRACMA and a Masters of Health Management, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an EDAC qualification from the Center for Healthcare Design in the USA.



Dr Damien Angus

Dr Damien Angus is a Partner at Strategy& and a leader in the Melbourne healthcare practice. He has 15 years of strategy consulting experience across Australia, Asia and the USA.

Damien has a PhD in physiology and is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of Australians through driving transformation and reform in the healthcare system. He has managed numerous growth strategy engagements and supported large programs for major Australian clients in the health and insurance sectors.



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.



Dr Mark O’Brien

Dr Mark O’Brien is the Medical Director and co-founder of the Cognitive Institute. Dr O’Brien is a well-regarded consultant and expert trainer in the areas of clinical leadership, risk management and quality and safety within the Asia-Pacific region. He is also a published author and regular international speaker across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United Kingdom, South Africa and North America with a passion for supporting clinicians to address the challenges they face in delivering the highest quality care to their patients.

In 2013 he was recognised by the Australian Private Hospitals Association National Congress as ‘the only speaker to receive 5 stars across the board by all delegates’. In 2016 he was awarded the President’s Award from the Queensland Branch of the Australasian College of Health Service management for his services to healthcare. Dr O’Brien also serves as a Board member of Mater Misericordiae Ltd.



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.



Hadyn Bernau

Hadyn Bernau is a Principal at Finity Consulting, Australia and New Zealand’s largest independent actuarial and analytics consulting firm.

Hadyn consults to private health insurers on pricing, product design, profitability monitoring and forecasting, and capital. Previously he was Chief Actuary at the prudential regulator PHIAC (now merged into APRA).


Chanelle McEnallay

Chanelle McEnallay is the Chief Risk Officer of the Australian business of Ramsay Health Care Limited and sits on both the Australian Executive and Australian Risk Management Committee. Chanelle manages a wide portfolio which includes the risk management framework of Australia, work health and safety, workers’ compensation, property and infrastructure, environment, staff health and the national public liability portfolio. Chanelle is also the Executive lead for the National Vanderbilt Roll Out, a promoting professional accountability framework.
Ramsay is Australia’s largest private hospital operator and currently employs over 33,000 staff in Australia alone, more than 60,000 worldwide.

Chanelle has been a safety and workers’ compensation professional for 22 years and began her safety career in the construction industry specialising in rail and coal mining before moving to health in 2004. Chanelle is passionate about robust and innovative risk management systems that actually add value and perform their function to reduce risk.

Chanelle is an experienced Risk Professional, Work Health and Safety Professional, Injury Manager, Advanced Rehabilitation and Return to Work Manager, Workers’ Compensation Specialist, Workplace Trainer and Assessor, Auditor, holds advanced qualifications in OHS and Corporate Governance and is an admitted NSW Supreme Court Solicitor. Chanelle also holds a Master of Laws from ANU.


Amie Grierson

Amie Grierson is the Principal Director of the Privacy Dispute Resolution branch of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
She leads regulatory action and strategy in the areas of Commissioner initiated investigations and notifiable data breaches.

Ms Grierson has been at the OAIC, and the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC), for eight years. Prior to this Amie worked in legal, policy, and advocacy roles within government and the not-for-profit sector, including as a lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor where she provided specialist advice on privacy and information law.

Ms Grierson holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Newcastle, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.