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 (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
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 an adjunct professor at Monash University in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health and Monash Art, Design & Architecture (MADA). At Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ) she collaborates with Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching And Research (The AVATAR Group), holding an adjunct professor position. As a supporter of #foamED, she uses social media as an education and advocacy tool. She believes in pragmatic patient-centred research that passes the ‘so what’ test.

Much of her research is aimed at reducing low value care and practicing the art of deliberate clinical inertia. She is passionate about highlighting the health impacts of climate change and working on a policy and advocacy level to address this. She believes innovation is key to create sustainable change in the health care system and society.

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).

Invited Speakers

Professor Franz Babl

Paediatric Emergency Physician and Professor of
Paediatric Emergency Medicine
University of Melbourne

Professor Franz Babl is a paediatric emergency physician and the Professor of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the director of research at the emergency department of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and head of emergency research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia.

He is the founding chair and a current vice-chair of PREDICT, the paediatric emergency research network in Australia and New Zealand, and an executive committee member of PERN, the global collaboration of emergency research networks.

His research focus is on multi-centre randomized controlled trials and large observational studies in emergency conditions in children. He has sourced >$10 million in grant funding over the last 5 years and has published 250 peer-reviewed papers.

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 Paris Buttfield-Addison

Co-Founder, Secret Lab

Paris Buttfield-Addison is a co-founder of Secret Lab, a game development studio based in beautiful Hobart, Australia. Secret Lab builds games and game development tools, including the multi-award-winning ABC Play School iPad games, the BAFTA- and IGF-winning Night in the Woods, the Qantas airlines Joey Playbox games, and the Yarn Spinner narrative game framework. Previously, Paris was a mobile product manager for Meebo (acquired by Google). Paris particularly enjoys game design, statistics, law, machine learning, and human-centered technology research and writes technical books on mobile and game development (more than 20 so far) for O’Reilly. He holds a degree in medieval history and a PhD in computing.

Dr Katherine Davis

Resident Medical Officer
Royal Hobart Hospital

Dr Katherine Davis is a resident medical officer at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania, with an interest in anaesthesia and pain management. Prior to working at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Katherine completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of Tasmania, with two years at the Rural Clinical School in North West Tasmania. She has been involved in multiple research projects, including recently investigating the prescribing practices and demographics of prescribers of oxycodone from the Royal Hobart Hospital Emergency Department. Outside of medicine, Katherine is a volunteer ski patroller, and is five-time, and current, national women’s sailing champion in the NS14 class.


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.

Dr Tanya Gray

Senior Staff Specialist, FACEM & PEM at Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Dr Tanya Gray works between the two worlds of Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics. She is the medical lead of Australia’s only MDT outpatient procedural sedation clinic for children with cognitive, communication, sensory differences. In the Emergency Department she is a Senior Staff Specialist and acting co-DEMT of Paediatric Emergency Training. She believes that connection lies at the heart of what we all do and that work meetings are best done with cake.

Dr Andrew Hugman

Emergency Physician and Retrieval Specialist
Project Clinical Lead, My Health Record in Emergency Departments

Dr Andrew Hugman is a practicing Emergency Physician and Retrieval Specialist who is passionate about how digital health technologies can improve health care.

He is an ex-Pom who worked as a junior doctor in the NHS before coming to Australia in 1999. His undergraduate studies were done in the UK, US and South Africa. He specialised in Emergency Medicine in Sydney, and has worked in Emergency Medicine and Ambulance Retrieval Services positions across New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.

In the last few years he has satisfied his interest in health informatics with Clinical Lead positions with hospital, district and state roles in eMR design and implementation of online clinical documentation and electronic medication management systems. Currently he works at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care where he is the Clinical Lead for a number of projects examining the use of the My Health Record system in Emergency Departments and Ambulance services –  including recently concluding a large multi-centre ED trial which some of you might have participated in.


Tim Kelsey

Chief Executive
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

Heather Kirkpatrick

Documentary Filmmaker

Heather Kirkpatrick is an award winning documentary filmmaker who will be showing us a private preview screening of her new feature length documentary, Against Our Oath, which will be released in October this year. The story follows the ethical conflicts which erupt as the government overrides the clinical decisions of doctors working with refugees in Australia’s offshore system.

This film has been four years in the making, across the globe, and the final scenes of the documentary show the passing of the recent Medevac legislation. Heather’s first feature film Mary Meets Mohammad won many media awards including being a 2013 Walkley Award finalist and the recipient of a United Nations Media Peace Prize in 2014. Heather will be with us for a special Q & A session after the film.

Dr Nina Loughman

Staff Specialist Anaesthetist and Specialist Pain Medicine Physician
Royal Hobart Hospital

Dr Nina Loughman is a Staff Specialist Anaesthetist and Specialist Pain Medicine Physician at the Royal Hobart Hospital. She attended and graduated with honours from the University of Newcastle. A past Acute Paediatric Life Support courses instructor and editor for The World Federation of Societies for Anaesthesiologists, she is now the Faculty of Pain Medicine representative for the Tasmanian Regional Committee of ANZCA and Tasmanian representative for the Professional Standards Committee of ANZCA.


