Mr John Mangos, Master of Ceremonies
John Mangos has had a 36-year career in journalism. He is currently a news presenter for the Seven Network and is a regular guest on Sunrise and The Morning Show.
Prior to this, John was a senior news anchor at Skynews Australia for 15 years.
John started his career with the Nine Network with roles including general news, NSW state politics, the Federal Parliamentary Gallery, and three years as Nine’s bureau chief in the United States.
Jean Kittson, Master of Ceremonies (NSW Health Awards)
Jean Kittson is a performer and scriptwriter for stage, television, radio, magazines and newspapers.
Jean came to national attention on ABC's The Big Gig in the 1980s, followed by a host of successful shows including Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, The Glasshouse and Good News Week. She is well known for her television comedy debates.
The author of two books, Tongue Lashing and You’re Still Hot To Me. The Joys of Menopause, Jean is a regular columnist with leading publications and also has numerous film and theatre credits.
An advocate for women's health issues, Jean was a founding Director of the National Cord Blood Bank, the inaugural Chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AGCF) and a founding Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia. Jean is currently an Ambassador for The Macular Disease Foundation, Northcott Disability Services, The Raise Foundation, Taldumande Youth Services and the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. She is the Patron of Junction Works and was recently appointed the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.
Jean is married to cartoonist and political satirist Patrick Cook and is the mother of two daughters: Victoria, 23 and Charlie, 17.
Conjoint Associate Professor Meera Agar, Palliative care researcher, University of NSW
Associate Professor Meera Agar is a Palliative Medicine Specialist and researcher; Conjoint Associate Professor with the South West Sydney Clinical School, University of NSW and clinical trial director at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research. She is the Chair of ImPaCCT (Improving Palliative Care through clinical trials) the NSW palliative care collaborative research group. Her research to improve care for those with advanced progressive illness has been highly awarded, receiving the European Association for Palliative Care early career researcher award in 2013 for her work in delirium and NSW Premiers Cancer Research Award for Innovation in Clinical Trials in 2011.
Mr David Akeroyd, Managing Director ANZ, Baxter Healthcare
David is Region Head/Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand having been appointed to that role since September, 2008. Prior to this role David was General Manager, North Asia and India. David has very recently been appointed Regional responsibilities including Korea.
David joined Baxter in 2005 as Vice President Business Development and also held concurrent roles as General Manager, Medication Delivery Japan and General Manager North Asia.
Previously David was with Abbott Laboratories where he held a range of country and regional roles including Country Manager, Director of Marketing, Director of Business Development and Commercial Director; Asia Pacific. David is a New Zealander with 25 years’ experience in healthcare and commercial experience in all of the major Asia Pacific markets. He and his family have lived in New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and Australia.
David has a Bachelor of Science degree (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.
Professor Adrian Bauman, Professor Public Health, University of Sydney
Professor Adrian Bauman is a world-leading public health researcher who has for over 30 years, studied chronic disease prevention and the development and assessment of prevention research methods.
Professor Bauman has worked extensively in the fields of physical activity, obesity, smoking and cardiovascular disease prevention as well as other areas relating to health promotion and prevention science. He is a leading authority on research relating to the health consequences of physical activity, and an expert in the consequences of prolonged sitting, including as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. He is a committed advocate for physical activity and health and for research translation into practice to achieve population-wide impact and health equity.
Professor Louise Baur AM FAHMS, Associate Dean and Head, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, The University of Sydney
Louise Baur is the Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney and Associate Dean of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School. She also has a conjoint position in the Sydney School of Public Health. In addition, Louise is a consultant pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she works in obesity management. Louise has made research contributions to the prevention of obesity; the impact of food marketing to children; the antecedents of obesity and the metabolic syndrome in young people; the complications of obesity, and the management of obesity and related disorders in a variety of clinical settings.
