Speakers & Panelists

Organising Committee

Prof Christopher Levi, Co-Chair

Executive Director, Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE

Prof Garry Jennings, Co-Chair

Executive Director, Sydney Health Partners

Dr Norman Swan

Master of Ceremonies (MC)

Dr Sonu Bhaskar, Convenor

DVC Enterprise, UNSW Sydney/Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE, Liverpool Hospital and Ingham Institute

Ms Kellie Lamont

Executive Assistant, Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE

Speakers & Panelists

  • Prof Sam Hawgood

    Chancellor and the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor, The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), USA
    Chair, Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) Board, Washington, DC

  • Jacky Oldham

    Prof Jackie Oldham

    Director of Strategic Initiatives, Oxford Road Corridor (Manchester’s Innovation District) & Health Innovation Manchester
    Director, Manchester Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (MIMIT)
    Honorary Director, Edward Centre for Healthcare Management Research

  • Prof Steven L. Kanter

    President and CEO, Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) and AAHC International (AAHC-I), Washington, United States
    Past Dean, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (UMKCM), United States
    Past Professor of Biomedical and Health Informatics & Merl and Muriel Hicklin Missouri Endowed Chair in Medicine, UMKCM, United States

  • Prof Lisa Jackson Pulver AM

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services, The University of Sydney
    Public Health Epidemiologist and Specialist Advisor, the Specialist reserve of the Royal Australian Air Force
    Fellow, Australian Defence College and Board member, Australian Medical Council
    Member, Health Performance Council of South Australia

  • Prof David Story

    Interim Executive Director, Melbourne Academic Centre for Health & Chair of Anaesthesia, and Deputy Director, Centre for Integrated Critical Care, The University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Ms Elizabeth Koff

    Secretary, NSW Health
    Adjunct Professor, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney
    Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
    Fellow, Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA)
    Member of Chief Executive Women

  • Prof. Sir John Savill

    Prof Sir John Savill

    Executive Director, Melbourne Academic Centre for Health
    Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the UK
    Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and a Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh

  • Prof Aunty Kerrie Doyle

    Professor Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health, Western Sydney University, Sydney
    An Aboriginal woman from Darkinjung country on the Central Coast of NSW
    Associate Professor of Indigenous Health and the Coordinator of Indigenous Health, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

  • Prof Gary Ford

    Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Academic Health Science Network, UK
    Professor of Stroke Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, The University of Oxford, UK
    Consultant Stroke Physician, John Radcliffe Hospital, UK

  • Ms Ainslie Cahill

    Ms Ainslie Cahill

    Member, Community and Consumer Advisory Group (CCAG), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
    Member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee
    Honorary Member of the Arthritis Australia and Consumers Health Forum, Australia

  • Prof Bruce Robinson

    Chair, Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
    Chair, The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce
    Honorary Professor of Medicine, Northern Clinical School, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, The University of Sydney
    Past Dean, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney

  • Dr Kerry Chant

    Deputy Secretary, Population and Public Health and Chief Health Officer, NSW Health


    Prof Stephen Duckett

    Director of Health Program, Grattan Institute, Melbourne, Australia
    Emeritus Professor of Health Policy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria
    Emeritus Professor of Health Policy, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria
    Member, South Australian Health Performance Council
    Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS), the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

  • Ms Carrie Marr

    Chief Executive, Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), NSW
    Past Executive Director, Organisation Effectiveness at Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD)
    Past Director of the Tayside Centre for Organisational Effectiveness; Associate Director Change and Innovation; and Head of Modernisation and Development, National Health Service (NHS) Scotland, Tayside Health Board, Scotland, UK
    Past Head of Learning and Development, Tayside Acute Hospitals and Director of Development, National Health Service, Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Health Board


    Prof Ken Hillman, AO

    Professor of Intensive Care, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney
    Foundation Director, Simpson Centre for Health Services Research, South Western Sydney Clinical School, UNSW Sydney and the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, Liverpool
    Senior Staff Specialist, Intensive Care Medicine, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney

  • Prof Katherine Boydell

    Professor of Mental Health at The Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales
    Adjunct Senior Scientist, Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada
    Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Theatre, York University, Toronto, Canada

  • Dr Norman Swan

    Journalist and Health Broadcaster
    The host of The Health Report, ABC’s Radio National, Australia
    Co-founder, Tonic Health Media
    Australian correspondent for both the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ)

  • Prof Jill Bennett

    Founder and Director, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA)
    Professor of Experimental Arts, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
    Formerly Associate Dean Research, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney, Australia

