Health-e-Nation 2019

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 to Thursday, 21 March 2019


Organisation: Canada Health Infoway

Position: President & CEO

Mr. Richard Alvarez is a leader in Canadian health care. He is known for taking on challenging mandates and building successful organizations.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Health Infoway, he has been a catalyst for accelerating the development of electronic health records in Canada. He has established strong, collaborative relationships with the federal, provincial and territorial governments and other stakeholders as the foundation for solid progress. He has articulated a broad national vision for reforming Canada's health care system through innovation and technology. On the international front, he has helped to position Canada as a world leader in health care renewal.

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Organisation: Department of Health and Ageing

Position: Secretary

Ms Halton is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the Department including the provision of advice on and administration of Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Aged and Community Care, Population Health, regulation of Therapeutic Goods, plus hospital financing and Private Health Insurance.

She also has responsibility for leadership on health security issues, including matters related to bioterrorism.

Jane is a member of the board of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, a board member of the National E-Health Transition Authority and a Commissioner of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality.

Prior to her appointment in January 2002 as Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing, Jane Halton was Executive Coordinator, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and was responsible for advising on all aspects of Australian Government Social Policy including the Status of Women.

Prior to joining PM&C, Jane Halton was national program manager of the Australian Government's Aged and Community Care Program with responsibilities for long term care. Jane holds an honours degree in Psychology from the Australian National University, is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an honorary fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives.

She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002 and the Centenary Medal in 2003. Jane is married with two sons.

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Organisation: National Health Board, NZ

Position: National Director

Chai Chuah is National Director of the National Health Board Business Unit of the Ministry of Health, New Zealand.
The NHB Business Unit is central to the new model for planning and funding of health services and changes that will have an emphasis on:

  • Stronger clinical leadership
  • Improving quality and safety
  • Higher service performance
  • Improved regional and national decision making, and
  • Reducing administrative cost and waste

Before joining the Ministry, Chai was Chief Executive of Hutt Valley District Health Board; a position he held from 2002 - 2009.
Chai was a member of DHBNZ's CEOs' Executive until June 2009 and was involved in a range of sector projects. He chaired the DHBs' Information Group, the National Steering Committee for Quality Improvement Committee programmes and was a member of HISAC - the Health Information Strategy Advisory Committee.
Chai was a member of the National Capital Committee and led the steering committee that developed the 2005 New Zealand Health Information Strategy.
In early 2009 Chai was appointed to the Ministerial Review Group to conduct a six-month review of the health sector and in late 2009 was appointed to the role of National Director of the National Health Board Business Unit. He is based at the Ministry of Health offices at No 1 The Terrace, Wellington.

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Organisation: Department of Health Victoria

Position: Chief Information Officer

Included in Dr. Andrew P. Howard's portfolio are the Department’s Information Management and ICT activities, a number of health services projects, and a shared services division for public acute and community health. Andrew sits on a range of state and national e-health committees and is the co-chair of the National Health CIO Forum. These bodies have been integral to Australia’s adoption of a national health records systems. Andrew has previously been a medical practitioner in hospitals, a hospital manager within one of the major private healthcare groups and had a role with an IT multinational.

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Position: Journalist and Broadcaster, Member CHIK Services’ Advisory Panel

Julie McCrossin talks to people for a living. After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and facilitator. She presented the radio show Life Matters on ABC Radio National for 5 years, covering countless health, welfare and educational topics with a frequent rural focus.

Julie was also a team leader on the media quiz show “Good News Week” for 5 years on Network Ten and ABC TV. Julie began working for the ABC in 1983 and she’s presented many Radio National programs, as well as stints on ABC Rural Radio and 702ABC Sydney.

Julie has also worked as a TV reporter for both the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and ANZAC DAY - and she’s thrilled to live in a country where it is possible to do both. But her proudest media moment was her appearance on ABC TV’s “Play School” as a silent clown called Plain Jane.

Currently Julie presents a travel program for Qantas and facilitates conferences and seminars nationally. Julie has university qualifications in the arts, education and law and she is an Ambassador for NAPCAN (The National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect), the Fred Hollows Foundation and FRANS Inc (Making Things Happen for People with Disabilities).

