Speakers

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Lawrence Sim

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    Dr Lawrence Sim
    Director, Radiology Informatics Support Unit, Health Support Queensland (HSQ)

    Lawrence works for Health Support Queensland (HSQ) within Queensland Health as Director of the Radiology Informatics Support Unit. Lawrence holds a PhD in medical physics and previously worked as Director of Physical Sciences at Princess Alexandra Hospital before moving into the area of radiology informatics support in 1999 – first as manager of the PACS implementation team and then as Manager of PACS Support. Lawrence joined HSQ in 2008.

    Lawrence’s professional experience complements his academic training and has supported development of expertise in the areas of medical physics, medical devices, PACS/RIS and technology planning to support clinical services provision.

    His research interests include monitors for radiological image visualisation and diagnosis. His present focus is enterprise radiology informatics systems and how radiology informatics, as part of integrated health care record infrastructure, offers hospitals and health care networks improvement opportunities for cost/effective outcomes and quality health care delivery. 

     

  • Professor Branko Celler

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    Professor Branko Celler
    University of New South Wales

    Professor Celler is internationally recognised as an innovator and pioneer in the development and use of biomedical software and instrumentation for the telemonitoring of chronically ill patients at home. He was Head of School of Electrical Engineering at UNSW for nine years and established the Biomedical Systems Laboratory which was successful in winning more than $15m in competitive grants. He has an abiding and on-going interest in supporting health and socio-economic development of rural and remote communities through the smart use of ICT. Prof Celler has previously held positions as Executive Dean of the College of Health and Science at Western Sydney University and Chief Scientist at the CSIRO ICT Centre. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and an inaugural Fellow of the Australian College of Health Informatics. He has published more than 200 Journal Articles and Refereed Conference Proceedings. In 2006 Prof. Celler established a start-up company Telemedcare Pty Ltd which now operates internationally and is respected for its innovation and excellence in telehealth. Whilst Chief Scientist at the CSIRO ICT Centre, Professor Celler led the $5.4m CSIRO National Telehealth Project, the results of which have been published internationally and which are now contributing to the development of national policies on the large scale deployment of telehealth services.  Professor Celler is Emeritus Professor and an active researcher at the University of New South Wales.

Workshop Presenters

  • Danette Langbecker

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    Danette Langbecker
    NHMRC Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    Danette Langbecker is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Online Health (COH) at the University of Queensland. Danette’s research encompasses psycho-oncology and health services research, with a focus on the use of technologies to deliver care for persons affected by chronic disease. Danette is currently investigating the implementation of telehealth to deliver allied health services to children in schools, forensic mental health assessments for youth in the criminal justice system, and geriatric assessments for persons with dementia living in rural and remote areas, as well as digital health and mHealth interventions, particularly for cancer survivors.

  • Liam Caffery

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    Liam Caffery
    Senior Research Fellow and Director, Telehealth Technology, Centre for Online Health, The University of Queensland

    Liam is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of Telehealth Technology for the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health. Liam is a member of the Metro South Health Telehealth Advisory Group and a member of the Queensland Health mHealth Apps Working Group.

    His research is centred on pragmatic trials of telehealth services. Liam has a special interest in the use of telehealth for Indigenous health and rural health care delivery. Liam also has an active research agenda in health informatics, in particular, in digital imaging of the skin for melanoma diagnosis.  Liam chairs the metadata group for the  International Skin Imaging Collaboration: Melanoma Project. This project is an academia and industry partnership designed to facilitate the application of digital skin imaging to help reduce melanoma mortality – his work promotes the adoption of standards for digital imaging of the skin.

    Liam has 25 years industry experience as a health informatician. His immediate past role was the Manager of Medical Imaging Informatics at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Previously, Liam had over a decade’s clinical experience as a diagnostic radiographer.

  • Maike Neuhaus

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    Maike Neuhaus
    Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    Maike is a health behaviour change scientist with more than 10 years’ experience in research and practice. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology and a PhD in Public Health. At The University of Queensland, Maike works as a research fellow at the Centre for Online Health, where she applies her passion for research translation by leading the Centre's telehealth consultancy service. Prior to joining the Centre for Online Health, Maike's research focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of workplace health promotion programs.

  • Melissa Panuccio

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    Melissa Panuccio
    Senior Project Officer, WA Country Health Service

    Melissa works with the WA Country Health Service’s Statewide Telehealth Service to reorient health services to deliver health care closer to home for country patients. Within this team, she leads the TeleOncology project showing strengths in project and change management as well as clinical service design.

  • Silvia Pfeiffer

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    Silvia Pfeiffer
    CEO, Coviu Global Pty Ltd

    Dr Silvia Pfeiffer is Coviu’s CEO and Co-founder, driving the global mission of Coviu. With over 15 years experience building new Web video solutions, Silvia has worked at leading corporations including Google, Mozilla, NICTA and CSIRO. Silvia spun Coviu out of the CSIRO as her second business after founding a Web video analytics company. Silvia has a double degree in computer science and business management and manages sales, marketing, investments, and product strategy for Coviu.

  • Wei-Sen Lam

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    Wei-Sen Lam
    Clinical Lead Medical Oncology, WA Country Health Service

    Dr Wei-Sen Lam currently works as a Medical Oncologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Esperance Hospital. He currently is the clinical lead for TeleOncology,a WA Country Health Service initiative to bring cancer services to rural and remote areas of WA. Wei-Sen has a keen interest in research and is actively involved in clinical trials. Dr Lam was a successful recipient of the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network Fellowship and is actively involved in education and training as the co-chair of the WA Clinical Oncology Group (WACOG).