Dr Zoran Bolevich, Acting Chief Executive, eHealth
A trained doctor with a passion for ICT, Zoran has a wealth of experience in a range of senior health management and ICT leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand. Zoran has worked at the Ministry of Health as Executive Director for Health System Information and Performance Reporting and most recently as Acting Deputy Secretary for System Purchasing and Performance. Across the Tasman, Zoran spent several years leading a regional shared services agency for District Health Boards and after that took up a role with New Zealand’s Ministry of Health where he was responsible for the national health information strategy and architecture.
Ms Karen Bowen, Nurse Manager Clinical Practice, Sydney Local Health District
Prior to her current position, Nurse Manager Clinical Practice, Sydney Local Health District, Karen held the position of state Project Manager for Essentials of Care and Take the Lead, Nursing and Midwifery Office, and a number of senior nursing portfolios across the District including performance improvement, leadership development, change management, Information, Communication and Technology, and Nursing Unit Manager, Royal Prince Albert Hospital. Karen is particularly passionate about staff wellness and wellbeing and developing transformational leaders within Nursing and Midwifery.
Mr Martin Bowles PSM, Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Health
Martin Bowles PSM was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Health in October 2014. Previously, Mr Bowles was the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Mr Bowles has also held the positions of Deputy Secretary in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Department of Defence respectively. Prior to moving to the Commonwealth Martin held senior roles in Health and Education in NSW and QLD.
Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer, Deputy Secretary, Population and Public Health, NSW Ministry of Health
Dr Kerry Chant is a Public Health physician who is currently the Deputy Secretary, Population and Public Health and Chief Health Officer. Prior to this, Dr Chant was Director, Health Protection and Deputy Chief Health Officer. Dr Chant has extensive public health experience in NSW, having held a range of senior positions in NSW public health units since 1991. Dr Chant has a particular interest in blood borne virus infections, communicable diseases prevention and control, and Indigenous health.
Associate Professor Clara Chow, Acting Director, Cardiovascular Division, Westmead Hospital and The George Institute, University of Sydney
Dr Clara Chow is a Program Director Community Based Cardiac Services and Cardiologist at Westmead Hospital, Associate Professor and Head of the Cardiac Program of research at the George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney. Clara is co-chair of the Secondary Prevention Alliance in Australia and is appointed as the CPC (Charles Perkin Centre) Westmead Academic Co-director. Clara has a PhD from the University of Sydney in cardiovascular epidemiology and international public Health and a Post Doctorate from McMaster University, Canada in clinical trials and cardiac imaging. She is a NHMRC National Heart Foundation Career Development Fellow and a Sydney Medical School Foundation Chapman Fellow.
Ms Lindy Collins, Nursing Unit Manager, Emergency Department, Canterbury Hospital
Lindy began with Sydney Local Health District in 2002 working at Concord Emergency. She went on to do a Masters of Clinical Nursing in Emergency in 2010 and a Masters in Health Service Management in 2014. During this time Lindy developed a keen interest in the phenomenon of burnout and fatigue among emergency nurses and began investigating strategies to help nurses care for themselves and each other. In 2014 Lindy began a two year secondment to the Canterbury Hospital Emergency Department as the Nursing Unit Manager, and has been a driving force behind the Sankalpa program. She is currently undertaking facilitator training in the Sankalpa program to assist its longevity within the district.
Ms Sally Cowling, Director, Centre for Research, Innovation and Advocacy UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families
Sally Cowling is Director of the Centre for Research, Innovation and Advocacy (CRIA) with UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families. Sally was the joint leader for UnitingCare’s Newpin Social Benefit Bond project. This was Australia’s first Social Benefit Bond.
Sally’s work on the Newpin Social Benefit Bond project focused on defining target groups, outcomes measurement, maintaining program fidelity and estimating direct and indirect savings when children are restored to their families or avoid entry to out-of-home care. Sally has a unique skill set for researchers in the community sector as an economist specialising in social policy, program evaluation and cost-benefit analysis.
