Program and Speakers

An overview of the ATC 2018 program is now available.

Digital transformation

Tim Kelsey
Australian Digital Health Agency

About Tim Kelsey

Tim Kelsey is Chief Executive of the Australian Digital Health Agency which is responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety.

He was formerly National Director for Patients and Information in NHS England – a role which combined the functions of chief technology and information officer with responsibility for patient and public participation. Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in health and care and, in 2000, was co-founder of Dr Foster, a company which pioneered publication of patient outcomes in healthcare.

He is also an internationally regarded expert in digital transformation of the customer experience in healthcare. In 2007, he launched NHS Choices, the national online health information service ( which now reports around 40 million users per month. In 2014 Tim was named one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by The Sunday Times.

Before Dr Foster, Tim was a national newspaper journalist and a television reporter. He worked for the Independent and the Sunday Times, as well as Channel 4 and the BBC.

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Digital Health Solutions in the 21st Century

Prof Jane Burns

About Jane Burns

Jane Burns is Founder of InnoWell, a joint venture between PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the University of Sydney and Professor of Innovation and Industry at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Health Science. She was the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.

In recognition for her achievements in entrepreneurship she won the category of Social Enterprise for 2015’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence, and was a Victorian Finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. She was a Rex Lipman Fellow at Saint Peters College in 2015 and the Thinker in Resident for the Western Australian Commission for Children and Young People in 2016/17.

Jane is an International speaker, speaking at conferences, schools, universities and workplaces. Her topics are broad including; women in leadership, vision, values and workplace culture, wellbeing and mental health, living with disability, digital health solutions, suicide prevention and digital resilience. Jane is well respected as a workshop facilitator with a focus on co-design and co-creation to create digital health solutions for mental health and wellbeing.

Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service and Chair of STREAT, offering young people aged 16-25 a supported pathway from the street to a sustainable livelihood. She is a strategic advisor to the government, university and social enterprise sector and has served on numerous government advisory boards across Health, Communications and Veterans Affairs. Previous Directorships include the Cooperative Research Centres Association.

Jane led the youth agenda for beyondblue from 2000-2004, was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and was Director of International Partnerships for at the Inspire Foundation. Jane held both a VicHealth and an NHMRC fellowship and an NHMRC scholarship. She has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide.

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Telehealth – Saving precious time

Michael DiRienzo
Chief Executive
Hunter New England Local Health District, NSW

About Michael DiRienzo

Mr Michael DiRienzo is the Chief Executive of Hunter New England Local Health District, responsible for all health services across more than 120 health facilities from major tertiary referral hospitals to rural community health centres. He led the implementation of a range of initiatives that support staff to put patients at the centre of everything they do, provide patient-centred care and build a positive workplace culture. Excellence, Every Patient, Every Time is HNE Health’s approach to doing the right thing for patients, their families, and staff. Telehealth is essential to this and has been a strategic priority for Hunter New England for well over a decade.

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How Silver Chain reformed service delivery in aged and community care, building scale and sustainability

A/Prof Keith Evans
Chief Advisor, Public Policy
Silver Chain Group

About Dr McGowan

Keith is well respected nationally and has immense experience and respect in the health and primary care sector. He is an international authority on drug and alcohol policy and is very familiar with several Australian State’s health systems. Keith is also a past Director of Primary Care in SA and has strong research credentials.

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The social aspects of engagements with digital health

Prof Deborah Lupton
Centenary Research Professor, Communication
University of Canberra

About Deborah Lupton

Prof Deborah Lupton is at the forefront of research into new social developments in medicine. She is well published on the sociology of digital technologies, including critical analyses of digital health technologies, self tracking and the quantified self, the digitised child and big data cultures. Her vast range of work includes ‘The Quantified Self: A Sociology of Self-Tracking’ (Polity, 2016) and ‘Digital Sociology’ (Routledge, 2015), with ‘Digital Health: Critical Perspectives’ forthcoming. She has a blog “This Sociological Life” and writes regularly for The Conversation and Croakey.

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Why do so many telehealth programmes fail?

