HIC 2020 BRISBANE 27 – 29 JULY

Bringing together health’s forward thinkers


in conjunction with NI 2020

Australia’s largest digital health and health informatics conference

With delegates from all over Australia gathering to share the latest digital health research, case studies, trends and technology advances, HIC is the digital health and health informatics conference and expo to attend this year.


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Michael Walsh

Chair, HIC 2020

Michael was the Director-General of Queensland Health from July 2015. Queensland Health employs approximately 90,000 people and provides a public health and hospital system for nearly five million people. Michael was chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) providing advice to the COAG Health Council from 2016 to 2018, and is on the Board of the Australian Digital Health Agency which is responsible for the My Health Record. Michael is also on the Board of Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, an NHMRC accredited Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre.


Bringing together health’s forward thinkers

150+ industry leaders, 1200+ delegates, 60+ exhibitors

Prof Suzanne Bakken

Columbia University School of Nursing   USA

Recipient of the 2019 IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI, is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University in New York. Dr Bakken’s program of research focuses on the use of informatics to advance health equity. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Karen Blake

Head of Clinical Informatics
healthAlliance    NZ flag

Head of Clinical Informatics, healthAlliance, Auckland, New Zealand. With more than 20 years in the health sector, Karen’s experience spans clinical practice in both Australia and New Zealand as well as time spent in management, education and senior policy roles.

She now specialises in digital health at healthAlliance; working across the northern region of NZ and four District Health Boards providing clinical informatics leadership and expertise.

Karen is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Clinical Informatics Leadership Network, which provides a national multi-disciplinary and responsive network for clinicians in NZ working in digital health.

Karen provides national expertise on health data through her involvement on the board of directors for HL7NZ and Health Informatics New Zealand, and sits on the Ministry of Health’s Health Information Standards Organisation, Digital Identity Advisory, and Sector Advisory Panel.

She is experienced in establishing health data governance, and the development of standards that enable interoperability.

Karen is regularly called upon to put out fires. This isn’t a euphemism, she volunteers as an operational fire fighter with Fire and Emergency NZ, maintaining her clinical practice as a first responder attending medical emergencies and MVAs, structural and vegetation fires.

Prof Dawn Dowding

Professor in Clinical Decision Making
The University of Manchester    Great Britain

Dawn Dowding is Professor in Clinical Decision Making, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. She is a health services researcher, nurse and psychologist with expertise in the field of health care decision making and nursing informatics. Her particular interest is the development and evaluation of decision support tools, and more recently the application of Health Information Technology for assisting decision making in practice. She was previously Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Additional past appointments include Professor of Applied Health Research, University of Leeds UK and a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice from 2009-2010, working at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland CA. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr Dowding completed her registered nurse training at St Bartholomew’s College of Nursing and Midwifery, London, has a BSc(Hons) in Psychology with Nursing Studies from City University, London and a PhD in Psychology and Nursing from the University of Surrey, UK.

Julian Ranger

Executive Chairman & Founder
Digi.me    Great Britain

Julian is Exec Chairman and founder of http://digi.me, the decentralised personal data solution which empowers individuals to share more & better data to enable businesses to provide more & better value, with 100% privacy, full security and consent.

Initially an aeronautical engineer, Julian founded STASYS Ltd in 1987, specialising in interoperability and the military internet, and grew it to a staff of 230, with subsidiaries in the USA, Germany, Malaysia and Australia prior to sale to Lockheed Martin in 2005. Julian is an angel investor in more than 20 start-up businesses, including firms such as Hailo, DataSift and Astrobotic.

Julian is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMechE and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, and is also a Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut.

Liz Salmi

Senior Strategist
OpenNotes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center   USA

Liz Salmi is a former punk rock drummer turned cancer patient, who now works for an academic medical center on a research project called OpenNotes. She helps hospitals and health systems understand the changing nature of patient-clinician communication in the age of connectivity, and interpret and implement research emerging from the OpenNotes movement.

