APHA
39th
National
Congress
Sunday 3 April 2022 – Tuesday 5 April 2022
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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.




Simon Kuestenmacher

Simon Kuestenmacher is a Director and Co-founder of The Demographics Group.

He presents on demographic and global trends that are shaping Australia today and into the future.

His observations are enjoyed by corporate, government and industry audiences alike.

Simon is also a columnist for The Australian newspaper and The New Daily; and he is a media commentator on demographic and data matters.

Simon has amassed 300,000 global followers on social media, reaches over 25 million people every month and ranks as one of the world’s Top 10 influencers in data visualisation. If you can’t get enough of data that explains how the world works, make sure to follow him on Twitter or any of his other social channels.




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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Josh Schwarz

Josh Schwarz is a cyber security professional working for an Australian start-up, Airlock Digital.
He has experience working in Digital Forensics, Defensive security for large organisations, and now works as a technical sales engineer working with some of the biggest organisations in australia to improve their cyber security maturity.
Airlock Digital provides a solution for organisations to implement ‘allow listing’ one of ASDs ‘essential 8’ compliance framework. Allow listing is the process of stopping untrusted files from executing on a machine reducing the risk presented by ransomware, malware and malicious hackers.



Kate Gillan

Kate Gillan joined Epworth as the Executive Director, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer in May 2021. Kate has extensive experience in healthcare leadership in public, private and NFP sectors in all specialities – acute, aged care, community and primary care.

Prior to joining Epworth, Kate was Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at Barwon Health, leading the nursing workforce, clinical education and training and professional development unit. Prior to that, Kate was CEO in the Barwon South West region and amalgamated two health services to form the newly created ‘Great Ocean Road Health’. Kate is an Adjunct Professor at Deakin School of Nursing and has had a primary relationship with the Professor of Nursing role at Barwon Health and now at Epworth.

Kate has a passion for delivering high quality, safe and person-centred care to our consumers. She recognises the valuable role that nurses and midwifes play in healthcare. Kate supports the professional development of nurses and midwives right throughout their careers, and strongly believes they can make a substantial difference to patient experience. Outside of work, Kate enjoys the natural beauty of the Surf Coast region and loves to surf and swim.



Lloyd Adams

Lloyd has been the CEO of Hurstville Private since July 2015, and is the Healthe Care Executive Manager for the South Coast and Illawarra region.

Joined Healthe Care in 2012 and moved to Melbourne as CEO of Brunswick and La Trobe Private Hospitals. In 2015 he moved back to Sydney working on the Hurstville Private brownfield project continuing on as CEO.

Lloyd currently has oversight of the operations of four hospitals and two private clinics, total of 18 operating theatres, 600 staff members, (Shellharbour Private, Wollongong Day Surgery, Healthwoods Endoscopy, Hurstville Private, Hurstville Private Heart Centre and Musculoskeletal Institute)

In 2019, Lloyd started the Self Pay Surgery program at one hospital which has now grown to 10 across Healthe Care. This continues to be rolled out across the Healthe Care group of hospitals with more clinicians and surgeries being provided.



Dr Fiona Moir, MBChB MRCGP PhD

Fiona trained in the UK and initially went on to work as a GP in New Zealand, currently she is a wellbeing expert and educator . 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.


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 Bernadette Eather

Dr Bernadette Eather is the Chief Nurse and Clinical Services Director for Ramsay Australia. Since February 2020, she has worked as the COVID Executive Lead for Australia and has managed Ramsay’s COVID response including the development and implementation of pandemic management plans and infection prevention and control processes to minimise risk for patients and staff in Ramsay’s 73 hospitals. This work was recognised by the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in 2021, where Dr Eather received the Front Line Hero Award for her role in managing Ramsay’s pandemic response.  She was formally the National Manager of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety for Ramsay and still provides strategic oversight of clinical incident management, quality improvement, data analytics in patient safety and clinical policy and procedure. Prior to her role in Ramsay Health Care, she was the NSW Director of Patient Safety for NSW Health.

She has worked in health care for more than 30 years in a range of clinical, operational, and clinical governance roles.  She spent the majority of her clinical career as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Intensive Care. She also holds a Masters in Health Management and has recently completed a Masters in Health and Medical Law at the University of Melbourne.

