Mayo Clinic would like to thank all speakers for participating in the Summit.

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Wendy Sue Swanson

    Dr Wendy Sue Swanson
    MCCSM Platinum Fellow, Seattle Childrens Hospital

    Pediatrician Dr Wendy Sue Swanson, Executive Director of Digital Health and author of the Seattle Mama Doc Blog for Seattle Children’s Hospital, is nationally-known for her efforts to revolutionize health communications with social and digital media.  One of the first pediatricians to blog for a leading children’s hospital, she offers patients and parents relevant, practical and timely health information in online formats. She’s a dynamic, engaging speaker who inspires physicians to think more innovatively about social media, digital health and the impact of digital tools on advocacy and health. 

    Dr Swanson founded Digital Health at Seattle Children’s in 2013 and is an executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media. She serves on the Board of Advisors for Parents magazine and is a Platinum Fellow of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. Her first book, Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance (American Academy of Pediatrics) is a Gold Award Recipient of the Mom’s Choice Awards. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @SeattleMamaDoc

  • Marie Ennis-O'Connor

    Marie Ennis-O'Connor
    Digital Media Strategist, Stanford Medicine X ePatient scholar

    Marie Ennis-O’Connor is an award-winning health blogger, social media consultant, and international conference speaker with a passionate interest in the role of social media in healthcare. Marie set up #BCCEU, Europe’s first breast cancer social media chat, and is a founding member of Health2.0 Dublin, part of the Health2.0 international movement. Marie has extensive experience of working with healthcare practitioners and patient advocates and is interested in how both can engage and learn from each other at the level of social media. She writes a bi-monthly column on using social media in healthcare on the Health Works Collective website.

    Follow on: Twitter: @JBBC


  • Norman Swan

    Norman Swan
    FRCP, DCH MD (Hon Causa)

    Dr Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National, and Tonic on ABC News24 (Television). The Health Report is the world’s longest running health programme in the English speaking world and Norman has won many awards for his work including Australia’s top prize for journalism, the Gold Walkley. He trained in medicine in Scotland and paediatrics in London and Sydney before joining the ABC and has hosted many other programmes on radio and television. He has also been the medical host on Channel Ten’s Biggest Loser for the past six seasons. Norman created, wrote and narrated Invisible Enemies, a four part series on disease and civilisation for Channel 4 UK and broadcast in 27 countries. He has consulted to the World Health Organisation and co chaired a global meeting of health ministers in Bamako West Africa focused on evidence based policy and priorities in health research.


  • Belinda Hughes

    Belinda Hughes
    Marketing and Communications Manager, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

    Belinda Hughes is the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in the Southern Hemisphere, managing more than 1000 media enquiries a year. Prior to this role she worked with UnitingCare Health in Queensland as their Group Marketing Manager and as Marketing Manager for The Wesley Hospital. Belinda managed the communications and was Media Spokesperson for The Wesley Hospital during the Legionella outbreak in 2013. She has more than 20 years experience in marketing and a special interest in digital communication. Belinda is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Marketing and co-author of Don’t be an Egghead: Twitter basics for hospitals and health care organisations.

    Follow on: Twitter: @belahug

  • Chris Robertson

    Chris Robertson
    Executive Director, Strategy and Policy, AHPRA

    Chris Robertson is Executive Director, Strategy and Policy for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). He has held senior leadership roles for over 15 years in health policy and regulatory reform, as well as workforce planning and innovation.

    He is an authority in the design and application of the National Law across 14 health profession boards, which was a COAG reform initiative. It established a single national regulatory scheme for what is now over 600,000 registered health practitioners in Australia. 

    He holds a Graduate Certificate of Health Management from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University. He was previously a registered nurse with qualifications in critical care from the Alfred Hospital Melbourne. Chris is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

  • Claire Hewitt

    Claire Hewitt
    Social Media Manager, St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne

    Claire is the Social Media Manager for St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne. Her role was initially specific to the obstetrics market but has expanded to cover social strategies for the entire hospital. Social Marketing is an integral part of the hospital’s marketing strategy.