Dr Helen Crowther, Director Cancer Services, Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals, Clinical Haematologist, Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals, Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney University
Dr Helen Crowther is a clinical haematologist in Western Sydney Local Health District and the Director of Cancer Services for Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 2000 with Honours and since then has spent the majority of her postgraduate training in Western Sydney Local Health District. She had dual fellowships from the RACP and RCPA and was recently awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney.
She is passionate about providing world class care to the patients of Western Sydney Local Health District and their families through trans-disciplinary collaboration. She has particular clinical interests in Thrombosis and Red Cell disorders.
Dr Adrian Dunlop, Chief Addiction Medicine Specialist, NSW Ministry of Health, Area Director and Senior Staff Specialist, Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services, Hunter New England Local Health District
Adrian is a Foundation Fellow of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine and immediate Past-President of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs. In 2005 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate the treatment of opiate dependence in pregnancy. In 2010 he was awarded Clinical Leader of the Year by Hunter New England Health. His key areas of clinical and research interest include opioid and stimulant disorders, the provision of services for groups with distinct needs including pregnant women, parents with substance use problems, Indigenous people and rural populations.
Ms Amity Durham, Executive Director, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
Ms Amity Durham is an Executive Director in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. In this role she leads a range of cross-government reform initiatives, including strategic commissioning, social impact investment and behavioural insights. Amity has previously held other senior executive roles in the NSW Government within central and line agencies. She has also held the role of Director in a top-tier management consulting firm, where she advised a range of social sector government agencies across Australia. Amity has an academic background in social sciences and law, and holds an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Dr Jan Fizzell MB BS BSc(Med) (Hons) MPH FAFPHM, Medical Advisor, NSW Ministry of Health
Jan is a public health physician working as a Medical Advisor in the Office of the Chief Health Officer at the Ministry of Health. She has been working on facilitating the NSW clinical trials program for medicinal cannabis and cannabis-derived products and assisting in cannabis therapeutics policy development in NSW. Jan also has a keen interest in health technology assessment and population based screening programs.
Mr Steven Flynn, Director, Market Access and Healthcare solutions, Baxter Healthcare
Steven is the Director, Market Access and Healthcare Solutions at Baxter Healthcare and a member of the Australia and New Zealand Senior Leadership Team. He leads a team of Strategic Sales, Market Access, Government Affairs and Public Policy professionals across Australia and New Zealand that work with health care professionals, hospital executives, payers and policy makers. The group is responsible for delivering key commercial outcomes.
Steven possesses over 20 years of experience working as a senior commercial executive in a variety of roles including general management, strategic sales, marketing and business development. Steven graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical from Swinburne University of Technology in 1995. Steven also holds a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI) from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) at Swinburne University of Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Management from Swinburne University of Technology.
Dr Joanne Ging, Paediatrician, Head of Department General Medicine, Co-lead Ambulatory Services, The Children’s Hospital Westmead
Joanne Ging is a paediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Head of Department for General Medicine. In addition, she is the Medical co-lead for Kids GPS Ambulatory Services at The Children’s Hospital Westmead. Joanne has a passion for treating children at home if possible and her work includes providing strategic direction and clinical supervision for the Hospital in the Home program at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.
Professor Afaf Girgis, Director, Psycho-oncology Research Group, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, University of NSW
Professor Girgis is Director of the Psycho-oncology Research Group at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and University of NSW in Sydney. With more than 25 years of research experience, Professor Girgis’ national and international standing in behavioural science and psycho-oncology was acknowledged in 2012 with the award of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) Inaugural Psycho-oncology Award. Professor Girgis has more than 260 publications, over 7000 citations of her research, and more than $42.8 million in research funding. She has a strong commitment to translating research into clinical practice; and a demonstrated track record of effective engagement with service providers, end-users of research and the community, to ensure the relevance and acceptability of interventions aimed at improving cancer care and outcomes.
