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Melbourne Agenda


Given the situation in Melbourne it is with regret that we've decided not to run a live event in Melbourne this year. COVID-19 is changing by the day how digital health is operating in Australia now so the original Agenda below which was going to feature at this year's Melbourne event is being revised for Sydney in 2021 to focus on just how significant those changes are, where they are and the likely ongoing impact of the changes for healthcare in Australia.If you have any ideas for sessions please contact Jeremy Knibbs directly @ Some of the agenda below will remain in place. We expect our first COVID-19 agenda draft by the middle of July 2020.

8:30 - 9:00


9:00 - 9:10

Welcome Address 

Jeremy Knibbs - Publisher, The Medical Republic & Wild Health

Are we approaching an inflection point in Australian Digital Health? What might we expect in 2020?

9:10 - 9:50

Keynote Opening Address: We ain't in Kansas anymore

Aashima Gupta (live via Webcast from San Francisco) - Director, Google Healthcare Cloud (Global)

  • How and when are the big global digital platforms going to intersect with our healthcare system? How much power will a patient really have in this new world?
  • Audience Q&A with speaker

9:50 - 10:30

Debate 1: What does a digital health tipping point look like for Australia, and when and  how might it arrive?

  • The tech is starting to take but the politics remain stuck.
  • Will consumers empowered by the likes of Apple and Google push us sooner to a tipping point, or something else?


  • Grahame Grieve (Principal, Health Intersections, founder FHIR)
  • Bettina McMahon (Acting CEO, the Australian Digital Health Agency)
  • Emma Hossack (CEO, The Medical Software Industry Association of Australia)
  • Dr Steve Hambleton (TBC) (Avant, and past deputy chair the MBS review committee)
  • Patricia Liebke (Cheif Digital Officer, Healthscope, Northern Beaches Hospital Sydney)



  • Jeremy Knibbs (Publisher, The Medical Republic & Wild Health)


10:30 - 10:45

IGNITE TALK 1: Less hospitals? Why, when and how?

  • In a more efficient healthcare system less hospitals has been a proven outcome?
  • The head of one of Australia's larger hospital networks discusses the pros and cons of building more and more bigger and bigger hospitals


  • Dr Toby Hall– CEO, St Vincents Health Australia


10:45 - 11:05

Morning Tea 

Short break of coffee, tea, and snacks.

11:05 - 11:45

Panel 2: Into the wilderness of chronic care: has patient centric been hijacked for politics?

  • Where is the practical line between patient centric realistically for all stakeholders
  • Are patients being oversold on what we can ever realistically offer?
  • Where is the practical line for ROI and how should we communicate that to the public?
  • How much can technology help us change the paradigm
  • What can we do at the outer edges of the healthcare system with pragmatic approach and simple technology?


  • Matui Bush (Principal, Health Transformation Lab, Founder, One Good Street)
  • Tony Abbenante (Assistant Director, Digital Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria)
  • Rod Sprenger (Director, Digital Hospital Experts)
  • Toby Hall (CEO, St Vincents Health Australia)
  • Dr Karen Price (GP and Moderator, GPs Down Under)


Tim Blake (Semantic Consulting)

11:45 - 12:00

IGNITE TALK 2: Two diverging digital eco systems with no bridge between?

  • The rise of open APIs, FHIR and other open source ecosystems architecture versus legacy server bound systems
  • A look at how both systems operate and why it's so difficult to make them talk to each other
  • FHIR as  bridge


Matthew Galetto (CEO, MediRecords)

11:35 - 12:05


  • Three stages of Health Transformation
  • Where are we in the that journey
  • What might catalyse faster change
  • The blocks are people and commercial not technology
  • Is FHIR a standard in the traditional sense or should we think of it as something more accessible
  • FHIR in action in Australia



  • Grahame Grieve (CEO, Health Intersections, Global thought leader - interoperability)

12:05  - 12:45

Panel 3: Two tribes: culture, funding and a federated health system that should be changed, but how?

  • Tertiary and primary care still don't talk really, why?
  • What are the fundamental barriers of culture and funding that create the divide?
  • How much does funding source matter?
  • What are examples of true collaboration that we can learn from?
  • What practical steps are achievable to close the divide?


  • Dr Harry Nespolon (President RACGP
  • Chris Norton (Strategy Lead, Telstra Health)
  • Paticia Liebke (Cheif Digital Officer, Healthscope, Northern Beaches Hospital Sydney)
  • Tony Abbenante (Assistant Director, Digital Health, Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Department of Health representative (TBC)


Peter Birch (Founder, Talking Health Tech)

12:45 - 13:25

Networking LUNCH

12:20 - 13:40

Private CXO Networking Lunch: 2 hours (Invitees only)

13:30 - 14:20

On stage INTERVIEW: Bettina McMahon, acting CEO of the ADHA 

  • What opportunities in the replatforming of the My Health Record?
  • Where are we on an interoperability roadmap?
  • Measurement and management
  • Herding digital stakeholder cats


  • Jeremy Knibbs (Publisher, The Medical Republic and Wild Health)

14:20 - 15:00

From Left of Field: The incumbent, the digital super power and the new disruptor

  • An exciting panel which investigates different perspectives on where digital healthcare is taking us and what issues we will face
  • Audience has change to interact with panellists



  • Dr Vincent McCauley (CMO, Telstra Health)
  • Dr Amandeep Hansra (GP, Founder of Evermed Consulting)


15:00 - 15:20

Afternoon tea

  • Short break of coffee, tea and snacks


220 - 2.40

Webcast Keynote 2: Steve Posnack (Deputy Director ONC, US)

  • How the US has approached interoperability
  • Progress in shifting vendor and provider legacy attitudes
  • The end of information blocking?
  • Lessons for Australia


Steve Posnack(Deputy Director ONC, US)

220 - 2.40

Webcast 3: the UK perspective 


Simon Eccles (TBC) (CTO NHS UK)

240 - 3.20

In Conversation : What can the US, the UK and Australia learn from each others approach to interoperability?


Bettina McMahon (Acting CEO ADHA)

Steve Posnack (Deputy National Co-ordinator, US, ONC)

Simon Eccles (NHS CTO, UK)


Grahame Grieve (CEO Health Intersections, global interoperability thought leaders)


Afternoon TEA


Ignite TALK 4: Patient data, population health, consent, ethics and practicality

  • The opportunity of patient health data well managed
  • The pitfalls of failing public trust and the practical solutions
  • The role of government in secondary data
  • Use by PHNs and LHDs

Speaker TBC

16:00 - 16:40

Start me up: Neat start ups that we think are going to change healthcare

  • Four new start ups are pitched to audience members
  • Audience members have the chance to interrogate them


  • Danny Hui (Founder, sameview)
  • Peter Birch (MetaOptima)
  • Ben Hurst (Hotdocs)
  • TBC


  • Dr Amandeep Hansra (GP, Founder of Evermed Consulting)

16:50 - 17:00


17:00 - 19:00

  • Canapés and networking