Program and Speakers

We are excited to release the Australian Telehealth Conference 2017 program. To download a PDF of the full program please click the program button. If you are unable to download please email [email protected]. Read about our industry experts below.

MedAugment – Is augmented reality marrying health literacy, at first sight?

Time has come to use augmented reality to improve people’s engagement with and understanding of their chronic conditions and their medications.


Dr Alireza Ahmadvand
Research Scholar – General Practitioner
School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health
Queensland University of Technology

BIO »Dr Alireza Ahmadvand is a physician-researcher working on the intersection of mobile technologies and medication management. His research encompasses proof of
concept, validation, and scale up of new smartphones-based solutions in improving medical and pharmacy services for chronic conditions. His recent projects at QUT are focused on using augmented reality in improving health literacy of people living with diabetes type 2 and hypertension.

Research Scholar Queensland University of Technology

Beyond the horizon: Where to for virtual care technology and models of care

MATIU IS A NURSE PRACTITIONER who takes his passion for creative innovation to the next level – as a patient experience consultant co-designing with patients. He is a member of Better Care Victoria’s Emerging Leaders Clinical Advisory Committee who advise on innovation and embedding cultural change in the health sector.

Make changes locally, in small successful protoypes that can be scaled up to radically change how we do business as usual.


Matiu Bush
Design Integration Lead
RSL Care and RDNS (Royal District Nursing Service)

BIO »Matiu Bush is Design Integration Lead at RSL Care & RDNS, one of Australia’s largest independant not-for-profit service providers of health, wellbeing, aged care and retirement living. Matiu is part of an Accelerator Network that helps people across the business to generate, test and impliment ideas for transforming the customer experience. Matiu has a Master’s degree in Public Health and broad clinical and operational nursing experience, including working in Tijuana Mexico in international boarder aid, emergency , intensive care and oncology nursing and is a Sexual Health Nurse Practitioner. After working in system redesign Matiu has embraced design thinking to transform healthcare services through creative problem solving, and incorporating customer and employee insights into every step of the improvement and innovation cycle.

Matiu Bush

Incentivising telehealth: A national move to facilitate digital access through Health Care Homes

Health Care Homes support the provision of enhanced patient access through digitally enabled and flexible service delivery.


Dr Eleanor Chew
Board Member
Australian Digital Health Agency


BIO » Dr Eleanor Chew. MBBS, FRACGP, MMed(GP), FAICD. Dr Eleanor Chew is a practicing specialist general practitioner with 30 years experience and actively represents general practice within the health industry. She is a board member of the Australian Digital Health Agency and Chair of its Clinical and Technical Advisory Committee. She was a director on the RACGP board (2010-2015) and served as RACGP Vice-President and Chair of Council.

Dr Eleanor Chew

Artificial Intelligence and its likely impact on health care.

For AI to transform healthcare we will need to innovate both in technology and in it’s safe use.


Prof Enrico Coiera
Director, Centre for Health Informatics,
Director, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence
in E Health, Macquarie University

BIO »Professor Coiera is an internationally recognised leader in health informatics research. He is the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in e-health and the Foundation Professor in Medical Informatics at Macquarie University , and held a similar role at UNSW. He is also the Director of the Centre for Health Informatics at Macquarie University, a group he founded at UNSW in 1999. Medically qualified, Prof. Coiera has a PhD in Computer Science and spent 10 years at the prestigious Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories in Bristol, UK where he led numerous health technology projects. He has overseen the development and clinical trials of multiple e-health interventions. He is the recipient of the Intel Don Walker award from Health Informatics Society of Australia, and an IBM Faculty Award from IBM Research Laboratories USA. In 2015 he received the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) François Grémy Award for Excellence – the highest award from the discipline’s peak international organisation. His textbook Guide to Health Informatics is in its 3rd edition and is widely used internationally, including multiple translations.

