Speakers

Hon Stephen Wade

Hon Stephen Wade

Minister for Health and Wellbeing
As Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade’s portfolio covers health, mental health, ageing, substance abuse and suicide prevention.

After graduating in Law and Economics from the University of Adelaide, he worked as a parliamentary adviser at State and Federal level, including for former Liberal Health Minister, Dr Michael Armitage.

Stephen has worked in corporate governance and on a range of Boards, including as Chair of Julia Farr Services Inc. 

He was appointed to the Legislative Council in May 2006, and served as a Shadow Minister from April 2007.  He was appointed Minister in March 2018.  

Alison Verhoeven

Alison Verhoeven

Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
Alison Verhoeven is Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia.

Alison Verhoeven is Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia.  Its members include public and not-for-profit hospitals, primary health networks, primary and community health services, universities and individual health leaders.  Ms Verhoeven has broad experience in health, education, corporate governance and communications, and has worked in both the private and public sectors in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe.

Allyson Hewitt

Allyson Hewitt

Allyson has assisted hundreds of social ventures to become economically sustainable and increase their social impact. She has developed and helps lead the social innovation programs at MaRS which includes Social Innovation Generation (SiG); the social finance programs of the Centre for Impact Investing; the MaRS Solutions Labs, designed to tackle complex challenges; and Studio Y, which supports youth to lead in the innovation economy.

Allyson has also helped grow the social innovation ecosystem through such programs as the School for Social Entrepreneurs; is a sought after public speaker; and has had significant impact on public policy. She is currently leading an initiative to develop a pro bono marketplace for Canada.

Allyson is also the Social Entrepreneur in Residence in the Master in Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET) Program at the University of Waterloo. She is an educator and mentor in programs like the Social Innovation Graduate Diploma and Residency at the Banff Centre. Allyson is a member of the Dean’s Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University where she helps lead the social responsibility work. 
 
She last worked at SickKids where she was a passionate advocate for children.  She was also the Executive Director of Community Information Toronto where she initiated 211, providing streamlined access to human service information.  She received the Head of the Public Service Award and several other prestigious awards for meritorious public service.  
 
Allyson’s academic background is in Criminology, Law, Public Affairs, Voluntary Sector Management and Organizational Development.

Chris Benger

Chris Benger

Registered Nurse who has held diverse nursing and midwifery positions, overseas, interstate and rural hospital and community settings, followed by over 20 years’ experience in immunisation dedicated to improving health outcomes in public and preventable health.

Responsible for coordinating, delivering immunisation services and mentoring providers of immunisation. Chair of Immunisation Provider Network for 4 years and hold Cert IV in Training and Assessment.  Currently lead nurse for Champion Nurse Immunisation program one of five elements of the Adelaide PHN Immunisation Hub Program.    

Chris Bollen

Chris Bollen

Chris Bollen brings his experiences as a GP with an interest in chronic and complex healthcare needs, systems development and a view of healthcare through the lean thinking lens, to improve clinician and patient experiences of care.

Chris is a GP, working at Oakden Medical Centre, South Australia, having completed MBA and Fellowship of Health Service Management and is also director BMP Healthcare Consulting, a company helping organisations to deliver safe, effective and sustainable care. 

He has previously been CEO and Chair of several dynamic healthcare organizations plus a member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare Clinical Communications Advisory Group, the Primary Care Education Advisory group to Kidney Health Australia, Arthritis SA’s Education Advisory Committee and ReturntoWorkSA’s Medical Adviser.

Together Chris and Rod have developed the Practice Leadership Advantage Program, and have worked with over 200 General Practices across Australia interested in leading change.
 

Deb Lee

Deb Lee

CEO ADELAIDE PHN
Deb is the CEO of the Adelaide Primary Health Network (Adelaide PHN), which formally commenced on 1 July 2015 to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of primary healthcare services in the Adelaide metropolitan region and to improve the coordination of patient care. 

Deb has extensive Management experience within both the Community and Health sectors. She is a qualified clinical therapist(member of the AASW) and has extensive Mental Health qualifications and experience, along with a Masters in Business Administration.

Dr. Helena Williams

Dr. Helena Williams

Dr Helena Williams is a GP in Blackwood and has been at her current practice for over 20 years. She has long held an interest in the policy/practice space, in particular relating to integration, and to that end has always juggled clinical, with other roles.

Helena is currently working at RDNS SA as the Medical Adviser for SA where she is assisting in the set-up of a pilot Home Hospital in southern Adelaide. 

She is currently a Board Director on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and chairs the National Primary Care and General Practice Accreditation Coordination Committees for the Commission. She is a GP adviser for Return to Work SA and a Clinical Editor for HealthPathways SA. She was the Chair of the Southern Adelaide LHN Governing Council for 6 years and ran the GP Liaison Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital for 18 months before it was defunded.

Dr. Lane Hinchcliffe

Dr. Lane Hinchcliffe

Lane graduated from medicine at the University of Adelaide and began his medical career as a Paediatric Registrar, during which time he developed a strong interest in adolescent health.