Associate Professor Federico Girosi, Centre for Health Research, Western Sydney University and Head of Research of Health Program at Capital Markets CRC
Federico Girosi is an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University and the Head of Research of the Health Market Quality program at Capital Markets CRC. Dr. Girosi is an Harvard graduate with an extensive background in data science and many years of experience in health care modelling and simulation. He was formerly with the RAND Corporation (Santa Monica, U.S.A.), where he became well-known for the development of the COMPARE microsimulation, which was used to evaluate the impact of the health care reform commonly known as “Obamacare”. He is currently working in collaboration with state and federal organizations, as well with the private sector, on projects that apply data analytics to the solution of problems of immediate interest.
Professor Brin Grenyer, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Wollongong, and Director of the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders
Professor Brin Grenyer is a practicing clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology. He is a senior clinical researcher and supervisor at Northfields Clinic and provides clinical, consulting and research services across NSW Health and to the non-government mental health and drug and alcohol sector. Professor Grenyer’s research program focuses on the treatment of chronic and complex psychological problems, including personality disorders, chronic depression, aggression and violence, early attachment relationships, chronic lifestyle diseases and substance dependence. Over the past 15 years he has led psychotherapy clinics both for personality disorder and depression, with over 1000 patients enrolled in treatment and research.
Dr Steve Hambleton, Chair, Commonwealth Primary Health Care Advisory Group
As the Australian Medical Association’s former federal president, Dr Steve Hambleton’s face is one of the most recognised faces in Australia, yet few know of him beyond medico-politics. Steve, a father of four, was a full time QLD GP at the same practice in Brisbane since 1988 until his medico-political roles got in the way. He has particular interests in primary health care, Indigenous health, medical training and clinical engagement and at the current time sustainable health reform and e-health.
Dr Mary Ellen Harrod, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Users and Aids Association
Mary Ellen Harrod joined the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) in January 2015 as the CEO. She has an extensive background in public health and clinical research, including empowering people working in clinical settings to develop and evaluate evidence-based practice. At NUAA her focus is on continuing to build an effective organisation that can support both individuals and the broader community of people who use illicit drugs to access health care free from stigma and discrimination and to advocate for effective systems change that supports the health and human rights of people who use drugs.
Ms Louisa Hope, Consumer, Lindt Café siege survivor
Ms Elizabeth Koff, Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Resources, NSW Ministry of Health
With a strong interest in making a difference to the health system, Elizabeth began her career as an allied health professional working in a range of clinical settings both in NSW and Victoria. She has also held a number of senior executive planning and operational roles within the NSW Health system, which included Director of Population Health, Planning and Performance in South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service and Director of Clinical Operations South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service. In 2010, Elizabeth was appointed Chief Executive of The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and in 2015 Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Resources, NSW Health.
Sandra Landrigan, Go4Fun Leader, South Western Sydney Local Health District
Sandra is a Go4Fun leader who delivers the program to local children above a healthy weight and their families in Mt Annan, South Western Sydney Local Health District. Sandra is a qualified personal trainer and has been delivering the Go4Fun program for two years.
Mr Ian Learmonth, Executive Director, Impact Investing Social Ventures Australia
Ian was formerly an Executive Director of Macquarie Bank for 12 years and has over 20 years of investment banking experience in Sydney, Hong Kong and London. He has been involved in establishing and leading a number of businesses, including asset finance, direct investment (including carbon and renewable energy) as well as corporate advice in the infrastructure sector. Ian has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and a Diploma from the Financial Services institute of Australasia. Ian is a director of the Belvoir Theatre, Waterloo Wind and e-waste recycler PGM Refiners.
Clinical Professor Nicholas Lintzeris, Director Drug and Alcohol Services, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Clinical Director, The Lambert Initiative in Cannabinoid Therapeutics, and Discipline Addiction Medicine, University of Sydney
Professor Nick Lintzeris is an Addiction Medicine specialist who has been involved for over two decades in clinical service delivery, research, professional education and policy activities in the field. He is internationally recognised as an expert in the treatment of opioid dependence, and has clinical and research interests in benzodiazepine, cannabis and psychostimulant use. As Director of Drug and Alcohol Services in South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, he oversees the provision of varied clinical services via specialist community and hospital based settings, for individuals with substance use problems residing within a catchment area of approximately 850,000 people. Additionally, he is a practicing clinician. He holds several NHMRC research grants examining the management of cannabis dependence, including research using cannabinoid medication.
