Pre – Symposium Workshop

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Day One: Thursday 3 August 2017

8.30 – 9.15am


Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour NSW

Trade Display and ePoster Exhibition

Plenary Session

9.15 – 9.30am

Introductions: Lynn Lelean, Master of Ceremonies

Welcome to Country

Welcome: Warren Grimshaw AM, Mid North Coast Local Health District Governing Board Chair

Opening Address: Stewart Dowrick, Mid North Coast Local Health District Chief Executive

9.30 – 9.35am

Facilitator: Paul Corben
Director Public Health, Mid North Coast and Northern NSW Local Health Districts

9.35 – 9.50am

Topic: Health Innovation and Research – Why do we need it?

Presenter: Professor Stuart Smith, Professor and Business Development Coordinator Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour

9.50 – 10.30am

Topic: Working Together to Translate Research Into Practice – NSW Regional Partners Centre for Innovation in Regional Health

Presenter: Jane Gray, Executive Director, Research, Innovation and Partnerships Hunter New England Local Health District and Chair of the Hunter New England, Central Coast and Mid North Coast Local Health District’s Research Hub Council.

Synopsis: NSW Regional Health Partners CIRH is a unique partnership between three Local Health Districts, a public hospital, a primary health care organisation, an independent medical research institute, and two regional universities; all of whom have made a commitment to deliver this vision of better healthcare outcomes. Together we are focusing on the translation of our outstanding research into treatments and models of care that will bring benefit to our patients, our communities and the opportunity of scalability.

10.30 – 11.10am

Topic: Translating research evidence into policy and practice

Professor Sally Redman AO, Chief Executive Officer Sax Institute

Synopsis: Many opportunities to use what is known from research to improve health care are missed. This presentation will describe some of what might be done to drive more evidence informed health care; it will consider approaches to building local capacity to find and use research, the need for high quality local data to inform action and the challenges in scaling up innovations with some evidence of benefit.

11.10 – 11.35am


Trade Display and ePoster Exhibition

Concurrent Sessions

Digital Health

The Age of the Customer

Distributed Models of Health Care Delivery

11.35 – 11.45am

Facilitator: David Drane
Chief Information Officer
Mid North Coast Local Health Distrist

Facilitator: Kathleen Ryan
Executive Director
Clinical Governance and Information Services
Mid North Coast Local Health District

Facilitator: Tracy Baker
Manager Integrated Primary Care, Allied Health & Integrated Care Mid North Coast Local Health District

11.45am – 12.55pm



David Horseman
Police Ambulance Early Access Mental Health Assessment via Telehealth

Shanna Fealy
Supporting new Mums’ Developing a postnatal psycho-educational smartphone application for first time mothers

Richard Ball
Using a Peer-to-Peer Model to Deliver Health Information

Tara Flemington
Streamlining access to care and assessment to improve outcomes for vulnerable children in the Emergency Department


Guilla Haydon
Narrative inquiry as a research methodology exploring person centred care in nursing

John Shibu
Decision making capacity assessment for confused patients: a current and future rural health challenge

Sandra Morgan
Learnings from Kenmore Psychiatric Hospital about the transitioning of hospital long-stay individuals with enduring and complex mental illness to community living

Deborah Hoban
The Pathways to Community Living Initiative for long-stay mental health patients: Evaluation Framework

Lauren Weller
Measuring research capability

Associate Professor Andrew Searles
Deriving value from health technology: A novel platform for healthcare decision making

Dr Marie Hutchinson and Vanessa Nolan
The challenge of bringing two worlds together: A case study of successfully placing very-long-stay patients in residential aged care

Dr Kerith Duncanson and Kylie Young
Impact of grandparent caregiving on child dietary intake

12.55 – 1.35pm


Trade Display and ePoster Exhibition

Concurrent Sessions Introduction

1.35 – 1.40pm

Facilitator: Professor Gail Whiteford
Professor, School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University Qld  Governing Board Member, Mid North Coast Local Health District
Chair, Occupational Therapy Australia Research Foundation

Facilitator: Nicholas Kosseris
Consumer Partnership Coordinator, Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Services Mid North Coast Local Health District


1.40 – 2.17pm






































2.17 – 2.55pm  





Topic: Communicating with children and families in a multilingual world

Presenter: Professor Sharynne McLeod, Charles Sturt University Bathurst

Synopsis: More than 20 per cent of Australians speak a language other than English at home. This presentation will highlight the benefits of multilingualism and provide insights from an international research program into how monolingual health professionals can successfully work with multilingual children and families.

Topic: The Lived Experience and how people who access services influence and drive mental health reform.  

Presenter: Fay Jackson, Deputy Commissioner Mental Health Commission NSW

Synopsis: People who have experienced mental health issues and recovery are the most valuable resource services can utilise in the research, design, delivery and review of services.

Respectful inclusion of the Lived Experience voice at all levels of service design, implementation and review, can influence and drive excellent mental health reform. This is of major importance if we are, in-fact, going to bring about reform that is obviously, measurably, greatly improved.