Bernadette is passionate about patient safety and she has a doctorate from the University of Technology Sydney; with her research focussed on Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Systems in acute hospitals, including the importance of clinical communication and team-work.

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.


Professor (Practice) Alison J McMillan PSM

Alison McMillan commenced as the Australian Government Department of Health’s Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in November 2019. Alison provides high-level policy advice to the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Executive and staff within the Department of Health, in areas including primary care, mental health and aged care.
Alison is a Registered Nurse with a Critical Care Nursing Certificate, a Bachelor Degree in Education, a Master of Business Administration, she has held senior executive roles in government and health services within Victoria including the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Director of Quality, Safety and Patient Experience and Director of Health Emergency Management.

Alison is a member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee contributing to advice provided to the National Cabinet during the COVID-19 pandemic and, chair of the Infection Control Expert Group providing advice and information on best practice on infection prevention and control in the community, hospitals, aged care, schools and community sport. Alison has been a part of a team providing communication to the community, which is clear, honest, and compassionate

She was awarded a Public Service Medal in June 2021 for outstanding public service to driving the Government’s national health response priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly to infection prevention measures. a National Emergency Medal in recognition of service following the 2009 Victorian Bushfires National Emergency Medal and a in 2021 a Humanitarian Overseas Medal.

As an Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) member Alison has deployed on a number of occasions including the repatriation of Australians from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Japan (2020), Fiji following cyclone Winston (2016), Vanuatu following cyclone Pam (2015) and Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2005) following the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Alison is currently leading a range of strategic projects including:-

• The National Nursing Strategy (the Strategy) which will set out a vision for the future of nursing in Australia and will articulate priorities for action to help support a capable, resilient nursing profession delivering person-centred, evidence-based, compassionate care to Australian communities across all sectors.
• A supply and demand study of the nursing workforce is underway. The study aims to take recent data (from 2015 to 2020) to quantify the nursing workforce in Australia and include future scenario projections of workforce requirements at the National and State and Territory level.
• The Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan will describe a set of actions that can be taken to address nurse practitioner workforce issues of national significance to enhance the delivery of nursing care to the Australian community.


Dr Mian Bi

Dr Mian Bi is a practicing emergency clinician and managing director of Regional Specialists Tamworth, a regional multi-specialist clinic in Tamworth NSW. Managing and working with over a dozen of procedural and non-procedural specialties, Dr Bi has an unique insight into the needs of patients and specialists alike. His extensive experience across both metropolitan and regional settings has allowed him to have a bird’s eye view of the health sector.

Outside of his clinical roles, Dr Bi is the lead investor for Australian Medical Angels, a syndicate of over 500 clinicians investing into early stage startups and creator of the Investing for Doctors forum to improve financial literacy for doctors and dentists alike. He is also a NHMRC Ideas Grant Chief Investigator and research fellow at Macquarie University, and has published in leading journals such as Nature Communications, Science, Cell and The Lancet with over 2,500 citations.


Evan Rawstron

As a senior Partner in KPMG’s national health, ageing and human services practice Evan is a trusted advisor to a wide range of organisations in the Australian health system. He has worked nationally and internationally with Governments, as well as public, not-for-profit and private health care payors and providers.

Evan is also a part of KPMG’s global health leadership team, and coordinates our work in the areas of digital transformation in health care. He has published thought leadership on a range of topics including transforming patient experiences, data in healthcare, digital transformation, and technology disruption in healthcare systems.

Evan has dedicated his career to the healthcare industry. Before joining KPMG he held senior executive roles in the Australian private hospital sector, the higher education sector, and in the NSW Health public system.

Having originally trained as an economist, Evan has postgraduate qualifications in Health Administration from the University of NSW and International Health Policy and Health Economics from the London School of Economics, where he graduated with distinction, winning the Brian Abel-Smith prize.


Janne McMahon OAM

Janne has been a mental health consumer advocate since 1997 and founded Lived Experience Australia in 2002. She has appeared before ten parliamentary inquiries, has been a member of many expert reference groups and an accreditation surveyor. She is a member of the SA Health Practitioners Tribunal (SACAT) and was instrumental in obtaining funding for the NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines for BPD, the BPD National Training Strategy and the establishment of the SA BPD Co.  Janne was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008 and was the joint winner of the Australian Mental Health Prize 2018.


