2-3 September, Old Parliament House, Canberra


The following speakers presented at the 4th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium:


Speaker biographies

Robyn Aitken is the A/Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Northern Territory, and Professorial Fellow, Charles Darwin University.

She is a PhD prepared nurse with 30 years of experience including clinical patient care, clinical management, education and research, policy and professional leadership.

For the past eight years Robyn has been living and working in the Northern Territory, immersed in the challenges of remote and Indigenous health.  She has held leadership roles at Charles Darwin University, Flinders University and the Centre for Remote Health and now holds professorial fellowships at these institutions.

In each of her roles Robyn has been responsible for and has achieved key performance indicators that require strong professional leadership; innovative, evidence based best practice strategies; and creative solutions for advancing the agenda of improving health outcomes. Robyn’s particular strength is establishing collaborative relationships between health services and education providers.

She joined the NT Department of Health in 2013 and has been acting Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer since March 2014.  Her work in the Territory is informed by her scholarly achievements and knowledge and experienced gained interstate and overseas.  

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Phil Anderson is head of the Data Linkage Unit at AIHW, which was established in 2005 to coordinate and drive the integration and linkage of health and community services data.

The Unit’s role includes investigating data linkage and analytical methods, undertaking data linkage and analyses of linked data sets, and providing leadership and assistance to analyses undertaken elsewhere within the AIHW. This work is expanding with the AIHW having become one of the first accredited Integrating Authorities under the new arrangements for integration of Commonwealth data. The Unit also manages the National Death Index (NDI) and undertakes record linkage with the NDI, national health and community services datasets, and other data to support internal and external linkage-based research.

Phil joined the AIHW in 1994 and has worked in several areas, most notably disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Prior to joining the Institute, Phil worked as a population geneticist and then a statistical consultant, being involved in a wide variety of projects for industry, academia and government. He has extensive experience in statistical analysis and policy-relevant research in both the health and welfare sectors in Australia, as well as in data development and collection, and data linkage methodology, ethics and governance. He has published papers and reports on a wide range of subjects.

Phil has participated on many steering committees, working groups and advisory bodies for government departments and research groups. He is an adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Health, University of Canberra.

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Michael Armitage is the Chief Executive Officer of Private Healthcare Australia (formerly AHIA), the peak body representing health funds in Australia.

Dr Armitage was a Member of the South Australian Parliament from 1989 to 2002, and a Minister from 1993 - 2002. In particular, he held the Health portfolio from 1993 to 1997.

Before entering Parliament, Dr Armitage was in private practice after serving as Paediatric Registrar in Adelaide Children’s Hospital and as a House Surgeon for Invercargill New Zealand.

Since leaving Parliament, he was involved in the Super Computer industry, as the Director – Sciences (ANZ) for Silicon Graphics (SGI) before joining Private Healthcare Australia as CEO in November 2005.

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Joanne Bourne was the Returning Home to Community from Custodial Care (RHCCC) Program Coordinator and is currently Closing the Gap Coordinator, Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local (TMML). 

Joanne is a Birri-Gubba Woman who has lived in Townsville for the previous 31 years and has had the privilege of working within Indigenous Health:  Aboriginal Community Controlled, Private and Public Health Sector over the past 20 years. 

Joanne started her journey as a Pupil Nurse in 1988 and went onto work in various roles as an Indigenous Health Worker, Workforce Development Officer, Workforce Consultant, RHCCC Coordinator and currently the Closing the Gap Coordinator.  Her qualifications include Certificates in Community Service/Aged Care; Grief & Loss; Mental Health; Practice Management; ATSI Mental Health; Project Management; Leadership; Core of Life; Hearing Health; Pepi Pod Safe Sleeping; Transgenerational Trauma & Lateral Violence; and Responding Effectively to Behavioral Concerns.

During her time at Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local (TMML), Joanne explains:

“I have had the privilege of participating in the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Programs such as the Family Kin-ect and RHCCC Programs which are client focused, uses a community based approach that incorporates a holistic, integrative and collaborative model of care.”

