2020 Professional Development Program for Doctors
 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

ELIZABETH KOFF, SECRETARY, NSW HEALTH

Elizabeth has held a number of Senior Executive roles within the NSW health system, across operational and policy portfolios.

Elizabeth was appointed Secretary, NSW Health in 2016. As Secretary, Elizabeth is responsible for the management of the NSW health system ($24 billion budget and 118,000 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), a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and a member of Chief Executive Women.



DR ANDREW MONTAGUE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CENTRAL COAST LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICT

Dr Andrew Montague has been Chief Executive Central Coast Local Health District since August 2016 and has extensive clinical and senior management experience within the health sector in both QLD and NSW.

Dr Montague studied medicine at the University of New South Wales and has a Masters in Health Administration from the University of New South Wales. He is a fellow of both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. He has held the roles of Director of Medical Services, Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland; Deputy Director of Medical Services, Royal North Shore Hospital; Director of Medical Services Northern Beaches Health Service and Director Operations, Northern Sydney Local Health District



CARRIE MARR, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CLINICAL EXCELLENCE COMMISSION

Chief Executive of the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), Carrie Marr has a passionate focus on quality improvement and patient safety.

She has held a number of executive and consultancy roles within the National Health Service, Scotland. Before joining the CEC, Carrie worked at Western Sydney Local Health District as Executive Director Organisation Effectiveness.
Carrie is a graduate of the advanced training program in Quality Improvement at Intermountain Health Care, Utah, USA. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing); a Diploma in Education (Nurse Teaching); and a Master of Science (Organisation Consulting).

Carrie continues to proactively collaborate and learn with health colleagues from across the globe. These experiences inform her leadership of continuous improvement in the work of NSW Health to deliver exceptional, patient-centered care.



DR JEAN-FREDERIC LEVESQUE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, NSW AGENCY FOR CLINICAL INNOVATION

Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque joined the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation as Chief Executive in June 2017. He was previously Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information for four years.

Dr Levesque brings to the ACI leadership in healthcare system analysis and improvement, combining experience in clinical practice in refugee health and tropical medicine, in clinical governance and in academic research. He is a member of the Strategic Analytic Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Health Information and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Dr Levesque has a Doctorate in Public Health, a Masters in Community Health and a medical degree from the Université de Montréal, Canada. He is a Conjoint Professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity of the University of New South Wales.




PROFESSOR CHRISTINE JORM, DIRECTOR NSW REGIONAL HEALTH PARTNERS

Professor Christine Jorm has doctorates in neuropharmacology and sociology and practiced as an anaesthetist before moving to roles focused on improving the safety and quality of care - at unit, institutional and national levels. Her passion for achieving sustainable change in healthcare led her to research, adding academic achievements to her leadership and policy experience. She has had long term involvement with the Grattan Health Program and has published on a broad range of safety and quality topics, health policy, medical culture and medical and inter-professional education.

Under Christine’s leadership, NSW Regional Health Partners is striving to accelerate the translation of research into practice to improve the health and wellbeing of regional and rural and remote communities. This includes populations living in the Hunter New England, Central Coast and Mid North Coast Local Health Districts and contribution to the national agenda of improving health for Australians living in regional and remote locations.



DR DIANE WATSON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BUREAU OF HEALTH INFORMATION

Dr Diane Watson is the Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information. She has led the establishment of three reporting agencies in Australia that use big data to drive decisions on healthcare provision nationally and locally.

Prior to joining BHI, Dr Watson was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Agency for Health Information, established in 2016 to monitor and report on public and private services that stimulate quality and safety improvements, increase transparency and accountability, and inform the community. She was also the inaugural Chief Executive of the National Health Performance Authority, established by the Australian Government to monitor, and report on, the performance of 1,000+ public and private hospitals and 300+ health regions.

Dr Watson has held senior management positions for more than 20 years measuring, monitoring and reporting on the performance of healthcare systems to drive improvements in health, patient care and productivity. She was the inaugural Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information from 2009 to 2012.