Phil O’Sullivan

Phil is a partner of the law firm Allens, where he specialises in technology, cyber security, privacy and data law with a particular focus on the Healthcare sector.

Phil works with organisations to implement new technology projects, digital transformation and data strategies and advising them on data and privacy laws. Phil also helps his clients to quickly and decisively manage data crisis situations and cyber threats.

Phil has experience advising a range of clients across the health sector, including AstraZeneca, MedicalDirector, HealthMatch, Gilead Sciences, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sonic Healthcare and Healthe Care Australia.


Jo Root

Jo has extensive experience in social policy development and analysis with the focus on health and aged care.   She worked  for the Commonwealth Government in health and then  Prime Minister and Cabinet working on the first COAG health and aged care reforms. In Queensland she worked on aged care policy, including the implementation of the 1997 aged care reforms across the State Government nursing homes.

She moved to the non-government sector to follow her commitment to working for health care consumers and to reduce health inequities.  Jo went to the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council working to increase communities’ capacity to be part of their own health care. She moved back to Canberra to take the position of National Policy Manager with the Council on the Ageing ensuring the older person’s voice was heard on a range of issues, including health, aged care, housing and retirement incomes. In 2014 Jo moved to the Consumers Health Forum working on a wide range of health issues to ensure the consumer is at the centre of health care. She has undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in economics.


Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC FMedSci

Professor Ed Byrne is currently Global Chief Medical Officer for Ramsay health care group having succeeded Prof. John Horvath in February 2021.  He is also vice-chancellor’s distinguished fellow at ANU and serves as a non executive director on a number of boards and is a trustee of the Ian Potter foundation.  Ed Byrne was President & Principal at King’s College London and Chairman of King’s Health Partners board from 1st August 2014 until early 2021.

He began his career in Adelaide after graduating with first class honours from the University of Tasmania in 1974. He was made Neurology Registrar at Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1978. He finished his neurology training and completed his doctorate at the Institute of Neurology Queen Square and in 1982 was awarded the Queen Square prize for neurological research. In 1983, he was appointed Director of Neurology at St Vincent’s Hospital and Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Melbourne in 1992.

Professor Byrne was a founding director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Unit and the Centre for Neuroscience in 1993. He was also made Professor of Experimental Neurology at the University of Melbourne in 2001. His major research contributions have been in the field of mitochondrial medicine and neuromuscular disorders. More recently he has worked on changes in universities and health systems to meet societal needs.

He first came to Monash University as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, a role he held from 2003 until 2007.

Professor Byrne was then appointed the Vice Provost (Health) at University College London (UCL). He held that position until becoming the eighth University President and Vice-Chancellor at Monash University in 2009.

In the commercial world, Ed Byrne served for many years as a non executive director at Cochlear Ltd and also as a director of Bupa both in the UK and Australia.  He has served on a number of research institute and charity boards.

The University of Melbourne awarded him a Doctor of Science, a higher degree conferred in recognition of a demonstrated record of research excellence. He completed a Masters of Business Administration in 2005.  He has honorary professorships from UCL, Warwick  University and Peking University and Honorary Degrees from the University of Adelaide, Warwick University, Western University and University of Sydney. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Technology and the Australian Academy of Health and Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association.  He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of physicians and the Royal Colleges of physicians of London and Edinburgh.  He is emeritus professor of medicine at Monash University and neurology at King’s College London.

Professor Byrne was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 and a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest honour, in 2014.

He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK in 2019. He was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in October 2020 for contributions to higher education and healthcare.

He has wide interests in the arts and has published four books of poetry through Melbourne University Press and has recently co-authored with Charles Clarke, a former senior UK Cabinet Minister, a book “The University Challenge : Changing universities in a changing  world”.


Dr Adrian Bauze

Dr Adrian Bauze has been a specialist hip and knee orthopaedic surgeon in Adelaide since 2004, specialising in hip and knee replacement surgery, arthroscopy of the knee and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

He is passionate about the importance of both short and long term outcomes in surgery and in 2020 he pioneered the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery pathway at Sportsmed Hospital. He also chairs the Clinical Outcomes and Audit Committees at Sportsmed.