“These Programs were delivered at a local and regional level, aspiring to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women to improve their health and well-being and achieve better health outcomes for their future.”  

“The most powerful opportunity I have experienced, is building a rapport with community, connecting on a personal level whilst displaying your honesty, empathy and being ‘a doer of your word’ which builds a partnership based on reciprocal trust and respect. Once partnerships are established, relationships flourish and the opportunity presents to ‘hear the voice of our community’. Only then can we ensure Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Programs meet community needs and creates a culturally safe space for engagement to be successful.”

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David Butt was appointed CEO of the National Mental Health Commission in January 2014. David has 30 years of experience in the health system, much of it at CEO and Executive level.

David was Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Health from August 2011, head of Rural and Regional Health Australia, and the Commonwealth’s first Chief Allied Health Officer. This followed 15 years as CEO of three major health system organisations: Chief Executive of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health and Community Care, National CEO of Little Company of Mary Health Care (the Calvary group – one of Australia’s largest not for profit hospitals and health services providers, operating a range of public and private hospitals, aged care facilities and home care), and CEO of the Australian General Practice Network. Prior to this David worked as an executive in a number of positions in Queensland Health, including as Executive Director of Policy and Planning and for a brief time as Regional Director of Peninsula and Torres Strait health region.

David is also a former Chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC).

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Chris Carlile is the Assistant Secretary, Medicare Finance and Listing Branch in the Department of Health (DOH).

His branch’s responsibilities include monitoring and modelling of expenditure on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and management of the Medical Services Advisory Committee that advises the Minister on the listing and review of items on the MBS. 

He previously managed a Primary Health Care policy branch which included oversight of the Primary Healthcare Evaluation and Development strategy (PCHRED) and development of the National Primary Healthcare Strategic Framework and management of the Practice Incentives Programme (PIP). 

Prior to joining the DOH, before becoming a Senior Advisor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for nearly 5 years and apart from advising on social policy, he managed the National Disaster Recovery Taskforce post the Queensland floods and worked on the National Disability Insurance Taskforce. For seven years he managed a biopsychosocial assessment programme for refugees in a torture and trauma rehabilitation service. He has spent 4 years working in developing countries and undertaken formal studies in Theology, Counselling, Psychology, Social Policy and Human Service Management.

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Jennifer Doggett, health policy analyst and a member of the Crikey Health and Medical Panel, is running Croakey while Melissa Sweet is on leave during September. 

Jennifer is a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and a consultant working in the health sector for a number of professional, industry and consumer groups. She has previously worked within the Federal Department of Health, as a political advisor on health issues and for a peak medical organisation. She is the author of “A New Approach to Primary Care for Australia”, ”Out of pocket: rethinking co-payments in health” and a contributing author of the book “More than luck: ideas Australia needs now”.

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Sue Dunlevy is the national health correspondent for News Ltd’s network. She’s also a shy, tweeting soccer mum writing health and welfare stories from her home base in Canberra.

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Tim Dyke is the Executive Director, Strategic Policy Group at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The Strategic Policy Group was created to bring together key elements of strategic policy development across NHMRC, including external relations management.  Functions of the Group include research policy development, Indigenous health research, clinical trials reform, open access and data sharing, information and research data management and external relations (including web, media, events).

Tim has been a senior executive at NHMRC since 2008 with various responsibilities over that time including policy development, embryo licensing, human and animal ethics, research integrity and governance and corporate services. Previous Commonwealth appointments include Principal Scientist and Program Manager, Quality Assurance and Compliance, with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Tim obtained his veterinary science degree from the University of Sydney in 1982 and holds masters degrees in veterinary science and business administration. He completed his PhD, a Residency in Clinical Pharmacology, and postdoctoral work at The Ohio State University. By examination, he is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.

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Louise Gates is the Director of the Health National Statistics Centre. She has been in this role for nearly 3 years.