Prof Trish Greenhalgh
Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences
University of Oxford (UK)

About Prof Trish Greenhalgh

Trish Greenhalgh is an internationally recognised academic in primary health care and trained as a GP. She joined the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford in January 2015 after previously holding professorships at University College London and Queen Mary University of London. As co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Research In Health Sciences (IRIHS) unit, Trish leads a programme of research at the interface between social sciences and medicine, with strong emphasis on the organisation and delivery of health services. Her research seeks to celebrate and retain the traditional and humanistic aspects of medicine while also embracing the unparalleled opportunities of contemporary science and technology to improve health outcomes and relieve suffering.

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Medical specialists making a change: Fostering sustainability in teleradiology

Mark Nevin
Senior Executive Officer, Faculty of Clinical Radiology
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR)

About Mark Nevin

Mark Nevin is a passionate advocate for innovation and strategy in digital health and its role in improving outcomes for consumers. With his strong background in healthcare, he has been a project leader in numerous areas of digital health including standards, referral pathways, reimbursement systems and patient records. He is the SEO for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), heavily involved in digital health, and the peak body advancing patient care and quality standards in the clinical radiology and radiation oncology sectors representing 4,000 medical specialist members.

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The Importance of Improving Patient Experience

Dr Avi Ratnanesan

About Avi Ratnanesan

A COMPELLING EDUCATOR: Doctor, speaker and global thought leader Dr Avi Ratnanesan’s unique career began as a medical doctor in the UK and Australia, practising in both the public and private sectors. After his MBA he ventured into biopharmaceuticals with responsibilities from researching ‘Viagra’, to acting as Chief of Staff and strategy advisor to the CEO of industry leader Pfizer Australia, a $1 billion business. In his entrepreneurial exploits, he created two technology companies that spanned the online, digital media and entertainment worlds acquiring partners such as Youtube, Adobe and Channel 11. He subsequently returned to healthcare by founding Energesse, a specialist firm providing innovative technology solutions and consultancy services to the industry.

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Designing a health system where travel is optional – Australian and international perspectives

Chris Ryan
Video Consulting Programs Director
Attend Anywhere

About Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan has been working with governments and health organisations for many years with Attend Anywhere, an Australian company with a long history of enabling consumer driven video call access to health. Attend Anywhere enables direct patient video call access to health services, as a simple ‘light-weight’ extension of existing systems, process and models of care. Attend Anywhere is committed to the vision of making video call access to healthcare the norm.

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Building virtual care scalability into regional health services and to conducting clinical trials

Prof Sabe Sabesan
Director of Medical Oncology
Townsville Cancer Centre

About Prof Sabe Sabesan

Professor Sabesan is the program lead of the newly formed Tropical Centre for Telehealth Practice and Research, hosted by The Townsville Hospital which works closely with AITHM and the Anton Brienl Centre for Health Service Strengthening. He is also Chair of the Regional and Rural Group of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.

Professor Sabesan is also the Director of the Department of Medical Oncology of The Townsville Cancer Centre, The Townsville Hospital, and the Clinical Dean of the Townsville Clinical School, and the Northern Clinical Training Network (NCTN), JCU and THHS in Townsville.

As a world leading oncology specialist, Professor Sabesan is an emerging researcher directly translating telehealth research outcomes into practice for the improvement of health care delivery in rural and remote regions in northern Australia.

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PANELIST | Innovation in design – New telehealth services and products, how do we get the balance right?

Dr Shannon Nott
Rural Health Director of Medical Services
Western NSW Local Health District

About Dr Shannon Nott

Shannon Nott is a rural generalist trainee in Anaesthetics and currently Rural Health Director of Medical Services for Western NSW Local Health District. Shannon has worked extensively in the field of eHealth and telehealth following his Churchill Fellowship assessing how technology can improve health outcomes in rural and remote communities. Dr Nott currently sits on NSW Telehealth Strategic Advisory Committee, ACRRM’s Digital Health Committee and the myHealth Record Improvement Group for the Australian Digital Health Agency.

As a passionate rural health advocate, Shannon has previously worked with Health Workforce Australia to develop Future Health Leaders, an organisation which aims to develop both innovative and sustainable solutions to current health issues in Australia through engagement with students and early-career health professionals across professions and sectors.

As a young leader, Shannon has been invited to speak at many prestigious summits, chair multiple health organisations and has developed and run programs to develop a new generation of leaders across Australia.

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