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Presenting at HIC Wednesday 17 July 2013

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP Minister for Health, Department of Health and Ageing Tanya was elected to the Australian Parliament as the Federal Member for Sydney at the 1998 federal election. In her first speech to House of Representatives, Tanya spoke of her strong interest in social justice and her conviction that ordinary people working together can achieve positive change.

Tanya became a Shadow Minister after the 2004 federal election and for the next three years was responsible for a range of portfolios including childcare, work and family, women, youth, human services and housing. Following the election of the Rudd Government in 2007, Tanya was appointed Minister for Housing and Minister for the Status of Women. As Minister for Housing, Tanya delivered a wide ranging reform agenda, including significant new investments in affordable rental housing. Tanya was also responsible for a Homelessness White Paper that set out a comprehensive national strategy to tackle homelessness in Australia. As Minister for the Status of Women, Tanya was responsible for development of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. Following the 2010 federal election Tanya was appointed Minister for Human Services and Minister for Social Inclusion. On 14 December 2011, Tanya was appointed to Minister for Health. Tanya lives in Sydney with her husband Michael and children Anna, Joseph and Louis. Tanya is fond of bushwalking and 18th Century novels.

Digital Healthcare Tuesday 16 July 2013

Dr Penelope Dash leads McKinsey's work across EMEA and globally in health systems strategy and healthcare value. Our work in this space focuses on the redesign of healthcare services in order to improve health, clinical outcomes and efficiency. Outside of McKinsey, Penny is vice-Chairman of The King's Fund, the leading healthcare think tank in the UK, and co-Founder of the Cambridge Health Network, a networking and discussion group which brings leading players from across the healthcare industry. Penny started her career as a Doctor.

Jamie Ferguson is a Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy and Vice President of health information technology strategy and policy for Kaiser Permanente, and has been at Kaiser Permanente since 2002. He is responsible for health IT priorities, policies, and standards, as well as government and industry relations for IT. Before this assignment, Jamie was responsible for the development and operations of Kaiser Permanente’s clinical and administrative data systems, information modeling, and health IT standards. Jamie participates in multiple national and international health IT organisations to help more people to gain the benefits of interoperability with consistent and computable health information that is made available when and where it is needed.

Jane Halton is Secretary of the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. She is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the Department including the provision of advice on and administration of Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Aged and Community Care, Population Health, regulation of Therapeutic Goods, plus hospital financing and Private Health Insurance. She also has responsibility for leadership on health security issues, including matters related to bioterrorism. Jane is a member of the board of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, a board member of the National E-Health Transition Authority and a Commissioner of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. She is also on the executive board of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and on the Advisory Boards of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), and the Melbourne Institute Advisory Board.

Tony Jones is one of Australia's most respected journalists. He has been the host of ABC television's Q&A programme for the last four years and compere of the award winning LateLine since 1999. An award winning journalist, he was also a foreign correspondent in Europe and the USA for seven years and Executive Producer of the ABC's Foreign Correspondent programme. During his career he has won five Walkley journalism awards including 3 for broadcast interviewing.

Martin Laverty is CEO, Catholic Health Australia, Chair of the NSW Heart Foundation, and a Member of the NSW Public Service Commission Board. He serves on health advisory committees of the Department of Health and Ageing, Health Workforce Australia, and the Australian Catholic University. His 2012 book, Determining the Future: A Fair Go & Health for All, was published by Connor Court. Trained as a lawyer, he is completing a PhD.

David Rowlands is the Principal of Direkt Consulting Pty Ltd, a management consultancy specialising in governance, standards, strategy and information in the health sector. He has 30 years' experience in health and information management. His senior roles in the public health sector have included health service management, service planning and performance management, strategic development, IM/IT management and corporate services. He has served on the Boards of Child Health, Aged Care and health informatics agencies. He also spent ten years with the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

David Swan Mr David Swan is the Chief Executive of the South Australian Department for Health and Ageing. He has over 27 years' experience as a chief executive in the public and private health care system in Australia, including two years as Chief Executive of the Southern Adelaide Health Service and over four years as Chief Executive of the Women's and Children's Hospital. Mr Swan is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executive and has also held Directors positions on the Women's Hospitals of Australasia, the Australian Private Hospitals Association and State President of the Private Hospitals Association of Tasmania. He is also a Board Director for Health Workforce Australia, National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

Oncology Wednesday 17 July 2013

Dr William (Bill) S. Dalton is past President, CEO & Center Director of Moffitt Cancer Center. He is currently Founder and CEO of M2Gen, a national biotechnology subsidiary of Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr Dalton is interested in the development of personalised cancer care and patient-centered outcomes approach to developing evidence-based, personalised cancer treatments and information/decision tools for patients and clinicians. His interests include developing an integrated system that allows for the creation and understanding of phenotypic and genotypic information to match patients to the most appropriate therapies.

