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ACHSM National one-day conference. The Health of the Nation. 
2022 Conference program:




Conference opening + Welcome to Country 

  Dr Neale Fong, ACHSM National President


Opening panel

  • Prof Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Department of Health Victoria
  • Prof Andrew Way AM, FCHSM CHE, Chief Executive, Alfred Health
  • Briana Baass, FCHSM CHE, Chief Allied Health Officer (VIC)
  • Facilitator: Dr Neale Fong FCHSM CHE, ACHSM National President 
Unexpected leadership lessons from the pandemic






10.15am – 11.10am


  • Dr Zoe Wainer FCHSM CHE, Deputy Secretary, Public Health at Victorian Department of Health
  • Michael Roff, CEO, Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) 
  • Kylie Woolcock, Acting CEO, Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA)
  • Facilitator: Dr Neale Fong FCHSM CHE, ACHSM National President 
Where is health policy going? 



11.10-11.20am  Short break     

11.20am – 12.00pm

Keynote presentation:

  • Professor Tony Walker ASM,
    CEO, Ambulance Victoria
Keynote presentation: 
Leading and transforming ambulance services for a changing community


12.00pm – 12.45pm

Keynote presentation:

  • Dr Nick Coatsworth, Infectious Disease Physician

Keynote presentation:
From bedside to boardroom - the importance of physician leadership in medicine 


12.45pm – 1.45pm




Afternoon panel:

  • Dr Ruth Vine, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health, Department of Health
  • Prof Jenny Firman AM, Chief Health Officer, Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Prof Patrick McGorry AO, Executive Director, Orygen
  • Facilitator: Dr Richard Olley, ACHSM Board Director, Senior Lecturer, Griffith University

Mental Health – Each panel member will give a 15 minute presentation, followed by Q&A panel

> Dr Ruth Vine

> Prof Jenny Firman AM: Mental health care for Veterans

> Prof Patrick McGorry AO



3.15pm – 3.40pm




Keynote presentation: 

  • Dr Tess Ryan,
    Writer, academic and consultant

The power and the passion of Indigenous Health – from the individuals pushing for change, the allies that assist in building strength in organisations, and the educational and policy shifts seen recently in health as it applies to Indigenous peoples. 


In conversation: 

  • Dr Stephen Duckett LMFCHSM, CHE, Director, Health and Aged Care Program, Grattan Institute
  • Professor Allan Fels AO, Professor, Melbourne & Monash University
  • Facilitator: Dr Neale Fong FCHSM CHE, ACHSM National President
Do we really need any more Royal Commissions Or Inquiries? A Conversation.
Why have there been so many across the health and social  sectors? Are they valuable? Are they a catalyst for change and improvement or simply deferring action by governments to continue the policy and decision-making inertia? Is there a better way?


4.50pm-5.00pm Conference close  Dr Neale Fong   


NETWORKING SESSION: including drinks and canapes