Oral Presenters

  • Alice King

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    Alice King
    Telehealth Program Manager, Barwon South West Telehealth Program

    Alice supports telehealth across 16 health services in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, including the implementation of telehealth access for Emergency and Urgent care; the introduction of Healthdirect Video Call, enabling easy consumer access to local and remote health care appointments; the use of telehealth access for clinical support, education and training; and is supporting the remote patient monitoring program at Barwon Health. She is the co-lead for the successful Telehealth Victoria Community of Practice; sits on the DHHS Healthdirect Video Call Advisory Group; and is a committee member of the Australasian Telehealth Society.

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    Anish Menon

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    Anish Menon
    PhD Student, Centre for Online Health

    Anish Menon is an Endocrinologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. He delivers telemedicine services for diabetes and endocrine patients through the Princess Alexandra Telehealth Centre. He is currently enrolled as a PhD student with the Centre for Online Health, The University of Queensland and has a strong research interest in exploring new models of care for people with type 2 diabetes utilising eHealth, to improve health outcomes for people with diabetes and enhance efficiency of healthcare delivery.

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    Annie Banbury

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    Annie Banbury
    Adjunct Research Fellow, Central Queensland University

    Dr Annie Banbury is the Program Design and Implementation Lead for the Caring for Carers of People with Dementia study funded by a Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund by the Australian government. Annie recently completed her PhD in the area of ehealth and older people for improving health literacy and chronic disease self-management. Her research has enhanced understanding of using new technology with community-dwelling older people. In particular, she has focused using co-design principles to develop and deliver interventions by group videoconferencing for patient education and social support.

  • Antoinette Hodge

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    Antoinette Hodge
    Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, Children's Hospital at Westmead

    Antoinette Hodge is an experienced paediatric clinical neuropsychologist who has worked across health and educator sectors. She is an active clinical researcher with interests in learning, cognition, assessments and education intervention. She currently works in a multidisciplinary team effectively working together to support children with learning difficulties.

  • Anya Traill

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    Anya Traill
    Head of Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

    Anya has significant experience in the development of various models of care and referral pathways. With over 10 years of experience in managing Lymphoedema and has completed level 1 and 2 Lymphoedema training. She has completed a Masters of Public Health, majoring in health promotion and international health and is a physiotherapist by background. She is also the manager of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

  • Belinda Coldebella

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    Belinda Coldebella
    Research Candidate, University of Queensland

    Belinda is a research candidate in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her research interests include the influence of psychosocial and environmental risk factors associated with obesity and quality of life. Her current research involves the evaluation of clinical healthcare models in obesity surgery and the use of interactive ICT.

  • Bronwyn Phillips

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    Bronwyn Phillips
    Health Systems Lead, Murray PHN

    Bronwyn is the Health Systems Lead for Murray PHN. She has the responsibility for developing strategies and projects to address health system needs, including those that address Potentially Avoidable Hospitalisations within Murray PHN. With a background of 20 plus years as a Health Professional working in rural Community Health and managing regional Allied Health services, Bronwyn has a firm appreciation of the issues and benefits of quality care delivery systems. Bronwyn sees Telehealth and remote patient monitoring services as a most logical and needed approach to many of the rural and remote service system issues in the Murray catchment.

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    Buddhika Senanayake

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    Buddhika Senanayake
    Visiting Academic, The University of Queensland

    Buddhika is currently working as a Visiting Academic at the Centre for Online Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland. Buddhika a medical doctor from Sri Lanka and has specialized in Public Health.

  • Carl Brandt

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    Carl Brandt
    Research Fellow, University of Southern Denmark

    Dr Carl J Brandt, Qualified as a doctor from Odense University Hospital, Denmark in 1993 and as a general practitioner in 2006. Carl is one of the pioneers in medicine on the Internet and behavioural change. In 1997 he found that using the word smoker’s lung for COPD doubled smoking cessation published in the Lancet. In 2000 Carl co-founded the successful Internet site NetDoctor.co.uk followed by a number of other successful eHealth services including Liva in 2015. Currently his research is concentrated in understanding how long-term lifestyle change is possible through the use eHealth.

  • Cassie Moore

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    Cassie Moore
    Health Services Manager, Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria

    Cassie is a qualified health promotion practitioner, with a passion for reducing inequalities in health experienced by these communities. Having lived and worked in rural and remote Australia, Cassie has experienced firsthand the difficulties faced by communities to access the care they need. This real life experience has ignited a passion in Cassie that has allowed for her to bring a community centred approach to the operational management and service planning work she does as Health Services Manager at Royal Flying Doctors Service in Victoria.

  • Cathie La Riviere

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    Cathie La Riviere
    Manager Virtual Health, Mackay Hospital and Health Service

    Cathie La Riviere is the Manager Virtual Health for the Mackay Hospital and Health Service. Cathie oversees the development and implementation of innovative Telehealth service models and technical solutions to provide equitable health service access for regional and rural communities.

  • Centaine Snoswell

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    Centaine Snoswell
    PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland

    Centaine L. Snoswell is a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Queensland’s School of Pharmacy. Her research focus is on service evaluation in telehealth, specifically examining the economic impact when technology is used for new health interventions.