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Organisation: Healthscope Ltd

Position: Chief Information Officer

Paul Williams is the Chief Information Officer of Healthscope Ltd, Australia’s largest provider of integrated private hospital, pathology and medical centre services. His previous role was as Head of Information Services and Solutions Development at NEHTA that included responsibility for a range of e-Health applications packages and clinical terminology & services. Paul has held senior IT management roles with Symbion Health, Mayne Health, and was General Manager, Information Technology for the Mayne Nickless Transport Services Group. Earlier IT management experience was gained with Santos (oil & gas exploration and development) and Mutual Community (health insurance).


Organisation: Melbourne Health

Position: Chief Executive

Dr Goodier commenced in the role as Chief Executive for Melbourne Health on 18 June 2012.

Dr Goodier qualified as a medical practitioner in 1974. He practiced as a clinician in the UK, Australia and Saudi Arabia before moving into management.

He has sixteen years experience as the Chief Executive of Academic Teaching Hospitals and seven years as the Chief Executive of Regions or Health Authorities.

He has also worked as a management consultant for the World Bank and Arthur Andersen.

Dr Goodier has co-authored a Masters course on Quality in Health Care and has lectured in several universities on leadership and contemporary health management.

Dr Goodier has a Masters in Health Management and specialist medical qualifications in Public Health and Medical Management.
In 1995 he won the Bernard Nicholson Prize in the exams of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and in November 2009 Dr Goodier was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Health Sciences from Anglia Ruskin University.

Gareth returned to the UK as the CEO of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust in 2003 and was later appointed as the CEO of North West London Strategic Health Authority. In September 2006 he was appointed as the CEO of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Organisation: Australian Institute of Health Innovation, UNSW

Position: Director

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is a leading health services and systems researcher with an international reputation for his work investigating and contributing to systems improvement.

He has particular expertise in the culture and structure of acute settings, leadership, management and change in health sector organisations, quality and safety in health care, accreditation and surveying processes in international context and the restructuring of health services.

Professor Braithwaite is well known for bringing management and leadership concepts and evidence into the clinical arena and he has published extensively (more than 300 refereed contributions, and 500 total publications) about organisational, social and team approaches to care which has raised the importance of these in Australia and internationally.

Theories and ideas he has helped shape, formulate or devise, and provided research findings for, are now in common use as a result of his work: multi-method, triangulated approaches to research, the boundary-less hospital, accreditation models in general practice and beyond, clinician-managers as key players in reform initiatives, fundamental principles for the governance of health systems, diversity in clinical professional groups, inter-professional learning and culture change rather than restructuring as a more sustainable strategy for reform.

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Organisation: Canada Health Infoway

Position: Chair of the Board

Graham was born and raised in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In 1966 he received his law degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Following two years of law practice in Toronto, Graham served as Executive Assistant to the Right Honourable Robert Stanfield, Leader of the Opposition for Canada from 1970-1976.

In 1976 he joined the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and in 1977 he became Assistant Deputy General, Courts Administration and Inspector of Legal Offices.

He became Associate Secretary of the Cabinet in 1978 and in 1979 became Deputy Minister of Environment until late 1981 when he became Deputy Minister of Health until January of 1984.
Graham joined McMillan LLP as a Partner in January 1984 and was Managing Partner from 2000 to 2006. Graham Scott Strategies Inc. was established in 2008.

He has extensive experience in the public service, public policy, governance and accountability and in the assessment of boards and management teams in both the voluntary and private sectors with a particular emphasis on health care policy and issues.

He has been involved in the incorporation, amalgamation, restructuring and governance processes of health institutions in Canada.

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Organisation: UNSW and St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

Position: Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

Richard Day is Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at UNSW and St Vincent's Hospital Sydney. He has a clinical practice in Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical Toxicology, and Rheumatology.

He has particular interests in promoting the quality of use of medicines (QUM). Previously, he was chair of PHARM for the Federal Government 1999-08, director of Medical Benefits Fund, director and President of the international Drug Information Association (DIA)(2009-11), was co-chair of the Medication Safety Taskforce for the Australian Safety and Quality Council.

