Program & Speakers

Thursday 27 – Friday 28 April 2017

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Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) Program

NEUROLOGIST PROF CHRIS BLADIN implemented the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Program which ensures that 94 % of Victorians are within one hour of world standard stroke care. Today, a city-based neurologist is able to assess the patient and their brain images using state-of-the-art telemedicine equipment next to the bed. The service is available 24-hours a day. Before the program began 5 years ago, few rural or regional patients had access to the potentially life-saving clot busting drug known as stroke thrombolysis. By November, VST will be active in all 16 major regional hospitals in Victoria.

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

What evaluation practices could be applied to an intervention like virtual care delivery?

DR ROSEMARY MCKENZIE is an evaluator, health researcher and Director of Teaching and Learning in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Rosemary’s current research focuses on after hours primary care policy and innovations in telemedicine that improve access for high need population groups.

Dr Rosemary McKenzie
Director of Teaching and Learning
Melbourne School of Population and
Global Health Deputy Director
Centre for Health Policy
The University of Melbourne

Rosemary McKenzie

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

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.


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.


Matiu Bush
Manager Specialist Clinics and Nurses
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Matiu Bush

Telehealth, keep it simple

NIVEDITA DESHPANDE was the first telehealth officer in Australia working with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Nive will share her insights from more than eight years of healthcare experience from USA, India and now Australia. She has a Master’s in Public Heath -Health Policy & Management from the University of Pittsburgh USA and is currently pursuing her PhD in Telehealth with UQ.

Telehealth, keep it simple and look for value on investment when implementing a telehealth program.

Nivedita Deshpande
Regional eHealth/Telehealth Coordinator
Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

BIO »Nivedita Deshpande is the Regional eHealth Programs Coordinator at the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health in QLD. In this role Nive has successfully established a telehealth program for 18 Aboriginal Medical Services in South East QLD and manages the telehealth and telecare program for AMS’s in South East Queensland. Nive was the first telehealth support officer in Australia working with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, responsible for development of the ACRRM eHealth website and one of its kind Telehealth Provider & Technology Directory in Australia. She has also contributed to the development of telehealth standards and guidelines for various specialist colleges. Nive brings with her almost 10 years of healthcare project management experience from USA, India and now Australia. She has a Master’s in Public Heath -Health Policy & Management from the University of Pittsburgh USA and is currently pursuing her PhD in Telehealth with UQ School of Medicine & Center for Online Health. She has previously worked with two large insurance companies in the USA- MetLife and Highmark- Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance, in provider performance & quality improvement. Her first stint with Telemedicine was with the Veterans Association of Pennsylvania when they were establishing satellite Tele-Derm locations for retired war Veterans in 2010.

Nivedita Deshpande

Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

AS THE PRESIDENT AND CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, is bridging the art and science of medicine and healthcare transformation. He has championed transformation of American health care as university president, dean of two medical colleges, and CEO of three academic health centres. He is author of 2016’s We CAN Fix Healthcare in America, and editor in chief of Healthcare Transformation. Jefferson has the largest tele-health network in the region, the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Centre, and an outpatient footprint that is among the most technologically advanced in the region.<

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

A/Prof Alexandra Martiniuk

It is important to invest in smart technologies that can improve accessibility, engagement, and support for people experiencing mental health issues and working to improve wellbeing.

Dr Adrian Medhurst
Co Founder

BIO »Dr Adrian Medhurst is a psychologist who is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and how innovation can help to improve services to people who in need of support or who are engaged in their development. Adrian’s expertise has grown from a doctorate in organisational psychology, 10 years spanning corporate innovation and performance psychology consulting and wellbeing education, and dedicated scientific study and practise in mindfulness meditation and yoga. Adrian has worked with businesses at the big end of town, as well as NFP’s, Government, SME’s and startups. Although based in the active city of Melbourne, Adrian’s work has seen him deliver training programs, facilitated workshops, and keynote presentations right across Australia, Asia, Central and South America, the UK and our New Zealand neighbours. His earlier years were spent competing for Australia in the 400m hurdles, which gave him his first insights into the power of the mind in creating high performance and wellbeing. Adrian has set his sights on innovative startups as an avenue for improving mental health and wellbeing across the globe

Dr Adrian Medhurst

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 Plunkett
Health Innovation and Telehealth
Loddon Mallee Rural Health Alliance

A/Prof Alexandra Martiniuk

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
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine
University of Sydney and University of Toronto
Senior Research Fellow George Institute for
Global Health

BIO »Dr Martiniuk is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health at The University of Sydney, and a Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. She is also an Associate Professor (Epidemiology) in the Faculties of Medicine and Nursing at the University of Toronto, Associate Staff at the Menzies Center for Health Policy and previous Consultant to the AusAID Knowledge Hub Sydney. She holds an MSc in Community Health and a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Canada. Prior to her research career, Martiniuk worked for the Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Center, Canada (1997-2005). Dr Martiniuk 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 (Indigenous communities and lower-and middle-income countries). She is the recipient of 30 awards and fellowships including: Fellowships from the CIHR, SSHRC, NHMRC, University of Sydney and Merck, the President’s Scholarship for PhD Research, the MENSA Canada Scholarship, the Saturn Commitment to Excellence Award, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and was recently named a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Rising Star in Health Services Research (2013), a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow (2011) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce Young Outstanding Person of the Year (2012) in recognition of her commitment to communities locally and globally.
Research at a glance:
• Total grant funding as a chief/principle investigator >$5.1 million from: NHMRC, ARC, CIHR, IDRC, CIDA, WHO, Government, Philanthropy and Innovation/Commercialisation funds
• 43 total: PhD (13), MSc/MIPH (6) and elective/ medical students (24) supervised (26/43 graduated to date)
• 114 total publications including publications in the Lancet, Cochrane Reviews, Annals of Oncology (Of 114 total publications=88 peer reviewed, 26 other including 9 reports to government and industry), and 7 submitted peer-reviewed publications currently under review
• Invited speaker at 9 conferences and 111 other conference presentations
• Interviewed or quoted over 86 times in international/ national media including Sydney Morning Herald, MSN, ABC, CBC, SBS, United Press International, Times India, Diplomat Magazine
Research and Teaching Leadership at a glance:
• Reviewer for 10 journals (including the Lancet, BMJ, CMAJ)
• Panel member (NHMRC Indigenous), external reviewer for CIHR, NHMRC, ARC and Hong Kong national granting agencies

A/Prof Alexandra Martiniuk