After being diagnosed with a life-limiting condition at age 29, Liz immediately put her digital communications skills to use by blogging, chronicling her daily symptoms, and seeing how much trouble she could get into with her online medical information. Today, she is passionate about empowering regular people to become more engaged in their own health care and improve their experience as patients.

In addition to her work with OpenNotes, Liz leads a palliative/neuro-oncology research network established by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and serves on the Board of Directors for National Brain Tumor Society. Her interests include clinical informatics, citizen science and human-centered design.

Dr Diane Skiba

IMIA NI Special Interest Group    USA

Dr. Diane J. Skiba is Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. She was previously the Director for Healthcare Informatics Specialty in the College of Nursing for the last 25 years. She is currently the Chair of the International Medical Informatics Associate’s Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group. She has taught course for nurses about technology since 1982. She is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics and an honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing Education.

Prof Chris Bain

Digital Health Lead
Monash University

Bio to come

Matiu Bush

Deputy Director, Health Transformation Lab

Matiu founded One Good Street, a social networking platform to encourage neighbour initiated care for older residents at risk of social isolation and loneliness. Matiu is the Deputy Director of the Health Transformation Lab at RMIT, designing towards cultures of innovation and creativity in healthcare. Matiu has a Master’s degree in Public Health and broad clinical and managerial nursing experience, including working in Tijuana, Mexico with Nobel Prize Laureate Mother Teresa in international border aid, and as an emergency, oncology, intensive care nurse and is a sexual health Nurse Practitioner.

Matiu contributes to health system innovation through involvement with Better Care Victoria as a board member and the Emerging Leaders Clinical Advisory Committee. Matiu is a Rotarian and a member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and mentors the next generation of undergraduate and postgraduate science students through the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Mentoring Program.

Dr Ruth De Souza

Academic Convenor of The Data, Systems and Society Research Network (DSSRN)
The University of Melbourne

I am the Academic Convenor of The Data, Systems and Society Research Network (DSSRN), a collaborative research network across the University of Melbourne. I am also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC) where I am co-supervising a PhD about the Quality management of patient generated health data (PGHD) from wearables for clinical use.
Prior to taking up this role, I was the Stream Leader of Research, Policy and Evaluation at the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) at North Richmond Community Health from 2015-2018.

I have had extensive experience as a researcher and academic in New Zealand and Australia. I also worked as a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Monash University, Berwick (2013-2016), where I was the course co-ordinator and campus lead. I taught Year 2 Mental health clinical practice, Contexts of health care and the Education unit in third year. I also developed a new unit on Diversity in healthcare. I was the Chief Examiner and co-ordinator of Contemporary nursing in context in the Master of Nursing Practice.

Prior to moving to Australia, I was at AUT University, Auckland (2005-2012) where I coordinated the Centre for Asian and Migrant Health Research for six years, was the Programme leader for the Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion) and taught and led two first year papers Health Assessment in Nursing and Primary health Care. I developed a new stream within the Master of Health Science: Advanced Nursing Practice, Mental Health. At Unitec (1998-2004) I developed and taught the National Certificate in Mental Health Support Work and taught research and communication papers in the Bachelor of Nursing. I taught Supervision in the Master of Health Science and in the Graduate Diploma of Higher Education in the School of Education. Prior to working in education, I was a clinician in mental health and maternal mental health.

Included in my extensive governance experience have been appointments to the Boards of Counties Manukau District Health; Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Lotteries Community Sector Research Grant Committee.

Renee Di Genova

President & Carer
Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Victoria

Renee is a mother of 3 children, the youngest of whom was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome not long after birth. Renee now spends her days caring for her son and volunteering full time as President of the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Victoria, helping to build on the supports and services provided by the Association over the past 40 years.

Previously, Renee has spent most of her career in the insurance industry and enjoys working with organisations to improve business outcomes by implementing and reviewing procedures to assist organisations work more efficiently and effectively.