In this role, Louise is responsible for the analysis and dissemination of information related to health. In particular, she is responsible for the output of the Australian Health Survey including the nutrition, physical activity and biomedical components and also the Patient Experience Survey as well as forward planning for future cycles of these surveys.

In order to fulfil this role, Louise undertakes a wide range of stakeholder liaison amongst the government, private, academic and other sectors.

Prior to taking up this role, Louise spent many years working as a methodologist in the Methodology and Data Management Division in areas such as household and business survey design and operations research.

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John Glover is the Director of PHIDU (the Public Health Information Development Unit) at the University of Adelaide.

PHIDU has been funded by the Population Health Division of the Department of Health and Ageing, since 1999 to promote and manage the collection, dissemination and utilisation of data for public health purposes, particularly through the use of small area statistics.

PHIDU’s online atlases and graphics enhance access to a wide range of data to support a population health approach; their contribution was acknowledged in the final plenary of the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, Ro de Janeiro, Brazil, October 2012, as an example of a national approach to monitoring health inequity.

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Steve Graham is national information manager for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). He commenced with AHPRA two years ago and is responsible for implementing AHPRA’s enterprise information management strategy. Steve manages AHPRA’s data exchange program, the data quality function and the corporate records management team.

Steve worked with the Victorian Department of Human Services for eight years as the divisional information and technology manager for Children, Youth and Families and was a member of the research committee. Steve managed the full lifecycle of information to develop rich information products in support of outcomes orientated decision making.

Prior to AHPRA, Steve held senior private sector information technology roles in the fast moving consumer goods sector. Steve holds a bachelor of business degree in business administration from RMIT; is a member of the AIM and is a certified Prince 2 practitioner. In 2011 Steve won a Victorian Government award for innovation.

For entertainment, Steve has six kids and enjoys 4WD trips to the Victorian high country.

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David Hansen is Chief Executive Officer of the Australian E-Health Research Centre. As CEO, David leads the research programs of the AEHRC, a joint venture between CSIRO and the Queensland Government.

Researchers and engineers at the AEHRC are experts in areas such as clinical terminology (ontology) engineering; database and data integration technology; clustering and analysis of patient data; analysis and manipulation of biomedical images; delivery of healthcare interventions using mobile computing platforms; developing systems for medical training and natural language processing of medical records.

The AEHRC has an active policy of translating its research innovation into outcomes for patients and healthcare professionals by working closely with some of the best practitioners and hospitals across Australia.

Dr Hansen joined CSIRO in 2004 to lead a team of researchers developing software for linking, integrating and analysing health data to bring together information from medical records held in different databases. This research led to the development of current research programs in clinical terminology and natural language processing. From 2008-2011 David was the e-Health Theme Leader for the CSIRO ICT Centre and worked to build the research from the AEHRC nationwide.

Prior to joining CSIRO, Dr Hansen spent seven years leading development of the Sequence Retrieval System (SRS) at LION Bioscience Ltd in Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK). SRS is the leading genomic data and tool integration software used by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and research institutes worldwide. Before joining LION Bioscience David was a scientific programmer at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, UK, and a scientific programmer, Bioinformatics Unit, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

David's technical research interests include data integration, data summarisation, indexing and querying technologies, meta data and ontologies, health informatics and bioinformatics. As leader of the Australian E-Health Research Centre David has additional research interests in the adoption of e-health technologies and the organisational changes which are required to support this adoption.

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Karen Harvey has had a varied career in the Social Services sector over 20 years.  Karen was part of the team in Catholic Social Services (known to most as Centacare) in the National Office in Canberra, which was followed by a period as the Deputy CEO of Job Futures, a national network of not-for –profit community based organisations, based out of Sydney. During all of time Karen has spent time in the most remote parts of Australia, supporting teams working for change within this communities.

