Dr Richard Ashby AM

eHealth Queensland

Alex Burke

Group CEO

Australian industry perspectives on innovation – its application to healthcare

Alana Henderson

Consumer Advocate

Bridging the communication divide between health professionals and consumers

Better communication between clinicians and patients will yield functional assessment data and improved treatment outcomes.”

BIO »After several years of working in health services, Alana established her consultancy company in 1990. With a strong background in adult education and management she focused her business services on career development, interview training across all occupations, and writing and editing business documents. In 2011, she suffered a stroke and shortly after was diagnosed with cancer and diabetes. This was complicated by obesity. After a traumatic hospitalisation, Alana took control of her own recovery using project management principles used by engineers. She achieved extraordinary results. Her book ‘Out of the Fog: Adventures Through Lifestyle Change’ narrates her incredible journey to a quality life, from stroke to pole fitness.

Dr Kudzai Kanhutu

Infectious Diseases Physician and Refugee Health Fellow
Royal Melbourne Hospital

Emerging clinical leaders

Tim Kelsey

Australian Digital Health Agency

Innovation and digital change

Better use of data and technology can help people live healthier, happier and more productive lives. Digital health can make a real difference to people’s health by giving them greater control and better access to information.”

BIO »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. He took up the post in 2012 after serving as the British government’s first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data. He was also National Information Director for health and care in England and Chair of the National Information Board which advises the Secretary of State on national priorities for data and technology. 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. He is co-author with Roger Taylor of Transparency and the Open Society which was published by Policy Press and the University of Chicago in 2016. Tim is visiting professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.

Bernard Salt AM


Social demographics and workforce changes impacting healthcare in profound ways

BIO »Bernard Salt is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community. He is a high-profile Melbourne-based Partner with the global advisory firm KPMG where he founded the specialist advisory business, KPMG Demographics. Bernard writes two weekly columns for The Australian newspaper that deal with social, generational and demographic matters. He is an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School and he holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University. Bernard Salt is one of the most in-demand speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit and has been so for more than a decade. He is perhaps best known to the wider community for his penchant for identifying and tagging new tribes and social behaviours such as ‘the seachange shift’, ‘the man drought’, ‘pumcins’ (pronounced ‘pumkins’) and ‘the goats cheese curtain’. Bernard has popularised demographics through his books, columns and media appearances for 25 years. His body of work is encapsulated in six popular best-selling books beginning with The Big Shift published in 2001 through to his most recent work More Decent Obsessions published in 2014.

Prof Johanna Westbrook

Prof Johanna Westbrook

Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research
Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Health Systems and Safety Research

BIO »Professor Westbrook is Director of the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research (CHSSR), Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI). Her research expertise centres on the design and execution of complex multi-method evaluations in the health sector with a particular focus on the effective use of information and communication technologies. The CHSSR is the largest health informatics evaluation research team in Australia and the team’s work is highly competitive with international groups. Research areas have included the first and largest population study (n=55,000) of clinicians’ use of online evidence and its integration into, and impact on, work practices and decision-making. This work showed that clinicians actively seek online evidence to support clinical care which was much disputed until this work. Professor Westbrook has led research on measuring the impact of computerised pathology ordering systems on organisational efficiency and communication processes. Recent research includes major observational studies of health professionals’ work and communication patterns (including interruptions and multi-tasking), and identification of contextual work factors which may disrupt effective and safe work. A product of this has been the design and testing of highly innovative work observational methods and electronic data collection tools. A further area of research expertise is medication safety. This body of work has included studies of the role of interruptions in increasing the risk of medication errors and the effectiveness of electronic medication management systems to reduce prescribing and medication administration errors in hospitals. Recent studies have also been conducted on the use of information technology in the aged care sector. Professor Westbrook has an extensive publication record which includes over 300 refereed publications (h-index = 39, i-10 = 122). She has attracted in excess of $40M in research funding and won several awards for her research.

Dr Ken Carson

Senior Medical Director
Flatiron (USA)

Can we fight cancer with big data?

