18-20 March 2018
#aphacongress Register

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.

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

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.

Lucy Cheetham

Lucy Cheetham has over 30 years of experience in government policy and research. After more than twenty years working in government on she moved into research and advocacy. She has examined the health sector from multiple points of view having worked for organisations ranging from COTA National Seniors, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and most recently the Australian Private Hospitals Association where she is Director Policy and Research.

Dr Michael Coglin

Michael is Healthscope’s Chief Medical Officer. He joined Healthscope in 1999.

His current role involves executive responsibility for Clinical Governance, Clinical Risk Management, patient safety, quality and compliance, claims and litigation, medical affairs and public affairs/media relations. He represents Healthscope on a number of bodies including the Board of the Australian Private Hospitals Association and the Private Hospital Sector Committee of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. He is a member by invitation of the Commonwealth’s Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce.

For the twenty years prior to taking up his current appointment he held senior posts in medical management in a variety of public hospitals in both metropolitan and regional settings in Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Natasha Cole

Natasha is an experienced senior executive with over 25 years’ service across a range of Australian Government agencies.

Natasha was appointed as First Assistant Secretary, Primary Care and Mental health Division within the Australian Government Department of Health in November 2015. In this role Natasha has oversight of policy and programs for acute and primary care, including Primary Health Networks, mental health and suicide prevention, chronic disease, allied health and dental programs.

Natasha was appointed as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Champion in July 2016, a role focusing on promoting diversity and inclusion, and providing advocacy and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff within the Department.

Prior to this, Natasha held a range of senior executive positions spanning health policy areas of primary care reform, sports administration, rural health and health workforce at the Departments of Health, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport. Natasha has also worked as a ministerial advisor in the health and sport portfolios.

Natasha commenced her career at the Department of Immigration as a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in political science and history.

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.

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.

Dr William Glasson

Bill has been active in ophthalmological practice and training in urban, rural, indigenous and international settings for many years, as well as taking a keen interest in medical representation and advocacy since the late 1990s. His practice extends from Brisbane to Western Queensland and East Timor, where he is responsible for overseeing the St John Eye Services and education in Oecussi.

Bill served as AMA Queensland President (2001-2), Federal AMA President (2003-5), Chair of the Rural Telecommunications Review Committee (2007-9), and Deputy Chair, Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) from 2007-8. He is Past-President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, and served on the Northern Territory Emergency Response Taskforce in 2006-7 as Medical Advisor.
He currently holds the position of Lt Colonel and Consultant Ophthalmologist to the Australian Armed Forces and is a Knight Hospitalier St John.

In 2008 Bill was awarded an Order of Australia for his services to medicine in rural and remote Australia, to the eye health of indigenous people, and to professional medical organizations.

He is currently a non-Executive Director of both Avant Mutual Group Ltd, and the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health, and a member of the Advisory Council (and previously inaugural Chair) of Cancer Australia.

Bill is an active undergraduate and postgraduate teacher and is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine.

Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones joined UnitingCare Queensland in May 2017, and commenced as Acting Group Executive UnitingCare Health in January 2018. Prior to joining UnitingCare Queensland, Gareth worked for The Little Company of Mary Health Care (Calvary Hospitals) as National Manager – Funder Relations.

An accountant by background, Gareth has over 30 years’ experience in senior leadership positions across the private sector, including within not-for-profit and faith-based organisations. With a strong background in health finance, Gareth has worked extensively in the private hospital sector and has significant experience in aged and community care, private health insurance, digital health and health services.

Gareth holds tertiary qualifications in accounting, a Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) and post-graduate qualifications in finance and strategy.

Casey McDonald

Casey McDonald is a Program Development Officer working in the area of severe and complex mental illness with Brisbane North PHN, a role she has been in since August 2016. Casey is a psychologist with over 20 years experience working in the mental health sector in both New South Wales and Queensland.

She has worked as a clinician with the New South Wales Department of Correctional Services, New South Wales Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and with TAFE New South Wales. Casey has worked in research roles with both New South Wales Health and the University of Queensland’s School of Psychology. Her work has been published in Child Development and Behaviour Research and Therapy. Casey has held a teaching role with New South Wales TAFE and has provided training to professionals and the general community on a wide range of mental health related topics. Casey has also held management roles and prior to joining Brisbane North PHN was the Service Manager with headspace Nundah. Casey is passionate about reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and ensuring all people experiencing mental illness are able to access services and interventions of the highest standard.

