Keynote Speakers

Details of invited speakers will be posted to the web site as information becomes available.

Kerry ArabenaDr Kerry Arabena

A descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait, Dr Kerry Arabena’s years of work have brought her to the forefront of Indigenous affairs in Australia. She was the inaugural Chair of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples a national Indigenous representative body. A former social worker with a Doctorate in Human Ecology, Kerry has an extensive background in public health, administration, community development and research working in senior roles in Indigenous policy and sexual health. Kerry’s work has made contributions across many states and territories, in areas such as gender issues, social justice, human rights, violence, access and equity, service provision, harm minimisation and citizenship rights and responsibilities. She has also represented Australia in international forums on HIV/AIDS and climate change

Chris BaggoleyProfessor Christopher James Baggoley BVSc (Hons), BM BS, B Soc Admin, FACEM, FIFEM, MRACMA

Professor Chris Baggoley is Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and principal medical adviser to the Minister and the Department of Health and Ageing. He plays a key, strategic role in developing and administering major health reforms for all Australians. Prior to his appointment Professor Baggoley was Chief Executive of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, a former Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director in the South Australian Department of Health. Other medical positions include Professor-Director of Emergency Medicine at University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital; Director of Emergency Medicine at Flinders Medical Centre, Censor-In-Chief and President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges; and Chair of the Board of the National Institute of Clinical Studies. Professor Baggoley holds an Honours degree in Veterinary Science, a degree in Social Administration, FUSA and has been awarded the Order of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.

David Ben-TovinProfessor David Ben-Tovim, Director, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Flinders Medical Centre, and Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University
Hospital incentives – the tragedy of the hospital (commons)

Director, Clinical Epidemiology Unit and Redesigning Care, Flinders Medical Centre & the Southern Adelaide Health Services;   Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University. Professor David Ben-Tovim is a psychiatrist and clinical epidemiologist by background. He trained in Medicine and Psychiatry at the Middlesex and St Georges University Hospitals in London, and in Epidemiology at the Institute of Psychiatry, also in London. He moved to Australia in 1984, after three-year period working in Botswana. He has acted as a consultant for the World Health Organisation on a number of occasions, as well as making various attempts to influence the development of health services in South Australia and elsewhere. He established the Clinical Epidemiology Unit at the Flinders Medical Centre (a 500 bed teaching general hospital in the Southern Suburbs of Adelaide) in 1998, and was Director of Clinical Governance for the hospital from 2000 to 2004. He is the author of two books and over eighty publications in the peer reviewed literature. He combines the role of head of Clinical Epidemiology with leading the Redesigning Care program within the Southern Adelaide Health Services.

Tony BlakelyProfessor Tony Blakely, Health Inequalities Research Programme, and Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand
Data for planning equitable and cost effective health services - the NZ experience

Tony is a research professor, epidemiologist, and public health medicine specialist. He has an extensive research background, with his main research activity focusing on ethnic and socio-economic disparities and trends in mortality and health, tobacco, neighbourhoods, cancer control, longitudinal studies, healthy eating and health services. More recently he is interested in burden of disease and cost-effectiveness approaches to prioritisation of health services.   He is director of the Health Inequalities Research Programme, which is funded principally by the Health Research Council of New Zealand until 2011. He is also director of the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE³) which is also funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.  Read more here

J BraithwaiteProfessor Jeffery Braithwaite, Director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation
And the Oscar for Innovation in health policy goes to…..” (a cross system comparison of ‘successes’ and ‘failures’)

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, BA, MIR (Hons), MBA, DipLR, PhD, FAIM, FCHSE is Foundation Director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Director, Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia. His research examines the changing nature of health systems, particularly patient safety, leadership and management, the structure and culture of organisations and their network characteristics, attracting funding of more than AUD$36 million, chiefly from researcher-initiated National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council grants. Professor Braithwaite has published extensively (more than 300 refereed contributions, and 500 total publications). He has presented at or chaired international and national conferences, workshops, symposia and meetings on more than 500 occasions, including over 60 keynote addresses. He has contributed several times each to the British Medical Journal and The Lancet. His research appears in journals such as Social Science & Medicine, BMJ Quality and Safety, International Journal of Quality in Health Care, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and many other prestigious journals. Professor Braithwaite has received numerous national and international awards including a Vice-Chancellor’s award for teaching from UNSW, a Gold Medal of the Uniting Church of Australia for services to older people and six separate awards for research papers in 2007 and 2008.  Read more here

