Western Australia's premier e-health
and health informatics event

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Friday 7 November 2014




The HITWA 2014 program is now available. Click the button below to view.




Prof Bryant Stokes AM

Acting Director General of Health
Government of Western Australia

Bio >> Professor Bryant Stokes AM is an eminent Professor of Neurosurgery, with a strong professional clinical profile and has a proven track record at the executive and operational levels of the organisation. Professor Stokes has previously acted in the role of Commissioner for Health; Examiner in Neurosurgery; he is the immediate past Chairperson of the WA Council on Safety and Quality in Healthcare and has carried out successful investigative reviews across State and Commonwealth jurisdictions. He is currently the chair of the Governing Council for South Metropolitan Health Service. Following the resignation of Kim Snowball from the position of Director General of Health on 15 March 2013, Professor Bryant Stokes is the current A/Director General of Health until a permanent head is appointed.


Dr Merran Smith

Chief Executive
Population Health Research Network

"High quality information is a powerful catalyst for health care improvement."

Bio >> Dr Smith was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive of Australia's Population Health Research Network in 2009. Prior to joining the PHRN, Dr Smith worked in the WA Department of Health where she was Director of the Department's Health Information Centre for more than a decade. She was responsible for establishing data linkage as a core service during this period. Dr Smith has served on a number of Australia's peak health information committees and actively contributes to national policy and strategy. She has undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in Science, Medicine, Arts and Management.

W/Prof Fiona Wood AM

Burns Service of Western Australia

"As we consolidate our understanding the increasingly complex health service multidisciplinary teams are essential to drive improved patient outcomes. It is essential to embed IT capability as a core team member with specific knowledge of the area pathology."

Bio >> Fiona Wood is the Director of the WA Burns Service of Western Australia and a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Princess Margaret Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital. Her research as Chairperson through the Burn Injury Research Unit UWA and the Fiona Wood Foundation is focused on scarless healing. In bringing basic science to the bedside the aim is to build a unique capacity to facilitate direct research collaborations between researchers and practitioners across basic science, clinical care and clinical outcomes. Fiona was again named West Australian of the Year for 2005, and received the honour of being named Australian of the Year in 2005.

Informatics and community care

Prof Moira Sim

Professor of Community Medicine and Head, School of Medical Sciences
Edith Cowan University

"The baby boomers: The next generation in aged care facilities. Are we ready?"

Bio >> Moira Sim heads the School of Medical Sciences at ECU. Moira has worked to increase access to quality care through professional education, advocacy and system change through many roles in the healthcare system. Both a GP and Medical Director of Silver Chain Home Hospital, Moira leads research which brings hospital and care planning options to the residential aged care facility.

Taylor Carter

Director of Nursing and Midwifery
Fiona Stanley Hospital

Bio >> Taylor began her nursing career in New Zealand in paediatric intensive care, followed by a period as a Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist focusing on transitioning children with Cystic Fibrosis to adult services then moving into management and leadership roles. She commenced her career in healthcare administration at the national tertiary paediatric hospital. Recruited to the United Arab Emirates nine years ago she has worked predominantly in tertiary hospital settings. In the four years prior to taking up the position of Director of Nursing at Fiona Stanley Hospital Taylor worked for Johns Hopkins Medicine’s International Division as a Chief Nursing Officer in one of the hospitals under their management. Taylor’s areas of special interest include development of cultures that support patient safety, risk management and team development.

Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson

Senior Consultant
KBH Consultancy

"All health information professionals need to be engaged in this workforce reshaping."

Bio >> Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson is an inaugural member of the Australian Health Informatics Education Council (AHIEC) working group and strongly involved in the development of national health informatics (HI) and health information management (HIM) competencies. Kerryn is a stakeholder in the HWA study and member of the CHIA Board of Examiners. She leads a number of national research projects examining various aspects of HI/HIM workforce.