Prof Enrico Coiera

Implementing a telehealth model of care for urban Aboriginal medical services

NIVEDITA DESHPANDE was the first telehealth officer in Australia working with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Nive will share her insights from more than eight years of healthcare experience from USA, India and now Australia. She has a Master’s in Public Heath -Health Policy & Management from the University of Pittsburgh USA and is currently pursuing her PhD in Telehealth with UQ.

Nivedita Deshpande
Telehealth Setup



Nivedita Deshpande

Operationalising and embedding telehealth – the experience of the Emergency Telehealth Service

Dr Andrew Jamieson
Clinical Lead
Southern Inland Health Initiative
WA Country Health Service

BIO »Dr Andrew Jamieson is a rural medical administrator who has a background in general practice, travel and tropical medicine, and remote clinical practice in Africa and Australia. He is clinical lead for telehealth and innovation within the Western Australian Country Health Service, one of the largest rural health providers in the world.

 Dr Andrew Jamieson

Virtualising care in future health service delivery

With people living longer and more presentations in hospitals, healthcare delivery needs reshaping to include virtual model of care to be sustainable.

Dr Mohan Karunanithi
Group Leader, Health Services
The Australian E-Health Research
Centre, CSIRO

BIO »Mohanraj Karunanithi obtained his doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He has worked in cardiac research for 10 years on ventricular function. He has also gained experience working in medical industries (such as Agilent technologies and Philips Medical Systems) managing the engineering and customer service operation of cardiac and medical IT products in Asia Pacific region. He joined the Australian eHealth Research Centre (AEHRC), CSIRO in 2004 as a Project leader to lead the work on personal monitoring in healthcare application. He is a Group Leader at the AEHRC, CSIRO coordinating and directing the research of projects, scientists, and students in the area of Integrated mobile and telehealth health applications in the management of chronic diseases, aged care and independently living. The research work includes a recent publication of the world’s first evidence based mobile health delivery of cardiac rehabilitation. He is a senior member of the largest biomedical engineering society, IEEE Engineering Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). He is also the founding and current chair of the IEEE EMBS chapter in Queensland, Australia.

Dr Mohan Karunanithi

Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

AS THE PRESIDENT AND CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, is bridging the art and science of medicine and healthcare transformation. He has championed transformation of American health care as university president, dean of two medical colleges, and CEO of three academic health centres. He is author of 2016’s We CAN Fix Healthcare in America, and editor in chief of Healthcare Transformation. Jefferson has the largest tele-health network in the region, the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Centre, and an outpatient footprint that is among the most technologically advanced in the region.

Dr Stephen Klasko
President and CEO
Thomas Jefferson University
and Jefferson Health (USA) (VIA VC)

A/Prof Alexandra Martiniuk

Mobile platforms to augmented reality: The emerging extremes of connected care

How some communities have addressed the problems of telehealth: from Africa to space.

Dr Grace Lai
Managing Director
Periop Partners


BIO »Dr Grace Lai (MBBS (Hons), B.Inf.Tech (Distinction)) is founder and Managing Partner of Periop PartnersTM, which provides the education, technology and services to health practices to deliver seamless and efficient healthcare. The Periop Partners platform has the goal to create sustainable health systems that provide access to healthcare anytime and everywhere. Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Information Technology (Distinction) from the Co-op Scholarship program at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) from the University of Sydney in 2008. She undertook senior roles in market analysis, marketing and sales operations for the Australian and Asia / Pacific (incl Japan) companies, before retraining as a doctor and starting a medical services and software business in 2015.

Dr Grace Lai

The people – organisational aspects of Telehealth

WORLD TELEHEALTH RESEARCH LEADER Dr Martiniuk is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health and conducts research in collaboration with 16 countries. Her expertise is in cohort and cluster randomized controlled trials to improve the health of individuals living in disadvantaged settings. She holds greater than $5.1 million in research funding as a chief/principle investigator and has a total of 106 publications.