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.

Stephen Milgate

Stephen Milgate has worked with the Australian medical profession since 1991 and is currently a Director of the Australian Doctors’ Federation and CEO of the Council of Procedural Specialists.
After graduating from Macquarie University, he started life as a high school teacher and field officer for then NSW Department of Youth and Community Affairs before joining the agricultural business of Dalgety Australia Ltd (now Westfarmers).

Stephen then worked as a business consulting with Greenwood Challoner and Co (now Deloittes) before commencing work the Australian Doctors’ Fund in 1991 with his friend and mentor, Dr Bruce Shepherd.

He was subsequently appointed to the role of National Coordinator of the Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and has the Bruce Shepherd for outstanding contribution to Australia medicine.

Stephen has witnessed or been involved in all the major medico-polical issues and debates over the last 30 years including the medical indemnity dispute and the ongoing campaign to maintain an independent medical profession in Australia.

Stephen is married to Susan. They have 4 sons. He is an avid St George Illawarra Dragons supporter.

Sean Parnell

Sean Parnell is Health Editor and FOI Editor at The Australian newspaper. A journalist for more than 20 years, Sean has had two stints on the health round – 12 years apart – and has also been Queensland Bureau Chief and a long-time political reporter. He lectures at the Queensland University of Technology, was a founding member of the Open Government Partnership Media Council, has several media awards to his credit and is also a published biographer. Sean lives in Brisbane with his family.

Steve Rodrigues

  • ENT Surgeon based in Perth in Public and Private Practice.
  • Chairman of RACS (WA) State Committee.
  • Chair of Training (WA) Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.
  • Head of Department, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Perth Hospital.
  • MAC Chair, Hollywood Private Hospital.

Ken Saman

Ken holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Having started his career working in Europe and the US, today Ken lives in Adelaide with his wife and two children, and is the founder and CEO of Personify Care.

Ken established Personify Care to solve the problem of patients being discharged from hospital with a handful of paper forms and a vague recollection of what they needed to do to recover from their procedure. Personify Care has developed novel and easy to use technology to personalise care for patients beyond their hospital stay, and is working with leading healthcare organisations in Australia to provide practical solutions that save time and money for healthcare providers and in the process improve the care experience for patients and clinicians.

In 2017 Personify Care was one of only three Australian organisations to be invited by the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute to bring their applications to the US market.

Dr Antony (Tony) Sara

Dr Tony Sara is a medical adviser with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District in New South Wales. Throughout his long career in the NSW public health system, Tony has worked in a variety of specialist medical management roles including Corrections Health and Sydney Hospital and latterly in clinical informatics. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators since 1993 and holds qualifications in computer science, management and public health. Tony has been President of ASMOF (NSW) since 2010 and is currently Vice-President of the Federation nationally. He is also the chair of the RACMA NSW State Committee.

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.

Mr Philip Truskett

Phil Truskett is a General Surgeon with an interest in Upper GI and HPB Surgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, where he is a senior staff specialist.
He has taken an active role in both the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and General Surgeons Australia. He is a past President of General Surgeons Australia. As a College councillor he has served on many College committees. He was the Chair of the Board of Surgical Education and Training and then served as Censor in Chief. He is the immediate past President of the Royal Austrlasian College of Surgeons. He is the current Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC).
His major interest is in the provision of Emergency Surgery to our community in our current challenging environment. As a result, he has been involved in the design and assessment of models of care to provide consultant-led timely care. These models of care are now being adopted in Australia and New Zealand.
He is a strong advocate for sustainable surgical service and professionalism. “It is the provision of patient-centred care in a safe, clinical environment is the benchmark by which we are all judged as professionals and how we should judge one another. It is education in the non-technical skills of surgery which will strengthen our place in the community.” This education is a current focus.
He is a proud patron of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and a committed advocate for equity of access for indigenous Australians to medical schools and specialty training.

Branko Vidakovic

Over 15 years of experience in improvement and quality management across pathology services, public hospitals and mental health.