In addition he was chair of the NPS (National Prescribing Service) R&D committee (2008-10). Currently he holds the following positions:

  • Co-chair of the electronic medication management reference committee for the National e-Health Transition Authority and ex officio member ARA Therapeutics Committee.
  • Chair of NSW Medication Safety Expert Advisory Committee
  • Senior academic advisor to the Masters in Medical Science in Drug Development in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW. This is a national and international distance education programme dedicated to excellence in medicines and device development. His research focuses upon QUM and the pharmacotherapy of gout, diabetes, infectious diseases and psychotic disease.
  • He is also researching methods of enhancing the safe use of medicines using electronic medication management and decision support tools as one of six Chief Investigators on NH&MRC Programme Grants (2009-13)(2014-2018).

Organisation: Australian Antarctic Division

Position: Chief Medical Officer


Dr Ayton commenced with the Australian Antarctic Division as Chief Medical Officer in 2002 with responsibility for Australian Antarctic program medical support and human biology medicine research.

Dr Ayton wintered as an Antarctic Medical Practitioner at Casey Station in 1992 connecting his surgery to the innovative electronic ANARE health register. Implementation of shared electronic health records via satellite across Australian Antarctic stations and ships was achieved in 2009.

Dr Ayton has practiced as a rural and remote procedural GP anaesthetist and obstetrician in Victoria, Norfolk Island and PNG and held roles in global and domestic medical assistance, triage and evacuation.

Telehealth and ehealth has been core to supporting his rural and remote medical practice the provision of rural and remote clinical delivery, supervision and education.

Current Positions:
Chief Medical Officer Australian Antarctic Division. (
Chief Officer of the SCAR COMNAP Joint Expert Group Human Biology and Medicine (
Immediate Past President Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. (
Chair ACRRM Telehealth Advisory Committee (
Board Member General Practice Training Tasmania (

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Organisation: The Austin, Melbourne

Position: Program Manager, Medication Management

Libby has worked in the health sector for many years in a variety of health service planning, service development, service management and project management roles. Although her original training is in Health Information Management, Libby moved into more general healthcare management after completing her Masters in Business Administration.

She is currently employed at Austin Health as the Project Director for the Clinical Systems Projects. The main focus of this role for the last two and a half years has been the implementation of Cerner Millennium at Austin Health, including the implementation of the e-prescribing for inpatient and discharge medications and electronic ordering of pathology and radiology investigations and procedures.

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Organisation: St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney

Position: Pharmacist, Clinical Information Systems

Kate Richardson is a Pharmacist at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney specialising in navigating the e-health maze to find solutions to ensure medicines and medication information is appropriately and safely managed.

Kate has worked in retail, private and public hospital pharmacy and has clinical, managerial and information technology expertise. She has been involved in the implementation of pharmacy dispensing / inventory systems, smart IV infusion pumps and the electronic medication management system, MedChart® at St Vincent's Hospital.

Kate participates in the NEHTA Medication Management Reference Group, Australian Medicines Terminology Support Group and contributed to “eMMS: A Guide to Safe Implementation” published by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Kate participates in research activities concentrating on clinical decision support and is currently exploring opportunities in the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record to “close-the-loop” on the medicines continuum between consumers, general practice and hospital.


Organisation: Providence Health & Systems, USA

Position: Senior Director, Organisational Change Capacity

Ms. McCarthy is a recognized Technology Adoption strategist and leader with 25 years of health care industry experience supporting people through software implementations and other large scale change efforts. Ms. McCarthy is currently Senior Director, Organizational Change Capacity at Providence Health & Services in Seattle, WA where she is leading a cross-functional team in developing broad change capability across the organization. Previously, she was the Providence Organizational Readiness System Director, accountable for delivering end user readiness for an enterprise-wide electronic medical record deployment. Prior to her work at Providence, she was Director of Organizational Effectiveness for Kaiser Permanente’s enterprise-wide electronic medical record program. Ms. McCarthy is co-author of the 2010 HIMSS Book of the Year, Change Management Strategies for an Effective EMR Implementation.


