HISA VIC and Precision Medicine CoP Joint Event - Perspectives and Progress in Precision Medicine
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HISA VIC and Precision Medicine CoP Joint Event - Perspectives and Progress in Precision Medicine

When: Tuesday 1 October 2019
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Royal Children's Hospital
50 Flemington Road
Melbourne, Victoria  3052
Contact: Kristal Kitto
03 9326 3311

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Perspectives and Progress in Precision Medicine
HISA VIC and the Precision Medicine Community of Practice look forward to welcoming you to Perspectives and Progress in Precision Medicine. Our thanks to Outcome Health, Melbourne Genomics and Genetic Support Network Victoria for sharing their insights on how this exciting and rapidly developing field is addressing the provision of patient care.  


6:00 PM Networking and registration

6:30 PM


Speaker Presentations

A/Prof Chris Pearce Outcome Health 

Dr Christopher Pearce has been involved in Health Informatics for over 20 years. Trained in Rural and Remote Medicine and General Practice, he worked for 13 years in rural Victoria. He assisted with the early adoption of GP desktop systems in the area and in developing distance education programs. He was a member of the Information Management Strategy Group (the first committee to advise the federal government on GP Informatics) and the General Practice Computing Group. Since moving to Melbourne in Y2000, he remains a practising clinician in emergency, anaesthetics and general practice. He completed a PhD on 'Doctors, Patients and Computers, the New Consultation' in 2008, and has written extensively on the adoption and use of computers in the consultation environment. As Clinical Adviser (research) to Outcome Health, he is working with data management and a shared electronic health record. He advises national bodies on policy issues pertaining to informatics and change management. He was the clinical design lead for the first three releases of Australia's national health record (MyHR) and Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University.

Kate Birch Head of Data & Technology, Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, CHIA  

Kate manages the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Data & Technology Program. Kate’s career has taken a 'bench to bedside' trajectory. She began as a molecular biologist, moving into epidemiological and then clinical research, and then clinical project delivery. She has consulted to the health industry with Deloitte, has executive level experience in a clinical research centre, and has an extensive working knowledge of medical research and hospital-based information management requirements, barriers and opportunities. Kate has worked in complex stakeholder environments to develop information system strategy, design and implement data governance activities, and to curate, manage and integrate large medical research datasets. Kate has a Bachelor of Science (Honours), a Master’s in Information Systems and is a Certified Health Informatician (Australasia).

Louisa di Pietro Genetic Support Network Victoria 

Louisa Di Pietro is the former Group Leader of the Genetic Support Network of Victoria (GSNV) and currently holds the education and advocacy strategy advice portfolio. Louisa is an experienced researcher and educator with a particular interest in the testing and diagnosis of genetic and rare conditions, the psychosocial impact of diagnosis on individuals and families and the delivery of ethical medical services in a genomics era.  Louisa is actively involved in professional and community engagement and sits on numerous professional boards and advisory groups within the genetic health space.  Louisa also employs her professional and 'lived' experience/knowledge of managing a genetic condition to assist in the continuum of care delivered to Australians and in linking them in with specialised support/services and assisting advocacy efforts.  Her current work also focuses much on the training and exposure of genetic health professionals to the 'psychosocial impact and personal stories' behind a diagnosis and living with a genetic condition, the understanding of patient needs and expectations in an increasingly sophisticated genetic services environment, equity of access and the ethical application of new and emerging health technologies.  

Louisa was in 2017 inducted into the Department of Health and Human Services Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll for services to the community.

8:00 PM Finish 



Members FREE
Non-members $30
*Registrations are non-refundable

CPD Points

This event has been approved for up to 1.5 contact hours of continuing education credit toward renewal of the CHIA credential. Click here for more information on becoming a certified health informatics professional.

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