Dr Nigel Lyons, Chief Executive, Agency for Clinical Innovation
Dr Nigel Lyons has 30 years’ experience in the NSW Health system as a clinician, manager and executive. He is the Chief Executive of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, a Board governed statutory health authority charged with the responsibility of involving multidisciplinary networks of clinicians and consumers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW. He has also held other executive roles in the NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Health Services including Chief Executive of Hunter New England Area Health Service. Over his career, Dr Lyons has been actively involved in many roles that demonstrate a commitment to postgraduate education, rural health and clinical service improvement at regional, state and national level.
Ms Judith Mackson, Chief Pharmacist/Associate Director, Pharmaceutical Services, NSW Ministry of Health
As the NSW Chief Pharmacist, Judith manages regulation of medicines and poisons in NSW through the administration of Poisons and Therapeutic Goods legislation and provides technical and policy advice to the health system.
Judith holds qualifications in pharmacy and clinical epidemiology (specialising in pharmacoepidemiology). Her background is in clinical and community pharmacy, drug information and hospital pharmacy administration and clinical practice improvement. Professional interests encompass evidence-based health policy and medicines regulation, the application of pharmacoepidemiology to rational drug use, the quality use of medicines, drug utilisation and health outcomes research, and guideline implementation.
With the (now) NPS Medicinewise she managed a program using social marketing, quality assurance and educational outreach to influence knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviours involved in clinical drug therapy decision making.
Her committee appointments have included the Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, and currently include the eHealth Electronic Medication Management Steering Committee.
Professor Jennifer Martin, Chair of Clinical Pharmacology, School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Professor Jennifer Martin is the Chair of the discipline of Clinical Pharmacology in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. Based at the Calvary Mater Hospital, Jennifer leads a team of pharmacy and physician experts together with pharmacoepidemiologists and pharmacoeconomists, who work across a number of areas including cancer. Most often centring on therapeutic drugs, the team look at everything from the design and development of drugs, to the clinical trials process, through to the post-marketing phase, where data is collected on how effective those drugs are in practice, and any side effects they might have.
Ms Cheryl McCullagh, Director of Clinical Integration, The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network
Cheryl McCullagh, BAppSci, BN, MHSM, has worked in a range of Adult and Paediatric Teaching Hospitals in SA and NSW. Cheryl has held executive positions at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead since 2007 including Director of Clinical Operations. In 2011, with the formation of The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Cheryl commenced the role of Director of Clinical Integration for the Network. Cheryl holds qualifications in Applied Science, Nursing, and Health Services Management. Current responsibilities include Clinical leadership for ICT, change and adoption, clinical data collections and analytics, health records, reporting, activity based funding, efficiency and revenue sustainability and innovation.
Mr Scott McLachlan, Chief Executive, Western NSW Local Health District
Scott McLachlan is Chief Executive of the Western NSW Local Health District. Scott works with the District Board, local clinicians and the community to provide the best possible health care to the people of the Western NSW Local Health District. Scott’s goal is to ensure that the District Board delivers consistently high patient care, supported by enhanced local input from clinicians and the community.
Mr Ross Morrison, Manager, School Sport Unit, NSW Department of Education
After a successful secondary science teaching career in South West Sydney, Mr Morrison went into sport consultancy support for Education in the mid 1990s, coordinated the 2000 Sydney Pacific School Games, and has led the Department’s School Swimming and Water Safety program and NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge. In 2008, Mr Morrison was appointed Manager of the Department’s School Sport Unit.
Ms Mary-Ann O’Loughlin AM, Deputy Secretary, Social Policy Group, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
Mary-Ann joined the NSW Government from KPMG where she was an Executive Director in Management Consulting. Previously, she was Executive Councillor and Head of the Secretariat of the COAG Reform Council. Before joining the Council, she was a Director of Allen Consulting; Senior Adviser (Social Policy) to Prime Minister Paul Keating; and had held a number of senior executive positions in the Commonwealth Public Service.