We know we need change. Research and statistics have proven this. Fay Jackson will discuss how easy it is to utilise the Lived Experience voice at all levels and stages of service design. She will challenge us to be brave leaders and to do all that we are capable of to ensure this happens. Fay warns “If services do not respectfully and meaningfully include the Lived Experience voice in all they do, they risk achieving little to no improvement in service delivery and outcomes for people. As the old saying goes; ‘if we do what we have always done; we will get what we’ve always got’. Now is the time for change and you can ensure it happens.

Topic: Innovation to Implementation for Telehealth

Associate Professor Anthony Smith, Deputy Director Centre for Online Health – Centre for Health Services Research, University of Queensland.

Synopsis: Over time, most projects led by the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health have successfully translated from a research idea into routine service delivery in Queensland. Critical steps in establishing these projects will be discussed, as well as key research findings, challenges
and lessons learnt.

Topic: Ageing well – using social engagement to enhance quality of life and deliver quality, person-centred, community aged care services

Presenter: Professor Andrew Georgiou, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University.

Synopsis: In Australia, up to 10 per cent of adults aged 65 plus suffer from loneliness and social isolation, factors that are associated with poorer mental and physical health.

This presentation will provide evidence about how social engagement tools can be used to improve the quality of life for older people leading to more effective community aged care services. The presentation will also outline ways that information and communication technologies can help to enhance the coordination and management of aged care services.

2.55 – 3.20pm


Trade Display and ePoster Exhibition

3.20 – 3.25pm

Facilitator: Professor Stuart Smith
Professor and Business Development Coordinator Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour

3.25 – 4.05pm


Topic: BIONICS IS THE NEW SCIENCE: Where 3D printing and additive biofabrication meet stem cell technologies for tissue engineering

Presenter: Associate Professor Damian E. Myers, Senior Lecturer, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University

Synopsis: This presentation will highlight developments in key areas of science including 3D printable organic and conductive materials, advances in stem cell biology and improved manufacturing capabilities that have promoted the concepts around bioengineering and bionics. In this presentation I will relate some of the most recent advances that are having a real impact in terms of patient care and improved medical outcomes.

4.05 – 4.45pm



Topic: Genomics – Empowering Digital Health

Dr Andrew Stone, Head – Cohort Sequencing, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Synopsis: We are in the midst of the most profound scientific, technological and medical revolution in history. The advent of low cost high throughput whole genome sequencing has enabled unprecedented insight into the complex relationship between genetics and health, with far-reaching effects on our understanding of disease aetiology and our capacity for informed intervention.

4.45 – 5.00pm

Summation of Day One

Live participant feedback using Sli.Do  Event Code #S242

Conference Gala Dinner – Thursday 3 August 2017

6.15 – 6.45pm

Symposium Gala Dinner – Pre-dinner Drinks and Canapés
Ocean View Foyer, Opal Cove Resort

6.45 – 10.30pm

Symposium Gala Dinner
Ballroom, Opal Cove Resort

Keynote Presenter: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM

Karl Kruszelnicki AM, often referred to as “Dr Karl”, is a well-known Australian science communicator and populariser, who is known as an author and science commentator on Australian radio and television

Day Two: Friday 4 August 2017

7.30 – 8.00am


Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour NSW

Trade Display and ePoster Exhibition

Plenary Session

8.00 – 8.20am

Welcome – Day 2

Introductions: Lynn Lelean, Master of Ceremonies

Welcome to Country
Cultural Performance

8.20 – 8.25am

Facilitator: Mr Vahid Saberi
Chief Executive, North Coast Primary Health Network


8.25 – 8.50am















8.50 – 9.15am



Session Topic: Distributed Health Care Delivery to Diverse Cultures 

Topic: Vision of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association and current research relevant to medical education, medical workforce and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Presenter: Craig Dukes, Chief Executive Officer Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA)

Synopsis:  This presentation will look at AIDA’s work in relation to increasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical workforce, pathways for Indigenous doctors into specialist programs and how this contributes to improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

It will also explore AIDA’s dedicated Research Agenda and will discuss the barriers to success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and doctors, such as recruitment and retention, bullying and racism, mental health and emotional well-being.

Topic: Visualising vulnerabilities: a new approach to understanding distributed health care delivery to diverse cultures (and everyone else).

Presenters: Professor Joanne Travaglia, Centre for Health Services Management, Faculty of Health University of Technology Sydney

Synopsis: In this keynote I will discuss our visualising vulnerabilities project, which brings together a multidisciplinary team to explore new ways to understand and responding to vulnerability in systems, services and populations.   Examples will be presented including: how to ‘see’ what your staff are really thinking; how history and geography beat planning and logic every time; and how philosophy and physics can provide practical answers to some of our most wicked problems in healthcare.

9.15 – 9.55am


Topic: Digital health improving health outcomes for all Australians

Presenter: Angela Ryan, Deputy Chief Clinical Information Officer, Clinical Programs Australian Digital Health Agency

Synopsis: Angela will provide a brief overview of the Australian Digital Health Agency and the development of the National Digital Health Strategy for all Australians.

