ACRRM Accredited

Rural and Remote Telehealth Conference is accredited with ACRRM for 13 Core PDP Points.


Key dates

Early Bird Registration to 8 April 2011
Standard Registration 9 April 2011




Keynote Speakers

 Richard Bartlett First Assistant Secretary, Medical Benefits Division, Department of Health & Ageing, ACT
Richard Bartlett is currently First Assistant Secretary, Medical Benefits Division. The Division has policy responsibility for the Medicare Benefits Schedule and the Private Health Insurance arrangements. MBS expenditure is forecast to be $16.6B in 2010-11 and private health insurance rebate expenditure is forecast to be $4.8B. Medical Benefits Division has six Branches: Medicare ... Read More

Edward BrownDr Edward Brown MD CEO, Ontario Telemedicine Network, Canada
Dr. Brown is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), one of the largest and most active integrated telemedicine networks in the world. Under his leadership, OTN supports the delivery of care to more than 125,000 patients annually and access to health professional education to more than 360,000 leaners at more than 1200 sites. Dr. Brown has won numerous awards for his work in telemedicine, including being chosen as one of twenty-five Transformational Canadians by the Globe and Mail... Read More

Stephen ConroySenator the Hon. Stephen Conroy Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy
Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy was appointed Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in December 2007. He is also Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. Stephen has a broad range of portfolio responsibilities, not least the National Broadband Network - the largest nation-building infrastructure project in Australian history, and the enabling foundation for our digital economy. Other responsibilities include Australia's digital television switchover... Read More

James FergusonJames Ferguson NHS Telehealth, Grampians, Scotland
Mr James Ferguson was born in Aberdeen and educated at Robert Gordon's College and Aberdeen University, graduating in Medicine in 1983. He was appointed by NHS Grampian as a Consultant Surgeon in Emergency Medicine with a specialist interest in Paediatric Emergency Medicine in 1994. He is a Reader in Emergency Medicine with Aberdeen University. He has several publications in the field of Emergency Medicine, particularly Paediatric Emergency Medicine. In addition, he has won prizes for publications on... Read More

K.GanapathyProf K Ganapathy President, Telemedicine Society of India
Former Secretary and Past President of the Neurological Society of India, and former Secretary General of the Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgery Dr.Ganapathy is an adjunct Professor in three globally renowned universities. Member of the editorial board of 4 International and 3 national Journals he has presented 225 papers in national and 85 in International Conferences besides publishing about 200 scientific papers and chapters in books. A pioneer in introducing and popularizing telemedicine in India Dr.Ganapathy... Read More

 Dr Mukesh Haikerwal National Clinical Lead, National E-Health Transition Authority, Australia
Dr Mukesh Haikerwal is a practicing General Medical Practitioner, Commissioner to the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission and Professor in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. He is currently working with the National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) as the National Clinical Lead, leading a team of healthcare providers from multi disciplinary backgrounds, to assist in NEHTA's liaison with the... Read More

 Dr Jon Linkous CEO, American Telemedicine Association, USA
Jon Linkous is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the largest membership-based organization in the world focusing exclusively on providing health and medical care through telecommunications technology. ATA's annual meeting and trade show are among the fastest growing in the country. The Association advocates for changes in public laws that promote the deployment of telemedicine throughout the world. As the chief staff executive of ATA, Mr. Linkous has spoken and written extensively in the U.S. and in other... Read More

 Prof John Wilson Head Cystic Fibrosis Service, Alfred Hospital Melbourne
John Wilson graduated in Science with BSc(Hons) from The University of Melbourne in 1975 with a major interest in physics and information technology. He qualified in Medicine in 1980 (MBBS), studied the role of inflammation in asthma and completed his PhD before moving to the UK in 1988. He is now head of the Cystic Fibrosis Service, Alfred Hospital Melbourne. In this role he has received DHS Centre of Excellence, NHMRC and ARC funding, as well as service achievement awards. His research interests include the use of... Read More

Concurrent Speakers

David AllenDavid Allen Managing Director of Telehealth Solutions Australia and Quality Occupational Health
Dr David Allen MBBS(Hons), DPH, FAFOEM is a senior occupational and environmental physician in a multidisciplinary private practice based in Sydney. David is originally from rural New South Wales and early in his career worked in country hospitals and did retrieval medicine and general practice. He has been working in occupational health for 23 years - the last 15 of which have been in his own practice, Quality Occupational Health based in Merrylands in western Sydney. David recognised that many organisations struggle to... Read More

John GrantSally Clark Associate Dean University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus WA
Sally Clark is the Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer of the School of Nursing at the University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus. Sally is a registered nurse, midwife and child health nurse and having spent the last 25 years living in the Kimberley knows firsthand the difficulties posed for people living in the region trying to access educational opportunities. For the past seven years Sally has led the School of Nursing in its development of pathways to the Bachelor of Nursing program and its initiatives to increase... Read More

