Professor Helen L Berry
Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health
School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine and Health
The University of Sydney, NSW
Professor Helen Berry MA BSC BAPPPSYCH PHD GAICD is Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health at The University of Sydney School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health. She is a widely published and awarded psychiatric epidemiologist specialising in health and wellbeing in the context of climate change, social capital and complex disadvantage in Australia, Europe and Asia comparing circumstances in urban, rural and remote settings. She holds an honourary appointment at the University of Melbourne and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a consultant to government in evidence-based policy and the policy-research relationship.
A/Prof David Caldicott
Consultant Emergency Physician, Emergency Department, Calvary Hospital
Clinical Senior Lecturer, Emergency Medicine, A.N.U.
Associate Professor, Health & Design, University of Canberra
Clinical Lead, Australian Drug Observatory, Australian National University
Clinical Lead, Australian Medicinal Cannabis Observatory & Australian Medicinal Cannabis Course
Coordinator, ACTINOS Group (www.actinos.org)
Coordinator, SimulACRA Group (www.simulacra.guru)
Clinical Lead, DEAD-Set Project
David is an Irish Emergency Consultant, living and working in Canberra- he holds conjoint academic positions with the University of Canberra, and the Australian National University.
David has published and taught across a variety of subjects. He wrote The Bombs Blasts and Bullets course, the first course in Australia designed to teach first responders an approach to the medical response to terrorism. His work on using the Emergency Department as an observatory for the emergence of novel psychotropic drugs was developed in Adelaide, and the WEDINOS Project in The UK. This work continues as the ACT investigation of Novel Substance, and most recently, in Australia’s first government sanctioned pilot of pill testing. David is the co-recipient of an NH&MRC Partnership grant as part of the Driving Change project. He is currently the Clinical Lead at the Australian Drug Observatory of The ANU, and the convenor of the RACGP/ACCRM- accredited Australian Medicinal Cannabis Course, which provides a scientific exposition of a rapidly evolving and politically sensitive area of medicine.
He is terribly ‘disruptive’, as anyone who has ever worked with him will attest to, but fortunately that is now considered ‘a good thing’. He is a celebrant of diversity in emergency medicine, and advocacy in medicine in general. He rides a moped, is an enthusiastic but poor gardener, and is the father of many small children, all of whom appeared to have inherited his respect for titles, and authority.
Their looks, thankfully, come from their mother.
Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton
Director of Emergency Medicine Research
Monash Medical Centre
Adjunct Clinical Professor
Diana Egerton-Warburton is an Emergency Physician with a passion for patient and community advocacy. She was chair of the ACEM Public Health Committee and has led a project to highlight and reduce the harmful effects of alcohol. She is Director of Emergency Medicine Research at Monash Medical Centre. She is a Professor at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University and National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University. She is a member of the Commonwealth Governments, Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and other Drugs (ANACAD). As a supporter of #foamED, she uses social media as an education and advocacy tool. She believes in pragmatic patient centered research that passes the ‘so what’ test.
Dr Fiona Kerr
Founder and MD, The NeuroTech Institute
Neural and Systems Complexity Specialist
The University of Adelaide
Research Fellow, SAHMRI, Adelaide, SA
Fiona is the founder of the NeuroTech Institute, an independent body working at the intersection of neuroscience, emerging technology and ethical practice with a multi-disciplinary approach to investigating how humans shape each other, how technology shapes us and thus how we should shape technology. Her research areas include complex problem solving, trust and empathy, healing and hope, neural synchronization and neuroplasticity, and her diverse qualifications include cognitive neuroscience, complex systems engineering, psychology and anthropology. Fiona speaks and researches internationally on the neurophysiology of questions such as why face-to-face interaction with a trusted practitioner makes a patient heal better and improves clinical decision making, or what changes during interaction with AI whether in Defence or aged/health care. She is also the Neural and Systems Complexity specialist at Adelaide University and a research fellow at SAHMRI (SA Health and Medical Research Centre).
Independent Journalist and Health Writer
Editor and publisher
Croakey.org – Social Journalism for Health
Melissa Sweet is a public health journalist and managing editor of the social journalism for health initiative, Croakey Health Media. She has been reporting on health and medical matters since Dr Neal Blewett was the Federal Health Minister (i.e. since the late 1980s). Melissa recently completed a PhD, titled “Acknowledgement: a social journalism research project relating to the history of lock hospitals, lazarets and other forms of medical incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people”. Melissa is the author/co-author of several health-related books, and holds an honorary position as Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Melissa curates the Twitter account @WePublicHealth (please consider applying to guest tweet!), and also writes for the online publication Inside Story (https://insidestory.org.au/authors/melissa-sweet/). Follow her on Twitter – @croakeyblog – for news about public health, Indigenous health, climate change and health, health policy, equity concerns, the social determinants of health, and journalism.
Professor David Bowman
Research Chair in Pyrogeography and Fire Science
School of Natural Sciences, University of Tasmania
Director, Fire Centre Research Hub
University of Tasmania
Honorary Professor, Archaeology and Natural History
School of Culture, History and Language, The Australian National University
Professor David Bowman BSc (Hons) PhD DSc holds a research chair in Pyrogeography and Fire Science in the School of Natural Sciences University of Tasmania, is the Director of the transdisciplinary University of Tasmania Fire Centre Research Hub, and is an Honorary Professor Archaeology and Natural History School of Culture, History and Language at The Australian National University. He is developing the transdisciplinary field of pyrogeography that provides a synthetic understanding of landscape burning that unites human, physical and biological dimensions of fire from the geological past into the future and spanning local to global geographic scales.