A/Prof Alexandra Martiniuk
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine
University of Sydney and University of Toronto
Senior Research Fellow George Institute for
Global Health


BIO »Dr Martiniuk is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health at The University of Sydney, and a Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. She is also an Associate Professor (Epidemiology) in the Faculties of Medicine and Nursing at the University of Toronto, Associate Staff at the Menzies Center for Health Policy and previous Consultant to the AusAID Knowledge Hub Sydney. She holds an MSc in Community Health and a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Canada. Prior to her research career, Martiniuk worked for the Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Center, Canada (1997-2005). Dr Martiniuk conducts research in collaboration with 16 countries. Her expertise is in cohort and cluster randomized controlled trials to improve the health of individuals living in disadvantaged settings (Indigenous communities and lower-and middle-income countries). She is the recipient of 30 awards and fellowships including: Fellowships from the CIHR, SSHRC, NHMRC, University of Sydney and Merck, the President’s Scholarship for PhD Research, the MENSA Canada Scholarship, the Saturn Commitment to Excellence Award, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and was recently named a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Rising Star in Health Services Research (2013), a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow (2011) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce Young Outstanding Person of the Year (2012) in recognition of her commitment to communities locally and globally.
Research at a glance:
• Total grant funding as a chief/principle investigator >$5.1 million from: NHMRC, ARC, CIHR, IDRC, CIDA, WHO, Government, Philanthropy and Innovation/Commercialisation funds
• 43 total: PhD (13), MSc/MIPH (6) and elective/ medical students (24) supervised (26/43 graduated to date)
• 114 total publications including publications in the Lancet, Cochrane Reviews, Annals of Oncology (Of 114 total publications=88 peer reviewed, 26 other including 9 reports to government and industry), and 7 submitted peer-reviewed publications currently under review
• Invited speaker at 9 conferences and 111 other conference presentations
• Interviewed or quoted over 86 times in international/ national media including Sydney Morning Herald, MSN, ABC, CBC, SBS, United Press International, Times India, Diplomat Magazine
Research and Teaching Leadership at a glance:
• Reviewer for 10 journals (including the Lancet, BMJ, CMAJ)
• Panel member (NHMRC Indigenous), external reviewer for CIHR, NHMRC, ARC and Hong Kong national granting agencies

A/Prof Alexandra Martiniuk

Artificial intelligence – supporting mental health

MEET THE MENTOR, CO-FOUNDER AND DEVELOPER OF AMELIE an artificial intelligence chat bot integrated into messaging platforms to provide people with a supplementary channel for conversational search for mental health concerns. Amelie is now live on Facebook, Kik, and Slack. Adrian is a well known writer and lecturer on optimal performance, wellbeing, and mindfulness.

It is important to invest in smart technologies that can improve accessibility, engagement, and support for people experiencing mental health issues and working to improve wellbeing.


Dr Adrian Medhurst
Co Founder


BIO »Dr Adrian Medhurst is a psychologist who is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and how innovation can help to improve services to people who in need of support or who are engaged in their development. Adrian’s expertise has grown from a doctorate in organisational psychology, 10 years spanning corporate innovation and performance psychology consulting and wellbeing education, and dedicated scientific study and practise in mindfulness meditation and yoga. Adrian has worked with businesses at the big end of town, as well as NFP’s, Government, SME’s and startups. Although based in the active city of Melbourne, Adrian’s work has seen him deliver training programs, facilitated workshops, and keynote presentations right across Australia, Asia, Central and South America, the UK and our New Zealand neighbours. His earlier years were spent competing for Australia in the 400m hurdles, which gave him his first insights into the power of the mind in creating high performance and wellbeing. Adrian has set his sights on innovative startups as an avenue for improving mental health and wellbeing across the globe

Dr Adrian Medhurst

Behaviour change, chronic disease and digital technology: What works for whom, how and why?

That a one-size-fits-all approach does not work for maintaining health related behaviour change.


Dr Adrienne O’Neil
Senior Research Fellow
University of Melbourne


BIO »Dr Adrienne O’Neil is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Melbourne School of Population Health at University of Melbourne. She has over a decade of experience in behavioural science including post doctoral training in digital health at Stanford University.