Organisation: Advisory Board Company, USA

Position: Senior Advisor, Health IT Suite

Mr. Garets is Senior Advisor for the Advisory Board Company’s Health Care IT Suite. Previously, he served as president and CEO of HIMSS Analytics and has held executive positions at Healthlink, Gartner Inc., and as a health care provider CIO. Mr. Garets is a HIMSS fellow and served as HIMSS board chair in 2004. He also served on the faculties of the CHIME information management executive courses for 11 years and was a charter member of CHIME. He is an internationally known author and speaker on health care information strategies and technologies. Mr. Garets earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas Tech University.


Organisation: Department of Health & Ageing

Position: Deputy Secretary - Chief Information & Knowledge Officer

Mr Paul Madden was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary and Chief Information and Knowledge Officer in 2010. His role includes the development and implementation of visions, strategies and plans for information, knowledge, technology, and performance management.

Paul also provides strategic guidance and advice in relation to technical aspects for the various health reform projects including the Personally Controlled eHealth Record (PCEHR), Telehealth, ePrescribing and health system performance reporting.

Paul has also initiated projects to implement the enterprise information management strategy, and new enterprise IT governance and approval processes aimed at maximizing the department’s investment in information and technology.

Mr Madden is a member of the Departmental Executive Committee and is also the chair of the Departmental Information, Knowledge and Technology Committee which provides advice and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee on information, knowledge and technology strategies and plans. He also Chairs the Data Governance Council which provides advice and assists with the implementation of consistent information management policies and approaches.

Prior to joining the Department, Mr Madden was Program Director of the Standard Business Reporting (SBR) Program led from the Australian Treasury from 2007 - 2010.



Organisation: The Advisory Board Company

Position: Senior Research Director

Doug is a leading national expert in translating health care information technologies into operational improvements. His expertise includes EMR benefits planning, outcomes management systems, performance management systems, product value analysis, and risk-adjusted metrics.

He has worked with over 200 leading hospitals, including several Davies Award winners, and numerous vendors including Microsoft, Cardinal Health, McKesson, and GE Health Care.
Doug is the former chair of the HIMSS Clinical Systems Benefits Task Force and a frequent speaker at industry events.

His health care research has been published in numerous industry journals. Doug earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Brigham Young University, and an MBA in marketing from Columbia University Business School.


Organisation: Australian Institute of Health Innovation, UNSW

Position: Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, UNSW

Dr Gallego Luxan leads the research program in modelling and simulation in health at the Centre for Health Informatics, which is part of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). This group is developing new 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, Blanca obtained a Ph.D. in climate modelling from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) after which she worked in environmental economics as a postdoctoral fellow with the Integrated Sustainability Analysis group at the University of Sydney, before joining the Centre for Health Informatics in 2006. She has extensive international research experience in data analysis and computational modelling and has made significant and innovative contributions to the creation of models derived from complex empirical data for a wide range of applications, including climate dynamics, environmental economics, bio-surveillance and patient safety.

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Organisation: ASE Consulting

Position: Clinical Architect and Director

Mike has been a leading figure in Clinical Informatics for 25 years working both for Governments and Industry. He has designed and brought to market Clinical Computer Systems for Primary Care in the UK. He worked with the BMA on the current ‘Quality Based’ General Practitioner Contract in the UK and then led the Clinical Architecture and Assistive Technology teams at NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CFH UK) delivering national standards in hardware design, clinical interface design and usability of the electronic medical record. Since 2010 he has been based in Sydney working for NeHTA as a National Clinical Lead. He is currently focussing on Clinical Terminology, Coding and Medication Management in overall support of Healthcare Reform

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Organisation: NEHTA

Position: Head of Clinical Leadership and Engagement, National Clinical Lead, National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) Chair

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal is a General Medical Practitioner in Melbourne Victoria Australia in a group practice including his wife Karyn.

He is the Chair of Council of the World Medical Association and was elected in May 2011 working with 100+ Member National Medical Associations (NMA).

He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2011 for distinguished service to medical administration, to the promotion of public health through leadership roles with professional organisations, particularly the Australian Medical Association, to the reform of the Australian health system through the optimisation of information technology, and as a general practitioner.

