Confirmed speakers and panel members below.


Keynote speakers

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite


Professor Braithwaite is Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Director of the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, and Professor of Health Systems Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

He has appointments at six other universities internationally, and he is a board member and President Elect of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) and consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO).

His research examines the changing nature of health systems, which has attracted funding of more than AUD $137 million. He is particularly interested in health care as a complex adaptive system and applying complexity science to health care problems.
Professor Braithwaite has contributed over 500 refereed publications and has presented at international and national conferences on more than 950 occasions, including 104 keynote addresses.

His research appears in journals such as The BMJ, JAMA, The Lancet, Social Science & Medicine, BMJ Quality and Safety, and the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. He has received over 45 different national and international awards for his teaching and research.  

Dr Omar Khorshid

President, Australian Medical Association

Dr Omar Khorshid is an experienced medical leader and orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and hip. He was elected President of the Federal AMA on 1 August 2020, and is a past President of AMA WA.

Omar was born in Melbourne and moved to Perth with his family as a child. He completed his medical degree at the University of Western Australia in 1997 and commenced his internship and residency at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 1998. He completed his Advanced Surgical Training in Orthopaedics and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2007.

After a year as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Fremantle and Rockingham Hospitals, Omar spent a year performing Fellowships in Sydney (knee surgery) and Edinburgh (complex joint replacement), before returning to Perth in 2009.

Omar has a longstanding interest in medical education, and was appointed as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Curtin University’s new medical school in 2016.

While his title is Associate Professor, Omar prefers to be called Dr.

Professor Laureate Nicholas J. Talley


Nick Talley is a distinguished gastroenterologist and clinician. He is currently Professor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle with protected time for research and clinical practice as part of this appointment. He is a Past President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a past Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, former Treasurer of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia, and a past member of the NHMRC Research Council and MBS taskforce.

Nick has an outstanding academic track record with over 1000 publications. He is the CIA of the NHMRC CRE in Digestive Health, and CI for several successfully completed NHMRC and NIH grants, attracting more than AUD 15 million in funding during the last 5 years.

Nick has won many prestigious research awards including the Distinguished Research Prize from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), Masters Award for Research (Digestive Diseases Week, American Gastroenterological Association), the Research Scientist Award from the Functional Brain-Gut Research Group (FBG), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Distinguished Educator Award (AGA), Newcastle Innovation Excellence in Innovation Award, and the NSW Excellence in Biological Sciences (Cell and Molecular, Medical and Veterinary and Genetics). In 2018, he was NSW Scientist of the Year, the Peter Wills Medal from Research Australia and in 2021 the UNSW Alumni Award. He deliver lectures and presents his research around the world, and is considered an international authority in the field.

Panel members

Dr Brendan Murphy

Secretary, Department of Health

Dr Brendan Murphy commenced as the Secretary of the Department of Health on 13 July 2020.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary, Brendan was the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and prior to this, the Chief Executive Officer of Austin Health in Victoria.

Dr Murphy is:

  • a Professorial Associate with the title of Professor at the University of Melbourne
  • an Adjunct Professor at Monash University and at the Australian National University
  • a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
  • a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He was formerly CMO and director of Nephrology at St Vincent’s Health, and sat on the Boards of the Centenary Institute, Health Workforce Australia, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He is also a former president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology.

Elizabeth Koff

Secretary, NSW Health

Elizabeth was appointed Secretary, NSW Health in 2016. As Secretary, Elizabeth is responsible for the management of the NSW health system ($29 billion budget and 122,000 FTE) and setting strategic direction to ensure NSW continues to provide exceptional healthcare, research and education.

Elizabeth is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), NSW President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Dr Karen Price

President, RACGP

As a former practice owner, RACGP Victoria Co-Deputy Chair, Chair of Women in General Practice and a GP for more than 25 years, Dr Karen Price came to the role of President with plenty of experience under her belt.

Karen’s priorities as RACGP President include transforming the vision of a vital general practice sector. This includes funding for general practice and improving the college’s engagement with members from remote/rural to urban areas. Establishing a lifelong college of innovative learning to support new GPs through their vocational journey is essential RACGP business.

Karen is passionate about GPs thriving through effective communication, good governance, teamwork and patient safety, and providing the profession the support it needs to carry out the purpose of our work – high-quality holistic and longitudinal patient care. She continues to promote leadership, advocacy, peer support and evidence-based medicine in her research and her clinical general practice. She is also finishing her PhD at Monash University on the role of peer connection in Australian general practice.

Every day of Karen’s Presidency will be dedicated to getting GPs the resources they need to do the job they were trained to do while meeting the high standards the RACGP has always set. It’s our college, so ‘members first’ is a priority.

Carmel Monaghan

Chief Executive Officer, Ramsay Health Care Australia

Carmel Monaghan is the Chief Executive Officer, Ramsay Health Care Australia, commencing in this role 1 October 2020. Carmel joined Ramsay in 1998 and has worked across hospital, corporate and global Ramsay positions playing a key role in the company’s successful growth during this time.

