HITWA08 Speakers

Peter Sprivulis Peter Sprivulis
Associate Professor PETER SPRIVULIS, MBBS PhD FACEM FACHI, emergency physician and health informatician, joined NEHTA in 2006.  As Lead, Benefits Realisation, he conducted the NEHTA Benefits Realisation Study, the findings of which underpin NEHTA's strategy for yielding benefits from the adoption of NEHTA's e-Health infrastructure and inform NEHTA's business case for a shared EHR.  This work drew on his Harkness Fellowship (Harvard University) modelling health information exchange interoperability benefits for Australia. Peter has internationally recognised expertise in healthcare improvement, demand management and patient safety and works clinically at Fremantle Hospital Emergency Department, WA.

Richard McFadden Richard McFadden
Richard commenced as the Chief Information Officer for the Department of Health in August 2008. He was employed by Telstra for 21 years, with a large majority of time spent with the information technology group as a technical specialist. The last 10 years Richard spent in banking and finance, as the Chief Finance Officer at Home Building Society. A major role for Richard as WA Health's CIO will be continuing to lead and implement the complex eHealthWA program and other ICT and information management functions and reforms.

Isabelle Ellis Isabelle Ellis
Isabelle Ellis has worked for the majority of her career in the rural and remote areas of Australia. Her professional and research interests include telehealth applications for rural and remote areas and e-Learning. She is one of the inventors of the Charles Darwin virtual hospital, an online case based learning environment.

Geraldine Lane Geraldine Lane
Geraldine Lane is 53 years of age and totally blind. Geraldine has not let disability hold her back. Geraldine works for Curtin University as a Lecturer in Information Technology and Computer Networking teaching Cisco accredited courses to blind and vision impaired students from Australia and throughout the world. Geraldine also works as a Research Assistant in the School of Information Systems at Curtin University. Prior to loosing her sight at age 35 years, Geraldine was a Registered Nurse and Music Teacher. After loosing her sight Geraldine went on to attain the Diploma of Training and Assessment qualifications in adult education, Computer networking and Information Technology. Geraldine is about to complete a Masters degree in Disability Studies in 2008 and hopes to continue on with her studies to Complete Doctoral level qualifications specialising in Information Systems. Geraldine is a wife, mother and grandmother, loves Music and enjoys reading Braille books.

Alfred Tan Alfred Tan
Dr (Alfred) Keng T. Tan: Dr Tan is current a Senior Lecturer and co-ordinator of the Mobile Computing Program with the School of Computer and Information Science at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Dr Tan's research interests are in mobile networks, pervasive mobile computing and signal processing for mobile communications. Dr Tan received his PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Western Australia. Dr Tan is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institute of Engineers, Australia. He can be contacted at: School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley 6050, Western Australia. His contact email is: a.tan@ecu.edu.au

Stephen Kalyniuck Stephen Kalynick
Stephen Kalyniuk has extensive experience in management, consulting, technical and sales roles spanning 21 years in the Health Information Technology and Telecommunications industry. His experience has been gained in the UK, United States, Singapore and Australia across a broad range of health projects. Stephen established The Information Group with the vision of contributing to a patient-centric digital health ecosystem that provides patients and users with high quality, integrated and multi-disciplinary software and services now, and well into the future. In 2005 Stephen was invited to join the Curtin University Centre for Health Informatics Research. Through The Information Group Stephen continues to be involved in innovative eHealth projects in Australia and Singapore.

Stuart Hope Stuart Hope
Stuart is the principal founder and Managing Director of AutumnCare Systems, a software company specialising in leading edge enterprise scale clinical solutions for the aged care sector. The author, Stuart Hope, has thirty plus years experience in the development and deployment of enterprise scale systems. He has worked with, and been an advocate for, leading edge software technologies that try and provide a level of future capability and organisational benefits over his entire career. Advocating relational data base technology in the early 1980's is a classic example. Stuart lead a team, several decades ago, that constructed and implemented a software system joining several disparate systems (different operating systems, database management systems, different coding schemas etc) into an interactive coherent system that provided significant business benefits. The architecture used for this system was a forerunner of what is now known as Services Oriented Architecture. He is currently the Managing Director of AutumnCare Systems and was responsible for the architectural design of their commercial systems which have been constructed using SOA principles, Web Services and the Occasionally Connected Computing model. These systems are now providing some of the most advanced technology available in the IT industry. Stuart's three decades of experience in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) industry is complemented by his academic qualifications. He holds both a First Class Honours and a Master's Degree in Computer Science.