    Claire has worked in professional services marketing for over 15 years, with experience on marketing communications for finance, legal and health organisations. 

    St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne run two blogs, one with a focus on Maternity which has been running since 2011 and a new CEO Blog which was launched this year. 

    Claire first started blogging back in 2006 and has twice been nominated as one of the Kidspot Top 50 Australian bloggers.

    Follow on: Twitter: @Claireyhewitt @SVPHMelb

  • Cynthia Floyd Manley

    Cynthia Floyd Manley
    Director, Content and Social Engagement, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Cynthia Floyd Manley leads content and social engagement strategies as a member of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s strategic market engagement team. A one-time journalist, she has 20 years of experience in health care communications, public relations and marketing. She supported Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as its communications officer prior to moving into her current role in 2011. 

    Manley is a member of the external advisory board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and Health Social Media Network. She is a frequent speaker on health care social media and content marketing. A past chair of the National Cancer Institute Public Affairs & Marketing Network, Manley is active in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement. 

    A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, she is a member of its College of Communications “Wall of Fame.” She serves on the board of directors for Gilda’s Club Nashville, where she provides PR and social media counsel. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @cynthiamanley

  • David Grayson

    David Grayson
    Department Head, Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Counties Manukau Health


    David heads the  Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at Counties Manukau Health. He is also a senior clinician at Ko Awatea Centre for health system innovation and improvement where his focus is on curating improvement networks. 

    He has over 20 year's experience as a clinician with a focus on quality improvement and patient safety.

    David was previously the Chief Medical Advisor at Hawkes Bay District Health Board as well as Clinical Director for Surgery and Clinical Director of Quality and Risk.

    His current interests are in applying network theory for systems improvement and managing scarcity.

    Follow on: Twitter: @sasanof

  • Deborah Lupton

    Deborah Lupton
    Centenary Research Professor, News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra

    Deborah Lupton is Centenary Research Professor in the News & Media Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra. Her latest books are Medicine as Culture, 3rd edition (Sage, 2012), Fat (Routledge, 2013), Risk, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2013), The Social Worlds of the Unborn (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), The Unborn Human (editor, Open Humanities Press, 2013), Digital Sociology (Routledge, 2015) and The Quantified Self: A Sociology of Self-Tracking (forthcoming, Polity). Her current research interests are in the social impacts of big data, self-tracking cultures, the digitisation of children, academic work in the digital era and critical digital health studies.

  • Deborah Warrington-Love

    Deborah Warrington-Love
    Patient Advocate

    Deborah is a mother of two. Her son James Warrington-Love (2008-2015) was diagnosed with a grade IV brain tumour in early 2014. Deborah’s working life has mainly been involved with professional services in a marketing capacity. Prior to James’ diagnosis Deborah had a career change and was entering into her fourth year of a Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography.

    Deborah intends to put her life experience into becoming an advocate for other patients particularly in the pediatric field.


  • Dr Christian Sinclair

    Dr Christian Sinclair
    Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center

    Dr Christian Sinclair is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has clinical experience with all the different venues of hospice and palliative care through his past work with Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, in addition to his past leadership roles as a fellowship director, and National Hospice Medical Director with Gentiva. His early rise in the field of palliative medicine was due to his writing for the website Pallimed. He served six years on the board of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and will be the president of the AAHPM in 2016.

    Follow on: Twitter: @ctsinclair

  • Dr Farris Timimi

    Dr Farris Timimi
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

    Farris Timimi, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and a Consultant in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He serves as Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. He also serves as the Cardiology Physician Education Coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency and as the Program Director for the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship Program. In addition, Dr. Timimi is the physician lead for the Division of Cardiovascular Disease One Voice initiative, as well as the institutional lead for patient-family advisory councils.

    Dr. Timimi received his bachelor's and medical degrees from East Tennessee State University. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; his fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School; and a separate fellowship in Interventional Vascular Radiology, Vascular Medicine, and Vascular Ultrasound at Mayo Clinic.

