APHA would like to thank all speakers who participated in the APHA 36th National Congress. 

Master of ceremonies

  • Andrew Klein

    Andrew Klein

    Andrew Klein is one of the most sought-after professional M.C.'s on the conference circuit in Australia - and yet because he's not a celebrity, you've probably never heard of him!! A former litigation lawyer, Andrew has been a professional M.C. and presentation speaker/trainer for over 19 years, working at conferences, special events, company off-sites, training days, product launches and roadshows. His casual yet corporate style is injected with humour, creativity, high energy and interactive energiser activities.

    Follow on: Twitter: @AndrewAtLunch

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

    Dr Stefan Hajkowicz
    Principal Scientist, CSIRO

    Dr Stefan Hajkowicz is a principal scientist working in the field of strategic foresight at Australia’s national science agency – CSIRO. He is also one of Australia's most heavily demanded speakers on the topics of future trends and decision making.

    He has devoted his career to helping governments, companies and communities comprehend patterns of change so they can make wiser choices and secure better futures.  His research background lies in the fields of geography, economics and decision theory.

    His recent work has examined global food security, tourism, property markets, organised crime, urban water supply and the manufacturing sector. More recently he has started working on the social and economic implications resulting from the rise, and continued rise, of digital technologies.

    In his role he conducts original research and provides consultancy and advisory services to companies and governments. He leads a small and growing team of researchers and consultants working on strategic foresight with a focus on the digital economy. 

    Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of New England. He is widely published in the international scientific literature within these fields and will soon be publishing a book about global change called “Moments of Freefall”.


  • Catherine McGregor AM

    Catherine McGregor AM
    Writer, commentator and broadcaster, News Limited

    Catherine McGregor is a writer, commentator and broadcaster who covers cricket and politics for News Limited. She has been a member of the ABC commentary team for the 2014-15 series against India and is a sought after expert for her views across numerous topics on the ABC and commercial networks. She is also a published author. She currently writes for The Daily Telegraph and The Australian and has been a regular panelist on The Drum, Q&A and Lateline. 

    Catherine served for nearly four decades in the Australian Defence Force. Her service embraced a diverse range of strategic policy and operational roles including three operational deployments overseas. She was the speech writer to every Chief of the Army from 2000 until her retirement in 2014. She has an excellent grasp of strategic policy making, analysis of global trends, global political affairs as well as cultural change and workplace diversity issues. For her exceptional service to the Australian Army she was gazetted in the Military Division of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2012. She was voted one of Australia's most Influential Women by the Australian Women's Weekly in consecutive years 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

    Catherine holds postgraduate qualifications in Military History and attended the Changing Character of War Programme in Oxford in 2008. 

  • Cathie Reid

    Cathie Reid
    Co-Founder, Epic Group & Digital Advisor, Icon Group Board

    Cathie is the Co-Founder of Australia’s Epic Group, including Epic Pharmacy and Epic Good Foundation, and Digital Advisor to the Icon Group Board.

    Icon Group, which includes Icon Cancer Care, Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC) and Slade Health, provides integrated cancer care services across Australia and has now expanded its footprint to include Singapore, China and New Zealand.

    Cathie also founded Epic Digital, a business focused on technology solutions connecting healthcare professionals with their patients, improving access to information, facilitating work flows and empowering patients to actively manage their health. Now part of Icon Group, Epic Digital is bridging the gap between the paper-based industry we know today and the digital future of tomorrow.

    Follow on: Twitter: @cathiereid


  • Allan Boston

    Allan Boston
    CEO, The Bays Healthcare Group Inc


    Allan has more than 20 years senior management experience in the private health and community services sector across Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania to complement his earlier career in public hospitals in Victoria.

    Allan is currently the CEO of The Bays Healthcare Group Inc. a not-for profit community organisation operating an acute private hospital in Mornington and a residential aged care service in Hastings, Victoria. His previous roles have included Executive Director at Epworth Healthcare, Executive Director Melbourne Services for St John of God Health Care and Chief Executive Officer of Calvary Health Care Tasmania.

    During his career, Allan has held Board appointments to a number of industry organisations including the Australian Private Hospitals Association; the Australian Centre for Health Research Ltd; the St John of God Hauora Trust (New Zealand) and Nazareth Care Australasia.

    Allan lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his wife and two children.