She has extensive experience and a comprehensive understanding of healthcare operations and strategy both in Australia and overseas. Coming from a marketing and communications background, Carmel has had a strong focus on delivering results through focusing on customers and developing strong doctor relationships.

She is a respected leader with the ability to build an experienced and loyal team and her collaborative style and people-focused approach, is closely aligned with ‘The Ramsay Way’. Having worked with the Company’s founder Paul Ramsay for many years, she has a strong belief in its organisational culture of ‘people caring for people’.

Professor Tracy Smart AO, Air Vice-Marshal (Ret.)


Professor, Military and Aerospace Medicine/Public Health Lead - COVID Response Office; Australian National University

Professor Smart is a physician, health leader, and retired Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) senior officer. During 35 years of service, Professor Smart served in tactical, operational and strategic roles, on overseas deployments, and was Surgeon General of the ADF from 2015 to 2019. She transferred to the RAAF Reserve in 2020.  

Professor Smart’s current roles at the ANU include provision of public health guidance to ensure a COVID-safe, responsive and resilient ANU, and contributing to the development of the University’s Space Medicine program. In addition to these roles she is: Public Health Advisor and a Mental Health Steering Group member, Australian Football League (AFL); a Member, Australian Space Agency’s Technical Advisory Group - Space Medicine & Life Sciences; President, Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine; Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne; and Strategic Advisor – LGBTI Inclusion, Department of Defence.

Professor Smart was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 and an Officer of the Order of Australian in the 2019 Queens’ Birthday Honours List. 

Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison J McMillan

Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Dept of Health

Alison McMillan commenced as the Australian Government Department of Health’s Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in November 2019.

Alison is a Registered Nurse with a Critical Care Nursing Certificate, a Bachelor Degree in Education, a Master of Business Administration and was awarded a National Emergency Medal in recognition of service following the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. She is an experienced executive manager with more than 30 years’ experience across the public health system. Alison has held senior executive roles in government and health services within Victoria including the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and Director of Quality, Safety and Patient Experience.

Alison is a member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee contributing to key advice provided to the National Cabinet during the COVID-19 pandemic and, as Co-Chair of the Infection Control Expert Group providing advice and information on best practice on infection prevention and control in the community, hospitals, aged care, schools and community sport.

Alison has been a part of a team providing communication to the community, which is clear, honest, and compassionate. In February 2020, Alison was the nurse team leader for an Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) deployed to repatriate Australian’s from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Japan.

Alison has collaborated with state and territory Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers and other key stakeholders including the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Australian College of Nursing, Australian College of Midwives and Australian College of Critical Care Nurses to ensure sufficient nursing and midwifery capability and capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Associate Professor Anna Barker

B.Phty, M.Phty (Geriatrics), PhD

Executive Director, Research & Innovation, Silver Chain Group

Anna is an experienced health care leader and innovator, clinical researcher and Physiotherapist (B.Phty, M.Phty (Geriatrics), PhD). She has over 20 years of health industry and research experience that spans company start-ups, academia and corporate. She is passionate about healthy ageing and innovative models to support the health and care experience of older people.

As the Executive Director, Research & Innovation at Silver Chain she is leading the Future Care strategy that will shape how care in the home is delivered in Australia and Internationally. The strategy brings together service evaluation, innovation and research activities.
Previously she was the Head of the Health Services Research Unit at Monash University and also Head of Member Health Innovation and Proposition Team at Medibank Private. Anna has an international reputation for her ageing research contributions with over 100 publications and collaborative research partnerships with the Mayo clinic, Bournemouth University Dementia Institute, along with several Australian Universities and industry organisations. In evidence of the impact of her research, key findings have been cited by National Best Practice Guidelines and a landmark falls prevention trial she led with >40,000 patients was published in The BMJ and downloaded >7,000 times in the first month after publication. She has also authored the textbook Palgrave Handbook of Physical Activity and Health Promotion. She remains an active researcher with an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in Health Services Research at Monash University.

  • Entrepreneurial and driven leader, with 20 years of health industry and clinical research expertise.
  • Builder of world-class health innovation and delivery teams, with a specialty in both discovery and delivery stages.
  • Proven networking skills, building partnerships with internal and external academic and industry stakeholders to design and deliver strategic health initiatives that achieve improved health outcomes for individuals and multimillion-dollar bottom-line growth.

Dr Terry Sweeney CMG

With over 22 years global industry experience, Terry is recognised as a thought leader in digital health, healthcare innovation through technology and commercialisation. Terry’s industry insights are in regular demand from international governments, healthcare organisations, public forums and media outlets, and is a strategic advisor to a number of global organisations, including the G20. He has currently stepped into the Digital Health CRC CEO role, establishing a digital health innovation strategy for Australia. Terry is also a Professor at the Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Terry has established and scaled two major startups, both being acquired by large global multinationals. He was a Founding Director of the social health and care technology start-up, Cúram Software. Based in Ireland, Cúram’s global presence and market leadership led to IBM acquiring the company in 2012.