Grahame Grieve

FHIR Product Director
HL7 International

Grahame Grieve is HL7’s Product Director for “FHIR” – the leading healthcare data exchange standard of the future. Grahame has a background in laboratory medicine, software vendor development, clinical research, open source development and has also conceived, developed and sold interoperability and clinical document solutions and products in the Australian market and around the world. Grahame has worked to develop standards and solutions with several US vendor consortiums, and the national programs of Canada, England, Singapore, and Australia

Ben Hanna

General Manager Australia
Soul Machines

Over the last 20 years Ben has been responsible for delivering rapid growth within start-ups & large enterprise organisations within in NZ, Australia and the USA. Ben is currently GM Australia for Soul Machines, a ground-breaking high-tech company of AI researchers, neuroscientists, psychologists, artists and innovative thinkers who are re-imagining how we connect with machines.

Gillian Mason

Consumer, Physiotherapist, Researcher
University of Newcastle

Gillian Mason is a person with heaps of time-consuming medical appointments, is disabled, chronically ill, a physiotherapist and rehabilitation researcher. At Hunter Medical Research Institute, for the University of Newcastle, she manages the Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury’s Stroke Research Register, and its consumer engagement and communication strategy. She is a science communicator for the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Repair. As a clinical research assistant for the Centre for Rehab Innovations, her focus is on innovating solutions for delivering individualised rehabilitation in the home and community setting. Living with multiple chronic illnesses, she has gained insight into and lost patience with inflexible healthcare. Without radical change, the way healthcare is delivered in Australia will continue to both restrict people with chronic illness from accessing healthcare itself, by design, and limit the time, energy and cash left over for participation in employment and society more broadly. Gillian is busy overcoming her own learned ableism to properly value and leverage her lived experience expertise as an advocate for meaningful consumer involvement in health and medical research.

Prof Keith McNeil

Acting Deputy Director-General and Chief Clinical Information Officer
Queensland Health

Professor Keith McNeil plays a key role in the clinical leadership of the state-wide eHealth program. He works closely with key clinical stakeholders to maximise the clinical and patient safety benefits associated with technology in the healthcare setting.

Prof McNeil has previously worked within Queensland Health as the Head of Transplant Services at The Prince Charles Hospital, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Chief Executive Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

More recently, Prof McNeil was Chief Clinical Information Officer and Head of IT for the NHS in England following roles as Chief Executive Officer at Addenbooke’s Hospital and Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust.

Adj/Prof Shelley Nowlan

NI 2020 Chair, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Clinical Excellence Queensland
Queensland Health

Shelley Nowlan is the appointed Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for Queensland. Shelley has over 30 years’ experience in a range of health settings and of these, 17 years’ experience working closely and within metropolitan, regional and rural public sector executive clinical and health administrative leadership roles.

Shelley is currently focused on early career pathways for graduate Nurses and Midwives by producing operational programs that produce effective Nursing and Midwifery outcomes for Queensland.

Caleb Rixon

Genyus Network

Caleb is a major stroke survivor, storyteller and the founder/CEO of ‘genyus network’ – a global community and story-sharing platform for survivors of brain injury and other life changing trauma. Caleb is a graduate of The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (B.A.) and completed his masters (MA) of film and television at the Victorian College of the Arts Film School. A passionate champion of lived experience storytelling, Caleb has worked across country giving talks and keynote presentations plus hosted events and facilitated forums for peak health, research, and education organisations including NDIA, Latrobe University, ACU, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) plus international conferences STROKE 2018 and Australasian Society for the Study of Brain impairment (ASSBI).

Dr Louise Schaper


Dr Louise Schaper is on a mission to fix healthcare. As leader of Australia’s peak body for digital health, Dr Louise Schaper, is a passionate advocate for the transformation of healthcare. As CEO of HISA she brings together world-class clinicians, researchers, innovators and organisations from across the biomedical, health and technology spectrum who are committed to the improvement of health outcomes enabled through innovative uses of technology and information. She is a facilitator, an innovator and a change agent who explores and leverages the convergence of people, systems and technologies in the transformation and future of health and medicine. With a background as an occupational therapist, Louise has a PhD in technology acceptance among health professionals, is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics, a graduate of Stanford’s Executive Leadership Program, a Certified Health Informatician and a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow. Louise is an in-demand speaker and writes for academic and industry publications. Louise is host of the popular Dissecting Digital Health podcast, she is always online, and yes, she does have the coolest job!