A career change to become a GP followed time spent working in both the city and with regional communities, including Elcho Island, a remote community in the Northern Territory.  These early years in his career also saw his passions expand further to include community health, men’s health, mental health and HIV medicine.   

In 2014, Lane opened his own family medical practice, ‘The Health Hub Adelaide’.  Based in Glenelg, South Australia, the clinic is aimed at providing high quality primary healthcare that is accessible, affordable and personalised. 

Such is his belief in accessible healthcare, Lane has established outreach clinics at local schools and retirement villages, as well as an Aboriginal Family Clinic at Noarlunga in partnership with SA Health.

Outside of medicine, Lane is a passionate musician and composer, having trained as a pianist and classical singer since he was young.  He was in fact enrolled to study music at the Sydney Conservatorium, majoring in composition, until he changed his mind and withdrew to study medicine instead.  Lane is the writer and composer of THE FRONT, a musical theatre piece following events surrounding the Battle of Fromelles in 1916.

Lane regularly speaks on radio as resident GP for Triple M Breakfast Show, ABC Radio and Five AA.  He is also a regular speaker and presenter at schools, medical conferences and via online media. 

Dr. Walid Jammal

Dr. Walid Jammal

Wally is currently the principal GP in a family practice in Sydney. His interests include paediatrics, men’s health, ethics, health law, and quality and safety in health care.  He also has a Master of Health Law.

He has a keen interest in health economics and models of care in general practice, including the Patient Centred Medical Home frameworks. He sits on various MBS review committees, is a member of the evaluation subcommittee of the Medicare Services Advisory Committee and sits on review committees for Therapeutic Guidelines. He is National Clinical Champion for Health Care Homes. He was RACGP NSW GP of year in 2017. 

Helen Morley

Helen Morley

Professionally, Helen trained as a registered nurse in the UK and worked for the National Health Service for 18 years and then 7 years for the UK’s leading heart charity; The British Heart Foundation.

Helen Morley originates from Scotland, UK, she has been living in Australia since 2009. She gained Australian Citizenship in 2015. After arriving in Australia, Helen continued her love for working in the Not for Profit sector and spent 5 years at the National Heart Foundation of Australia before joining COTA SA (Council on the Ageing), in 2017. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and two young sons. 

Juliet Richards

Juliet Richards

Juliet Richards is a consultant pharmacist, credentialed diabetes educator and an certified practitioner in Lifestyle Medicine.

After working in large tertiary hospitals as a clinical pharmacist she started her own business called MyMedsHealth which provides clinical pharmacy, chronic disease management and other support services to general practices in SA. Juliet is passionate about health and nutrition and while appreciating the role of medications in chronic disease, she could see how they would simply mask or temporarily manage the underlying pathology. This meant progression was inevitable, translating into more medications. She felt she could offer so much more to her patients. She is currently undertaking a health coaching course to become a certified health coach. Juliet runs a diabetes clinic at a general practice she works with as a part of the Health Care Homes trial. She is also opening her own diabetes clinic with a focus on the root cause of disease and behaviour change. Lastly, Juliet works for the University of South Australia and loves teaching and inspiring young pharmacists.

Kim Hosking

Kim Hosking

CEO COUNTRY SA PHN
CEO of the Country SA PHN with a career long engagement in health-related activities in rural areas. Extensive history of Board engagements with rural ambulance entities, hospitals and health services and Divisions of General Practice. 

Past CEO of Country North SA Medicare Local, Mid North Division of Rural Medicine, and past Director of the Country Services SA Ambulance Service.

Kirrilie Smout

Kirrilie Smout

Director, Developing Minds Psychology
Kirrilie is a clinical Psychologist, member of the Australian Psychological Society and of the College of Clinical Psychologists. Kirrilie has worked as a psychologist for 22 years in many different settings, with a variety of client groups.

Today Kirrilie is the director of Developing Minds Psychology and provides supervision to the team of 21 child and adolescent psychologists who work with her there.  She also provides seminars and training for young people, teachers, health professionals and schools around Australia. 

Kirrilie has received a number of awards, grants and prizes for her speaking, research and consultancy work. She is regularly consulted by print, radio and TV media in relation to psychological issues and has numerous articles published in a variety of newspapers and journals. She has written three books about and for young people, is the developer of the online program Calm Kid Central, and is the SA convenor of the Child, Adolescent and Family Interest group for the SA chapter of the Australian Psychological Society.
 

Mark Aiston

Mark Aiston

MC/PRESENTER
Mark Aiston has worked within the Australian media since 1980. His primary role has been as a sports presenter for ABC Television and Network Ten. Mark also specialised in radio, as a show host and commentator.

Mark is extremely passionate about mental health and to that end produces a podcast entitled, The Mental Health Show.

Mark’s keynote addresses are raw, brutal, yet uplifting, as he talks candidly about his own battles with mental health.

He talks in  detail about his constant battles with depression, and addiction in the hope of helping as many people as possible, overcome or at least manage their own demons.