    Follow on: Twitter: @FarrisTimimi

  • Dr Henry Woo

    Dr Henry Woo
    Associate Professor of Surgery, Sydney Medical School

    Henry Woo is a urological surgeon who has embraced social media. He believes senior doctors must provide leadership in SoMe to assist their colleagues and juniors navigate through what has only until relatively recently been a guideline-free and mentorship-free zone. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Sydney. He is a member of the American Urological Associations’ Social Media Workgroup and was a co-author of the recent European Association of Urology social media guidelines. He is the founder and coordinator of the International Urology Journal Club on Twitter and actively blogs on ‘Surgical Opinion’. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @drhwoo

  • Dr Steve Hambleton

    Dr Steve Hambleton

    Dr Steve Hambleton is the former Federal President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), a position he assumed in May 2011 after serving a two-year term as Federal Vice President. Dr Hambleton is a University of Queensland graduate (1984) and an experienced General Practitioner serving at the same general practice at Kedron in Brisbane since 1988. 

    He was President of AMA Queensland in 2005-6 and served on the AMA Council of General Practice at a State and Federal level for more than 15 years. Dr Hambleton was the AMA representative on the National Immunisation Committee from 2006-2010, and was a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. He joined the AMA Taskforce on Indigenous Health in 2005 and was Chair from 2009 to 2014. 

    Dr Hambleton is on the Board of the Australasian Medical Publishing Company and he served on the Australian National Preventive Health Agency's Expert Committee on Alcohol from 2011 - 2014. He served as a Member of the Clinical Care Standards Advisory Committee of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and is a current member of the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation Advisory Group. 

    Dr Hambleton was appointed Chair of the National E-Health Transition Authority in June 2014. For his services to general practice he was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the RACGP in September 2014. Dr Hambleton joined the Board of Avant Mutual Group Limited in November 2014. In April 2015, he was appointed by the Federal Government to lead a Primary Health Care Advisory Group to investigate options to provide better care for people with complex and chronic illness; innovative care and funding models; better recognition and treatment of mental health conditions; and greater connection between primary health care and hospital care.

    Follow on: Twitter: @stevejhambleton


  • Dr Sue Page

    Dr Sue Page
    GP, Deputy Chair of the National Rural faculty of the RACGP and Clinical Lead for Education

    Dr Sue Page is a rural GP from northern NSW in Australia whose clinical practice has spanned mainstream and Aboriginal medical services with academic, aged care and hospital appointments. She serves on the boards of the Northern NSW Local Health District, North Coast GP Training, and Future Health Leaders and is a member of Australia’s Medical Services Advisory Committee. 
    Deputy Chair of the National Rural faculty of the RACGP and Clinical Lead for Education, Dr Page headed a review of national general practice curriculum and a move toward outcomes based learning with statements able to be uploaded onto smart phones. She championed the uptake of Telehealth in Australian community based practice through roles in the Federal Government Telehealth Advisory Group and contributions to RACGP Telehealth resources including a new Active Learning Module.
    Dr Page is a former President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia and has held a variety of State and Federal Ministerial Advisory roles including for Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol, Medical Indemnity, Pharmacy Professional Programs, Medical Workforce, the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and the NSW Commission of Audit. Identified as one of the top ten people in Australia influencing General Practice, Dr Page was recognised in the Australian Honours List in 2008.
    A member of several medical online communities, Dr Page will provide an overview of platforms supporting education, health promotion, business and ethical discussions for those who work within the health sector.


    Follow on: Twitter: @NoGreatMischief

  • Ed Bennett

    Ed Bennett
    Director of Web & Communications Technology, University of Maryland Medical System

    Ed Bennett is the Director of Web & Communications Technology at the University of Maryland Medical System and is responsible for all aspects of their Web program.

    During his 16 years at UMMS, Ed has led the hospital industry with many Web "firsts," but his most important and enduring contribution is clearly understanding what patients and caregivers want from a hospital website.  Ed also founded the Hospital Social Network List - a resource that tracks the social media activities of U.S. hospitals. An active member of the Healthcare Social Media community, Ed was on the first External Advisory Board of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. He was also inducted into the 2012 Internet Healthcare Hall of Fame.