  • Danette Langbecker

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    Danette Langbecker
    NHMRC Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    Danette Langbecker is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Online Health (COH) at the University of Queensland. Danette’s research encompasses psycho-oncology and health services research, with a focus on the use of technologies to deliver care for persons affected by chronic disease. Danette is currently investigating the implementation of telehealth to deliver allied health services to children in schools, forensic mental health assessments for youth in the criminal justice system, and geriatric assessments for persons with dementia living in rural and remote areas, as well as digital health and mHealth interventions, particularly for cancer survivors.

  • David Murtagh

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    David Murtagh
    Charles Darwin University

    David completed a BA at Flinders University in Computer Science, Visual Arts and Archaeology.  David has worked in the Health Industry in the NT since 1994, primarily in regional and remote areas.

  • Deb Dalton

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    Deb Dalton
    Nursing Clinical Lead, SA Health

    Deb has worked in the rehabilitation area for the last 10 years and is currently employed as the nursing clinical lead for SA Health’s telerehabilitation program, supporting local health networks to integrate telerehabilitation into their services. She is excited about the possibilities that telehealth brings, in particular the prospect of increasing access to rehabilitation services for those living in rural and remote areas.

  • Dianne Zalitis

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    Dianne Zalitis
    Clinical Lead Pregnancy, Birth and Baby, Healthdirect Australia

    Dianne works as the Clinical Lead for the Pregnancy, Birth and Baby services at Healthdirect Australia – a COAG funded company charged with procuring and providing online and telehealth services to all Australians. Dianne oversees the services provided by Healthdirect that relate to expecting parents and parents of children under 5 years. Dianne is a midwife with over 30 years’ practice, mostly in rural NSW and she continues in clinical practice in delivery suite at Prince of Wales Private, while working to enhance the services available to pregnant women and new parents nationally.

  • Donna Clucas

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    Donna Clucas
    Clinical Nurse Consultant, Hunter New England Local Health District

    Donna is a Clinical Nurse Consultant currently working with the Integrated Chronic Care for Aboriginal People team with HNELHD. Donna has worked in Aboriginal Health since 2011 and her current role includes screening, assessment, education and case management for Aboriginal people who have or are at risk of developing complex chronic conditions. She has post graduate qualifications in primary health care and diabetes management and is currently undergoing the credentialling process to be a Credentialed Diabetes Educator with the ADEA. Donna has a keen interest in the expanding the use of innovative telehealth models in Aboriginal Communities.

  • Farhad Fatehi

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    Farhad Fatehi
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    Dr Farhad Fatehi is an experienced Postdoctoral Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is skilled in eHealth, Research Design, Health Promotion, Healthcare Information Technology (HIT), and Literature Reviews. Dr Fatehi is a medical doctor by training and holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused on Telemedicine from The University of Queensland.

  • Helen Hickson

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    Helen Hickson
    Integrated Care Lead, Murray PHN

    Dr Helen Hickson is an accredited social worker and researcher with a long-standing interest in rural health workforce and sustainable models of service delivery in rural communities. Currently, she lives and works in rural Victoria and is involved in a number of research projects in relation to social work field education in rural communities. She has a PhD in Social Work (Critical Reflection), has completed the AICD Company Director’s course and serves on two community not-for profit Boards. Helen has strong leadership in engagement with internal and external stakeholders, strategic leadership and strategy and risk.  Helen is employed by Murray PHN to lead the Chronic Disease Management Program, which involves:

    • strong engagement with internal and external stakeholders,
    • financial management of program and administration budgets,
    • strategic leadership in design, procurement and management of purchased and commissioned allied health services.
       
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    Hsien-Jin Teoh

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    Hsien-Jin Teoh
    Head of Department (Acting), Caboolture Hospital

    Dr Hsien-Jin Teoh is a Clinical Psychologist who has practiced as a clinician within children and family health for more than 25 years. He has held clinical appointments in public, private and university hospitals in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Malaysia. He has been in private practice and was involved in consultancy to NGOs on child adjustment and developmental issues.

  • Jane Kealey

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    Jane Kealey
    Telehealth Manager, Northeast Health Wangaratta

    Jane Kealey - RN, BSc, MPH - Telehealth Manager, Northeast Health Wangaratta / Hume region, north east Victoria. A large focus of work from late 2013 was development of Regional ED Telehealth services. More recently, areas of focus have been development of the Hume Telehealth Agency and the Hume Digital ECG Reporting Service. With longstanding career interests in rural / population health and health service delivery, Jane’s rural hospital intensive care nursing experience ignited her interest in public/rural health, seeing first hand, the impact of health care services and systems on patient outcomes and population health.

  • Jennylee Wood

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    Jennylee Wood
    eCYMHS Co-ordinator, Queensland Health

    Jennylee Wood is a Psychologist and passionate advocate for greater access to mental health services for rural and remote communities. She has been working at the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) with Queensland Health in Brisbane for fourteen years and for the last 11 years has been co-ordinating eCYMHS: the Electronic Child and Youth Mental Health Service. The service supports allied health professionals in rural and remote areas to deliver mental health services to children, adolescents and their families. Earlier in the year, Jennylee provided consultancy services to the University of Eastern Finland.

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    Jesse Williams

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    Jesse Williams
    State Wide Telehealth Project Officer, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

    Jesse is the Telehealth Project Officer at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) which is the peak body for Aboriginal health and wellbeing. Working directly with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisatons (ACCOs) across the state of Victoria to build capacity and skills throughout the workforce of the health services.