He is currently the National Clinical Lead and Head of the Clinical Leadership & Stakeholder Management Unit with the National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) apprising the Australian community of the benefits of the vital role of IT in health care an enabler of progressive improvements and sustainability.

He is a Professor in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders
University in Adelaide, South Australia. He is also a Broadband champion with the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Chair of the beyondblue National Doctors’ Mental Health Program, the General Practice Data Governance committee and a Co-Chair of the Australian Asian Medical Federation. He sits on the Advisory Board of Brain Injury Australia.

He was the 19th Federal President of the Australian Medical Association, its Federal Vice President and, prior to that AMA Victorian State President. This saw him responsible for national policy development, lobbying with federal parliamentarians, co-ordinating activity across the AMA State entities and representing the AMA and its members nationally and internationally.

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Organisation: Neurosurgery in Brisbane

Position: Neurosurgeon and Health System Consultant

Dr Adrian Nowitzke is a Neurosurgeon and Health System Consultant.  Prior to 2008, he was the Director of Neurosurgery, and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane.  He was invited to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Gold Coast Health Service District until June 2012.  

During that time, he was the Project Owner for the Gold Coast University Hospital and implemented a District-wide electronic medical record.

Presently, he is in private practice Neurosurgery in Brisbane and external advisor to the Health Practice of a world-wide Management Consultant Firm. He holds Professorships in both Health Sciences and Business.


Organisation: University of Melbourne

Position: Prof. Fernando Martin-Sanchez Chair of Health Informatics Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne

Professor Fernando Martin-Sanchez studied Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid. He then received his M.Sc. degree in Knowledge Engineering and a PhD in Informatics from the Technical University (UPM), also in Madrid. After a postdoctoral stay at the Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering between Emory University Hospital and Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta (US), he returned to Spain and entered the National Institute of Health Carlos III. From 1993 to 1998 he was the CIO of the Institute and in 1998 became the Founding Director of the Medical Bioinformatics Research Unit.
In 2010 he received his PhD in Medicine from the University of La Coruna (Spain). As of February 2011 he was appointed Professor and Chair of Health Informatics at the Melbourne Medical School and Head of Health and Biomedical Informatics Research Laboratory of IBES (Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society). Prof. Martin-Sanchez is co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been funded by some 30 grants from the European Commission, the Spanish Ministries of Health, Science and Defense, IBES and the Australian NHMRC and Department of Health. His research interests cover a wide range of topics related with the role of informatics in personalized medicine and participatory health. He is a Member of AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) and a Director of the Board of HISA (Health Informatics Society of Australia).


Organisation: Accenture

Position: Health Management Consulting Lead, Australia and New Zealand

Travis is Accenture’s Health Management Consulting Lead, Australia and New Zealand. His main area of focus has been strategic change, clinical transformation, and eHealth strategic planning for the public health system.

Travis has led diverse and large-scale clinical transformation projects. These projects involved working with frontline clinicians to diagnose issues in clinical service delivery, developing solutions to improve service delivery and patient outcomes, and then to deliver and sustain the change. This includes leading reform of outpatient / ambulatory care services, surgical services, emergency services, State-wide & Hospital-based patient flow management, aged and chronic care services, and cardiology.

In the IT arena, Travis has delivered various state-wide and hospital-based IT strategies, primarily in Victoria and Queensland. Travis also led the Accenture team in the development of Singapore’s Electronic Health Record Architecture. The project used ‘options analysis’ of various EHR architectural options to help develop a ‘goal state’ architecture, and an implementation roadmap. It was a pioneering project for Singapore, which has subsequently led to the development of Singapore’s EHR.

More recently, Travis has spent the past 3 years providing strategic advice to NEHTA and the Australian Department of Health and Aging (DoHA). This initially involved assisting DoHA with early planning for the National eHealth Record System (then called the IEHR). This was followed by various strategic projects with NEHTA, including the development of its Strategic Plan, eHealth Blueprint, ‘go to market’ strategy, and benefits realisation framework for NEHTA products. Finally, Travis was Accenture’s lead Business Architect for the delivery of the National eHealth Record System.

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