    While at home on Twitter and Facebook, Ed's favourite networking tool is the telephone. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @EdBennett

  • Hugh Stephens

    Hugh Stephens
    Social Media Coordinator, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

    Hugh works with organisations to implement digital change.  He currently works at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as their social media coordinator, introducing social media to the regulatory environment. He was previously the Director of Dialogue Consulting, a specialist social media consultancy. For 3 years now, he has worked on the External Advisory Board of the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media based in the USA, encouraging health organisations and professionals worldwide to embrace social media technologies. Hugh has worked with an extensive range of local and international healthcare organisations, including primary care and allied health, as well as clients from other industries.

    Follow on: Twitter: @hughstephens


  • Ian Stewart

    Ian Stewart
    National Manager Digital Services, National Stroke Foundation

    Ian Stewart is the National Manager Digital Services at the not-for-profit organisation the National Stroke Foundation.  A leader in the use of online technology and community building, the National Stroke Foundation is focused on maximising technology to aid its mission of stopping stroke, saving lives and ending suffering.

    Ian joined the National Stroke Foundation in late 2013 to oversee the Foundation’s innovation into the future, this includes a number of major digital projects and social media. Prior to joining the National Stroke Foundation, Ian worked with large corporates, emergency services and the Victorian Government on digital and social media strategies.

    Follow on: Twitter: @brownlow @strokefdn

  • Jen Morris

    Jen Morris

    Jen Morris is a healthcare researcher, patient perspectives consultant and patient advocate. She speaks and publishes extensively on issues relating to healthcare quality and safety, service improvement, and patient perspectives. Her work focuses on bringing patient voices to forums from which such voices have traditionally been absent - including health research teams, and profession-run meetings and conferences.
    Jen is currently a researcher at the Young and Well CRC, as well as the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include healthcare complaints, practitioner impairment, mandatory reporting, patient experience and healthcare leadership. Jen has also been a guest lecturer on patient complaints for the University of Melbourne Law School. Jen is a health communicator for Murdoch Children's Research Institute. As a patient advocate, she holds positions as a consumer member of the Department of Health and Human Services Participation Advisory Committee, Mercy Health Community Advisory Committee, and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Community Reference Group.


  • Karina Hogan

    Karina Hogan
    Media and Communication, Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

    I come from Brisbane and am part of a big Aboriginal and Islander family. My working background is in Journalism and Communications and I have a passion for developing content for multimedia platforms including social media.  I work at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health as the media and communications officer. IUIH was established 6 years ago as a not for profit Aboriginal Medical Service to provide community controlled health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from across South East Queensland. 

    Three years ago today, I started the IUIH Facebook and Twitter pages to follow our already established Deadly Choices social media presence. I have worked strategically for the past 3 years to develop an interactive and supportive social media presence for IUIH, and our programs and services. This has led to significant growth in our following and has contributed to an increase in our client numbers and interactions with a direct impacts on patient to services outcomes.  


    Follow on: Twitter: @DeadlyChoices

  • Kerrie Noonan

    Kerrie Noonan
    Director of The GroundSwell Project

    Kerrie is a cofounder and director of The GroundSwell Project, a social researcher and a clinical psychologist in palliative care. Kerrie has a long-standing interest in capacity building approaches to death, dying and bereavement, palliative care and how people can build their death literacy.

    A consumer of social and digital media as much as an instigator and creator, Kerrie is a social media practitioner keen to enable more effective use of digital and social media technologies amongst health professionals and the general public. This interest has led to her leading national campaigns about organ donation, death literacy and working with conference organisers keen to extend their online communities.

    Follow on: Twitter: @keznoo @groundswellaus


  • Kristina Garla

    Kristina Garla
    Marketing and Digital Strategy Manager, Epworth HealthCare

    Kristina is the Marketing and Digital Strategy Manager at Epworth HealthCare. She is responsible for the organisation’s branding, advertising, service marketing and digital marketing direction. Kristina is accountable for defining and delivering Epworth’s social media strategy, including fostering a digital culture.