Dr Adrienne O’Neil

Implementing a telehealth model of care for urban Aboriginal medical services


Lisa Penrose
Eye Health Services
Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

Lisa Penrose

Medico-legal aspects of telehealth moving into virtual care


Don’t ignore and don’t be afraid of medico-legal aspects of Telehealth.


Michael Regos
DLA Piper


BIO »Michael practises in the area of health law, insurance law, medical negligence and coronial inquiries. He represents Victorian public hospitals and their insurer in medical related litigation and is a solicitor of choice for Australia’s second largest private hospital operator. He regularly appears as their counsel at coronial inquiries and court applications and advises them on a wide range of health law issues. He has long been recognised as amongst Australia’s best medical negligence lawyers and in 2017 was recognised in “Best Lawyers Guide of Australia” as Melbourne’s medical negligence lawyer of the year and by the 2017 Doyle’s Guide as Melbourne’s pre-eminent medical negligence defence lawyer. He is the author of the Victorian Department of Health’s publication ‘Medic-Legal Guidance for Victorian Public Health Services’.

Michael Regos

New Zealand’s national telehealth service – a year on

HOMECARE MEDICAL NEVER SLEEPS: In June 2015, the company won a $257 million national tender to combine New Zealand’s existing helplines into one integrated national telehealth service. It offers advice on everything from medical emergencies, quitting smoking and dealing with poisons, to alcohol and drug addiction, immunisation, depression and gambling, plus after-hours teletriage services for 600 general practices. “People expect to get help and advice through a variety of channels, they expect to be able to talk to a ‘real’ person and they expect a joined up system that ‘knows’ them.”

Now is the time to take great platforms and build new service models that support integration and re-engineering of the system from the consumer back.


Andrew Slater
Homecare Medical (New Zealand)


BIO »Andrew’s background is in the health sector where he has held roles in transformation, strategy, human resources and change management. He first got involved with Homecare Medical to develop our telehealth and mHealth strategy and is now fully on board as Homecare Medical first CEO. In this strategic and operational leadership role Andrew is responsible for realising the vision the Government and Homecare Medical have for the new national telehealth service; Andrew is playing a key role – first ‘leading the ‘transition’ team to get us to ‘go live and from then, when it is fully integrated to Homecare Medical. He is focussed on expanding the capacity and reach of health, wellness and counselling services to enable all New Zealanders to access quality care and support within their community in a way that is relevant to them personally. He is also responsible for ensuring Homecare Medical continues to be a trusted service, seamlessly connecting people with the right care and support, at the right time, in the right place through an integrated, multi-channel, 24/7 virtual service. Before joining Homecare Medical Andrew had a strategic leadership role with Vigil Monitoring who specialise in real-time health monitoring technology. Andrew worked with Vigil’s partners to deliver solutions to the market. Prior to this, Andrew was responsible for planning, service development and transformation for St John. In this role he led the development of the first national plan for the ambulance service including health sector engagement.


Telehealth Initiatives in Victoria, past present and future

Providing equitable and accessible services to all Victorians regardless of where they live.


Penelope Watson
Telehealth Strategy and Development
Policy and Planning
Health Service Policy and Commissioning
Department of Health and Human Services


BIO »Penelope has worked in various capacities in the telehealth sector for a number of years. She became interested in telehealth when she worked on a project to promote the uptake of telehealth to Specialists providing outreach services to rural and regional Victoria. Subsequently she was the Telehealth Practice Manager for the headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation establishing and implementing the headspace National Telehealth Service. Currently she is the Manager for Telehealth Strategy and Development, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria.


Building a virtual care service for rural and remote

TECHNOLOGY TAILORED TO CLINICAL SERVICE need led to the utilisation of 40 different Models of Care in this district. They include services such as the medical review of patients prior to transfer, supporting towns without medical cover and links direct to the patient or with the General Practitioner and patient. As a result, telehealth hours have nearly double in the past year to 5,545 hours in 2015/16

Western NSW Telehealth Strategy improving the equity of access to Health Services in rural communities.