Well organised clinical data is a critical (but often forgotten) component of personalised healthcare delivery.”

BIO »Dr. Kenneth Carson is a board-certified practicing hematologist and medical oncologist who currently serves as Senior Medical Director at Flatiron Health, where he focuses on real world evidence generation. Over the course of his career, Dr. Carson’s research has focused on the use of large electronic databases to evaluate health disparities and drug safety. Dr. Carson currently practices at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and his PhD from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.

Matthew Holt

Health 2.0 (USA)

Medical futurist

Tech is moving from point solutions to SMAC systems. Can health care follow?”

BIO »Matthew Holt has spent 20 years in health care as a researcher, forecaster, and strategist. He learned from some of the best in forecasting, policy and survey organisations, like Institute for the Future and Harris Interactive. But these days he’s best known as the author of The Health Care Blog and as Co-Chairman of Health 2.0, which since 2007 has been the leading organisation showcasing new health technologies in its conferences, market research, competitions, and tech pilots. For that he’s been mostly self-taught!

Dr Kanav Kahol

General Secretary
Public Health Technologies Trust (India)

Technologies delivering impact in remote regions
Can we fight cancer with big data?

BIO »Kanav Kahol works towards technology that can enable patients to become co-designers of their health by actively being participants in designing their health programs and prevention programs. He was an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering in Arizona State University and an assistant professor adjunct at Mayo Clinic. Broadly, his research in healthcare encompasses a wide spectrum of state of the art information technology, mobile technology and sensor technology for public health. It includes applications such as simulation and games for training and education, social networking tools, and feedback and monitoring systems that involve wearable sensors and mobile computing. He leverages these state of the art technologies to advance optimal human-machine symbiosis frameworks towards inculcating best practices in medical education and promoting patient compliance and patient access through information technology. Through rigorous testing and field experiments Kanav’s research has successfully shown that use of such technology is crucial in medical education and practice. He also investigates the role of technology in informing public health policy and practice.

Prof Vishaal Kishore

Prof Vishaal Kishore

Innovation & Public Policy
RMIT University


Dr Martin Seneviratne

Research Fellow in Biomedical Informatics
Stanford University

Emerging clinical leaders

The clinical specialty of the next generation will be informatics.”

BIO »Martin is an Australian-trained medical doctor currently conducting research in clinical informatics at Stanford as a John Monash Scholar. Martin has worked on several health technology startups including WardConnect and CancerAid; and is a Clinical Reference Lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Dr Justin Wong


Emerging clinical leaders


David Bunker

Executive Director
Queensland Genomics Health Alliance

Precision medicine: Trends and applications

Precision medicine, combing modern genomic approaches to direct clinical decision making, can profoundly improve medical practice, but only when necessary health system transformation is managed carefully.”

BIO »David is an insightful, passionate and dedicated executive manager and leader, with expert capability in innovation, digital strategy and technology driven business. He has a commitment to health and social outcomes and values-based business transformation. His focus with the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance is to fast track genomics research and its translation into common healthcare practice, while building a sound, evidence-based decision making framework for strategic capability and capacity building programs within the health system.

Dr Blanca Gallego Luxan

Senior Research Fellow
Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University

Precision medicine: Trends and applications

A learning health system needs the right tools to learn safely from routinely collected data.”

BIO »BS (Physics), UAM, 1994; MS by Research (Quantum Chemistry), UAM, 1995; PhD (Climate Dynamics), UCLA, 2002. Dr Blanca Gallego Luxan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Insititute of Health Innovation and leads the health analytics lab. This multidisciplinary research group is developing new empirical models for the analysis, assessment and prediction of healthcare delivery and for the integration of new sources of information into public health and clinical decision making. Trained as a physicist, she obtained a PhD in modelling and predicting climate dynamics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She later on moved to Australia where she worked on environmental economics before joining the Centre for Health Informatics in 2006. Dr Gallego has extensive international research experience in data analysis and computational modelling. She has been the recipient of three research awards, two research fellowships, and over $3 million in funding.