Program & Speakers

Thursday 27 – Friday 28 April 2017

The ATC 2017 program will be available soon. Please email if you have any questions.

Prof Chris Bladin
Clinical Program Lead
Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) Program

Prof Chris Bladin

The challenges in making a business case for telehealth

DRAGON CLAW IS A VIBRANT ONLINE COMMUNITY providing information and support for people with Rheumatoid Disease (RD). Michael will reflect on the business case for telehealth in a chronic disease environment– how do we express the value?

Telehealth needs to be a national priority aimed at chronic disease support. Primary care and the not-for-profit segment may well achieve this through innovation and inversing the value model.

Michael Gill
Dragon Claw

Michael Gill

Telehealth connecting geriatricians to regional health services

JACKIE IS THE DIRECTOR, Health Innovation and Telehealth for Victoria’s Loddon Mallee region – 85 healthcare sites and a population of 310,000 over a region which is approximately 25 per cent of the State. She will share her experiences implementing a Geri-Connect service, connecting geriatricians to health service providers. Jackie is also currently the President of the Australasian Telehealth Society

Jackie Plunket
Health Innovation and Telehealth
Loddon Mallee Rural Health Alliance

A/Prof Alexandra Martiniuk

New Zealand’s national telehealth service – a year on

HOMECARE MEDICAL NEVER SLEEPS: In June 2015, the company won a $257 million national tender to combine New Zealand’s existing helplines into one integrated national telehealth service. It offers advice on everything from medical emergencies, quitting smoking and dealing with poisons, to alcohol and drug addiction, immunisation, depression and gambling, plus after-hours teletriage services for 600 general practices. “People expect to get help and advice through a variety of channels, they expect to be able to talk to a ‘real’ person and they expect a joined up system that ‘knows’ them.”

Now is the time to take great platforms and build new service models that support integration and re-engineering of the system from the consumer back.

Andrew Slater
Homecare Medical (New Zealand)

BIO »Andrew’s background is in the health sector where he has held roles in transformation, strategy, human resources and change management. He first got involved with Homecare Medical to develop our telehealth and mHealth strategy and is now fully on board as Homecare Medical first CEO. In this strategic and operational leadership role Andrew is responsible for realising the vision the Government and Homecare Medical have for the new national telehealth service; Andrew is playing a key role – first ‘leading the ‘transition’ team to get us to ‘go live and from then, when it is fully integrated to Homecare Medical. He is focussed on expanding the capacity and reach of health, wellness and counselling services to enable all New Zealanders to access quality care and support within their community in a way that is relevant to them personally. He is also responsible for ensuring Homecare Medical continues to be a trusted service, seamlessly connecting people with the right care and support, at the right time, in the right place through an integrated, multi-channel, 24/7 virtual service. Before joining Homecare Medical Andrew had a strategic leadership role with Vigil Monitoring who specialise in real-time health monitoring technology. Andrew worked with Vigil’s partners to deliver solutions to the market. Prior to this, Andrew was responsible for planning, service development and transformation for St John. In this role he led the development of the first national plan for the ambulance service including health sector engagement.


Dr Stephen Klasko
President and CEO
Thomas Jefferson University
and Jefferson Health (USA)

A/Prof Alexandra Martiniuk

That a one-size-fits-all approach does not work for maintaining health related behaviour change.


Dr Adrienne O’Neil
Senior Research Fellow
University of Melbourne

BIO »Dr Adrienne O’Neil is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Melbourne School of Population Health at University of Melbourne. She has over a decade of experience in behavioural science including post doctoral training in digital health at Stanford University.

Dr Adrienne O’Neil

The people – organisational aspects of Telehealth

WORLD TELEHEALTH RESEARCH LEADER Dr Martiniuk is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health and conducts research in collaboration with 16 countries. Her expertise is in cohort and cluster randomized controlled trials to improve the health of individuals living in disadvantaged settings. She holds greater than $5.1 million in research funding as a chief/principle investigator and has a total of 106 publications.

A/Prof Alexandra Martiniuk
Senior Research Fellow
Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
University of Sydney

A/Prof Alexandra Martiniuk

Building a virtual care service for rural and remote

TECHNOLOGY TAILORED TO CLINICAL SERVICE need led to the utilisation of 40 different Models of Care in this district. They include services such as the medical review of patients prior to transfer, supporting towns without medical cover and links direct to the patient or with the General Practitioner and patient. As a result, telehealth hours have nearly double in the past year to 5,545 hours in 2015/16

Western NSW Telehealth Strategy improving the equity of access to Health Services in rural communities.

David Wright
District Operational Manager
Telehealth Strategy
Western NSW Local Health District

BIO »David Wright is currently seconded to the role of District Operational Manager Telehealth- Western NSW Local health District. David has worked in a variety of roles including as the Associate Director of Nursing and Midwifery for Western NSW LHD, General Manager Bathurst Health Service, Health Service Manager of Cowra District Hospital and Grenfell Multi-Purpose Health Service, and as the Director of Nursing, Deputy Director of Nursing Orange Health Service, Campus Nurse Manager, Nurse Manager Educator at Orange Health Service. Clinically David has a background of working in many areas including Intensive Care and Coronary Care, as well as in Medical Retrieval. Whilst working clinically David also was employed by Charles Sturt University as a clinical facilitator and lecturer. David is a Surveyor with the Australian Council of Health Care Standards (ACHS). David’s broad experience has provided him with an understanding of the challenges that face the provision of Health Services across a range of facilities. In particular this includes the provision of networked clinical services linking clinical services with acute and rural sites.