Keynote Speakers


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 (
Coordinator, SimulACRA Group (
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
Monash Health
Adjunct Clinical Professor
Monash University

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).

Melissa Sweet

Independent Journalist and Health Writer
Editor and publisher – 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 ( 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.

Important Dates

Sponsorship & exhibition prospectus released

November 2018

Registration opens

18 March 2019

Call for abstracts opens

5 April 2019

Call for abstracts closes  

29 July 2019

Early bird registration closes

16 August 2019