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.

Dr Jon Manning

Co-Founder, Secret Lab

Jon Manning is the co-founder of independent game development studio Secret Lab. He’s working on Button Squid, a top-down puzzler, and the critically acclaimed BAFTA-winning adventure game Night in the Woods, which includes his interactive dialogue system Yarn Spinner. He’s written a whole bunch of books for O’Reilly about iOS development and game development. Jon holds a PhD about jerks on the internet.

Professor Ed Oakley

Emergency Physician
Royal Childrens Hospital Melbourne

Associate Professor Oakley is a paediatric emergency medicine specialist, Chief of Critical Care, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and an honorary research fellow at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. He is an associate professor at the University of Melbourne. Ed undertook training in emergency medicine in Australia and has worked as a paediatric emergency medicine specialist for 15 years. Ed is a member of the Paediatric Leadership Group of the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network; the Clinical Trials Group of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine; the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation, and a Board member of the Emergency Medicine Foundation. In PREDICT, Ed is the chief investigator for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded Paediatric Emergency Medicine Centre of Research Excellence and a chief investigator on several other NHMRC funded multicentre studies.

Dr Andrew Peacock

Expedition Doctor/Photographer/Leader

Dr Andrew Peacock is a CMO in Emergency at Greenslopes Hospital in Brisbane and has been the expedition doctor on trips to many remote areas around the world but particularly on small ship journeys to Antarctica. He also works as an Expedition Leader for Lindblad Expeditions and is an awarded adventure travel photographer http://www.footloosefotography.com.

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.


Angela Ryan

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.

Associate Professor Kristy de Salas

Program Director – Games and Creative Technologies Research Group
Co-Lead – HealthCOPE Research Group
Discipline of Information & Communication Technology
School of Technology, Environments & Design
University of Tasmania

Associate Professor, Dr Kristy de Salas is Producer for the local Tasmanian Games Development company – Giant Margarita, that has released entertainment games with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Kristy also runs the Games and Creative Technologies Research Group at the University of Tasmania, and helps local business create games and apps to support and bring about behavioural change. Kristy has helped bring change to over 200 organisations, in diverse fields such as early childhood learning, stroke rehabilitation, energy conservation, and industry development. Kristy believes strongly in social entrepreneurship, and is excited to bring together ICT, creative industries, business, and sciences to solve some of the Tasmania’s most pressing problems.

Dr Andy Tagg

Emergency Physician
Western Health, Melbourne

Dr Andy Tagg is an Emergency Physician with a special interest in paediatrics. After escaping the NHS ten years ago he decided to settle in sunny Melbourne. As a registrar he co-founded www.dontforgetthebubbles.com which has gone on to become a world leader in paediatric education via the web, podcasts and its sell-out conferences. When not editing or writing for the website he is trying to teach his three children the difference between Batman and Superman.

Dr Emma Tavender

Knowledge Translation Co-ordinator
Emergency Research Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne
Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT)

Dr Emma Tavender is Knowledge Translation Co-ordinator for the Emergency Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne Australia and the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT). Emma’s research interest is developing and evaluating the effectiveness of implementation strategies to improve the uptake of research evidence in the Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) setting. As Associate Editor for the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Group she is also experienced in systematic review methodology and undertaking systematic reviews of complex interventions that aim to change professional and organizational behaviour.

Dr Aloima Taufilo Teatu

Emergency Registrar
Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital, Fiji

Dr Teatu hails from the small Islet called Nui (population approx 500), one of the 9 beautiful small islands of Tuvalu (total population of approx 11,000), She works full time at Princess Margaret Hospital’s Emergency/Out patient Department. She left home one year ago to come to Fiji with hopes of pursuing a programme in Emergency Medicine. Dr Teatu completed her PostGraduate Diploma in EM last year at the Fiji National University (thanks to the Government of NZ MFAT for their sponsorship) and is now continuing on to complete her first year Masters for EM, doing her clinical attachment at CWM hospital in Suva. Dr Teatu is the first Tuvaluan Emergency trained Doctor and looks forward to returning to her humble beginnings to help assist her colleagues set up and improve the quality of Emergency care at Princess Margaret Hospital Tuvalu in two years’ time. Outside of her ED family, Dr Teatu is a wife and a proud mother of two.

Cate Wilson

Network Coordinator
Australian and New Zealand Emergency Research Network, PREDICT (Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative)

Cate is the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence funded Network Coordinator for the Australian and New Zealand emergency research network, PREDICT (Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative).  Her role involves facilitating research operations across the network which includes over 50 Emergency departments across Australia and New Zealand.   Cate originally qualified as a registered nurse and has since completed a master of public health at Monash and a master of program evaluation at the University of Melbourne.  Cate is interested in both clinical and health services research and epidemiology.  Currently her focus is on the process of enabling high quality research, with a particular interest in the implementation of evidence into practice

Important Dates

Sponsorship & exhibition prospectus released