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

Dr Kanav Kahol

Health Technologist (INDIA)

Technologies delivering impact in remote regions

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.

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

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.


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.