Mary-Ann is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. In 2013 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to public administration through the development of social policies and the reform of federal financial.
Adjunct Associate Professor Ms Susan Pearce, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Acting Deputy Secretary, System Purchasing and Performance, NSW Ministry of Health
Susan is the current Acting Deputy Secretary for System Purchasing and Performance. Prior to taking her position as Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Susan was the Director Operations at Northern Sydney Local Health District where she managed a large portfolio, including acute health services, mental health, public health and health promotion units, workforce, training and education and Aboriginal health. Susan also has extensive experience in both nursing and broader health workforce positions, having held the position of Director of Workforce in the former Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service. Susan has practised in a variety of settings, including as a nurse manager, a Clinical Nurse Specialist in intensive and coronary care and as the manager of a project to implement the first nurse practitioner services in rural and remote NSW.
Mr Larry Pierce, Chief Executive Officer, Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies
Larry has served as CEO of the Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (NADA) for the past 15 years. He comes from a background of drug and alcohol service provision in Queensland in the 1980s and 1990s and has also had extensive experience in the public sector in HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C public health programs both in QLD and Commonwealth Health departments. Larry sits on the NSW Drug and Alcohol Council and the NSW Health NGO Advisory Committee, representing and advocating for NGO interests with NSW Health.
Mr Chris Razzell, Managing Director, dRofus Pty Ltd
Chris joined dRofus in 2014 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in BIM, Data Management and Project Delivery to the dRofus Leadership team. As Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region, his role is to develop the use of dRofus in the highly savvy Australian market and emerging BIM landscape within Asia. Prior to joining dRofus, Chris worked for several global design firms including HASSELL, HOK and Anshen+Allen (Stantec). He is passionate about bridging the divide between briefing, design, construction and operations.
Ms Emily Riboldi, Hospital in the Home client, Hunter New England Local Health District
Emily Riboldi has been a client of Hospital in the Home for the past 16 years. Emily has received long term IV Antibiotics for infections multiple times in the comfort of her own home. The Hospital in the Home Program has made it possible for Emily to mostly live her normal life. She was able to go to school, socialise and is able to go to work whilst receiving the IV Antibiotics. The Hospital in the Home Program has made a huge positive impact on Emily’s life which in turn inspired her to become a Registered Nurse herself. Emily wanted to be able to make a positive difference in people’s lives the way the Hospital at Home program and the amazing nurses from Program have done for her. Emily is currently working as a New Graduate Registered Nurse in an Aged Care Facility.
Professor Chris Rissel, Director, NSW Office of Preventive Health and University of Sydney
Professor Chris Rissel has over 250 peer-reviewed published articles plus dozens of research reports and book chapters. His current research interests focus on obesity prevention and active transport with a particular emphasis on cycling advocacy. He also has research interests in tobacco control and sexual health.
Mr Sam Sangster, Chief Executive, Health Infrastructure
Sam has spent his early career with some of Australia’s largest ASX-listed companies and professional services firms in a range of commercial and project delivery roles. Before joining Health Infrastructure in early 2013, Sam worked in the public sector in Victoria, delivering multi-billion dollar city-building infrastructures such as Melbourne’s Docklands.
Sam holds tertiary qualifications in law, accountancy and computer science, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is a Certified Practising Accountant, and is admitted to legal practice in several jurisdictions.
Professor Tim Shaw, Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney
Tim is the inaugural Professor of eHealth and Director of the Research in Implementation Science and eHealth Group (RISe) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. Tim leads implementation science across Sydney Catalyst and Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centres and has an active research and development program both in Australia and internationally.
Tim’s research interests lie at the intersection of implementation science and quality improvement and how ICT and health data is impacting on practice, professional development and system improvement.