Clive Gold

Director Healthcare
EMC Corporation Australia and New Zealand

Bio >> Clive Gold is the Director Healthcare at EMC Australia and New Zealand a role he started in 2014. Clive is responsible for providing focus on EMC's solutions for life sciences and healthcare, by providing thought leadership and communicating EMC's vision and strategy. Clive's experience in projects such as 'The Human Face of Big Data' enable him to apply his knowledge of EMC's technology to the most pressing issues in research and healthcare. Clive has over 30 years experience in the IT industry and has been active participant in industry holding positions such as the Chairman of the Storage Networking Industry Association's Global Steering Committee. Clive holds Masters Degree in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Lessons learnt from other industries

Dr David Hansen

Chief Executive Officer
The Australian E-Health Research Centre, CSIRO

Bio >> Dr David Hansen is CEO of the Australian E-Health Research Centre, a joint venture between CSIRO and the Queensland Government. David leads a research portfolio developing information and communication technologies for the healthcare system. These include projects for resource planning, biomedical imaging, mobile and telehealth and technologies that will underpin the e-health architecture in Australia. Prior to joining CSIRO, David worked for LION bioscience Ltd in the UK, developing genomic data and tool integration software that was used to publish the first human genome and is now used at over 200 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and research institutes worldwide.

Andy Weir

Chief Executive and CIO

Bio >> Andy Weir is an Executive with 15 years leadership experience of delivering major strategic and organisational change in both Europe and Australia. He has initiated and delivered Bankwest's successful national retail expansion program and more recently the Bankwest/CBA integration program. Andy is a member of the Bankwest Executive Committee, responsible for setting and driving the organisational strategy, technology, operations and change management. He is highly engaged and an active strategic partner to the Bankwest Divisions, with clear focus on end delivery of transformational and market leading change.

Joshua Boys


"70% of Business Intelligence projects fail to deliver business value. To avoid being included in this statistic we must learn how to apply contemporary techniques to deliver quick and tangible results."

Bio >> Joshua Boys Possessing a unique blend of technical knowledge coupled with a deep understanding of business processes and needs Joshua has been consulting both locally and internationally for over 10 years, specialising in Cloud and Mobile Computing, Business Engagement and Emerging Technologies. Joshua’s passion lies in innovating outdated and cumbersome processes and solving complex business problems with modern technology. Joshua has founded several tech startups, is a published writer and the recipient of the AIIA eGovernment Award for the innovative design of a Government Line of Business Application. In his current role as Director, Joshua led Ignia, a Perth consultancy firm to being named as Microsoft’s Enterprise Partner of the Year in 2014. Joshua is often asked to present to clients and other technologies companies on trending topics around innovation through Microsoft technologies and share industry insights at events across Australia.



Workshop 1
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshop 2
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshop 3
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Introducing mobile devices and support for integrated collaborative applications in educational and healthcare systems with a focus on well-being


This workshop will cover the different aspects of who owns your EMR data.


Why telemedicine is the future of healthcare industry.

This workshop focuses on the introduction of mobile devices and support for integrated collaborative applications in educational and healthcare systems with a focus on well-being. The widely published Prof Vogel is recognised as the most-cited IS author in Asia Pacific. His research interests reflect a concern for encouraging efficient and effective utilisation computer systems in an atmosphere conducive to enhancing the quality of life.

Prof Doug Vogel

Director, E-Health Research Institute, Harbin Institute of Technology School of Management (CHINA)

The concept of ownership of electronic medical and health information is a wicked problem, with complexities in the integration of data, software systems, privacy legislation, sharing, access, and uses of the information. This workshop will unpack these issues from both the clinical and software perspectives, and discuss the impact on research, personal ownership of metadata, and the responsibilities of the healthcare industry.

A/Prof Trish Williams

School of Computer and Security Science, Edith Cowan University

Dr Vince McCauley

E-Health Implementation Coordinator, Medical Software Industry Association, National

Dr Lou Zaninovich

Green Road Medical Centre

Telemedicine has been perceived as providing expensive video conferencing to connect a patient to a specialist remotely. There is more to telemedicine than just video conferencing and also it is no longer limited to rural and remote areas. Telemedicine is now used to monitor patients from home especially elderly and chronically ill patients in metro areas.

In this workshop, we will cover several examples of store-and-forward telemedicine and mobile technology applications to reduce hospital admissions and the cost of delivery of care. We will also discuss several projects from WA Country Health Services that are successfully implemented around the State.

Prof K. Yogesan

Research Director, The Australian E-Health research Centre, CSIRO

HITWA is collaboration between the WA branches of