  • Prof. Steve Wesselingh

    Prof Steve Wesselingh

    Executive Director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Adelaide
    Infection and Immunity Theme Leader, SAHMRI
    Past Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne

  • Dr Michele Connolly

    Enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana
    Co-Chair of the International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement (IGIHM), a four-country group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous
    researchers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, under the auspices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Prof David Currow

    Professor of Palliative Medicine at University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    The Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Palliative and Supportive Care, Flinders University
    Associate Director (Research) at the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, University of Hull, England

  • Dr Tony Penna

    Director, Office for Health and Medical Research, NSW Ministry of Health
    Past Chief Executive, Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, NSW
    Past Medical Administrator, Westmead Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital

  • Prof Jane Hall

    Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Director, Strategy in the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School, Sydney
    Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science
    President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
    Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence in 2016

  • Dr Nigel Lyons

    Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning, NSW Ministry of Health
    Board Member, Bureau of Health Information (BHI), NSW
    Past Chief Executive, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation & Chief Executive, Hunter New England Area Health Service

  • Prof. Garry Jennings AO

    Prof Garry Jennings AO

    Executive Director, Sydney Health Partners, Sydney, Australia
    Chief Medical Adviser, National Heart Foundation of Australia
    Board member of Ballarat Health Services, Nucleus Network and the Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand
    Trustee, Baker Foundation, Melbourne
    Past Director and Chief Executive Officer, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne
    Past Director of Cardiology, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and Chair of the Division of Medicine

  • Prof. Christine Jorm

    Prof Christine Jorm

    Director, NSW Regional Health Partners, Newcastle, Australia
    Conjoint Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Australia

  • Prof. Christopher Levi

    Prof Christopher Levi

    Executive Director, Maridulu Budyari Gumal - Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research & Enterprise (SPHERE), Sydney, Australia
    Conjoint Professor of Neurology, The University of New South Wales Sydney
    Conjoint Professor of Neurology, Western Sydney University
    Conjoint Professor of Neurology, The University of Newcastle

  • Dr John Zelcer

    Senior Healthcare Advisor, Deloitte Consulting, Australia
    Board Director, Epworth HealthCare

  • Michael DiRienzo

    Michael DiRienzo

    Chief Executive, Hunter New England Local Health District

  • Dr Andrew Montague

    Chief Executive, Central Coast Local Health District, NSW

  • Stewart Dowrick

    Stewart Dowrick

    Chief Executive, Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD)

  • Dr Tim Badgery-Parker

    Research Fellow, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney.
    Previously, Biostatistics Research Officer, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe) at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and the Cancer Epidemiology and Services Research group (CESR), Sydney School of Public Health.

  • Katrina Sing

    Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Fairfield Hospital, Sydney, Australia
    A proud Wiradjuri woman from my Grandmothers side from Narranderra /Leeton, NSW and Yorta Yorta woman from my Grandfather’s side from Shepperton/Echuca Victoria.
    Previously Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, Australia

  • Dr Sonu Bhaskar

    Founding Director & Chief Investigator, NSW Brain Clot Bank, Australia
    Academic Neurologist and Clinician Scientist with Liverpool Hospital, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD)
    Executive Officer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Enterprise (DVC-E)/SPHERE Alliance, UNSW Sydney
    Team Lead, Neurovascular Imaging Lab, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research

  • Prof Adeeba Kamarulzaman

    Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases and Dean of Medicine at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Director of HIV Research Centre, The University of Malaya
    Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University, USA

  • Dr Tzipi Cohen-Hyams

    Microscopy Facilities Manager, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, Sydney
    Conjoint Academic, UNSW Sydney
    Previously, Fullbright Fellowship at UC Berkeley, USA and The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

  • GIllian Mason

    Manager, Hunter Stroke Volunteer Registry
    Stroke Clinical Trials Manager, Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), Newcastle
    Rehabilitation Physiotherapist, Newcastle
    Patient Advocate and Conjoint Clinical Academic, The University of Newcastle

  • Dr Kathy Wu

    Head, St Vincent's Clinical Genomic, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Translational Research Centre, Sydney
    Clinical Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney
    Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UNSW

  • A/Prof Ajesh George

    Director, Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT), South Western Sydney Local Health District/Ingham Institute Applied Medical Research
    Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University
    Honorary Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Sydney

  • Dr Anya Salih

    Senior Research Fellow & Facility Manager, Confocal Bio-Imaging Facility, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Western Sydney University