Dr Martin Dutch
Consultant Emergency Physician, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria
Medical Donation Specialist, DonateLife Victoria
Martin Dutch is a Consultant Emergency Physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and a Medical Donation Specialist with DonateLife Victoria. He is a senior fellow within the Centre for Integrated Critical Care Research at the University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking PhD research in the field of increased viral risk organ donors. Additionally, he has interests in mass gathering medicine, disaster and emergency management and is the State Medical Officer for St John Ambulance Victoria.
Australian Digital Health Agency
Tim Kelsey is Chief Executive of the Australian Digital Health Agency which is responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety.
He was formerly National Director for Patients and Information in NHS England – a role which combined the functions of chief technology and information officer with responsibility for patient and public participation. He took up the post in 2012 after serving as the British government’s first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data.
He was also National Information Director for health and care in England and Chair of the National Information Board which advises the Secretary of State on national priorities for data and technology.
Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in health and care and, in 2000, was co-founder of Dr Foster, a company which pioneered publication of patient outcomes in healthcare.
He is also an internationally regarded expert in digital transformation of the customer experience in healthcare. In 2007, he launched NHS Choices, the national online health information service (http://www.nhs.uk/) which now reports around 40 million users per month. In 2014 Tim was named one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by The Sunday Times.
Before Dr Foster, Tim was a national newspaper journalist and a television reporter. He worked for the Independent and the Sunday Times, as well as Channel 4 and the BBC.
He is co-author with Roger Taylor of Transparency and the Open Society which was published by Policy Press and the University of Chicago in 2016.
Tim is visiting professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.
Follow Tim on Twitter: @tkelsey1
Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham
Chief Medical Adviser
Australian Digital Health Agency
Professor Makeham leads the development of initiatives to ensure that digital health technology in Australia is designed, built and evaluated in close collaboration with the research community, so that the foundations of digital health in Australia incorporate the best available evidence and are maintained on the cutting edge of discovery in Australia and internationally. She is a member of the Australian Digital Health Agency’s executive leadership team, providing advice on patient safety, clinical governance, risk management, digital health and safety research, and the delivery of primary care services.
A leading patient safety advocate and researcher in digital health and safety in Primary Care, Professor Makeham has been involved with numerous national and international research collaborations in these areas. Before joining the Agency, she led the Primary Care Digital Health and Safety research stream at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University, and is a member of the WHO Safer Primary Care working group.
As an expert member of the Clinical Safety Oversight Committee for the My Health Record system and the Clinical Governance Advisory Group for the Commonwealth Department of Health, she has been involved with the clinical governance and safety oversight of the My Health Record system since it commenced operation. She has also been a Patient Safety Adviser for the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare for a number of years.
Professor Makeham is a general practitioner and practices in Sydney. She has had a long association with her professional college and numerous Primary Care representative and educational organisations, and was appointed as a member of the Clinical Advisory Council for the Sydney North Health Network (PHN) in 2015. She has a background and ongoing interest in medical education, having formerly been the Course Coordinator for the medical program at UNSW in Primary Care, and was appointed to the Australian Medical Council’s Board of Examiners as Chair of the Population Health and Ethics group. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and was awarded the College Medal. She was a former board director of the RACGP and is currently a member of their Representative Expert Committee for eHealth and Practice Systems. She regularly acts as an examiner for the RACGP Fellowship examinations and UNSW final year medical student examinations. She has also held numerous appointments in a philanthropic and honorary capacity, providing support to a number of not-for-profit health organisations. These currently include the Medical Advisory Committee for Family Planning NSW, and she is a board member and the Chair of the Research Subcommittee for the Alport Foundation of Australia, a charitable foundation supporting genetic renal research.
She has a Bachelor of Medicine (Honours), a Masters of Public Health (Honours) and a PhD in Patient Safety from the University of Sydney.
Professor Gretta Pecl
Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology
ARC Future Fellow, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
University of Tasmania
Gretta Pecl is a Professor of marine ecology with broad interdisciplinary research interests and a passion for science engagement and communication with the public. Much of her current research centres around understanding climate change impacts in marine systems, and how our marine industries and communities may best adapt to these changes. She has a focus on climate-driven changes in the distribution of the planet’s species and the vast implications of these changes for human health and well-being. Professor Pecl is a Fulbright Fellow, an ARC Future Fellow, Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology.
Chief Clinical Information Officer
Australian Digital Health Agency
Angela Ryan is the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Acting Chief Clinical Information Officer.
Angela is a clinical leadership and health informatics professional with 30 years’ experience in hospitals and public sector organisations, with more than two decade’s experience as a paediatric and adult intensive care Nurse.
Angela is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and serves as President of the ACHI Council. In 2017 Angela was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study methods to prevent patient harm through national digital health safety governance and has recently completed travel to the UK, USA and Canada as part of the Churchill Fellowship research. The report will be published later this year.