Michael GillMichael Gill Conference Chair and Director, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco Systems Inc.
Michael is deeply involved in matters health from two unique perspectives: how connectivity can improve health outcomes and using Internet technologies for chronic care. He is responsible for Australia and New Zealand for Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) whose mandate is to generate independent thinking across the sector. Michael brings over 20 years of experience across both... Read More

John GrantJohn Grant Director, Connected Health, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco
John Grant is a director in the Healthcare Practice in Cisco's Strategic Consulting Group, IBSG. Based in Hong Kong, he has over 20 years experience in healthcare ICT and is responsible for healthcare consulting across APAC. John's experience spans both the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Before joining Cisco he was responsible for the development and implementation of major clinical research databases and regulatory document management systems in the... Read More

Tim GrayDr Tim Gray Medical Advisor Adult Retrieval Victoria
Tim is an Emergency Physician and is Medical Advisor and Retrieval Coordinator for Adult Retrieval Victoria. He is also the Associate Director of Simulation Education at the Australian Centre for Health Innovation at the Alfred Hospital and a Senior Lecturer, Central Clinical School, Monash University. Tim has 15 years experience in simulation and interdisciplinary education. His current professional interests include Remote Clinician critical care telemedicine support and Interdisciplinary trauma team training.

Leif HanlenDr Leif Hanlen Senior Researcher eHealth business engagement NICTA ACT
Dr Leif Hanlen received a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 1999. His undergraduate studies were supported by the New South Wales Electrical Transmission Authority. He received a PhD in Channel Modelling and Capacity Analysis for Multi-input, Multi-output, Wireless Communication Systems in 2004 from the University of Newcastle. Dr Hanlen... Read More

Julie Hartley-JonesJulie Hartley-Jones CBE CEO Cairns and Hinterland Health Service District, Qld
Julie's background is in renal nursing for which she received a CBE in January 2000. She was a Director of Nursing in England and moved to Australia in 2006 as Area Director of Nursing for Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service in NSW. Julie moved from that role to Director of Clinical Operations in 2007 and came to Queensland in January 2009 as the CEO of Cairns and Hinterland Health Service District. The District... Read More

Jon HughesJon Hughes CBE Partner and Director Smart Health Solutions
Jon is a founding partner and director of Smart Health Solutions. He has thirty years experience developing IT solutions for the public sector, the financial services sector, public transport, the hospitality industry, telecommunications companies and the health sector. For the past twelve years, Jon has led the development and implementation of secure, cross-practice and cross-jurisdiction eHealth information management solutions... Read More

 Dr George Margelis Manager, Care Innovations Australia
Dr George Margelis has joined Care Innovations the new Intel GE joint venture as the Australian General Manager in January 2011. In this new role he will be involved with bringing to Australia and Asia the range of products the new company currently has and will be relasing over the near future. The goal of Care Innovation is to create technology based solutions that give people confidence to live independently, wherever they are. It combines the work of Intel's Digital Health Group and GE's Home Healthcare group. George... Read More

Jenny MayDr Jenny May Chair, National Rural Health Alliance, ACT
Jenny May, a practising GP from Tamworth in regional New South Wales, is the Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance, the peak non-government organisation for Rural and Remote health .Dr May has an academic appointment with the Newcastle University Department of Rural Health, where she supports research activities in primary care, with the Rural Clinical School in Tamworth. She practised for five years at Tom Price in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, and spent a year working in a remote community in... Read More

 Dr Jim Muir Director, Department of Dermatology, Mater Hospital, Qld
Dr Jim Muir is a consultant dermatologist based in Brisbane. He is director of the department of dermatology of the Mater hospital as well as working in private practice. Jim has been involved in the delivery of telemedicine since the late 1990's. This has involved both videoconferencing and store and forward methods. For the last five years he has been the dermatologist for the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine's 'Telederm National' site. The site is funded through the federal government's... Read More

 Jackie PlunkettJackie Plunkett Director, Strategic eHealth Projects Northern Territory Department of Health
Jackie Plunkett is the Director Strategic eHealth Projects for the Northern Territory Department of Health and has over 19 years experience in the IT industry. She has a particular interest and passion for the Telehealth industry playing an active role in collaborating cross government Telehealth activities. Jackie is on the board of the Australasian Telehealth Society and a member of the Australian Computer Society... Read More