An adept commercial leader, Terry has a proven track record of scaling and commercialising research, start-ups/ scale-ups and large-scale enterprises. Terry is particularly effective in identifying and incubating opportunities in new and emerging markets, not least a $1bn+ partnership with China.

Terry is the founder of Auxilia, an international digital health advisory at the intersection of healthcare, technology and big data. He helps healthcare, life sciences and human services organisations around the world to solve real world business problems through the use of technology and data.

During Terry’s tenure as Global Managing Director for IBM Watson Health, he worked at the forefront of the Chinese Government’s ‘Healthy China 2030’ national agenda, establishing a first of a kind partnership to bring innovative new technology to serve the healthcare needs of the largest population in the world. Most recently, Terry led an initiative to establish an e-health platform for Japan, revolutionising patient safety and providing clinicians with critical insights to drive better patient outcomes. Terry was also responsible for leading global partnerships with world leading organisations such as the G20, American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, NHS UK, Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare and SoftBank, Japan.

Terry has held a number of global senior strategic positions in both public and private sectors. Reporting to the Secretary of State for Health, Terry was the UK Government Special Advisor on the health and social care digital strategy, leading the transformation of front-line services through technology adoption. He also led the global healthcare practice for a large ‘top-four’ consulting firm.

A former professional athlete, Terry holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cambridge University, a firstclass honours degree in Economics also from Cambridge University, and a Master of Science in Business Information Technology. Terry was honoured by HRH Queen Elizabeth II with an order of Knighthood (C.M.G.) in recognition of his service overseas on behalf of the British Government.

Professor Tony Capon

Tony Capon directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and holds a chair in Planetary Health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

He was a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health. A public health physician, Tony’s research focuseson urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. His career spans the local—as Director of Public Health and Medical Officer of Health in Western Sydney—to the global—as Director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH). Tony currently co-chairs the Future Earth Health Knowledge–Action Network.

Fiona Armstrong

Executive Director and Founder of Climate and Health Alliance

Fiona is Executive Director and Founder of Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) in Australia, a national coalition of health groups with a mission to build a powerful health sector movement for climate action. She is a founding director of the Global Climate and Health Alliance; the architect of the world’s first Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia (2017); and a lead author of the Queensland Human Health and Wellbeing Climate Change Adaptation Plan (2018). Fiona recently conceived and led the Rewrite the Future Roundtable series, which led to the publication, ‘Australia in 2030: Possible Alternative Futures’, and she is the lead author of the accompanying Healthy, Regenerative and Just policy agenda, which outlines the pathway to this preferred future.  Fiona is regularly invited to speak at national and international events, and appears regularly in media, in ABC Radio National Breakfast and in The Canberra Times. Her recent article for The Conversation: ‘Coronavirus is a wake-up call: our war with the environment is leading to pandemics, with Professor Tony Capon and Dr Ro McFarlane, has been translated in Danish and read over 60,000 times.

Dr Tarun Weeramanthri

President, Public Health Association of Australia

Tarun Weeramanthri is President of the Public Health Association of Australia, Deputy Chair of the PathWest Board, and an adjunct professor in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Western Australia. He is a trained specialist in internal medicine and public health, and has a PhD in social medicine.

He was Chief Health Officer in Western Australia (WA) from 2008 to 2018, and in the Northern Territory (NT) from 2004 to 2007. In 2014, he was awarded the Sidney Sax Medal by the Public Health Association of Australia, for his contribution to public health in Australia. From 2019-2020, he conducted an Inquiry into the Impacts of Climate Change on Health in WA.

Over the last year, he has worked with governments in WA, Victoria and South Australia as an advisor on the COVID-19 response, and with the Commonwealth Government as a panel member on the National Contact Tracing Review. In early 2021, he conducted an independent review of Hotel Quarantine Arrangements in WA.

Michael Gorton


Michael Gorton AM is a senior partner at Russell Kennedy Lawyers and has more than 30 years’ experience advising the health and medical sector on all aspects of commercial law, assisting boards of health organisations to understand their legal obligations for effective governance structures, governance policies and implementing risk management strategies.

He is the Chair of Alfred Health and Chair of Wellways Australia. He is a Board member of Ambulance Victoria and the Holmesglen Institute (TAFE), and is the former Chair of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and former Board member of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. He is a former Chair of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Dr Ramsey Awad

Executive Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability, Hunter New England Health

Ramsey is currently the Executive Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability for Hunter New England Health, which is one of Australia’s largest Health services covering the geographical area of the UK with over 80 facilities.   

Infrastructure & Planning is responsible for:

  • Clinical Planning & Delivery
  • Capital Works
  • Engineering & Maintenance
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Sustainability

His qualifications include a PhD in health & medicine, Bachelor degrees in architecture and construction management and executive training from the Harvard and Cambridge Business Schools.