  • Jocelyn Syme

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    Jocelyn Syme
    Telehealth Program Coordinator, Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria

    Jocelyn Syme is the Telehealth Program Coordinator at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Victoria. Jocelyn's focus has been in rural settings across Victoria and the implementation and expansion of the Flying Doctor Telehealth service. Jocelyn has completed a Master of Health Promotion and has interests in rural health, Aboriginal health and health literacy.

  • John Hadok

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    John Hadok
    Clinical Lead Telehealth and Emergency Consultant, Mackay Hospital and Health Service

    John Hadok  began training in anaesthesia, but changed tack and for the rest of his career has worked in emergency medicine in rural, regional or remote settings. He is a Foundation Fellow of ACRRM and the Faculty of Immediate Care of the RCS Edinburgh, is a recipient of the BASICS Medal, and has qualifications in anaesthesia, sports and aviation medicine. He is currently a generalist in emergency medicine, and the Clinical Lead for Telehealth at Mackay Base Hospital. He co-founded the Australian Society for Performing Arts Medicine, and is an adjunct clinical lecturer for JCU College of Medicine.

  • Karrie Long

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    Karrie Long
    Operations Manager Telehealth, Melbourne Health

    A career in clinical medicine and lifelong fascination with technology enables Karrie to see the intersection of Health Informatics as being pivotal to creating positive patient outcomes. As a human centered designer she tapers digital health solutions to fit the context of all individuals in the process . With her strong credentials developed across a broad range of experience, clinical, management, research, teaching and delivering projects, Karrie has a passion (and track record) for delivering results through positive disruption and innovation for improved public health outcomes.

  • Ken Lau

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    Ken Lau
    Physiotherapist, Tai Po Hospital, Hospital Authority

    Ken obtained his Bachelor degree and served as Physiotherapist in Hospital Authority since 2000. He worked in variety of clinical settings and specialties in public healthcare sector and completed his Master degree in Sports Medicine & Health Science in 2007. Having specialized in the field of geriatric orthopedic rehabilitation and passionate about integrating technology into healthcare practice, Ken is active in conducting quality improvement projects in enhancing service deliver to seniors. His current project using wearable to enhance patients' activity level in hospital had been awarded as one of the best presentation in The Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association Conference 2017.

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    Leila Shafiee Hanjani

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    Leila Shafiee Hanjani
    PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland

    Leila is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine. She maintains an interest in Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) and optimising prescribing in the elderly.

  • Lisa Capamagian

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    Lisa Capamagian
    Marketing & Propositions Manager, Tunstall Healthcare

    As Corporate Development Manager of Tunstall Healthcare, Lisa is responsible for new business strategies and connected healthcare projects managing large scale government funded telehealth programmes including; Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local Diabetes In-Home Management Trial, DVA  In-home Telemonitoring Trial for Veterans, Western Health Home Therapies utilising Tele-Health Guidance and Monitoring Project (HUG Project), and Integrated Living’s Staying Strong Program. With 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience, Lisa holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma in Business Communications, Certificate in Advertising, Prince2 Foundation Practitioner, and Certificate in Risk Management.

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    Lisa Garner

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    Lisa Garner
    Project Manager, Centre for Online Health, The University of Queensland

    Lisa has been part of the Centre for Online Health since 2008. She initially worked in telepaediatric coordination, facilitating video conference clinics for a broad range of paediatric sub-specialist disciplines. Her current role as a Telehealth Project Officer encompasses the management of the Health-e-Regions project, which connects school children to allied health services via telehealth. Lisa is also facilitates the design, development and implementation of a suite of outpatient telehealth services into correctional centres.

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    Lua Perimal-Lewis

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    Lua Perimal-Lewis
    Research Fellow, Flinders University

    Lua is a Research Fellow with Flinders Digital Health Research Centre. Her research flagship area is in 'Digital Health Supporting Our Ageing Society'. Lua's other research is in the area of Data Science with experience in big Health Data Analytics, Biostatistics and Data Linkage. She also has research experience in the area of Hospital Patient Flow Process Mining, Modelling and Simulation. 
    http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/lua.perimal-lewis

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    Lynnette Lyzwinski

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    Lynnette Lyzwinski
    PhD Student, Centre for Online Health

    Lynette is a PhD student at the Centre for Online Health at the School of Medicine at UQ. Her research interests are in the area of mHealth and e-health lifestyle based interventions that promote population health. Her phD involves a RCT of a student tailored mindfulness app for stress, lifestyle, and weight management in students.

  • Maike Neuhaus

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    Maike Neuhaus
    Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    Maike is a health behaviour change scientist with more than 10 years’ experience in research and practice. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology and a PhD in Public Health. At The University of Queensland, Maike works as a research fellow at the Centre for Online Health, where she applies her passion for research translation by leading the Centre's telehealth consultancy service. Prior to joining the Centre for Online Health, Maike's research focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of workplace health promotion programs.

  • Mandy Chan

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    Mandy Chan
    Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Diabetes WA

    Mandy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator at Diabetes WA providing diabetes education to patients in rural and remote parts of WA. Mandy’s aim is to provide education, motivation and support to assist her patients in making dietary and lifestyle changes necessary to achieve their goals. She provides tailored plans to her patients to meet their nutritional requirements while fitting into their lifestyle, cultural and family needs. At present, she also works part time at Fiona Stanley Hospital as a Senior Diabetes Dietitian where she helps people with Gestational Diabetes and complex type 2 Diabetes. She also runs her own private practice at Archibald Health Centre in Willagee where she helps people with all types of Diabetes and food intolerances.