Dr Sarah Sharkey

Surgeon General Australian Defence Force/Commander Joint Health

RADM Sarah Sharkey has served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy for more than 25 years.

Sarah began her service under sponsorship while an undergraduate medical student at the University of Queensland; and has enjoyed a range of postings both at sea and ashore with her clinical background being mainly in submarine and diving medicine. In her more recent career, Sarah has served at the Director General level in Joint Health Command, as the Head of the Navy Health Community and as the Deputy Commander Joint Health. On 4 December 2019, Sarah assumed command to become the Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force and the Commander Joint Health.

Sarah’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Masters in Politics and Policy. She is a Fellow of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Sarah is a recipient of the Australian Defence Medal, Australian Service medal with Solomon Islands Clasp, and the Defence Long Service Medal. She has been awarded a Chief of Army Commendation in 2001, and a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2014 Queens Birthday Honours.

Sarah is married to Frank and together their biggest achievement is being the proud parents of Samuel, Bridget, Patrick and Daniel.

Michael Walsh

Chair, HIC 2020

Michael provides strategic advisory services to large organisations with a focus on leadership, digital health, governance, strategy, planning and transformation.

Michael was Director-General of Queensland Health from July 2015 to September 2019. Queensland Health employs approximately 100,000 people and provides a public health and hospital system for nearly five million people.

Michael was chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) providing advice to the COAG Health Council from 2016 to 2019 and was on the Board of the Australian Digital Health Agency from July 2018 to September 2019. The ADHA is responsible for the My Health Record. Michael has also previously been on the Board of Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, an NHMRC accredited Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre.

Over the past 20 years, Michael has held senior executive positions in New South Wales and Queensland. Michael has worked as Chief Executive HealthShare NSW and was the inaugural Chief Executive of eHealth NSW. In Queensland, Michael has worked in both social and economic portfolios at the Deputy Director-General level including health, education and infrastructure. Michael has also worked in the private sector including as a Principal with PwC.

Michael holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in psychology, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education. Michael has a passion for organisational excellence and supporting values-based organisations and teams achieve outcomes that improve the lives of everyone.

David Wang

Medical student
University of Melbourne

David Wang is a Medical Student at the University of Melbourne, based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has a long-standing interest in Health Informatics and is passionate about empowering the future generation of digital health leaders and promoting health informatics to the young talent of Australia.

In 2018, David and HISA started the HISA Student Network, a new community of practice group designed to support and enable health informatics student around Australia to achieve their career aspirations. He is currently the chair of the HISA Student Network and is a HISA VIC State Committee Member. David has a special interest in Radiology Informatics and conducts a research project in Machine Learning.

Dr Leanna Woods

Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Tasmania

Leanna is a dynamic thinker and development-focused PhD student and Fellowship by Training candidate with the Australasian College of Health Informatics. She’s also a senior cardiac nursing team member with highly developed clinical leadership expertise. Leanna led a team to co-design a mHealth intervention to promote heart failure self-management and advance consumer informatics.

Key dates

➠ Call for submissions Now open
➠ Registration Now open

➠ Submissions close 20 March
➠ Notification to authors Week of 4 May
➠ Resubmissions 20 May
➠ Author registration deadline 20 May

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I had the chance to interact with people very relevant to my field of research and also had the opportunity to say ‘Hello’ to some colleagues from other universities.

I picked up some great insight on Tuesday’s keynotes, especially from the opening talks and the young leaders panel.

We are all energised by HIC and there were some fabulous new features this year. What a great trajectory for our next planning meeting.

I was inspired by some of the excellent presentations, and able to connect with many of my key customer stakeholders.