David Wright
District Operational Manager
Telehealth Strategy
Western NSW Local Health District


BIO »David Wright is currently seconded to the role of District Operational Manager Telehealth- Western NSW Local health District. David has worked in a variety of roles including as the Associate Director of Nursing and Midwifery for Western NSW LHD, General Manager Bathurst Health Service, Health Service Manager of Cowra District Hospital and Grenfell Multi-Purpose Health Service, and as the Director of Nursing, Deputy Director of Nursing Orange Health Service, Campus Nurse Manager, Nurse Manager Educator at Orange Health Service. Clinically David has a background of working in many areas including Intensive Care and Coronary Care, as well as in Medical Retrieval. Whilst working clinically David also was employed by Charles Sturt University as a clinical facilitator and lecturer. David is a Surveyor with the Australian Council of Health Care Standards (ACHS). David’s broad experience has provided him with an understanding of the challenges that face the provision of Health Services across a range of facilities. In particular this includes the provision of networked clinical services linking clinical services with acute and rural sites.


Telehealth 2027: How virtual is the key to saving our healthcare system

DR LYLE BERKOWITZ MD (USA) is a general practitioner, healthcare IT innovator and an entrepreneur with a passion for creating real world solutions. He says: “The majority of care will be virtual with both avatars and IT-enabled providers. And when a patient needs to visit a brick and mortar facilities – virtual care will help before, during and after in a variety of ways, both in the hospital and out.” Dr Berkowitz is the Director of Innovation for Northwestern Memorial and the founder and director of the non-profit Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program (SHIP) at Northwestern. @DrLyleMC.

Dr Lyle Berkowitz
Director of Innovation
Northwestern Medicine (USA)

BIO »Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS is a primary care physician, a healthcare IT innovator, and a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating real world solutions which improve the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system for both patients and physicians. Dr. Berkowitz is the Director of Innovation for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, a multi-hospital health system with a top 10 academic medical center at its core. A practicing primary care physician, he is also founder and director of the non-profit Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program (SHIP) at Northwestern. Dr. Berkowitz has co-founded several healthcare startups and is the founder and chairman of, a software company which optimizes clinical workflow efficiency. He additionally serves on the Board of Directors for OneView Healthcare, a patient engagement company, and is president of Back9 Healthcare Consulting, where he helps a wide variety of healthcare organizations use information technologies and innovation strategies in new and disruptive ways.

Dr Lyle Berkowitz (USA)

Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) Program

NEUROLOGIST PROF CHRIS BLADIN implemented the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Program which ensures that 94 % of Victorians are within one hour of world standard stroke care. Today, a city-based neurologist is able to assess the patient and their brain images using state-of-the-art telemedicine equipment next to the bed. The service is available 24-hours a day. Before the program began 5 years ago, few rural or regional patients had access to the potentially life-saving clot busting drug known as stroke thrombolysis. By November, VST will be active in all 16 major regional hospitals in Victoria.

Prof Chris Bladin
Clinical Program Lead
Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) Program

BIO »Prof. Christopher Bladin is a practicing Neurologist who has worked in London, UK and Toronto, Canada. He was Director of Neurosciences Box Hill Hospital, Medical Director of the Stroke Foundation and inaugural chair of the Victorian Stroke Clinical Network. He is the recipient of NHMRC funding is stroke research. He has a special interest in stroke thrombolysis, acute stroke brain imaging, and stroke telemedicine. In 2012 was the recipient of Federal funding to commence the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) program. Expert stroke neurologists are available 24/7/365 and use telemedicine to treat patients with acute stroke in Emergency Depts. in 16 hospitals in rural and regional Victoria. The VST program has been very successful is unique in Australia.