Sue CrengleDr Sue Crengle, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Crengle is from the Waitaha, Kati Mamoe and Kāi Tahu tribes. She obtained her medical, MPH and PhD degrees from the University of Auckland. She holds specialty qualifications in general practice and public health medicine. Sue was a recipient of a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy 1999-2000, working at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA. On her return she worked as a Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Health for 12 months. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and Director of Tōmaiora Māori Health Research Centre, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, FHMS, University of Auckland.

Michele FosterDr Michele Foster, School of Social Work & Human Services,  University of Queensland
Using qualitative research in HSR

Dr Foster is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work and Human Services, at the University of Queensland where her main teaching activities and research relate to health policy. Dr Foster is a past recipient of a NHMRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship and in 2004 was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York.  She is co-editor and author of Health Care Practice in Australia and recently contributed to a chapter on access to health care for the forthcoming World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Report on Disability and Rehabilitation. She currently leads interdisciplinary research projects examining usage of allied health services by people with chronic disease and allied health practitioners’ and patients’ perspectives of chronic disease management in primary care.   Read more here

Paul GlasziouDr Paul P Glasziou MB BS, PhD, FAFPHM, FRACGP, Director of the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice (CREBP), Bond University

Paul Glasziou FRACGP, PhD is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University and a part-time General Practitioner. He was the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford from 2003-2010. His key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice. He is the author of six books related to evidence based practice: Systematic Reviews in Health Care, Decision Making in Health Care and Medicine: integrating evidence and values, An Evidence-Based Medicine Workbook, Clinical Thinking: Evidence, Communication and Decision-making, Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, and Evidence-Based Medical Monitoring: Principles and Practice. He has authored over 160 peer-reviewed journal articles and his h-index is currently 43. He is the recipient of an NHRMC Australia Fellowship which he commenced at Bond University in July, 2010. .  Read more here

Suzanne HillDr Suzanne Hill, Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’  
Incentives to control inappropriate pharmaceutical use

Dr Suzanne Hill succeeded Lloyd Sansom as Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee in-September 2011. Sue was previously Secretary to the WHO Expert Committee on Essential Medicines,  responsible for the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines and implementation in countries. She was the principle investigator for the WHO project on Better Medicines for Children. She was the foundation chair of the WHO Guideline Review Committee, setting up standards for guideline development by WHO.   Prior to moving to Europe she was Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Newcastle, Australia, directing a group providing pharmacoeconomics advice to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee of the Australian Department of Health. Her research interests are the public health aspects of clinical pharmacology, including access to medicines and pharmacoeconomics.   1.

Robyn McDermottProfessor Robyn McDermott, Foundation Director Data Linkage Unit, SA/NT Datalink, University of South Australia
Setting up a data linkage centre, the trials and tribulations

Robyn McDermott is the Foundation Director of the State-wide Data Linkage Unit, SA/NT Datalink. This is a joint venture between the three South Australian universities, relevant South Australian government departments and the NT Government. The collaboration is hosted by UniSA. Robyn is also a Professor of Public Health in the Sansom Institute for Health Research.   Robyn joined UniSA in August 2004 as Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President in the Division of Health Sciences and held this role for five years before taking up her current appointment in September 2009. Robyn has worked as a primary care clinician in rural New South Wales, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland as well as managing refugee health care and public health programs from 1988 to 1992 in China, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. She has worked with Indigenous communities in central and northern Australia to understand the causes and consequences of rapid changes in living conditions and nutrition on health status, and how to intervene to improve health outcomes.   As a medical epidemiologist and public health physician in north Queensland from 1995 to 2004, she built capacity in community-level health information systems for rural Indigenous services. She also initiated the Chronic Disease Strategy and enhanced primary care programs adopted by Queensland Health in 2002.  Read more here

E McGlynnElizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, is the Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research (CESR).