  • Darlene Cox

    Darlene Cox
    Executive Director, Health Care Consumers' Association

    Darlene has been involved in the consumer movement since the late 1990s. She has been the Executive Director of Health Care Consumers’ Association Incorporated since 2008. She is an eminent advocate for health consumers with an excellent knowledge of the health system, both locally and nationally. Darlene has a strong, practical understanding of community engagement principles. She is a board member of the Australia Council of Social Services. She is also a member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Community Reference Group, Australian Commission for the Quality in Safety in Health Care NSQHS Standards Steering Committee, Australian Digital Health Agency Consumer Advisory Committee and the Choosing Wisely Advisory Group. 


  • Philip Davies

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

    Philip Davies took up his position as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health & Medical Services in September 2016. Before coming to Fiji he was Deputy Director-General in the Queensland Government Department of Health and also held Deputy CEO roles in both the Australian and New Zealand Health Ministries. 

    He has also served as a Director of a number of not-for-profit companies in the health sector; spent time in academia, as Professor of Health Systems and Policy at the University of Queensland; as a consultant in various Pacific countries; and worked as a Senior Health Economist with the World Health Organization in Geneva. 

    He spent the first half of his career working as a management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) in the UK and as a Partner in the New Zealand firm. 

    Philip holds degrees in Mathematics and Management Science and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • James Downie

    James Downie
    CEO, 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.


  • Shane Evans

    Shane Evans
    Partner, Minter Ellison

    Shane leads Minter Ellison's national health industry group. With 20 years experience acting exclusively for health clients, Shane has an in-depth understanding of all aspects of health service delivery and regulation. Shane is often called upon to assist with early intervention following clinical incidents, system and clinician reviews, drafting facility by-laws and advising on credentialing, scope of clinical practice, clinician concerns and internal appeals following suspension or termination of accreditation. Shane is consistently recognised in peer guides as a leading advisor in health and aged care, medical negligence and insurance. Best Lawyers International named him Lawyer of the Year (Brisbane) - Health & Aged Care 2017.


  • Melissa Fox

    Melissa Fox
    Chief Executive Officer, Health Consumers Queensland Ltd

    Melissa Fox is a Brisbane health consumer and mother of 2 daughters, aged 9 and 12.  Having worked in documentary and reality television, Melissa now works to improve the safety, quality and consumer-centredness of health services through her position as Chief Executive Officer of Queensland’s peak health consumer organisation Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ), as a consumer representative on Childrens Health Queensland’s Neurodevelopmental Disorders Steering Committee, the Queensland Clinical Senate, the ACHS Qld/NT State Advisory Committee and as a Board Member of the national peak health consumer organisation Consumers Health Forum (CHF).   


  • Paul Kallenbach

    Paul Kallenbach
    Partner, Minter Ellison

    Paul is one of Australia's foremost technology law specialists.  He acts for clients in both the private and public sectors, focusing on procurement, privacy and data protection, technology contracting, licensing and commercialisation, intellectual property and internet law. In addition to his many years of experience as a lawyer, Paul was co-founder of a global software start-up, gaining practical insights into the challenges faced by technology companies. He is a director of MinterEllison's own innovation companies (Safetrac and Boardtrac); a frequent speaker and author on issues in technology, IP, internet and privacy law; and lead author of MinterEllison's annual Perspectives on Cyber Risk report.

    Follow on: LinkedIn


  • Vikki Karatovic

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

    Vikki is the manager of the Health & Aged Care division at Gow-Gates and has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry.

    Working closely with her clients, health and aged care associations and insurers, Vikki has developed various broad, market-leading and industry specific insurance solutions that address the sectors’ existing and emerging risks.

    Vikki is a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Insurance Institute (ANZIIF), is a Certified Insurance Professional (CIP), has a Diploma in Financial Services and Marketing, and is widely regarded as one of the leading insurance brokers in her field.

    Follow on: LinkedIn

  • Jacob Lippa

    Jacob Lippa
    Director of Implementation, International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) | Research Associate, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School

    Jacob Lippa leads ICHOM’s portfolio of implementation work across the Americas and Asia-Pacific, and manages its partnerships and strategic alliances in the region. Additionally, he provides research support for Prof Michael Porter and serves on the faculty for Harvard Business School’s courses and seminars on value-based health care delivery.

    Prior to joining ICHOM, he worked across the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Commonwealth Fund, conducting research on health systems performance. Mr. Lippa is trained as a health care quality improvement advisor and patient safety officer, and he holds a master’s degree in health care policy and management from Columbia University. 


  • Rachel Matthews

    Rachel Matthews
    Health Consumer, pw MS

    Co-convenor of local support groups for Qld Disability Network [QDN] and MSQld and retired board member of both organisations, Former medical secretary, jillaroo, journalist and music teacher.  Long-time community arts worker and disability activist in Mt Isa, Townsville, Roma and Brisbane.  Person with MS.