Professor Maree Teesson, Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use
Professor Maree Teesson is Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS), an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and most recently an Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Fellow. She is a ministerial appointed member of the NHMRC Health Care Committee and Professorial Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, University of NSW. Maree was recently awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers. Maree has made a major contribution to Australia’s health and medical research effort in the field of mental health and substance use.
Ms Helen Telford, Director, Telford Limited
Helen Telford is Director for Telford Ltd specialising in health sector leadership with a background in service development initiatives within a wide variety of organisations and cultures. She has a rare mix of business skills and abilities in managing relationships. Helen is called upon in both NSW and New Zealand for her advanced skill in governance, strategy, clinical leadership and change. She is experienced in working within complex environments and managing tensions and has led many teams to successful outcomes. Helen is a recognised international speaker and President for the Project Management Institute of New Zealand.
Mr Darren Tims, Principal, Director Major Projects, HDR Rice Daubney
Darren has 25 years of experience in architectural practices in the UK and Australia, holding key strategic roles in the management of the business, including Operations Manager (2001-2004) and becoming a Principal of Rice Daubney in 2007.
Darren is the Director of Major Projects at HDR Rice Daubney and is responsible for the strategic leadership and delivery of large, complex projects within the business.
His extensive experience means he knows what it takes to plan and deliver a project on time and within budget, with a particular interest in how technology can deliver a better outcome for all stakeholders in the process.
Ms Melissa Tinsley, Project Manager, Patient Reported Measures, Agency for Clinical Innovation
Melissa is the Program Manager for Patient Reported Measures at the Agency for Clinical Innovation. Melissa has worked at a NSW state health level focusing on improving the outcomes and experiences of patients and staff for several years both at the Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Clinical Excellence Commission. Melissa has also had extensive experience in nursing, as a registered nurse and educator where she focused on neuroscience nursing and later becoming a Clinical Nurse Consultant during which she specialised in the area of stroke.
Ms Maree Walk, Deputy Secretary, Programs and Services Design, Department of Family and Community Services
Maree is focused on service design and delivery across a range of areas, including homelessness, early intervention and out of home care. Most recently the Participation and Inclusion unit has come into Maree’s area. She is well known for collaborating across government and with non-government organisations to focus services and practices to help the most vulnerable. Maree has been with Family and Community Services for over three years, working first as the Chief Executive of Community Services. Prior to joining Family and Community Services, Maree worked in the non-government sector where she was also the Chair of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies; the peak body for child and family services in NSW.
Dr John Wiggers, Director Hunter New England Population Health, Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle
Since completing his PhD in 1997, the University of Newcastle has had an agreement with the Hunter New England Health Service whereby John contributes to the delivery of population health services. In this context, John has extended his state, national and international reputation for population health research, particularly in the area of re-orientating health and other agencies towards the adoption of policies and practices that have a disease prevention and health risk reduction focus. This work has primarily involved research in changing the service delivery practices of agencies with regard to the prevention of obesity, and to reducing alcohol and tobacco related harms.
Dr Murray Wright, Chief Psychiatrist, NSW Ministry of Health
Murray has worked in a range of metropolitan, rural and regional centres as a clinician and increasingly over the last 15 years, in various leadership roles, including Director Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Greater Southern Area Health Service, Director Mental Health, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, and his current role as Chief Psychiatrist, NSW Health. His clinical interests include consultation-liaison psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, psychiatric and substance misuse comorbidity, and psychiatric impairment among medical practitioners and police officers. Murray has had a longstanding interest in service improvement, quality and clinical governance, and in addition to his public sector roles, has maintained a private practice since 1990.
Mr Nickolas Yu, Program Manager Patient and Family-centred Care and Staff Wellness, Sydney Local Health District
Nickolas is Program Manager for Staff Wellness and Patient & Family-centred Care at the Sydney Local Health District. He is known for his commitment to support wellness and compassionate care, and his ability to support learning and growth in people. In the health care sector he is a leader in workplace meditation, compassion and mindfulness, and coaching. Nickolas has postgraduate qualifications in nursing, mental health, HRM and coaching. Prior to his present role he worked in mental health and leadership development.