PROFESSOR JULIE BYLES, GLOBAL INNOVATIONS CHAIR, RESPONSIVE TRANSITIONS IN HEALTH AND AGEING

Julie is Global Innovations Chair in Responsive Transitions in Health and Ageing, and Director of the Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing – a Priority Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, and Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

As a clinical epidemiologist, Professor Byles’ interests are in risk determination, health assessment, health care use, measurement of health outcomes, and other health care evaluation. As a Gerontologist and Fellow and Life Member of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Professor Byles’ research interests in ageing include the role of health services, preventive activities, and treatments in maintaining quality of life for older people. Professor Byles is also Head of the International Longevity Centre - Australia (ILC-Aus), Chair of the International Association of Gerontology (Asia Oceania) Social Research and Planning sub-committee, and a frequent advisor to the World Health Western Pacific Region, and Department of Ageing and Lifecourse (Geneva), assisting with translation of evidence on health and ageing.

Professor Byles full profile: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/julie-byles



MICHAEL DI RIENZO, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HUNTER NEW ENGLAND LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICT

Mr Michael DiRienzo, Chief Executive of Hunter New England Health, and is responsible for all services across the district from small rural community health centres to major tertiary referral hospitals. With 17,000 staff and an expenditure budget in excess of $2 billion per annum, Hunter New England Health provides services to a community of more than 900,000 people across an area of 130,000 square kilometres.

Following a career in Finance, Supply and logistics in the manufacturing industry, Mr DiRienzo joined Health in 1999. He has since held various Executive Director positions throughout the Health Service.

Mr DiRienzo is a Board Director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute and Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network.

As Chief Executive of Hunter New England Health, Mr DiRienzo has led the implementation of a range of initiatives that support staff to put patients at the centre of everything they do, provide patient-centred care and build a positive workplace culture.



PROFESSOR NICHOLAS GOODWIN, DIRECTOR, CENTRAL COAST RESEARCH INSTITUTE

In July 2019, Prof. Nick Goodwin, was appointed as the Director of the Central Coast Research Institute (CCRI) that will be based within the Health and Wellbeing Precinct on the Gosford Hospital campus. Developed in partnership between the University of Newcastle and Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD), Nick’s position as Director of the CCRI will include a seconded role to CCLHD as the inaugural Director of Research.

As a social scientist, Nick has worked for the past 25 years in the field of health services research, management and policy in both the University and Third Sector. Between 2007 and 2013, Nick was Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund in London leading its programs on primary health care policy and management, integrated care and telehealth & telecare. Nick led the Independent Inquiry into the Quality of Care in English General Practice in 2009-2011.

In 2011, Nick co-founded the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), a not-for-profit foundation based in the Netherlands dedicated to improving the science, knowledge and adoption of integrate care in policy and practice across the World (www.integratedcarefoundation.org). Nick became its first CEO in 2013 and remains the Editor-in-Chief of its scientific periodical, the International Journal of Integrated Care (www.ijic.org). Nick continues to work as a senior associate with IFIC, including support to its collaborative centres in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

In January 2016, Nick received the Avedis Donabedian International Award for his contribution to Healthcare Excellence.



PROFESSOR SIMON WILLCOCK, CLINICAL DIRECTOR, MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY

Simon is a general practitioner and the Clinical Director of Primary Care at the Macquarie University Hospital. His education and research interests include the health of doctors, generational change in medical practice, men’s health and musculoskeletal medicine.

Simon trained as a rural procedural GP, and practiced in Inverell, NSW where his practice included obstetrics and anaesthetics. For the past thirty years he has worked in academic and clinical practice in Sydney and has had a number of educational leadership roles.

Simon is immediate past Chair of the Avant Mutual Group, Deputy Chair of the Sydney North Health Network, and a member of the NSW AMA Council of General Practice.



PROFESSOR TOM WALLEY, DIRECTOR, HUNTER MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Tom Walley has been director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), Newcastle since November 2018. Tom was Professor of Clinical Pharmacology (1994-2018) in the University of Liverpool, UK and a consultant physician (1991-2018).He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, of theAcademy of Medical Sciences, and of the British Pharmacological Society.He headed a research group at Liverpool University, focusing on prescribing, pharmaceutical policy, and clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. He was later associate pro-vice chancellor for clinical research in the university.

He was director of several research programmes (Health Technology Assessment, Efficacy and Mechanistic Evaluations, Systematic Reviews) for the UK National Institute for Health Research (2004-2018) and established other programmes (Public Health, Health Services and Delivery).

In June 2008, he was awarded a CBE by the Queen for services to medicine.

In his role in HMRI, he is helping develop translational and clinical research further, in keeping with his view that the role of HMRI is to improve health by undertaking world class research in areas of importance to patients and healthcare.