    She retired to Brisbane in 2005.

    Her philosophy is that music, and all the arts, are languages of great power and importance for all humanity. Participation in the arts is a passionate, ecologically-friendly activity, whatever your age and ability. The arts have the capacity of lifting people out of gutters, or encouraging them to soar to the greatest heights.  Whether active as performers, or passive as audience, all levels on that continuum are equally important. 

    She sees herself as a conduit between professional and amateur, classical and folk, city and bush, performing and visual, sublime and ridiculous.  It just happened that she was in a place and at a time when, having turned her back on string playing, she was surprised by people who were so passionate to learn that they would buy a violin and a Tune a Day book by mail order and struggle to teach themselves.   And she wanted to help them.

  • Dr Hamish McLean

    Dr Hamish McLean
    Risk and Crisis Communication Specialist

    Dr Hamish McLean has more than 30 years’ professional experience in risk and crisis communication, reputation management and issues management. He operated a crisis communication and media consultancy for more than a decade with international clients in the health, aviation, law and allied sectors. His most recent international project was for the Ministry of Health in Mongolia. Hamish has a PhD in crisis communication and media.

  • Janne McMahon OAM

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

    Janne McMahon OAM has worked within the mental health area as a consumer advocate since 1997.  She founded the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) which is a recognized peak Australian organisation.

    She has appeared before ten parliamentary inquiries, has been a member of a number of Australian Government committees, National Evaluation Groups, Expert Advisory and Reference Groups as well as many other key national mental health policy and decision making committees.

    She has been a member of the Board of the Mental Health Council of Australia, until March of this year was a member of the RANZCP Members Advisory Council, their Practice and Partnerships Committee, their Community Collaboration Committee.

    She was a Director of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council for 3 years, the Private Mental Health Alliance since 1998, a surveyor with the Australian Council on Health Care Standards since 2001, currently a member of the South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal and Patron of the Australian BPD Foundation.  

    In 2008 Janne was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her advocacy work.


  • Julie Metaxotos

    Julie Metaxotos
    Health Consumer

    Julie Metaxotos is a wife, mum, employee and a true survivor. Christmas Eve 2013 was a day Julie Metaxotos can't remember but will never forget.

    A morning that started like any other until her car was involved in a serious collision and her world fell apart. Out of her crumbled car they pulled her broken body unsure of whether she would make it.  

    But as damaged as she was no one could have known, not even Julie herself, the extent of the fighting spirit and dogged determination that would see her win battles, beat setbacks and overcome hurdles over the next two years on the journey back to health.

    Attend Julie's session to discover her story. 

    Follow on: LinkedIn | Facebook

  • Dr Bennie Ng

    Dr Bennie Ng
    General Manager, Partnerships and Strategy, Healthscope

    Dr Bennie Ng is the General Manager, Partnerships and Strategy at Healthscope. He is currently a non-executive board member of the Australian Digital Health Agency. He commenced his career as a General Practitioner, and was the Head of Social Policy at the Office of the Prime Minister, prior to his current role. In addition to a health advisory role to the Australian Government, he has held other senior positions in strategy, services planning and general management including the Head of Clinical Services Planning at the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, the General Manager of Cancer Medicine and Director of Medical Services at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. Dr Ng has a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery and a Masters of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. 

    Follow on: LinkedIn

  • A/Prof Christopher Pyke

    A/Prof Christopher Pyke
    RACS Councillor and QLD General Surgeon

    Dr Chris Pyke is Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Queensland, based at the Mater Public and Private Hospitals in Brisbane.

    He is a former President of the Breast Surgeons Society of Australia and New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ).

    He is currently a Councilor with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and a Chair of the Post Fellowship Education and Training Committee.

  • Dr Jeremy Sammut

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

    Dr Jeremy Sammut, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Health Innovations Program, has been a researcher at The Centre for Independent Studies since 2007. He has authored or coauthored 22 health and social policy research reports and has published more than 120 opinion articles including in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times, and Spectator Australia.

    Follow on: Twitter: @JeremySammut71


  • A/Prof Amanda Walker

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

    A/Prof Amanda Walker is a Senior Clinical Advisor at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. She is also a Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Medicine working in South Western Sydney, having been Area Medical Director of Palliative Care and a Director of Medical Services before moving to the Clinical Excellence Commission of NSW. As a Clinical Director at the CEC, she developed programs to improve patient care including End of Life Care and Diagnostic Error. She is a Conjoint Associate Professor at the Western Sydney University School of Medicine.