Dr Bauze holds an Advanced Diploma in Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has previously been Head of Unit of the Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma at Lyell McEwin Hospital and a member of the Board of Directors of Sportsmed Hospital and Sportsmed Orthopaedics.


Scott Bell

Scott Bell is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Nexus Hospitals, one of Australia’s leading operators of day hospitals and short stay hospitals.  Scott has had a career spanning many facets of healthcare business from establishing successful specialist medical practices through to managing multi-disciplinary day hospitals and surgical inpatient hospitals.  Actively involved in advocating for the private hospitals sector, Scott is a director of Day Hospitals Australia and over the past ten years has focused on the growing day hospitals and short stay hospitals sector including the establishment of Nexus in 2013.  Nexus Hospitals has been founded on a model of partnership with specialist doctors and has grown to 16 facilities, over 700 VMO surgeons, and cares for more than 85,000 patients per annum.


Dr Chris Moy, MBBS, FRACGP, FAMA

Dr Chris Moy is a full-time General Practitioner from Adelaide. He graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1991 and he has worked in general practice for over 25 years. His specific interests include aged care, palliative care and health communication systems.

Chris is the current Federal AMA Vice-President and, prior to this, was Chair of the Federal AMA Ethics and Medico-legal Committee for 4 years. He is the current Chair of the Federal AMA Medical Practice Committee. He also recently completed his term as AMA South Australia President.

He has participated in many initiatives related to aged and end-of-life care including the Expert Advisory Panel of the SA Advance Directives Review, the SA Health End of Life Decision Making Project, the GP Partners GP Palliative Shared Care Program and the SA Health End of Life Prescribing Working Group.

The aspiration of making a patient’s Advance Care Directive available alongside their health information at the point of care led Chris to significant involvement in the development of digital health in Australia and in particular the My Health Record, telehealth and electronic prescribing. He is currently a Senior Clinical Reference Lead of the Australian Digital Health Agency as well as being a member of its Privacy and Security Advisory Committee.


Elizabeth (Lib) Clark

Ms. Elizabeth (Lib) Clark is the Assistant Secretary, Industry Partnerships in the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Centre (CISC) at the Department of Home Affairs.

The CISC works across all levels of government, and with owners and operators of critical infrastructure assets to identify and manage risks to Australia’s critical infrastructure.

Ms. Clark’s Branch is leading a series of regulatory and non-regulatory reforms to enhance the security and resilience of Australia’s critical infrastructure, including significant amendments to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 to provide a number of graduated powers to manage risks to critical infrastructure.

Ms Clark has a history of managing large multi-agency and multi-disciplinary teams across a range of functions in national intelligence and law enforcement, investigations, regulation and policymaking.

Prior to joining the Department of Home Affairs in February 2020, Ms. Clark worked on the development of Australia’s Online Safety Bill 2021 with the Department of Communications and the Arts, having brought a raft of experience to that role from her work in countering violent extremism, both in the ‘on line’ and real world spaces.

From 2003 to 2013, Ms. Clark worked in the United Kingdom in a range of roles for the British government, focusing on national security, law enforcement and public administration.

Prior to her time in the United Kingdom, Ms. Clark worked on a variety of domestic intelligence issues within Australia’s national intelligence community.


Dr Linda Swan

Dr. Linda Swan, Chief Medical Officer, provides the clinical leadership to ensure patient safety, health outcomes and affordability are the foundation of all Medibank’s health services, programs and investments.  This includes ensuring that private health insurance products and services are designed to deliver the best outcomes, experience and value for customers and that robust clinical governance practices ensure high standards of care are maintained.

Linda is the key spokesperson for the company on clinical matters, and leads engagement with key health stakeholders, particularly with the clinical profession and medical providers. She is also the executive lead for the Medibank Better Health Foundation, which funds external medical research to improve the health of all Australians.

As well as her CMO role with Medibank, Linda is Chair of an expert panel on Health Innovation for International Federation of Health Plans, a Board member of the Australian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians and is a proud Rural Fire Service volunteer.