David Glance David Glance
Dr David Glance is the founder and Director of the UWA Centre for Software Practice, a research centre at the University of Western Australia. Originally a physiologist investigating the causes of hypertension in pregnancy, Dr Glance has spent 20 years developing software at companies such as Microsoft, Tibco and IONA Technologies before joining UWA. Dr Glance is currently directing the Great Southern Managed Health Network (GSMHN) a joint venture between UWA and the Great Southern GP Network to provide secure messaging and other e-Health initiatives throughout WA.

Caroline Spiranovic
Caroline Spiranovic is the Research and Development Associate for Sentiens Pty Ltd, a health care company specialising in the delivery of web-based and clinical mental health services in Perth. Caroline completed her PhD at the University of Tasmania and has subsequently specialised in the area of e-mental health. Caroline previously co-ordinated various e-mental health projects for youth in the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, under the guidance of Professor Ken Kirkby. In her current position with Sentiens, Caroline contributes towards the evaluation of Sentiens web-based programs and Day Hospital. She is also collaborating with Professor David Castle to develop an online support and monitoring program for carers and consumers with schizophrenia.

Julia Logan Julia Logan
Julia is currently Head of Department, Patient Information Management Services based at Princess Margaret Hospital. PIMS services are also provided to KEMH, being one of only a few services across both sites. Julia holds qualifications in Health Information Management, Health Administration and a Masters degree in Health Sciences. Commencing her employment in health insurance in the 1970's, Julia progressed to being an academic at Curtin University, has headed up two large Patient Information Management Services since 1990, and was Business Manager for the Gastrointestinal & Cancer Divisions, RPH. Julia's research interests are privacy, confidentiality and security of patient information

Amandeep Sidhu Amandeep Sidhu
Amandeep S. Sidhu is a Research Fellow in Biomedical Informatics at WA Centre for Comparative Genomics at Murdoch University with expertise in Protein Informatics. He is currently leading innovative Protein Ontology Project since 2003. His research interests include: Biomedical Ontologies, Structural Bioinformatics, Proteomics, XML Enabled Web Services, and Artificial Intelligence. His work in these areas resulted in over 50 scientific publications since 2004, which have been cited in over in over 150 publications. He is the Executive Editor for upcoming Biomedical Ontologies Journal by 2009. He is an Editorial Board Member for Advances in Chemoinformatics and Computational Methods Book Series by IGI Global and for International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics. In recent years he has severed as a guest editor for International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics, International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications, and International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics. He is currently involved with many semantic web and bioinformatics conferences and workshops as an organizer or as a program committee member. He is current the Coordinator for IEEE Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Community. He is also the Biomedical Applications Sub-Committee Chair for IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Informatics. He is also the Founding Vice Chair of NSW Chapter of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

Peter Dewer
Graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy from the Caledonian university, subsequently practiced throughout the UK, USA and Australia in a wide range of organisational settings. Completed an MBA at the University of Glasgow in 1998 with specific interest in public sector management. Relocated to Perth WA in 1999, taking up a position as an application specialist with Infohealth. Managed Surgical services at Fremantle hospital from 2001 to 2007 during which time completed doctoral studies at UWA examining technology acceptance in tertiary health care facilities. Currently Project Director for out-patient reform program throughout Metropolitan Perth Public Health Facilities.

Phil Jones Phil Jones
EDUCATION - Dip App Sc (Radiography) Curtin University 1980; Grad Dip (Ultrasound) RMIT 1998. WORK RELATED EXPERIENCE - Phil's background is in Radiography and, more recently Sonography, working with a wide variety of modalities over a 20 year period. Since 2002 Phil has been The PACS project manager for the WA PACS project. Prior to this he was a PACS system Administrator at Fremantle Hospital.

Travis Ingram Travis Ingram
Travis holds a Bachelor degree in Health Information Management (Curtin University, 1997) and a Post-graduate Certificate in Information Systems (Swinburne University, 2005). Travis has worked in the Heath Information Management Services Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital, before he developed an interest on Health Informatics. He is currently employed as the Information Technologist by the Imaging Division at Royal Perth Hospital.