She is responsible for the strategic direction and scientific oversight of CESR, a network of investigators, data managers and analysts in Kaiser Permanente's 8 regional research centers experienced in effectiveness and safety research.  CESR was created in 2009 to address the critical research questions posed by Kaiser Permanente clinical and operations leaders and the requirements of the national research community. The Center conducts in-depth studies of the safety and comparative effectiveness of drugs, devices, biologics and care delivery strategies using the rich clinical information available on Kaiser Permanente’s 8.8 million enrollees.   Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. McGlynn was the Associate Director of RAND Health and held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. She was responsible for strategic development and oversight of the research portfolio, and external dissemination and communications of RAND Health research findings.  Dr. McGlynn is an internationally known expert on methods for evaluating the appropriateness and technical quality of health care delivery. She has conducted research on the appropriateness with which a variety of surgical and diagnostic procedures are used in the U.S. and in other countries. She led the development of a comprehensive method for evaluating the technical quality of care delivered to adults and children. The method was used in a national study of the quality of care delivered to U.S. adults and children. She has conducted research on the methodological and policy issues associated with implementing measures of efficiency and effectiveness of care at the individual physician level for payment and public reporting. Dr. McGlynn is a member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on a variety of national advisory committees. She chairs the board of AcademyHealth, serves on the board of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and co-chairs the Measures Application Partnership Coordinating Committee for the National Quality Forum. She serves on the editorial boards for Health Services Research and The Milbank Quarterly and is a regular reviewer for many leading journals. Dr. McGlynn received her BA in international political economy from Colorado College, her MPP from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and her PhD in public policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Jon NichollProfessor Jon Nicholl, Professor Health Services Research, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Evaluation of emergency and urgent first contact care and services

Professor Nicholl was appointed director of the Medical Care Research Unit at the University of Sheffield in 1993 where he is Professor of Health Services Research. He was appointed Dean of the School in 2010. Before joining Sheffield University as a medical statistician Jon spent five years as a research associate at University College London working on road traffic accident prevention.   He was chair of the NIHR HTA Programme Commissioning Board from 2005 to 2010 and also served as Deputy Chair of the Medical Research Council´s Health Services and Public Health Research Board and their Clinical Trials Board.   His main research interest is in the evaluation of emergency and urgent first contact care and services, particularly A and E services, including trauma services and chest pain care; ambulance services including helicopter ambulances; and urgent first contact care services including NHS direct and out-of-hours services.  Read more here

Cathy SchoenCathy Schoen, Senior Vice President, The Commonwealth Fund    

Cathy Schoen, M.S. is Senior Vice President for Policy, Research and Evaluation at The Commonwealth Fund. Ms. Schoen is a member of the Fund's executive management team and research director of the Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System. Her work includes strategic oversight and management of surveys, research and policy initiatives to track health system performance. From 1998 through 2005, she directed the Fund's Task Force on the Future of Health Insurance. Prior to joining the Fund in 1995, Ms. Schoen taught health economics at the University of Massachusetts' School of Public Health and directed special projects at the UMASS Labor Relations and Research Center. During the 1980s, she directed the Service Employees International Union's research and policy department. In the late 1970s, she was on the staff of President Carter's national health insurance task force, where she oversaw analysis and policy development. Prior to federal service, she was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She has authored numerous publications on health policy issues, insurance, and national/international health system performance and co-authored the book, Health and the War on Poverty. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Smith College and a graduate degree in economics from Boston College

Tony ScottProfessor Anthony Scott, ARC Future Fellow and Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
Financial incentives

Tony is a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Institute. He holds an ARC Future Fellowship and an Honorary NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship. He leads the Health Economics Research Programme at the Melbourne Institute. Previously, Tony has worked at the Universities of Aberdeen, Newcastle, Sydney and York. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Aberdeen. Tony is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Population Health and Australian Health Workforce Institute, University of Melbourne, and in the Health Economics Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen. Tony is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Economics.  He has published extensively in a range of journals including Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, Journal of Economic Psychology, Social Science and Medicine, and British Medical Journal. Tony has also authored a chapter in the Handbook of Health Economics and edited a book ‘Advances in Health Economics’ (with Alan Maynard and Bob Elliott).  Read more here


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