In 2009, Karen moved to Queensland, with her family, to pursue a lifelong ambition of “living in the sunshine”. Since joining Frontier Services in January 2011, as the Regional Manager for Queensland and South Australia, Karen has had the joy of travelling across rural and remote Australia and re-acquainting herself with the red sand, which has been in her blood for years.  Frontier Services is the leading national provider of health, family, and community services to people in outback Australia. Frontier Services works with people across 85% of the continent in regional centres, and in Aboriginal communities, isolated properties and mining sites.

Karen’s greatest joy is in supporting others to contribute and change the outcome for their own communities.

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Matilda House is an elder of the Ngambri/Ngunnawal speaking people, who are the traditional custodians of the Canberra region.

House performed the first Welcome to Country held at the Australian Parliament at the opening of the 42nd Parliament of Australia, and has also served on the first ACT Heritage Council, the Queanbeyan Regional Council of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), the Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Tent Embassy Advisory Committee and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Consultative Council. She has also acted as an ACT honorary ambassador.

House was named Canberra Citizen of the Year by ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope MLA in 2006.

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Stephen Jones MP (ALP) was elected to the House of Representatives for Throsby, New South Wales in 2010 and 2013.  Stephen is the current Shadow Assistant Minister for Health.

Stephen has been a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health since 18 March 2014 and a member of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 4 December 2013.

He was the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Infrastructure from 18 October 2013 - 4 March 2014.

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Ruth Kearon has worked in the development of health policy after starting her medical career in general practice in the early 90’s.

Ruth has worked as a senior advisor to state and federal health ministers, learning the nuts and bolts of how health policy is developed and funded. This has given her a particular insight into how evidence can be translated into policy at the Government level.

More recently, Ruth has worked at Health Workforce Australia providing a conduit between the researchers, analysts and the profession.

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Martin Laverty is the recently appointed CEO of the Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia. He is also the founding Chair of the Social Determinants of Health Alliance. He is a member of the National Disability Insurance Agency board, and a member of the NSW Public Service Commission board.

He was until mid-2014 the CEO of Catholic Health Australia, where he served as a member of the Federal Government's Aged Care Sector Committee and the Federal Government’s Clinical Trials Advisory Committee. He is a former member of the National Heart Foundation Board, the National Health Performance Authority Advisory Committee for Private Hospitals, and the Australian Catholic University Faculty of Health Sciences Advisory Board. He has also served on three disability service organisation boards. Martin is a lawyer by training, and is near to completing a PhD in governance of not-for-profit health services. His 2011 book, Determining the Future: A Fair Go & Health for All, triggered the establishment of the Social Determinants of Health Alliance and the setup of a Senate Inquiry that recommended action on social determinants of health.

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Tricia Linehan is the Director Stakeholder Engagement at the National Health Performance Authority.

Tricia has an extensive background in primary health care at regional, State and National levels that includes the design, implementation and measurement of health policies and programs.

Tricia joined the National Health Performance Authority in Jan 2012 and was responsible for overseeing the establishment of the Healthy Communities Group and the development of the first Healthy Communities reports. Her focus now is on engaging with healthcare stakeholders to assist them with understanding and using the information released by the Performance Authority to inform healthcare improvements in local areas.

Prior to joining the Performance Authority Tricia spent several years as senior manager in the health advisory practice of a large consultancy firm where she focused on health policy, program advice and evaluation with a primary focus on health system reform.

Tricia has a keen interest in rural health, maternal and child health and healthcare redesign. She worked for several years as a senior manager within a large rural health service in NSW where she had responsibility for the development and implementation of policy and programs that influenced the integration of care between hospitals, community health and general practice.

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Maureen McCarty is the Director of Data Analysis and Planning in the Commonwealth Department of Health Workforce Reform Branch.

Maureen has over 20 years experience in health service delivery and workforce planning in both the public and private sectors.

Prior to her current appointment, Maureen managed the workforce planning program for Health Workforce Australia which produced Australia’s first major, long-term national projections for the health workforce out to 2025. Health Workforce 2025 Volumes 1 and 2 dealt with doctors, nurses and midwives.  Health Workforce 2025 Volume 3 examined individual medical specialties in Australia and is the final volume in this series.