  • Marc Budge

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    Marc Budge
    Geriatrician and Clinical Director, Integrated Care Services, Bendigo Health

    Professor Marc Budge is a Geriatrician and Clinical Director, Integrated Care Services, Bendigo Health, Victoria, Australia.

    He was formerly inaugural Head of Geriatric Medicine at the Australian National University Medical School (Canberra), President of Alzheimer’s Australia (2005-2010), Director of the multi-centre, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (Early Diagnosis and Prevention) and Health Adviser to TeleMedCare Pty Ltd. He has also been an MRC-funded Senior Research Fellow and clinician (Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, UK; 1996-2003) and a Medical consultant to the NIH-funded Maine-Syracuse (USA) longitudinal study of cognition, cardiovascular health and ageing (1999-2008).

    He has recently directed the establishment of a Telehealth outreach network (Geri-Connect) to Residential Aged Care facilities across the Loddon Mallee region of Victoria which is now being extended to local Health Service outpatient consultations.

    His primary R&D interests are: (1) the prevention and management of cognitive and cardio-vascular decline with ageing and disease; (2) the development and integration of point-of-care health devices and (3) the implementation of community-based health and well-being programs at the interface of IT, aged care and chronic disease management.

  • Marianne St Clair

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    Marianne St Clair
    Research Fellow, Charles Darwin University

    Marianne completed a BSc (Biology & Computer Science) and Honours at Flinders University of SA. She then taught and participated in research at the University of Adelaide and Flinders for 9 years specialising in whole organism biology, ecology, animal behaviour, and biostatistics. Recently (since 2014) Marianne has returned to a research role at Charles Darwin University working to expand access to telecommunications and telehealth in remote areas, Indigenous leadership, and enterprise development in remote Indigenous communities. Marianne commenced a PhD 2015 at Curtin University on the role of collaboration in seafood enterprise development and expects to submit late in 2018.

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    Maurice Mars

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    Maurice Mars
    Professor and Head, University of KwaZulu-Natal

    Maurice Mars MBChB, MD is Professor of TeleHealth at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is editor of the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth and serves on the editorial boards of several eHealth journals. Mars served on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Health Technology in South Africa and is active internationally, serving on committees of the American Telemedicine Association, International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, and the International Medical Informatics Association. His Department provides postgraduate education in both medical informatics and telemedicine to students in several African countries.

  • Melissa Vernon

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    Melissa Vernon
    Executive Director, Innovation & Development, WA Country Health Service

    Melissa Vernon holds the newly created the position of Executive Director, Innovation & Development for the WA Country Health Service.  She has an extensive background in health-related leadership and executive positions in country WA with a mix of private, public and university academic and clinical roles.
    Melissa is particularly focussed on:

    • Increasing digital and telehealth access and driving innovation to significantly improve health services to rural and remote patients.
    • Addressing inequity of health service access and service improvement through a range of service reforms, particularly telehealth
    • Increasing consumer and community driven health service reform and
    • Achieving funding approaches that enable telehealth expansion, starting with GP access.

    In recent years she has received the Health Consumer Council Award for Excellent Service to Consumers, the Director General of Health Award for Community Engagement in Health and the Australian Public Sector Medal.

  • Mette Juel Rothmann

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    Mette Juel Rothmann
    Associate Professor, Clinical Research Nurse, Phd, Odense University Hospital/ University of Southern Denmark

    Mette Juel Rothmann is Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark and Clinical Research Nurse at Odense University Hospital, and senior researcher in CIMT- Centre for Innovative Medical Technology. Mette is employed by the Clinical Institute and Dept. of Endocrinology & Dept. of Rheumatology, and by Steno Diabetes Centre Odense. In her research, Mette has particularly focused on osteoporosis and the influence of the disorder on the patient. In recent years, Mette has also focused on patient/user involvement, user driven innovation and the theoretical development of the research design of participatory design.

  • Michael Addotey-Delove

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    Michael Addotey-Delove
    Student, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

    A PhD student of the University of Kwazulu with specialization in Telemedicine and mHealth. Michael's research is focused on identifying issues that affect successful implementation and adoption of mHealth in the developing world and supporting it with models. His works looks at two main stakeholder groups - patients and health workers, by developing individual stakeholder based models and then finally puts them together in a comprehensive unified model for successful mHealth adoption in the developing world.

  • Morris Carpenter

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    Morris Carpenter
    PhD Candidate, University of Canberra

    Morris Carpenter is a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra (UC), having formerly held positions of lecturer and teaching fellow at the same institution. He is a member of UC's News & Media Research Centre, and Health Research Institute. His doctoral thesis examines mHealth adoption for the self-management of type 2 diabetes. He has worked on several research projects at the University of Canberra that examine digital engagement, online activity and mHealth adoption.

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    Narissa Andrew
    Nurse Practitioner Candidate, Royal Melbourne Hospital

    Narissa has worked as an Advanced Practice Nurse in renal transplant for the last 9 years in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia and now as a Renal Transplant Nurse Practitioner Candidate at the Royal Melbourne Hospital with a focus on providing patient centred care to regional transplant recipients throughout Victoria and Southern New South Wales. With a bachelor of nursing and post graduate studies in both renal nursing and public health, Narissa will complete requirements for endorsement by the end of 2018.