Prof Chris Bladin

Virtual care – the force multiplier

We spend 99.99% of life outside the healthcare system, and not all consumer journeys are the same. Virtualising care could enable us to understand these differences, personalise the consumer experience and ultimately make healthcare more sustainable.


Wendy Carroll
General Manager New Business
and Stakeholder Relations
Healthdirect Australia

BIO »Wendy possesses over 13 years’ experience in commercial and innovation leadership roles across the pharmaceutical/biotech and medical-devices sectors. Wendy is the General Manager, Stakeholder Relations for Healthdirect Australia – a public government owned disrupter in health services delivery. She is responsible for driving the retention, expansion and promotion of services that Healthdirect Australia delivers on behalf of its government shareholders. Immediately prior to joining Healthdirect Australia, Wendy worked for Sanofi’s start-up Innovation business unit, where she was responsible for bringing to life a vision of improving people’s health outcomes through disruptive technology. This role involved active exploration of partnership, in-licencing and collaboration opportunities; scoping and building evidence-based service/digital solutions aimed at delivering health’s triple aim. Wendy champions the value of strategic data and has a deep understanding of the Australian and global healthcare systems and its challenges. Wendy holds an MBA (AGSM) and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering (Hons I) and Commerce, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is the 2014 Recipient of the HISA Don Walker Award for Access.

Wendy Carroll

Demystifying the complex: The practical importance of telehealth to
Australian communities

Telecare is not a side project for RFW – it is a primary channel allowing us to support our communities navigate complex problems.


Kim Casburn
Manager Primary Care, Health and Wellbeing
Royal Far West

BIO »Kim Casburn joined Royal Far West in early 2014 to oversee the continued development and expansion of telecare across multiple Allied Health disciplines. After taking maternity leave in 2016, Kim is now focused on strategic telecare projects and service redesign. Kim holds a Master of Community and Health Development and has substantial health promotion, community development and program management experience in Australia and the UK. She has worked for a variety of government and non-government organisations including 3 years as Health Promotion Manager at the London based charity Asthma UK and two years at the National Stroke Foundation managing a state wide prevention program operating in 750 community pharmacies.

Kim Casburn

Welio and Microsoft: Clinical insight meets big tech to deliver on virtual care for GPs

WELIO IS A MICROSOFT-POWERED video-conferencing platform designed to support GPs manage their existing patients.

Prof Jared Dart
Chief Medical Officer

BIO »Associate Professor Jared Dart BSc BA (Econ, Govt) M.B.B.S. PhD (eHealth, Medicine) FRACGP interests lie in solving complex problems for the benefit of society and individuals. To do this requires systems, which facilitate necessary processes and incentivise parties and individuals to act. Achieving this in healthcare is one of the world’s greatest challenges. My strengths lie in my cross-sectoral experience that enables me to understand the choices of patients, providers and payors. I am GP, practice owner, researcher and previously worked as a management consultant.

Prof Jared Dart

The challenges in making a business case for telehealth

DRAGON CLAW IS A VIBRANT ONLINE COMMUNITY providing information and support for people with Rheumatoid Disease (RD). Michael will reflect on the business case for telehealth in a chronic disease environment– how do we express the value?

Telehealth needs to be a national priority aimed at chronic disease support. Primary care and the not-for-profit segment may well achieve this through innovation and inversing the value model.


Michael Gill
Dragon Claw

Michael Gill

A career in telehealth? What, how and why?

Susan Jury
Telehealth Program Manager
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Susan Jury

Telehealth readiness and clinical readiness

Jane Kealey
Telehealth Manager
Northeast Health Wangaratta

BIO »Jane Kealey is the Telehealth Manager, at Northeast Health Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia, and has worked primarily on development of Regional ED Telehealth services since late 2013, in the Hume region, which spans from the outer northern metropolitan boundary of Melbourne through to north east Victoria. Telehealth has been developed in other areas of service delivery, with the current area of focus being development of a specialist clinic facilitation agency for the Hume region. With qualifications in nursing, science (genetics) and public health (epidemiology), Jane’s career interests include rural & population health, rural health service delivery, and cardiovascular disease, culminating from past work experiences as a nurse and researcher, and time spent living in both rural and metropolitan locations. Her rural hospital intensive care nursing experience during the mid 1990’s ignited her interest in public/rural health, seeing first hand, the impact of health care services and systems on patient outcomes and population health.

