HIC 2020 BRISBANE 19 – 21 OCTOBER
Head of Clinical Informatics
With more than 20 years in the health sector, Karen’s experience spans clinical practice in both Australia and New Zealand as well as time spent in management, education and senior policy roles.
She now specialises in digital health at healthAlliance; working across the northern region of NZ and four District Health Boards providing clinical informatics leadership and expertise.
Karen is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Clinical Informatics Leadership Network, which provides a national multi-disciplinary and responsive network for clinicians in NZ working in digital health.
Karen provides national expertise on health data through her involvement on the board of directors for HL7NZ and Health Informatics New Zealand, and sits on the Ministry of Health’s Health Information Standards Organisation, Digital Identity Advisory, and Sector Advisory Panel.
She is experienced in establishing health data governance, and the development of standards that enable interoperability.
Karen is regularly called upon to put out fires. This isn’t a euphemism, she volunteers as an operational fire fighter with Fire and Emergency NZ, maintaining her clinical practice as a first responder attending medical emergencies and MVAs, structural and vegetation fires.
Executive Chairman & Founder
Initially an aeronautical engineer, Julian founded STASYS Ltd in 1987, specialising in interoperability and the military internet, and grew it to a staff of 230, with subsidiaries in the USA, Germany, Malaysia and Australia prior to sale to Lockheed Martin in 2005. Julian is an angel investor in more than 20 start-up businesses, including firms such as Hailo, DataSift and Astrobotic.
Julian is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMechE and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, and is also a Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut.
OpenNotes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
After being diagnosed with a life-limiting condition at age 29, Liz immediately put her digital communications skills to use by blogging, chronicling her daily symptoms, and seeing how much trouble she could get into with her online medical information. Today, she is passionate about empowering regular people to become more engaged in their own health care and improve their experience as patients.
In addition to her work with OpenNotes, Liz leads a palliative/neuro-oncology research network established by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and serves on the Board of Directors for National Brain Tumor Society. Her interests include clinical informatics, citizen science and human-centered design.
Deputy Director, Health Transformation Lab
Matiu contributes to health system innovation through involvement with Better Care Victoria as a board member and the Emerging Leaders Clinical Advisory Committee. Matiu is a Rotarian and a member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and mentors the next generation of undergraduate and postgraduate science students through the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Mentoring Program.
Dr Ruth De Souza RN PhD FACN
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow
Renee Di Genova
President & Carer
Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Victoria
Previously, Renee has spent most of her career in the insurance industry and enjoys working with organisations to improve business outcomes by implementing and reviewing procedures to assist organisations work more efficiently and effectively.
FHIR Product Director
General Manager Australia
Consumer, Physiotherapist, Researcher
Prof Keith McNeil
Acting Deputy Director-General and Chief Clinical Information Officer
Prof McNeil has previously worked within Queensland Health as the Head of Transplant Services at The Prince Charles Hospital, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Chief Executive Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
More recently, Prof McNeil was Chief Clinical Information Officer and Head of IT for the NHS in England following roles as Chief Executive Officer at Addenbooke’s Hospital and Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust.
Dr Isaac Seidl
Director General Health Business and Plans
Joint Health Command, Australian Defence Force
Dr Louise Schaper
Chair, HIC 2020 and Chair Australasian Institute of Digital Health
Michael was Director-General of Queensland Health from July 2015 to September 2019. Queensland Health employs approximately 100,000 people and provides a public health and hospital system for nearly five million people.
Michael was chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) providing advice to the COAG Health Council from 2016 to 2019 and was on the Board of the Australian Digital Health Agency from July 2018 to September 2019. The ADHA is responsible for the My Health Record. Michael has also previously been on the Board of Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, an NHMRC accredited Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre.
Over the past 20 years, Michael has held senior executive positions in New South Wales and Queensland. Michael has worked as Chief Executive HealthShare NSW and was the inaugural Chief Executive of eHealth NSW. In Queensland, Michael has worked in both social and economic portfolios at the Deputy Director-General level including health, education and infrastructure. Michael has also worked in the private sector including as a Principal with PwC.
Michael holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in psychology, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education. Michael has a passion for organisational excellence and supporting values-based organisations and teams achieve outcomes that improve the lives of everyone.
In 2018, David and HISA started the HISA Student Network, a new community of practice group designed to support and enable health informatics student around Australia to achieve their career aspirations. He is currently the chair of the HISA Student Network and is a HISA VIC State Committee Member. David has a special interest in Radiology Informatics and conducts a research project in Machine Learning.
Dr Leanna Woods
Clinical Nurse Specialist