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Lisa McGlynn is responsible for the Health Group at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 

The AIHW Health Group develops and maintains national data to support monitoring and reporting on the health of Australians, including specific chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and screening, musculoskeletal conditions, and respiratory conditions, as well as cross-cutting health-related issues, such as population health, health inequalities, risk factors, social determinants of health, international health comparisons, mortality and primary health care.

Lisa is also responsible for the national component of the update of the Australian Burden of Disease Study expected to report in 2015 and was responsible for managing and delivering the AIHW’s flagship publication, Australia's Health 2012.

Her broad range of senior executive experience spans three levels of government and includes contracting, planning, monitoring and reporting, program and project management, clinical service delivery, corporate and clinical governance financial management. These skills have been developed across a diverse range of areas including Primary Health Care, Hospitals, Cancer Services, Mental Health, Aboriginal Health, eHealth, information management and statistics, Oral Health, General Practice, Rural and Remote health among others. She is a member of a number of advisory committees under the Clinical Research Excellence program. She has represented Australia internationally and various jurisdictions on a variety of advisory bodies and committees.

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Trish McKenzie is from Cunnamulla in South West Queensland. Trish and husband Jim live on their property “Gamarren”, 100kms south east of Cunnamulla where they manage and operate a family grazing enterprise producing sheep and wool, goats and cattle.

Healthcare has played a significant role in Trish’s life; she was a Registered Nurse and Midwife, a Primary Health Care Project Officer and a Medical Receptionist.

Trish joined her local Cunnamulla Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association branch in 2001 when she moved to the Cunnamulla district and while she was educating her children through boarding school and Distance Education. She held the Chairpersons position for the branch over five consecutive years and remains an active member. In 2010 Trish was elected onto Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Federal Council and stepped down at the conference held in August 2013.  She continues to be their representative on the National Rural Health Alliance Council.

Trish is an active member and current Chair of the local Cunnamulla Community Advisory Network for South West Hospital and Health Services. She aims to assist in retaining health services in the bush and advocates for better health outcomes for rural and remote people.

Trish has been involved as the President of the local Paroo Education Group Inc. since it’s formation in 2005 and continues in this role. She is passionate about encouraging local people to support their youth and through this empowering rural and remote youth to believe in themselves and continue their education and training to realise their goals and dreams.

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Ian McRae is a research fellow at the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) at the Australian National University.  He has a PhD in health economics and long experience in government.

He is now undertaking research across a range of aspects of primary health care, and is working with the geo-spatial team in APHCRI who are putting together a web-based mapping system for health researchers.

The GRAPHC geospatial team is both providing resources for other researchers and undertaking its own research, and Ian is guiding the research and oversighting the development of the on-line resources.

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Senator Fiona Nash is the NSW Nationals Senator. She was elected to the Australian Senate in 2004 and her term began on 1 July 2005.  She lives with her husband David on a property at Crowther near Young in the south-west of NSW and are the parents of two teenage boys, Will and Henry.

Her experience with the party includes branch chairman, state executive, delegate to Federal Council, to National Party Whip in the Senate and her current position as Deputy Leader of the Nationals in the Senate.

Senator Nash's parliamentary roles have included Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources and Conservation, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education and she is now the Assistant Minister for Health.

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Samantha Palmer is the First Assistant Secretary, Indigenous and Rural Health Division, Department of Health.  She was the 2013 AHRI Diversity Champion (HR) and One of the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence for 2013.

Having started her working life on her parents’ farm, Samantha Palmer now heads up the Australian Government’s Indigenous and Rural Health Division which coordinates and oversees the delivery of around $1.2b in health services annually.  The Division works to Close the Gap in Indigenous life expectancy and childhood mortality and ensure appropriate access to health care for rural, regional and remote Australians.