  • Nola Parsons

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    Nola Parsons
    Integrated Hepatitis C Nurse Consultant, Eastern Health

    Nola is a Registered Nurse with 30 years of nursing experience and qualifications in Infectious Diseases Nursing, HIV Hepatitis C counselling, Ophthalmology nursing, and is an Accredited Vaccinator. She is currently working for the Department of Gastroenterology with Eastern Health in the field of Liver, Hepatitis and Hepatitis C treatment that she loves. Nola travels to a remote area 2 from the Metropolitan Hospital she is based at to manage a Hepatitis C telehealth treatment clinic for the community and its surrounds.

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    Professor Len Gray

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    Professor Len Gray
    The University of Queensland

    Professor Gray is the Director of the Centre for Health Services Research (CHSR) within the Faculty of Medicine. Prior to assuming this role, he directed both the Centre for Online Health and the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, both of which have been incorporated into the new CHSR. The Centre is located on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus in Brisbane. He has formal training in medicine as a specialist geriatrician and in health administration. Previously he held senior management positions in the public health system in Victoria, in general management and aged care services.

  • Rachael Rietdijk

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    Rachael Rietdijk
    Doctoral Student, The University of Sydney

    Rachael Rietdijk is a speech pathologist and doctoral student in the Discipline of Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney. Her research is supervised by Professor Leanne Togher and Dr Emma Power, and focusses on the use of telehealth for improving communication skills after traumatic brain injury.

  • Rahul Gupta

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    Rahul Gupta
    Clinical Lead, Hunter New England Mental Health Service

    Dr. Rahul Gupta is a psychiatrist with more than 15 years experience in various specialities of mental health. He was till recently the Clinical Director of Psychiary Emergency Service at Newcastle. He has interest in Telehealth and Health Informatics and is the Clinical Lead for the NMHEC-RAP telepsychiary project. He provides medical consultation to the multi-disciplinary team and advises the ongoing roll out to the project.

  • Rebecca Sutherland

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    Rebecca Sutherland
    Senior Speech Pathologist, Children's Hospital at Westmead

    Rebecca Sutherland is a speech pathologist who currently works at the Child Development Unit, Children's Hospital at Westmead, and for Griffith University. She is a PhD candidate with Griffith University and her research interests include speech and language pathology, autism and telehealth.

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    Ruth Large
    Clinical Director Information Services and Virtual Healthcare, Waikato DHB

    Ruth was born and bred in the city but always wanted to be a farmer’s wife, her feminist parents felt otherwise and encouraged intellectual pursuits. After graduating in Medicine in 1999 she spent time working in the outback of Australia and then in General Practice in New Zealand. Ruth trained in Emergency Medicine in Auckland receiving Fellowship in 2007. She now finds herself as an Emergency Physician and Rural Hospitalist working for the largest rural District Health Board in New Zealand. Working as Clinical Director of Thames Hospital from 2012-2018 Ruth has found addressing the inequities of rural practice challenging.

  • Ruth Warr

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    Ruth Warr
    Senior Project Officer - TeleStroke, WA Country Health Service

    With a background in occupational therapy, Ruth has used telehealth to support provision of clinical services for country patients in health services in various parts of Australia for over 10 years. She is currently working with the WA Country Health Service’s Statewide Telehealth Service in developing and implementing a TeleStroke Rehabilitation trial between WA Country Health Service and North Metropolitan Health Service, to facilitate the provision of specialised inpatient stroke rehabilitation closer to home for patients in country WA. 

  • Shane Delves

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    Shane Delves
    Telehealth Manager, Murrumbidgee Local Health District

    Shane is the Telehalth Manager for the Murrumbidgee Local Health District in NSW. Over the past 2 years, the MLHD has successfully implemented a number of Telehealth Models of Care both internally and partnering with other LHDs and Speciality Networks.

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    Simon Hayden
    Chief Executive, Vivid Solutions

    Simon has worked in Telehealth, creating innovative unified communication solutions since 2002. Initially with the NZ TelePaediatric Service, based in Starship Children’s hospital, and over the past 10 years as Chief Executive of Vivid Solutions; NZ’s national, privately operated telehealth network.
    Delivering over 50,000 hours of connectivity a year across multiple connectivity platforms and designs, from Hospital to Home Palliative care, App based ‘Attend Anywhere’ solutions (teleDot) to multi-site, immersion conferencing for multi-disciplinary telehealth delivery.

    Simon has been involved with SFT since 2005, on the ATHS board for almost 5 years as the NZ rep and was on the HINZ executive for 8 years, two as Treasurer.

    He uses his knowledge of start-ups and business innovation to work as a business coach and mentor, is the sitting President for the Sacred Heart College Old Boys Association and spends the rest of his time coaches his three sons sports.

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    Sisira Edirippulige
    Senior Lecturer, UQ

    Sisira Edirippulige has got PhD from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Master of Public Health at the University of Queensland, Australia. Sisira is a senior lecturer and the coordinator of e-Healthcare teaching programs at the University of Queensland, Centre for Online Health (COH).

  • Stefanie Puszka

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    Stefanie Puszka
    PhD Candidate and Project Coordinator, Menzies School of Health Research

    Since 2013 Stefanie has been working as a Project Manager at Menzies School of Health Research, within the e-Mental Health in Practice project. eMHPrac is a national collaboration providing training and support in digital mental health strategies. Stefanie is also undertaking a PhD at Menzies School of Health Research and Australian National University in medical anthropology and economic anthropology. Stefanie's research interests are in the intercultural ways that Indigenous peoples and nations interact and interface with nation states through government services. 

  • Sue McCallum

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    Sue McCallum
    Clinical Improvement Coordinator, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

    Sue McCallum is a Clinical Improvement Coordinator at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. She joined the Clinical Improvement team in 2016 tasked with expanding the hospital's telehealth capability.