9.55 – 10.35am


Topic: My Health Record – Defending the Data for Security and Privacy of Patient Information

Presenter: Anthony Kitzelmann, Chief Information Security Officer and General Manager of the Cyber Security Centre, Australian Digital Health Agency

Synopsis: In today’s digital age and interconnected health environments, where does security start and stop. Tony will discuss the strategic challenges and opportunities of delivering cyber security services to safeguard our citizens data and ensure the Australian Digital Health Agency systems provide a robust and accountable vehicle to support effective health care.

10.35 – 11.00am


Trade Display and ePoster Exhibition

 Concurrent Sessions

Digital Health

The Age of the Customer

Distributed Models of Health Care Delivery

11.00 – 11.05am

Facilitator: Kathleen Ryan
Executive Director, Clinical Governance and Information Services
Mid North Coast Local Health District

Facilitator: Paul Corben
Director, Public Health
Mid North Coast Local Health District


Facilitator: Professor Joanne Travaglia
Centre for Health Services Management, University of Technology Sydney

11.05am – 12.15pm




Lisa Daly
My Baby’s Movements: a mobile application designed to reduce stillbirth rates in Australia

Russell Pell
Importance of Collaboration and Design Thinking

Leanne Cowan 
REGIS – Research Ethics and Governance Information System

Jonathan Di Michiel
eMeds – Smarter, Safer, Better Medication Management for NSW

Robbie Lloyd
ACE in the House – Bringing Adult Community Education into Partnership with Mental Health Clinicians

Kim Maddock
The Patients’ Voice

Fiona Simpson
Welcoming Aboriginal Women In Maternity at Kempsey District Hospital 

Amelia Bolt
Indigenous Australians and Cancer Care- Closing the Gap


Deborah Doyle
Smoking and age as factors influencing stable weight in rural patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer

Ro Stirling-Kelly and Kerry Bartlett
Quality End of Life Care – Uncle Bill’s Story

Nicole Raschke
The perceived research capacity within non-metropolitan Local Health Districts in NSW

Jessica Drysdale
Living Well in Multipurpose Services Collaborative 

12.15 – 12.50pm


Trade Display and ePoster Exhibition

12.50 – 12.55pm

Facilitator: Dr Jenny Beange
GP Clinical Adviser, North Coast Primary Health Network

Plenary Session
12.55 – 1.35pm

Topic: Rural Generalist (Medical) Training Program: Palliative Care Pathway
The introduction of the Palliative Care Advanced Skills Training Program for GP registrars, in Coffs Clinical Network. The first of its kind in Australia.

Presenter:  Dr Daniel Curley, Palliative Care Specialist, Mid North Coast Local Health District

Synopsis: In February 2017 the Coffs Clinical Network commenced an innovative Palliative Care Advanced Skills Training (AST) Program for General Practice registrars.  The AST is a 12-month intensive clinical post offering registrars education and clinical experience within inpatient and community Palliative Care Service settings.  Registrars work collaboratively and in close partnership with the existing teams.  It offers a supportive learning environment and direct experience in complex symptom management and advance care planning for patients with life-limiting illness.  This has been part of collaboration between The Health Education & Training Institute (HETI) and the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD).  The program is designed to increase palliative care capacity and knowledge in regional NSW whilst building a robust and sustainable system for GPs of the future by encouraging linking and collaboration between specialist palliative care services and primary care providers. 

An overview of the implementation of this program into practice will be presented together with a description of the alignment of the initiative with the NSW Government plan to increase palliative care services in regional NSW.  Included will be the background to these innovations, the current educational program, clinical experiences gained and service delivery enhancement. The potential future of the program, trainees and methods for evaluation using formative and summative measures will be described.

Plenary Session
1.35 – 2.10pm



Topic: Microsoft’s Digital Transformation within the Health Industry

Presenter: Martin Kirby, Business Insights and Data Microsoft Australia Pty Limited

Synopsis: Technology is key to enabling and delivering new and improved services across all aspects of daily life. The delivery of timely information and patient insight is a vital part of the digital transformation of healthcare.

The health industry “generates approximately 30 percent of the world’s data,” (according to a survey by BridgeHead Software). Managing this data presents both challenges and opportunities for healthcare organisations. Health reform, changing demographics and the ever-present call to improve care and reduce costs, are making data-driven decisions at the bedside and in the boardroom a non-negotiable imperative. The challenge for organisations is how to glean valuable insights from their growing stockpiles of data.

This session shows how we work within the healthcare industry to collect, analyse, interpret and present insight to improve communication and patient care.

Plenary Session
2.10 – 2.45pm

Topic: Integration of telehealth technology and services that are delivering innovative use cases

Presenter: Will Grant, Telehealth Business Manager, Telstra Health

Synopsis: How Telstra Health’s innovative telehealth capabilities are addressing a number of challenges and delivering a variety of benefits to either the payer, patient or the provider.

2.45 – 3.00pm

Wrap up and Conclusion of Symposium

Live participant feedback using Sli.Do  Event Code #S242

Closing Address: (TBC) Kathleen Ryan, Executive Director Clinical Governance and Information Services
Mid North Coast Local Health District

* Please note this preliminary Program is subject to change without notice.