Prior to her appointment to Indigenous Health in 2012, Samantha led the Department of Health and Ageing’s People, Capability and Communication Division, served as the Disability Champion (2009-2012) and was a Board member for the Australian Employers Network on Disability in 2011.

Samantha joined the APS as a Division Head for the Child Support Agency in 2005 and before that worked in senior positions for more than 15 years in the Queensland Government (Office of Fair Trading, Environmental Protection Authority, Queensland Transport, Queensland Housing), and Griffith University.

Samantha has also worked for the not-for-profit and private sector, run her own successful business and lectured at the Queensland University of Technology.

Samantha Palmer has a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Business and two young boys who brighten her life and fill her with perspective and hope everyday.

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Professor David Perkins is Professor of Rural Health Research, University of Newcastle and Director of the University’s Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health in Orange, NSW where he lives and works. 

He is Editor-in-chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Integrated Care, a Board Member of the International Foundation for Integrated Care and a member of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Rural Health.  He is also Chair of the organising committee of the 2nd World Congress of Integrated Care to be held in Sydney 23-25 November 2014.

David has worked in health service and academic positions in the United Kingdom and Australia, focusing his research on mental health services in rural and remote settings.

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Lyndon Seys is the Chief Executive Officer, Alpine Health and Principal Education Officer, Alpine Institute.

Alpine Health is a medium sized public health service organisation and Australia’s largest Multi-Purpose Service providing hospital, aged care, primary care and community services to the people of the local government area of the Alpine Shire in north eastern Victoria.

Lyndon has 30 years’ experience as the Chief Executive and senior manager of a number of health service organisations in Australia and England. These include Alpine Health, John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and Whyalla Hospital & Health Service (SA). He has also held positions as a senior health public servant in Victoria and the Northern Territory and has served terms as a senior policy adviser to Australian state, territory and national governments on public health, primary health, and hospital and health service management. This includes policy advice on community engagement in public policy making and the development and implementation of state-wide information and communications technology strategies.

His primary expertise is in health service governance and management and assisting health organisations through periods of significant change arising out of financial, industrial and/or management difficulties.

Lyndon is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management, a Councillor for the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association and a Board and Council member of the National rural Health Alliance. He represents the National Rural Health Alliance on the Independent Hospitals Pricing Authority’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee and Small Rural Hospitals Working Party.

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Melanie Taylor is the Director at the Information and Strategy Unit, National Health Performance Authority

Mel joined the National Health Performance Authority in August 2012. She has an extensive background in Information Management, and currently, leads the work of the analytical arm of the Perfroamcne Authority in determining appropriate methods and analyses for the measurement and reporting on health system performance. 

Mel has extensive experience working with statistical models and data collection and reporting processes at the ABS, AIHW and at the Performance Authority. She has led work in data collection and data analysis, data management and in reporting statistical outputs via a plethora of means, including web based reporting. Her recent expertise has focused in the Health Sector gaining significant expertise in data development activities, particularly in terms of web based reporting and development of user friendly webistes and data access tools.

Mel has a strong interest in health outcomes and in ensuring the valueof data in assisting the development of health system delivery is not overlooked.

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Lisa Wardlaw-Kelly came to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) from a role with the Australian Bureau of Statistics where she led an office of 100 staff with responsibility for implementing a number of the bureau's agricultural and environmental survey programs.

Lisa has also been a Director and State Manager with the Department of Health and Ageing, delivering Australian Government programs including aged and community care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population health, rural health and primary care. Before this, she spent 10 years in health policy and regulation, including leading national evidence-based strategies for clinical improvement; management of the Australian Government's health portal, HealthInsite; the National Diabetes Strategy, and the national cervical cancer screening program.

Lisa’s academic qualifications include a Certificate of Enrolled Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Australian National University, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and a Master of Public Health from La Trobe University. The topic of Lisa’s MPH thesis was: “The diffusion of innovation in clinical practice”.  She is a member of the Governing Council of the Tasmanian Health Organisation - South.

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