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    Susan Jury
    Telehealth Program Manager, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

    Susan’s key areas of expertise in telehealth is the embedding of telehealth-enabled models of care in busy metropolitan health services, for widespread and diverse purposes. Susan also co-leads the Telehealth Victoria Community of Practice, is an Executive member of the Australasian Telehealth Society committee, and is on the Scientific and Organising Committees for Successes and Failures in Telehealth. Susan is an NZ, HK and US Registered Nurse, with a Master of Public Health degree (Health Program Evaluation) and Graduate Certificate in eHealthcare. She has worked in New Zealand, Hong Kong, China and Australia in diverse clinical and non-clinical roles. https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-jury-a5176028/

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    Thomas Curtain
    Director, TeleMedic Australia Pty Ltd

    The team at TeleMedic Australia has managed and provided tele-health support for medical practitioners and patients in rural Australia since 2012. The TeleMedic program operates by invitation only for medical specialists wanting to provide consultation with general practitioners to patients in rural areas via tele-health. We conducted a case-control survey of patients and clinicians to investigate telehealth user experience from July 2016 to December 2017.

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    Trevor Russell
    Acting Deputy Head of School, University of Queensland

    Trevor Russell is a Professor in the Division of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland. He has a PhD in Telerehabilitation and co-directs the Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation at UQ. His primary research focus surrounds the use of mobile technologies and telecommunication tools for both clinical service provision and teaching and learning in the rehabilitation sciences. Specifically his research aims to further the evidence base of telerehabilitation and to evaluate the treatment efficacy of specific telerehabilitation interventions. He also has an extensive role in the teaching and coordination of all physiotherapy programs at UQ.

  • Uthara Nair

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    Uthara Nair
    Master's Student, University of Queensland

    Having completed her Bachelors of Science at the University of Singapore, Uthara moved to Queensland to pursue her interest in Public Health. She is passionate about global health and development, particularly the changing face of medicine brought about by technological advances.

  • Wei-Sen Lam

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    Wei-Sen Lam
    Clinical Lead Medical Oncology, WA Country Health Service

    Dr Wei-Sen Lam currently works as a Medical Oncologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Esperance Hospital. He currently is the clinical lead for TeleOncology,a WA Country Health Service initiative to bring cancer services to rural and remote areas of WA. Wei-Sen has a keen interest in research and is actively involved in clinical trials. Dr Lam was a successful recipient of the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network Fellowship and is actively involved in education and training as the co-chair of the WA Clinical Oncology Group (WACOG).

  • Wendy Murdoch

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    Wendy Murdoch
    Aged Service Emergency Team Clinical Nurse Specialist Level 2, Hunter New England Health Local Health District

    Wendy has worked for Hunter New England Health Local Health District in the acute setting for over 25 years and is passionate about caring for the Older Person in the acute care setting. Completing her Masters in Older Persons Care through the University of Newcastle crystallised the complexities of caring for RACF residents in acute care. Telehealth has added key clinical information to the care and planning for these frail complex older people. Reverse Telehealth (on discharge) from acute care to RACF was a first in NSW and led to a wonderful collaboration between Anglican Care and HNEH.

Oral Poster Presenters

  • Antoinette Hodge

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    Antoinette Hodge
    Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, Children's Hospital at Westmead

    Antoinette Hodge is an experienced paediatric clinical neuropsychologist who has worked across health and educator sectors. She is an active clinical researcher with interests in learning, cognition, assessments and education intervention. She currently works in a multidisciplinary team effectively working together to support children with learning difficulties.

  • Lisa Capamagian

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    Lisa Capamagian
    Marketing & Propositions Manager, Tunstall Healthcare

    As Corporate Development Manager of Tunstall Healthcare, Lisa is responsible for new business strategies and connected healthcare projects managing large scale government funded telehealth programmes including; Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local Diabetes In-Home Management Trial, DVA  In-home Telemonitoring Trial for Veterans, Western Health Home Therapies utilising Tele-Health Guidance and Monitoring Project (HUG Project), and Integrated Living’s Staying Strong Program. With 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience, Lisa holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma in Business Communications, Certificate in Advertising, Prince2 Foundation Practitioner, and Certificate in Risk Management.

  • Manuel Gonzalez-Garcia

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    Manuel Gonzalez-Garcia
    Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO

    Dr. Manuel Gonzalez-Garcia is currently appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian e-Health Research Centre, CSIRO, where he is member of the Mobile Health Systems team. He is a practicing cardiologist and family practice physician, formerly employed as Senior Consultant at the Heart Centre, Norrland’s University Hospital, in Sweden. Over the course of his career, Dr. Gonzalez’s activity has focused on the use of telemedicine and mobile technology to deliver cost-effective care for chronic heart disease’s patients and the practical integration of telemedicine in daily health care activities, especially its application in Cardiac Rehab programs.

  • Rebecca Sutherland

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    Rebecca Sutherland
    Senior Speech Pathologist, Children's Hospital at Westmead

    Rebecca Sutherland is a speech pathologist who currently works at the Child Development Unit, Children's Hospital at Westmead, and for Griffith University. She is a PhD candidate with Griffith University and her research interests include speech and language pathology, autism and telehealth.

