Day One: Thursday 16 August 2018



Bonville Golf Resort, North Bonville Road, Bonville (Coffs Harbour NSW)

ePoster Exhibition and Refreshments on arrival

Plenary Session


Introductions: Lynn Lelean, Master of Ceremonies

Welcome to Country

Opening Address: Mr Warren Grimshaw AM, MNCLHD Governing Board Chair


Topic: Leading Better Value Care: How are we travelling? 

Presenters: Kathleen Ryan, A/Chief Executive and Sara Shaughnessy, Director, Mental Health & Integrated Care, Mid North Coast Local Health District


Topic: Youth Mental Health 
Professor Patrick McGorry AO

Professor Patrick McGorry is the Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, and a Director of the Board of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace).

His work has played a critical role in the development of safe, effective treatments and innovative research into the needs of young people with emerging mental disorders, notably psychotic and severe mood disorders. He has also played a major part in the transformational reform of mental health services to better serve the needs of vulnerable young people.


Patient Video: Jaidal’s Story 
Ms Vernè Dove (Jaidal’s mother)


Workshop: Patient Reported Measures

Facilitators: Michaela Lanning and Christen Stubbs, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)



ePoster Exhibition

Concurrent Sessions


Better Value Care



Facilitator: Alan Ryan
Executive Director, Hargraves Institute for Innovation

Facilitator: Sara Shaughnessy
MNCLHD Director Mental Health & Integrated Care

Facilitator: Professor Gail Whiteford
Professor, School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University Qld
Governing Board Member



Rapid application of research knowledge through collaborative partnerships – Ellen Newman

User centred design and the importance of patient stories – Russell Pell

One Stop Shop: Macksville Hospital Redevelopment – Mark Tyler and Karen Atkins

Tackling Childhood Obesity: A Regional Approach – Amy Sawyer

Highview Model – Lynn Forsyth and Fiona Flynn

Right Care, Right Time, Right Outcome – Madeleine Morgan

Innovative Public Private Partnerships for OACP Service Delivery – Katherine Drum

Looking through the value prism – Julia Heberle

Variations in time to diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer: comparing outcomes of metropolitan and regional/remote patients in NSW – Rebecca Venchiarutti

Shared learning to co-create flexible visiting times – “Young mums story shaped way the things are done around here’’ – Tania Arnott

Postnatal Maternity Outpatient Clinic – Olivia Tierney

Creating Value through Telehealth Design – Ian McLachlan

Dunghutti Muri Project – Craig Suosaari and David Kelly

Pulmonary hypertension and exercise: the ExPAH study – Dr Karen Chia

Embedding Research (and Evidence) in Cancer Healthcare (EnRICH) – Dr Bea Brown

Is there an optimal time to perform a TKR? – Andrew Wong

The views of Aboriginal women on health supports: a mixed methods study – Sarah Perkes and Noelene Skinner

A Transformative Research Experience at Black Dog Institute – Ariane Minc


Topic: The evaluation of health technology: A means to deriving value from every health dollar
Presenter: Professor Andrew Searles, Associate Director Health Research Economics
Hunter Medical Research Institute


Presentation: Innovations in Cancer Services – Robotic Surgery
Facilitators: Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse uses the first in the Southern Hemisphere, and latest version of, surgical robot to conduct less-invasive surgery in its cancer operating theatres.

The da Vinci XI Surgical System (aka ”the Robot”) is one of the most advanced pieces of surgical hardware in the world today. Robotic surgery for cancer can not only be used to treat multiple tumour streams including head and neck, colorectal, gynaecological and prostate cancer, but it does this through state of the art minimally invasive surgery.


Summation of Day One


Networking and Refreshments

ePoster Exhibition


Interactive Workshop: Knowledge Translation
Facilitator: Dr Tamika Heiden, Principal, Knowledge Translation Australia Pty Ltd

In moving from a volume to value model for better healthcare we need to ensure that processes are in place for the smooth transition of best care evidence, practice and service delivery are not only considered but planned for and actioned.

Previously evidence uptake in the health and medical sector has been shown to take an average of 17 years. However, new work has shown that through the use of knowledge translation and implementation methodologies we can reduce this time significantly.

This interactive workshop will outline the models of translation and implementation science best practice for the timely dissemination and uptake of new knowledge.


Networking and Refreshments continued

Day Two: Friday 17 August 2018



Bonville Golf Resort, North Bonville Road, Bonville (Coffs Harbour NSW)

ePoster Exhibition


Welcome – Day 2
Introductions: Lynn Lelean, Master of Ceremonies


Topic: Educating a health workforce in this new millennium – Learning to think outside the box when the box is gone!  

Speakers: Adjunct Professor Annette Solman, Chief Executive and Maggie Crowley, Executive Director Rural and Remote Education, Health Education and Training Institute (HETI)



Topic: Innovation as an Insurance Policy for Customer Satisfaction: How to ignite the collective potential of your organisation and ensure exceptional customer satisfaction at every touch point.

Speaker: Jacqueline Linke, Manager Innovation & Strategy Sydney Trains

Topic: Analytics, performance and customer value – How to deliver customer value at scale.

Speaker: Allan Ryan, Executive Director Hargraves Institute for Innovation


Topic: Leading Better Value Care 

Speaker: Carrie Marr, Chief Executive, Clinical Excellence Commission



ePoster Exhibition


Topic: Leading Better Value Care Program – Addressing unwarranted clinical variation for increased value in health care

Speaker: Dr Jean-Frédéric Lévesque, Chief Executive, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation


Open Innovation Challenge
Facilitated by Kathleen Ryan, A/Chief Executive MNCLHD and Tony Rothacker, Coffs Harbour Innovation Hub / Learning Guide Pty Ltd

Challenge One: Addressing the rate of Aboriginal mothers smoking during pregnancy

Challenge Two: Reducing Youth Suicide

  • Open Innovation Challenge Overview
  • 7 minute Pitches
  • Presentation to the winning Pitch for each Challenge


Closing Address: Kathleen Ryan, A/Chief Executive Mid North Coast Local Health District

Wrap up and Conclusion of Symposium



ePoster Exhibition

1.15pm – 2.00pm

Optional Workshop

Lean Value Driven Health Care – An interactive Workshop

Facilitator: Jill Branford, Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association certified Lean Black Belt

The fundamental idea is to maximise the customers value while minimising waste. The aim of having a Lean process is to delight the customer by providing the best quality, fast service and delivery at a fair market price.

Join Jill Branford, an Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association certified Lean black belt for an interactive workshop. You will workshop your process through the Lean methodology which starts with identifying value from the customer’s perspective, defining the value stream, identifying and eliminating waste and improving flow. 

An A3 Project outline will be provided to workshop Lean Improvement Methodology.

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