Dr Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at the Melbourne-based think tank, Grattan Institute. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals, to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
David has worked at Eastern Health since 2002 and was appointed Chief Executive in September 2016. David is responsible to the Board of Directors for the overall management and performance of Eastern Health. Prior to this appointment, David was the Executive Director of Acute Health/Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, along with a number of other roles. David’s focus on the patient and outcomes has been enhanced by his work as a surveyor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. Prior to joining Eastern Health, David held senior roles at Epworth Richmond and Latrobe Regional Hospital. He holds an MBA, is a GAICD and is a fully qualified perioperative (theatre) nurse.
Dental Health Services Victoria
Dr Deborah Cole has held the role of CEO at Dental Health Services Victoria since 2011 where she has worked to significantly improve the community’s access to quality and equitable dental care. Prior to joining DHSV, Dr Deborah Cole held numerous leadership roles as the CEO of the City of Yarra, Director of Health Support Services at St Vincent’s Health, CEO of Calvary Health Care, Executive Director of Health Services at Mercy Health and Non-executive Director on the Dental Practice Board of Victoria. Dr Deborah is the Board Chair for the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association and a Board Director for the Hessel Care Foundation and HESTA. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australasian Section of the International College of Dentists.
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
James Downie is the CEO of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA).
Prior to this James was the Executive Director, Activity Based Funding, leading the teams responsible for delivering the classification, costing and pricing functions of IHPA as well as the data acquisition activities.
He previously held roles with the Victorian Department of Health, the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and various technical and operational roles in the resources industry.
Andrew has extensive experience in executive roles in a variety of hospitals and health care settings; and within the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services as the
Director for the State’s mental health system, as Regional Director for Health, Housing and Community Services and as Director of Strategy. Immediately prior to joining Monash Health, he
was the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at Alfred Health.
Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service
Stephen Cole was originally qualified as a radiographer, and after 14 years working predominantly in rural Western Australia, obtained a degree in Health Computing. After working in the private Health IT sector developing and implementing hospital information systems, since 1995 Stephen has worked in senior ABF roles in WA, Queensland and England, as well as lecturing at Griffith University. In 2010 Stephen joined Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service as Director of ABF Financial Reporting and recently spent a year consulting in Quebec.
Andrea Leverett, RN, is a Senior Clinical Executive for Vocera, where she works with clinical leaders across the country to conduct workflow assessments and share best practices to improve care team communication and patient care. A registered nurse for more than 30 years, Andrea has special certification in emergency nursing that she leverages to help hospitals maximize clinical and operational efficiencies. Andrea also has a proven track record as a trusted advisor to many healthcare organisations, providing clinical oversight for systematic analysis, technology decisions and implementations. Prior to Vocera, she held several strategic positions at hospitals and technology companies.
David McLaren, is a Senior Area Sales Manager at Vocera, where he works with hospitals and aged care facilities across Australia, helping them implement solutions to improve clinical communication and workflows. During his 14 years of experience in healthcare, David has had the privilege to work closely with many clinical and IT leaders. Working on many projects at various healthcare facilities, he has seen first-hand how complex processes and inefficient communication can impact front-line staff on a day-to-day basis. It is this experience that drives David and his work at Vocera to help improve the lives of care teams and patients.
Michelle joined Maia Financial in late 2018 to lead the Asset Finance divisions in Australia and New Zealand. Her core focus is on guiding the team to originate opportunities to finance diverse assets for new and existing clients, quickly and efficiently while building and maintaining strong relationships.
She is passionate about what she does and thrives in an environment where goals can be set and then, through inspiring great people, we can not only meet but exceed those together. Michelle has had over 20 years’ experience within financial services, gained significant strategy and sales leadership experience within Investec Private Bank and more recently Perpetual Private.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree from the University of Cape Town and having lived and worked in the United Kingdom and South Africa, is now privileged to call Australia home.
North Metropolitan Health Service
Brendon has an accounting, economics and finance background with experience in various Western Australia State Government agencies. Brendon joined the North Metropolitan Health Service (WA) in 2016, establishing the Business Information and Performance Directorate. He is currently the Area Director of BI&P, which includes oversight of clinical coding, business intelligence, records management, performance/analytics and activity based costing. Brendon’s strength is his analytical ability to conceptualise solutions to problems using all aspects of his team to support decision making. Partnering with clinical leads, Brendon has led the development of clinical and financial solutions as well developing innovative platforms for engagement with clinical areas.
North Metropolitan Health Service
Michael has extensive clinical and corporate experience in the public health sector in Great Britain and Australia. He currently manages the Business Intelligence Unit at the North Metropolitan Health Service, the largest health service provider in Western Australia. Michael is clinically driven and strives for better patient outcomes by turning routinely collected data into actionable information.
Recent highlights from BIU include the development of software tools to highlight clinical variation and resource consumption. Outside of the NMHS, Michael has passion for adventure touring on two wheels (not the pushbike type!) around the south west of WA.
Private Healthcare Australia
Dr Rachel David, MBBS, MBA, GAICD
Dr Rachel David is an expert on healthcare policy and financing, and is currently the chief executive of Private Healthcare Australia, the industry peak body representing health funds. Formerly a medical practitioner, she is dedicated to harnessing medical best practice and policy to improve health outcomes in the community. Previously a senior advisor to the Federal Health Minister between 1996 and 2000, her relationships in the government sector and Australian business community extend to the highest levels.
Dr David has worked with the international pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices industries for more than a decade, including Australian biotech leader CSL, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. On the senior management team of CSL Ltd, she played a pivotal role in making the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil available to Australian women, and later boys. She has also been a founding practice manager of the McKinsey & Company health and government sector practice in Australia.
In her current role, Dr David undertakes policy and advocacy work, as well as thought leadership for Australia’s major health funds.
Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA)
Dr Linc Thurecht is Senior Research Director at the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), an independent peak membership body that advocates for Australia’s public healthcare system and is a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia. Linc contributes to the research, policy and advocacy activities of AHHA, and represents the Association on national committees and at various Government review processes. Linc is an experienced researcher having worked in academic, government and notforprofit settings. He is also an Associate Editor with the Australian Health Review, AHHA’s peer reviewed academic journal.
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Susan is an experienced finance and operations executive commencing her career within Chartered Accounting firms. Susan has moved seamlessly between public & private sector over the last 25 years. Having also worked in mining and warehousing industries as well as Queensland Treasury, Queensland Treasury Corporation, Queensland Audit Office, Shared Services (HR, audit and special reviews) and no less than 8 public sector organisations. Susan also spent 5 years consulting in design and implementation of business improvement strategies, investment plans and governance and corporate risk strategies. Susan moved to Queensland Health (Metro North HHS) 6 years ago designing and implementing the business case framework before being appointed a Director in Metro North HHS leading reporting, analysis and systems strategy and delivery. Recently Susan was Project Director and Transformation Lead for a review of aged care and disability services within Metro North HHS. Susan is a Metro North Health Emerging Leaders Alumni having completed this executive leadership program just over 5 years ago.