Jane Kealey

Redesigning services for virtual care workshop

Alice King
Telehealth Coordinator
Barwon South West Telehealth Program
Barwon Health

BIO »Alice coordinates and supports Telehealth innovation and implementation across 17 health services in the Barwon South West region, based out of Barwon Health. She has supported the implementation of Telehealth access for coordinated Emergency and Urgent care across the region; facilitated the introduction of Healthdirect Video Call, enabling easy consumer access to local and remote health care appointments; and worked with clinicians and consumers to add Telehealth access to more than 85 services in 25 clinical areas across the region. Alice was a member of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Project Reference Group, providing strategic guidance for developing a State-wide Telehealth Capability. Alice has a background in nursing and person-centred care. She has extensive experience in project management and support in both the health and education sectors; in particular with projects implementing appropriate technology to support innovations in practice. Prior to working at Barwon Health, Alice worked for more than 10 years at Deakin University in educational design and development, including managing the implementation of new online learning systems to support distance education. Previously, she worked as Managing Editor at Blackwell Science managing a growing list of health and science journals, and introducing electronic editing systems into the publishing process. Alice holds bachelor’s degrees in both Science and Nursing, a master’s degree in Science, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing.

Alice King

Growing telehealth in allied health: Changing the way hospitals and private clinics deliver care

Marijn Kortekaas
Partner & Program Director Asia Pacific

Nothing is more satisfying than helping healthcare professionals and patients achieve better outcomes through smart technology.

BIO »Marijn is Partner & Program Director Asia Pacific with Physitrack, a global digital therapeutics platform used by thousands of practitioners around the world to prescribe clinical exercise programs to patients and track patient adherence, pain levels and other outcomes in real-time. Marijn is passionate about improving patient experiences and outcomes through technology and sees telehealth as a critical component in this.


 Marijn Kortekaas

The UK dallas initiative – reporting on lessons learned from a national digital health deployment

Prof Frances Mair
Professor of Primary Care Research
Institute of Health and Wellbeing
University of Glasgow (SCOTLAND) (VIA VC)


Prof Frances Mair

What evaluation practices could be applied to an intervention like virtual care delivery?

DR ROSEMARY MCKENZIE is an evaluator, health researcher and Director of Teaching and Learning in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Rosemary’s current research focuses on after hours primary care policy and innovations in telemedicine that improve access for high need population groups.

Dr Rosemary McKenzie
Director of Teaching and Learning
Melbourne School of Population and
Global Health Deputy Director
Centre for Health Policy
The University of Melbourne

Rosemary McKenzie

What If? A virtual care wish list for the future

Lyn Morgain
Chief Executive


BIO »Lyn Morgain is the Chief Executive of cohealth, Lyn has been an executive leader in public policy, not for profit organisations and government over the past 25 years, holding community well-being, planning, governance and community service portfolios. She is a sought-after facilitator, chair and speaker and has published numerous journal articles on primary care and the social determinants of health. She is passionate about strength based approaches that engender community ownership and control over service design, development and delivery. As part of the leadership of cohealth she is responsible for supporting the delivery of a diverse range of complex social and clinical service models that engage communities with poor health status, utilising a social model of health. Increasingly these programs are integrated, locally orientated and designed in partnership with consumers. Her interests include the impact of discrimination, stigma and marginalisation on health and the role of advocacy in the development of equitable public policy and consumer led practice. Lyn has extensive experience in the initiation and execution of community alliances aimed at effecting change, at the local, state and national level. Lyn is a member of the Victorian Justice Health, Ministerial Advisory Committee and Minister Foley’s Mental Health Expert Taskforce and the Rough Sleeping Expert Taskforce. Chairs the National Complex Needs Alliance, a member based initiative aimed at promoting government’s capacity to respond to human and health service complexity. She is also a member of the board of both the Australian and Victorian Council(s) of Social Service (VCOSS & ACOSS). Lyn is also the Chair of the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Lyn Morgain