Michael O’Brien

Michael O’Brien

Michael O'Brien is a Senior Aboriginal Man. He is a descendant of the Kaurna (Adelaide Plains) and Narrunga (York Peninsula) peoples. He has been, sharing cultural engagement for a number of years. It is a role handed to him by his Father, Uncle Lewis Yurla Burka O’Brien. It is a position, he honor’s and respects greatly.

He is a Foster Parent of seventeen years, to three beautiful children.   

He has travelled all across Australia, living and working in a number of Aboriginal Communities, delivering programs and benefits. 

He values the opportunity to support Aboriginal Communities sitting on boards and Advisory Panels. 

He is a recipient of the Rotary Club Courtesy Award, for Community involvement working with youth. He is also an Australia Day Service Award recipient, for his work as a volunteer on advisory groups. 

He enjoys sharing Cultural Knowledge and providing Welcome to Country, with people, not at people.

His Father has told him “Aboriginal people have always welcomed people to this country, we just never told them to go home”
 

Ms Melinda Lee

Ms Melinda Lee

Clinical Psychologist
Melinda is a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice consulting from General Practices in Salisbury and Two Wells and is an Outreach Provider Clinician with Open Arms Veterans & Families Counselling Service. Melinda is an Allied Health Member of the Adelaide Primary Health Network Northern Adelaide Clinical Council, and Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

During Melinda’s work with children, families and adults in both South Australia and Northern Territory, she has been involved in program implementation such as Mental Health Programs in General Practice in both North and West regions of Adelaide, and child protection program in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

As well as this, Melinda has been involved in various collaborative strategies with other service providers including group facilitation, project managing manual publications for Domestic Violence and Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, and providing training in Mental Health.

Parry Agius

Parry Agius

Managing Director, Linking Futures
Parry is an inspiring and motivating leader, who encourages people to enjoy what they do in the workplace, become familiar with the environment they work in, and the important relationships they have with stakeholders and colleagues.

Parry values open dialogue and acts as a conduit between the community, government and other key stakeholders. He has a long held passion and focus on Australia’s natural landscape and is actively involved as a Board Member or Chair of the;

  • Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resources Management Board
  • Australian Land Conservation Alliance 
  • National Landcare Network (NLN) Members Council
  • NRM Regions Australia
Professor Debra Rowett PSM

Professor Debra Rowett PSM

Director, Drug and Therapeutics Information Service
Debra Rowett is Professor and Discipline Leader Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia and Director of the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS), Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.

Debra has worked extensively in the area of quality use of medicines, inter-professional practice, health policy and workforce development in Australia and internationally. Debra has been at the forefront of academic detailing training and implementation in Australia.

Debra is a member of the national Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC). Debra was credentialed as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist and is a member of the Australian Advancing Practice Advisory Board which comprises leaders from across the pharmacy profession and consumer health. In 2002 Debra was awarded the SHPA’s Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award, and in 2016, Debra received the prestigious SHPA Fred J Boyd award and is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Professor Ian Hickie

Professor Ian Hickie

Co-Director, Health and Policy at University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre
Professor Ian Hickie is Co-Director, Health and Policy at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. He is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow (2013-2017 and 2018-22), having previously been one of the inaugural NHMRC Australian Fellows (2008-12).

He was an inaugural Commissioner on Australia’s National Mental Health Commission (2012-18) overseeing enhanced accountability for mental health reform and suicide prevention. He is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry, with particular reference to medical aspects of common mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder in young people, early intervention, use of new and emerging technologies and suicide prevention. In his role with the National Mental Health Commission, and his independent research, health system and advocacy roles, Professor Hickie has been at the forefront of the move to have mental health and suicide prevention integrated with other aspects of health care (notably chronic disease and ambulatory care management). 

Rod Buchecker

Rod Buchecker

Chair of Tec 30 for The Executive Connection
Rod is Chair of TEC 30 for The Executive Connection, the world’s largest CEO network and a recognised executive mentor/business coach, specialising in leadership development and helping companies find focus.

With over 30 years’ experience delivering sustainable, strategic and creative solutions on high profile brands all over the world, Rod is one of Australia’s most accomplished marketing communications professionals.

He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Marketing Management in Boston and the prestigious Y@R Ad Skills Programme (New York) plus an Ambassador for Thought Leaders Global, a leading Australian based learning institution changing the way clever people think. 

He brings his experiences to the business of healthcare and helps leaders think differently about the engagement of not only their people, but their customers. He was a Director of Cancer Council SA for 10 years and currently serves on several high profile boards including Zoos SA and The Burnside War Memorial Hospital.
 

Rosy Tirimacco

Rosy Tirimacco

Operations and Research Manager - Cardiovascular Clinical Network Country Health SA
Rosy Tirimacco is the Operations and Research Manager of the Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network Country Health South Australia.

iCCnet CHSA supports rural and remote physicians and nurses to deliver evidenced-based cardiac care to country patients regardless of location or facilities available. 

Major research interests include integration of POCT into clinical care pathways, supporting patients with chronic disease outside of hospital and the development of electronic real time clinical databases.

She is currently the chair of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists Point of Care Testing Working Committee, consultant to the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine PoCT Committee and project manager of the Australian Point of Care Practitioners Network.

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