    Passionate about human rights, health and wellbeing, Kristina has worked for a number of not-for-profit organisations during her career, including BreastScreen Victoria and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

    Having worked in the field of marketing and communication for 25 years, Kristina is ecstatic about the social media revolution and the opportunity it provides marketing and communication professionals to learn new things and reignite their passion.

    As an advocate for collaboration across the health care industry, Kristina co-authored ‘Don’t be an Egghead – Twitter basics for hospitals and health care organisations.’

    Follow on: Twitter: @kristweetina

  • Leanne Wells

    Leanne Wells
    Chief Executive Officer, Consumers Health Forum

    Leanne is the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. She is a health service executive with over twenty five years’ experience. Leanne has held executive positions within government and in national and state non-government organisations, most recently as CEO of a state-based primary care organisation. Throughout her career, she has worked in the health and social care sectors. Leanne is a Board Director of the Ozhelp Foundation, PainAustralia and a member of the clinical governance committee of a major regional aged care provider. Leanne has tertiary qualifications in communications and business. She is a member of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

    Follow on: Twitter: @LeanneWells63

  • Lee Aase

    Lee Aase
    Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media

    Lee Aase is director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, which builds on Mayo Clinic's leadership among health care providers in adopting social media tools. Mayo Clinic is a pioneer in hospital blogging and has the most popular medical provider channel on YouTube as well as active, popular outposts on Twitter and Facebook. 

    By night, Lee is Chancellor of Social Media University, Global (SMUG), a free online higher education institution that provides practical, hands-on training in social media for lifelong learners.  In 2013, he was inducted into the Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame, and in 2014 he was appointed to a two-year term on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Media. He also was named to the list of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better” by HealthLeaders Media.

    Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 2000, Lee spent more than a decade in political and government communications at the local, state and federal level. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @LeeAase

  • Lisa Ramshaw

    Lisa Ramshaw
    Director, Communications & Marketing, APHA

    Lisa Ramshaw is passionate about social media improving outcomes in health care. She is currently Director, Communications and Marketing at the Australian Private Hospitals Association where she advises almost 300 member hospitals on social media and other communication issues. She is also a Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media (MCCSM) Silver Fellow and External Advisory Board member.  She is a communications specialist with 25 years of experience working internationally and in Australia for companies such as Amazon.co.uk, The National Trust and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Lisa is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Australian Institute of Marketing. Lisa can be contacted via Twitter on @Lisa_Ramshaw.

    Follow on: Twitter: @Lisa_Ramshaw

  • Luke Pearson

    Luke Pearson
    Founding Director, IndigenousX

    Luke Pearson is the founding director of IndigenousX, a teacher, writer, public speaker, strategist, consultant, and independent media producer. He is passionate about justice, human rights, and finding new and innovative ways to change Australia's deficit discourse on Indigenous Australia. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @LukeLPearson @IndigenousX @IndigenousXLtd

  • Richard Royle

    Richard Royle
    Executive Director, UnitingCare Health

    Richard has 35 years experience in the healthcare industry and is currently Executive Director of UnitingCare Health in Queensland, incorporating 4 private not-for-profit hospitals totalling over 1,000 beds, and employing approximately 4,000 staff.  These hospitals include The Wesley and St Andrews in Brisbane, plus hospitals on the Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay.

    Richard has played a key role in setting UnitingCare Health’s growth strategy. This has included major expansions at Wesley and St Andrews Hospitals totalling $200 million.  The group has also recently built a new 100 bed private hospital in Hervey Bay which is Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital.

    He has held several other senior roles in healthcare organisations, including public and private hospitals as CEO, in New South Wales and Victoria.

    Richard is an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology in Health Management.  He is President of the Australian Private Hospitals Association and Deputy Chairman of the HESTA Superannuation Fund.  In 2013 undertook the role of chairing an independent review into the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record on behalf of the Federal Minister for Health, Hon. Peter Dutton. 

