Details of invited speakers will be added as arrangements are confirmed. We are confident our speakers will provide the inspiration, motivation and momentum to make HSRAANZ 2019 a great event.

International Speakers

C Bourassa

Dr. Carrie Bourassa, B.A., M.A., PhD
Scientific Director of the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health – Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada

Dr. Carrie Bourassa, B.A., M.A., PhD: Scientific Director of the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health – Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. She also is Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IIPH). She is an adjunct in the Faculties of Education and Kinesiology & Health Studies at the University of Regina and is the Nominated Principal Investigator for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funded Morning Star Lodge established in 2010 based in Regina as well as the recently CFI funded Cultural Safety, Evaluation, Training and Research lab that will be built by next summer hosted at the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Carrie Bourassa spent over 15 years as a professor of Indigenous health studies in the Department of Indigenous Health, Education and Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) in Regina.

Through her role as Scientific Director of IIPH, she leads the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. Dr. Bourassa is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and a public member of the Royal College Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is also a member of the International Research Advisory Board (IRAB) for the Health Research Council (New Zealand) and a member of the Health Quality Council Board of Saskatchewan. She was also appointed to the National Research Council of Canada Advisory Board (NRC) – Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre Advisory Board in May 2018.

In 2012, Dr. Bourassa won the (Wee-e- chee-hee- way- shin-awn) Wiichihiwayshinawn Foundation Inc. Métis Award in Health and Science. Dr. Bourassa is Métis and belongs to the Riel Métis Council of Regina Inc. (RMCR, Local #34).


Richard Cookson

Professor Richard Cookson
Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK

Richard Cookson is a Professor at the Centre for Health Economics.

Richard Cookson is a Professor at the Centre for Health Economics, and Co-Director of the Equity in Health Policy (Equipol) research group.

His research focuses on equity in health and health care and is summarised in this 15-minute YorkTalk and his inaugural lecture. He has helped to develop local health equity indicators for the NHS; equity-informative health economic evaluation; and methods for gauging public concern for reducing health inequality.

He edited the public health section of the Elsevier On-Line Encyclopedia of Health Economics, published the collected works of Jonathan Bradshaw, Anthony Culyer and Alan Maynard in free e-book formats, and is currently editing the forthcoming Oxford University Press handbook of distributional cost-effectiveness analysis.

Richard is a member of the NHS Advisory Committee for Resource Allocation and an Honorary Public Health Academic, Public Health England. He has co-chaired various international working groups on equity; served on various NICE and NHS advisory committees, and was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Treasury in 2010.


Australasian Speakers

Dame Tariana Turia DNZM

Dame Tariana Turia DNZM (born 8 April 1944) is a New Zealand politician.

She gained considerable prominence during the foreshore and seabed controversy, and eventually broke with her party as a result. She resigned from parliament, and successfully contested a by-election in her former electorate as a candidate of the newly formed Māori Party. She retired from Parliament in 2014.

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Plenary Panellists

Sharon Shea

(MSc Comparative Social Policy, Distinction (Oxon), BA/LLB (Auckland); Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hako) is widely recognised as a leader in the field of health and disability sector strategy, outcomes framework development. In her consultancy role, she supports clients to weave the ‘best of’ kaupapa Maori/mātauranga Maori and western science thinking, to reduce inequities. This skillset is also enhanced by her knowledge about how to improve systems, service and organisational performance. Sharon holds a variety of Board memberships for both private and public/not-for-profit Māori organisations. In 2019, she was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Maori health and development.

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Dr. Josée Lavoie,
Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Director of Ongomiizwin Research, Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, University of Manitoba.

Dr Lavoie holds a BSc in Dietetics & Nutrition (1986) and a MA in Medical Anthropology from McGill University (1993); and a PhD in Health Policy and Financing (2005) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. Before beginning her research career, Josée spend a decade working in Indigenous controlled health services in Nunavik, Nunavut and Northern Saskatchewan. Her program of research is located at the interface between policy and Indigenous health services, with a focus on contracting, accountability and responsiveness. She is particularly interested in how western and indigenous knowledge systems interface in the provision of health services in Indigenous communities. She maintains on-going partnerships with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and has worked for many years in Australia and New Zealand, and in circumpolar countries. She is currently completing a fellowship with the Fulbright Arctic Research Initiative.

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Professor Peter Crampton,
Professor of Public Health in Kōhatu, the Centre for Hauora Māori, University of Otago

Peter is Professor of Public Health in Kōhatu, the Centre for Hauora Māori at the University of Otago. He is a specialist in public health medicine. His research is focused on social indicators and social epidemiology, health care policy, and health care organisation and funding. He has served on numerous advisory panels in a variety of policy areas related to public health, health services, and medical education, and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to public health, health systems, and health services management.

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Dr Debbie Ryan
Principal, Pacific Perspectives

Debbie Ryan is the principal of Pacific Perspectives, a policy and research consultancy specialising in Pacific health. Debbie has extensive experience in the health sector as a general practitioner, manager, senior public servant and researcher. She has qualifications in medicine, public management and company direction. Her research interest over the past 10 years has been the evidence for policy and practice to improve health and social outcomes for Pacific people in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Debbie has a track record of working with Pacific communities and has contributed over two decades to Pacific workforce development and thought leadership in Pacific health.

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Helen Dickinson

Helen Dickinson
Professor of Public Service Research and Director of the Public Service Research Group at the School of Business, University of New South Wales.

Helen Dickinson is Professor of Public Service Research and Director of the Public Service Research Group at the School of Business, University of New South Wales, Canberra. Her expertise is in public services, particularly in relation to topics such as governance, policy implementation and stewardship of 4th industrial revolution technologies. Helen has published eighteen books and over seventy peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics and is also a frequent commentator within the mainstream media. She is co-editor of the Journal of Health, Organization and Management and Australian Journal of Public Administration. Helen is also a board member of the Consumer Policy Research Centre. In 2015 Helen was made a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and in 2019 awarded a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She has worked with a range of different levels of government, community organisations and private organisations in Australia, UK, New Zealand and Europe on research and consultancy programmes.

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Special Session

Reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and complications

A special session sponsored by HCF Research Foundation.

Professor Brett Mitchell, The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of using chlorhexidine prior to urinary catheter insertion
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Christopher Pearce, Admission Risk Calculation in General Practice: Reducing hospital presentations and admissions in chronic disease
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Dr Isuru Ranasinghe, Reducing hospital variation in cardiovascular implantable electronic device complications
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Dr Jill Newby, Gaining ‘MUMentum’: Brief Self-Guided iCBT for Perinatal and Depression
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The HCF Research Foundation encourages research into the provision, administration and delivery of health services in Australia for the benefit of HCF members and all Australians. Its vision is to be known as a leading independent funder of high-quality research that leads to the improvement of healthcare services, and aims to achieve this by funding research projects. By facilitating easy-to-access funding, the Foundation allows researchers to focus efforts on delivering the benefits of their research, contributing to better health outcomes and access to affordable, high-quality health care when and where it’s needed, for the benefit of all Australians.