The APHA program offered a variety of sessions that appealed to a wide cross-section of participants from all areas of the private healthcare system. The program had a great mix of speakers and offered excellent networking opportunities on all three days of the Congress.

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8:00 AM to 1:45 PM

Hospital site visits

In 2017 APHA is pleased to bring site visits to day hospitals as well as an overnight hospital.

The day hospital visit will conclude with a meeting of day hospitals to discuss issues impacting the sector.


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will be held within the trade exhibition. This is a great opportunity to network with other delegates and sponsors.

Date: Sunday 19 March 2017
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Location: Trade exhibition, Boulevard Level, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Merivale and Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Dress code: Smart casual

7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Breakfast session

Proudly sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Health


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Registration desk open for delegates to collect name badges.

9:00 AM to 9:10 AM

APHA Congress opening

Andrew Klein, APHA Congress M.C.
Twitter: @AndrewAtLunch

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9:10 AM to 9:15 AM

HESTA welcome

Debby Blakey, CEO, HESTA

9:15 AM to 9:30 AM

Plenary session 1

President's address

Danny Sims, APHA President

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Plenary session 2

Opening Keynote - Digital disruption in healthcare: it's the small data, stupid

Cathie Reid, Managing Director, Epic Digital
Twitter: @cathiereid


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10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Morning tea and trade exhibition

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Plenary session 3

APHA Q&A: Healthcare affordability – an impossible dream?

The APHA Congress introduces the big debate – a Q&A style panel session aimed at getting to the bottom of healthcare’s big issue: how do we afford it?

Healthcare affordability – the impossible dream? will feature a panel of experts from consumers and doctors through to payers.

Should we move on from insurance and take up health savings accounts, can Australia’s government afford to pay the bills as chronic illness and obesity grow? What are the solutions?

An interactive session led by our M.C. Andrew Klein, bring your questions, let’s get answers!


Panel members:
Melissa Fox, Chief Executive Officer, Health Consumers Queensland

Dr Jeremy Sammut, Senior Research Fellow & Director, CIS Health Innovations Program, The Centre for Independent Studies
Twitter: @JeremySammut71

Philip Davies, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health & Medical Services, Fiji

Dr Bill Glasson, former AMA President, Ophthalmologist


Read more: Philip Davies Melissa Fox Dr Jeremy Sammut
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Lunch and trade exhibition

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Plenary session 4

Cyber security hypothetical

Cyber risks are on the rise in Australia, whether it is overseas syndicates ransoming data or the threat of hacking into systems, private hospitals need to be aware of the dangers and prepared for a cyber breach.

This hypothetical, led by Minter Ellison’s Shane Evans, brings together hospitals, digital experts, cyber crime professionals, legal, insurance and PR expertise to explore the threat to healthcare.

The session will examine three possible cyber security threat scenarios: a ransom demand for release of data, a medium level contained privacy breach and a major hack of patient information that is publically released.

Each scenario will be examined by a team of experts to determine the best first steps to contain the data breach, but the public fall out of any breach, how to manage the hospital in the thick of such an experience along with identifying partners who can help and a long-term strategy for cyber breach management to ensure that you are fully prepared. 


Shane Evans from Minter Ellison

Paul Kallenbach, Partner, Minter Ellison

Dr Bennie Ng, General Manager Partnerships and Strategy, Healthscope and Australian Digital Health Agency Board Member 

Allan Boston, Chief Executive Officer, The Bays Healthcare Group Inc.

Vikki Karatovic, Manager, Health & Aged Care, Gow-Gates

Cathie Reid, Managing Director, Epic Digital

Dr Hamish McLean, Risk and Crisis Communication Specialist


Read more: Cathie Reid Allan Boston Shane Evans Paul Kallenbach Vikki Karatovic Dr Hamish McLean Dr Bennie Ng
3:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Afternoon tea and trade exhibition

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Plenary session 5

Our future world – megatrends that will change the way we live over the coming 20 years

A principal scientist working in the field of strategic foresight at CSIRO, Stefan Hajkowicz is in demand as a speaker on the topics of future trends and decision making

Stefan will discuss Australia’s potential health care future, private hospital’s place in it and how to get ready for the disruption. 


Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Principal Scientist, CSIRO

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7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

APHA Congress Soirée

The APHA Congress Soirée will be held at Brisbane’s spectacular Gallery of Modern Art Roof Terrace. Guests will be invited to tour some of the gallery’s exhibition areas, before heading up to the terrace with its views of the dramatic Brisbane city skyline. The view will form the backdrop for an evening of networking while food and drinks are circulated.  

Date: Monday 20 March 2017
Time: 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Location: Queensland Gallery of Modern Art Stanley Place, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Dress code: Smart casual

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Registration desk open for delegates to collect name badges.

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Plenary session 6

Consumers session - what do consumers want and is the private health system delivering?

Australian health consumers have a broad range of needs from the system. For those treated in the private sector their expectations go beyond a private room and a good dinner (though these are important) to continuity of care, access to health technology and a positive and supportive caring environment. This panel will explore what health consumers want from their private healthcare and what can be done to deliver it. 


Julie Metaxotos, Health Consumer

Janne McMahon OAM, Chair & Executive Officer, Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) Limited

Darlene Cox, Executive Director, Health Care Consumers' Association

Rachel Matthews, Health Consumer, pwMS

Read more: Darlene Cox Rachel Matthews Janne McMahon OAM Julie Metaxotos
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Plenary session 7

Outcomes: the key to high-value healthcare

ICHOM Director and Harvard researcher, Jacob Lippa, MPH will discuss how outcomes data are transforming health care globally, what the growing trend toward value-based care means for Australia, and how private hospitals can prepare.


Jacob Lippa, Director of Implementation, ICHOM and Research Associate, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School 
Twitter: @lippaj


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11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Morning tea and trade exhibition

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Plenary session 8

Data – impacting quality and value based healthcare

A/Prof Amanda Walker, Senior Clinical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care


James Downie, CEO, IPHA


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12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Lunch and trade exhibition

1:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Plenary session 9

Let's Operate With Respect campaign

A/Prof Christopher Pyke, RACS Councillor and QLD General Surgeon


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2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Plenary session 10

Closing Keynote

Catherine McGregor AM, Writer, commentator and broadcaster
Twitter: @CateMc3273

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3:00 PM to 3:05 PM

Closing remarks

Andrew Klein, APHA Congress M.C.
Twitter: @AndrewAtLunch