Telehealth connecting geriatricians to regional health services

JACKIE IS THE DIRECTOR, Health Innovation and Telehealth for Victoria’s Loddon Mallee region – 85 healthcare sites and a population of 310,000 over a region which is approximately 25 per cent of the State. She will share her experiences implementing a Geri-Connect service, connecting geriatricians to health service providers. Jackie is also currently the President of the Australasian Telehealth Society

Jackie Plunkett
Health Innovation and Telehealth
Loddon Mallee Rural Health Alliance

A/Prof Alexandra Martiniuk

Moving Victoria forward

A SENIOR CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AND AUSTRALIAN DIGITAL HEALTH LEADER Andrew is responsible for information management and information technology across the Victorian healthcare system, including Health Shared Services. He is also a member of the Australian Digital Health Agency Board’s Jurisdictional Advisory Committee.


Andrew Saunders
Health Chief Information Officer
Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria


Andrew Saunders

Panel: Beyond telehealth to virtualising care – policy, practice and people


Dr Louise Schaper


BIO »Louise is an innovator and a change agent who doesn’t sit still and whose passion and enthusiasm for health informatics is shaping a new future for HISA. Her appointment as CEO came on the back of 10 years of experience in, and applied passion for, health informatics. With a background as an occupational therapist and a PhD on technology acceptance amongst healthcare professionals, Louise is a world leader in allied health informatics and is intimately connected to Australia’s substantial health reform efforts, where e-health is a key enabler to achieving high quality, safe, sustainable and patient-centred care. In addition to her leadership of HISA, Louise was on the Advisory Board for Stanford Medicine X 2013 conference, has been part of NEHTA’s Clinical Leads team and previously chaired the E-Health International Advisory Group of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

L Schaper

Working first-hand in telehealth consults as a medical registrar

MEDICAL REGISTRAR AND WRITER Louise is an active clinician who’s passionate about patient care, digital health, medical education, health professionals’ wellbeing and social impact. Her work as a rural and remote locum has provided insights about the benefits of telehealth.


Louise Teo
Medical Registrar
Basic Physician Trainee
Founder of The Medical Startup


BIO »Medical registrar interested in medical innovation, digital health and sharing stories about medical entrepreneurship and clinical career pathways. From Melbourne, currently locuming across Australia with much exposure to rural and regional centres, leading to my interest in telehealth and its benefits for patients in need.

Louise Teo

Connected care: Linking health and social care into the home – surely the next move?

Jason Trethowan
Chief Executive Officer
headspace National Youth Mental
Health Foundation

BIO »Jason Trethowan commenced as Chief Executive Officer at headspace in January 2017. Jason has spent most of his career in the health sector where he has been driven by a passion to improve health services and access for all Australians. Before beginning at headspace he spent 18 months as CEO of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network where he led many regional changes to in response to mental health reform policy directions outlined by the Australian government. He was also CEO at Barwon Medicare Local in Geelong and CEO of the General Practitioner’s Association of Geelong. Key to these positions was leading the establishment of one of the first ten headspace centres in Geelong from 2007. Jason is an active in many national networks aimed at strengthening the Australian health care system for communities and is a member of the Victorian government’s Mental Health Expert Taskforce. He is a Director of the G21 Geelong Regional Alliance and has served on the Board of the Professionals with Alzheimer’s Limited. Jason holds an MBA from Deakin University and has completed graduate degrees in Health Informatics and Health Management at Monash University and La Trobe University. Jason lives in Geelong with his wife and three young children, and is an active member of the local community.

Jason Trethowan

Making change happen


Dr Andrew Wilson
Group Executive – Healthcare and Strategy
Medibank Health


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