 Angela RyanAngela Ryan Statewide and Rural Health Services, NSW Health
Angela Ryan is a Senior Project/Policy Officer, with the Statewide and Rural Health Services Capital Planning Branch, NSW Health. Prior to joining NSW Health, Angela was the Clinical Information System Manager for the RPAH Intensive Care Service and the Connecting Critical Care Project Manager for Sydney South West Area Health Service. Angela is also an Honorary Associate with the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies, University of Sydney, where she has been engaging in the development of enhancement technologies and... Read More

 Dr Sabe Sabesan Director of Medical Oncology, Townsville Hospital, Qld
Dr Sabe Sabesan,BMBS,FRACP, is director of medical oncology at the Townsville Cancer centre, Townsville Hospital and senior lecturer at the School Of Medicine and dentistry,James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland. His main interests are medical education and health services research to improve the health of rural and indigenous Australians. He is the pioneer of a large tele oncology services in North Queensland.

 Moya SandowMoya Sandow Health Consumers of Rural and Remote Australia, Director Consumer Health Forum of Australia
Moya has extensive experience in health advocacy, with a focus on rural and remote health issues and the use of technology and telecommunications to progress such issues. For the past fifteen years, Moya has held executive positions with both State and National non-profit organisations, including Health Consumers of Rural and Remote Australia (HCRRA) where she has worked alongside statutory authorities and... Read More

 Sylvia Spaseski Assistant Secretary, Digital Initiatives Branch, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Sylvia Spaseski is currently Assistant Secretary, Digital Initiatives, responsible for a variety of programs that encourage the adoption of technology and the NBN to improve the way services are delivered. Her key areas of focus are health, education and emergency services. Sylvia joined the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in 2007. Her previous position was that of Assistant Secretary... Read More

 Libby Sterling Principal Interpreter Quality Officer – Northern, Queensland Health Multicultural Services
Libby project manages the Queensland Health Interpreter Service for regional, rural and remote Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science and is studying to become an Auslan Interpreter. Her role is both varied and challenging. Libby is leading the Queensland Health Interpreter Service program to implement... Read More

 Craig Szucs Principal Network Adviser, e-health, Australian General Practice Network, ACT
Craig joined AGPN as Principal eHealth Adviser two years ago after holding a number of project management and executive positions in State Based Organsations (SBOs) of the General Practice Nework across Victoria and Western Australia. Through these roles, Craig has been involved in eHealth policy develoment, project management and worked closely with national eHealth organisations such as NETHA, Medicare and MSIA in the... Read More

Sharon tonkinSharon Tonkin Campus Manager, Donald Campus, East Wimmera Health Service, Vic
Sharon Tonkin has spent 30 years devoted to caring for others as a nurse and midwife. She manages 54 staff at East Wimmera Health Service in charge of maintaining the quality of healthcare provided for local patients and deals with the challenges of recruiting nurses to this drought affected region. As a health practitioner in rural Victoria Sharon is a vocal supporter of the value of telehealth to equitable health service delivery in rural areas.

Heidi WarkillMerrianne Wardle Network Supervising Scientist of Haematology, NTGPS
Merrianne Wardle is the Network Supervising Scientist of Haematology for the Northern Territory Government Pathology Service (NTGPS). She has over 25 years Pathology Laboratory experience in both private and public laboratories. During this time she has also been actively involved in the evolution of laboratory software and IT solutions from conception, development and implementation to utilisation. Today she is presenting on the use of virtual microscopy and IT solutions for... Read More

Heidi WarkillHeidi Warkill Facilitator, Statewide Telehealth Services, Qld
When I sit back and think about my life and what is important to me, it is the person I am and the person I have become through my Cultural Identity. I am passionate about what I do in my position and want to create better health outcomes for my people. I was born and raised in Rockhampton, and am of Aboriginal and Australian South Sea Islander Descent. My Aboriginal descent is Kalkadoon who are from Mt Isa Region and my Australian South Sea Islander... Read More

 Dr Michael Williams Director, Child & Adolescent Health Service, Mackay Base Hospital, Qld
Michael Williams is a consultant paediatrician and Director of Child & Adolescent Health Service at Mackay Base Hospital Queensland. He has also worked as a paediatrician in Victoria, UK, Saudi Arabia and Canada. He has been appointed to advise and develop the Queensland statewide telepaediatric services in conjunction with the opening of the Queensland Children's Hospital in 2014. Over the last 14 years he has undertaken telehealth consultation with... Read More

 Bruce WinzarBruce Winzar Chief Information Officer, Lodon Mallee Health Alliance
Bruce is Chief Information Officer of the Loddon Mallee Health Alliance (consortium of 25 health providers) and oversees the financial, technical and operational functions of the Alliance and is also Executive Director of Information Services responsible for ICT, applications and medical records at Bendigo Health. Bruce has been in the ICT industry since 1976 and has held several senior ICT roles within both the private and public sector including operating his own consulting service... Read More