Sharon Downman is a Registered Nurse/Midwife, with 25 years experience, clinical and management. Sharon has a Masters in Health Informatics, is on the Nursing Informatics Australia Committee and has a large interest in this area. Currently Sharon is the Assistant Director of Nursing at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, Buderim QLD.

Dr Oliver Frank MBBS PhD FRACGP FACHI is a GP in the north eastern suburbs of Adelaide and a University Senior Research Fellow in the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Adelaide, where he researches in informatics in general practice. He serves on professional and government committees involved in prevention, quality of care, heath informatics and health services.

Jon Hilton supports a whole of health approach to the use of information in promotion, prevention, education and planned intervention, and works with people to demonstrate that ICT can assist in engaging clients with their own care and enabling providers to support them. He is also working on ICT solutions that will enable funders to assure value for money with minimal interference in service delivery.

Salvatore Iaconesi an engineer, artist, hacker and interaction designer (ITALY). He is a TED Fellow (2012), Eisenhower Fellow (2013) and teaches Interaction Design and Digital Design at Rome's University "La Sapienza", at ISIA Design Florence, at RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts, at IED, Istituto Europeo di Design. Salvatore has extensive experience in the areas of strategic design, expert and decision support systems, knowledge management and sharing systems, technological platforms for multicultural communities, ubiquitous technologies, interactive experiences and innovation processes. He has worked on more than 300 projects in the areas of cutting edge technologies. Salvatore has created multiple interactive experiences for arts, architecture, theatre and performance, dealing with important societal issues of planetary level and exhibited all over the world. He is the strategy and technology advisor for multiple organisations.

Prof Dorothy Keefe is an Academic Medical Oncologist with a major interest in improving the patient journey, from toxicity management to safer prescribing and beyond. She has led the introduction of electronic chemotherapy prescribing in South Australia – on a whole of state basis, and has looked at all the major solutions available world-wide.

Ian Olver is a medical oncologist and clinical researcher who is currently CEO Cancer Council Australia and a Clinical Professor at the Sydney Medical School, Sydney University. As part of his role he is responsible for exploring uptake of digital media opportunities to improve caner control.

Suzanne Roche has executive management experience in the public and private sector. She has worked for Commonwealth and State Government agencies and operated two of her own businesses. Suzanne specialises in the effective integration of business and technology to deliver performance improvements; the application of technology as an enabler for business innovation; and business transformation in the emerging digital economy. Suzanne is appointed to several government and industry Boards and thought leadership groups. She holds an Honours Degree in Literature.

Mental Health Thursday 18 July 2013

Prof Gavin Andrews AO is Professor of Psychiatry at UNSW at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. His Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in adults. CRUfAD provides treatment services to more than 3,000 people a year, mainly over the web. His principal research interest is in the internet treatment of anxiety and depression. He has had continuing NHMRC support for 45 years.

Prof Helen Christensen completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of NSW in 1989, and undertook post-doctoral training at St Thomas' Hospital, London. She is currently Executive Director, Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales; Professor of Mental Health, University of New South Wales; Emeritus Professor, Australian National University; Director e-hub, Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney. Her research areas include early intervention and prevention of depression, anxiety, cognitive decline and suicide. She has developed a number of online psychological interventions for depression and anxiety and published extensively.

Dr Panayiotis Tyllis is the Chief Psychiatrist and Director of Mental Health Policy for South Australia (SA). The Chief Psychiatrist has a broad mandate to safeguard the rights of individuals, improve service delivery, guide the administration of the Mental Health Act and monitor standards and services. The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and Policy provides high-level policy advice to the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse and to the Chief Executive of SA Health.

David Mackay is the Acting First Assistant Secretary of the Mental Health and Drug Treatment Division. In his time with the Department of Health and Ageing, David has worked on the national health reform agenda, population health social marketing campaigns, and now mental health. In his substantive role as Assistant Secretary for Mental Health Early Intervention and Prevention, David has responsibility for the Australian Government's e-Mental Health strategy, including the design and funding of a number of online and phone based support services for people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

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