  • Russell McGowan

    Russell McGowan
    Public Health Association of Australia, ACT

    Russell McGowan is a bone marrow transplant survivor now retired from the workforce and active in the healthcare consumer movement.  His working life had included teaching and field work, mainly involving community development programs for indigenous people.  

    Russell participates in numerous community healthcare organisations in Canberra, and provides consumer input to national healthcare providers.  Through these roles he attends international conferences on safety and quality, health technology assessment and cancer control where he tweets highlights of proceedings.  

    He is also working through a Consumer eHealth Alliance to promote the implementation of a personally controlled electronic health record for all Australians.

  • Shigeo Uehara

    Shigeo Uehara
    CEO, Advanced Healthcare Solutions

    Shigeo Uehara is the CEO of Advanced Healthcare Solutions in Japan and also the Controller of the Oimachi Clinic. His specialties include innovation in healthcare, marketing and communications, social media, customer services, human resource clients hospital (Rehabilitation and Acute Hospitals) and Clinic Healthcare Industries.

    Shigeo is a member of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and travels extensively learning and sharing with colleagues around the world.

    Follow on: Twitter: @s_uehara

  • Simon Trilsbach

    Simon Trilsbach
    Vice President, APAC, Hootsuite

    Simon Trilsbach is the Vice President for APAC at Hootsuite, appointed to lead and expand Hootsuite’s presence across the region. 

    Prior to joining Hootsuite, Trilsbach held the role of Vice President, APAC at Socialbakers, a global social media analytics company, where he was responsible for leading and executing successful in-market strategies to ensure exponential growth of the business. Before his move to Socialbakers, Trilsbach was the General Manager to Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan at Experian Marketing Services, where he gained a wide range of regional knowledge and experience in driving sales and managing client services across these markets. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @simontrilsbach


  • Summer May Finlay

    Summer May Finlay

    Summer May Finlay is a Yorta Yorta woman and grew up on Lake Macquarie. She is also known as @OnTopicAus on Twitter. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health, policy and social justice are her key motivators both personally and professionally. Summer has worked in Aboriginal affairs for over 10 years with the large majority of her experience within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector in Victoria, New South Wales and nationally.

    Summer has a Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in linguistics, a master of Public Health majoring in Social Marketing and is currently undertaking a PhD in Aboriginal health with the University of South Australia. 

    Summer is currently working with Croakey to promote solutions to the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the campaign #JustJustice.

    Follow on: Twitter: @OnTopicAus

  • Susi Tegen

    Susi Tegen
    Chief Executive, Medical Technology Association of Australia

    Susi Tegen has over 20 years’ experience in the medical and health, as well as in the agribusiness sector. 

    Prior to working for the Medical Technology Association of Australia, Susi was Chief Executive of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, former Chief Executive starting up the Limestone Coast Division of General Practice in SA, She has commercial acumen as Managing Director of a public company which researched, developed, raised capital and commercialized agribusiness opportunities (e.g. grain trading) on behalf of its shareholders. 

    Susi has demonstrated a strong belief in the value of being at the table in the preparatory discussions representing the industry as a unified whole. 

    She brings a strong track record of success in advocacy and relationship building, both nationally and internationally, across medicine, primary industry / agribusiness, education and training. This encompasses Government and its agencies, member stakeholders and business to drive mutually beneficial outcomes.

    She is currently and has been director on several boards, which include an international development ophthalmology foundation Sight For All, General Practice related organisations dealing with training, policy and population health programs, a private day surgery, the rural focused capacity building Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and numerous Ministerial Advisory positions.  

    Susi has an MBA (Melbourne), BA (Adelaide), Post Grad Dip Ed (UNE), GCCM (AGSM), FARLF and FAICD,  and  has been awarded numerous awards including a Telstra Nokia  Business award and RIRDC SA Business Woman award.

    She has worked in the Northern Territory, NSW, Victoria, SA and her native Austria.