Poster Presenters

  • Alan Taylor

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    Alan Taylor
    Doctoral Research Student, Flinders University

    Alan Taylor is currently Vice President of the Australasian Telehealth Society and a member of the ISO TC215 Health Informatics Committee. He is currently researching the sustainability of telehealth services in Australia and Brazil including the role of standards, guidelines and socio-technical codes in these services. He has twenty years of experience in the public and private sectors in Australia, Europe and Africa as a project manager, academic, ICT strategist, and architect.  He has led numerous telehealth and emergency services initiatives to improve access to health care using information technologies and telecommunications networks.

  • Anne Woollett

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    Anne Woollett
    Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

    Anne Woollett

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    Buddhika Senanayake
    Visiting Academic, The University of Queensland

    Buddhika is currently working as a Visiting Academic at the Centre for Online Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland. Buddhika is a medical doctor from Sri Lanka and has specialized in Public Health.

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    Ho-Gul Jeong
    Head of Imaging Dentistry Research Center, Medipartner

    Doctor of Dental Surgery (Yonsei University, 1997)
    Doctor of Philosophy in Dental Science (Department of Oral and maxillofacial radiology, Yonsei University, 2012)

    Head of Imaging Dentistry Research Center, Medipartner
    previous Professor  of Department of Oral and maxillofacial radiology, Yonsei University

  • John Hermans

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    John Hermans
    Manager Rural North CMHTs, Bendigo Health

    John Hermans has been a Psychiatric Nurse for more than 30 years. John has concentrated his nursing career in Rural Victoria. John is currently employed by Bendigo Health Psychiatric Services as the Manager of Rural North Community Mental Health Teams that covers Echuca and Swan Hill areas. John has been a passionate support of Telehealth and it development within Bendigo Health.

  • Lisa Capamagian

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    Lisa Capamagian
    Marketing & Propositions Manager, Tunstall Healthcare

    As Corporate Development Manager of Tunstall Healthcare, Lisa is responsible for new business strategies and connected healthcare projects managing large scale government funded telehealth programmes including; Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local Diabetes In-Home Management Trial, DVA  In-home Telemonitoring Trial for Veterans, Western Health Home Therapies utilising Tele-Health Guidance and Monitoring Project (HUG Project), and Integrated Living’s Staying Strong Program. With 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience, Lisa holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma in Business Communications, Certificate in Advertising, Prince2 Foundation Practitioner, and Certificate in Risk Management.

  • Mandy Chan

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    Mandy Chan
    Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Diabetes WA

    Mandy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator at Diabetes WA providing diabetes education to patients in rural and remote parts of WA. Mandy’s aim is to provide education, motivation and support to assist her patients in making dietary and lifestyle changes necessary to achieve their goals. She provides tailored plans to her patients to meet their nutritional requirements while fitting into their lifestyle, cultural and family needs. At present, she also works part time at Fiona Stanley Hospital as a Senior Diabetes Dietitian where she helps people with Gestational Diabetes and complex type 2 Diabetes. She also runs her own private practice at Archibald Health Centre in Willagee where she helps people with all types of Diabetes and food intolerances.

  • Marti Andison

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    Marti Andison
    Business Manager Adult Acute Unit, Bendigo Health

    Marty started nursing in 1977 at Bendigo Psychiatric Centre.  She has also worked at Plenty Hospital (Reservour), Aradale Hospital (Ararat) and Dax House (Geelong). Returned to Bendigo Health in 1988. Career has spanned a variety of roles including inpatient nursing, coordinator of day centre and Modecate clinic, senior clinician with CAMHS, Triage and CAT. First management position was with Triage/CAT team in 2001. Established Bendigo’s Adult PARC program and ECAT service. 2 years in the role of Assistant DON then BACMHT. Returned to inpatient services as Nurse Unit Manager of Adult Acute services in 2015.

  • Michael Addotey-Delove

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    Michael Addotey-Delove
    Student, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

    A PhD student of the University of Kwazulu with specialization in Telemedicine and mHealth. Michael's research is focused on identifying issues that affect successful implementation and adoption of mHealth in the developing world and supporting it with models. His works looks at two main stakeholder groups - patients and health workers, by developing individual stakeholder based models and then finally puts them together in a comprehensive unified model for successful mHealth adoption in the developing world.

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    Paul Rumpff
    Director - Continuing Care, Bendigo Health

    Paul is the Director of Continuing Care within the Health Communities Team. Paul has a passion for providing access and choice to patients and the community. He has been instrumental in obtaining funding from the DHHS for the past two years and is working hard to provide telehealth to more clinical settings.

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    Shane Delves
    Telehealth Manager, Murrumbidgee Local Health District

    Shane is the Telehalth Manager for the Murrumbidgee Local Health District in NSW. Over the past 2 years, the MLHD has successfully implemented a number of Telehealth Models of Care both internally and partnering with other LHDs and Speciality Networks.

  • Simon Baker

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    Simon Baker
    Telehealth Coordinator, Bendigo Health

    Simon Baker specialises in project management, process improvement and change management projects. For the past two years this has involved the set up and implementation of Telehealth within specialist clinics and expanding to other services.

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    Steph Waters
    WA Country Health

    Steph Waters

  • Sue McCallum

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    Sue McCallum
    Clinical Improvement Coordinator, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

    Sue McCallum is a Clinical Improvement Coordinator at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. She joined the Clinical Improvement team in 2016 tasked with expanding the hospital's telehealth capability.

  • Tadahiro Nishiyama

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    Tadahiro Nishiyama
    Senior Lecturer, Hyogo University

    Tadahiro's profession is fundamental nursing. Tadahiro is interested in tele-nursing. Tadahiro is particularly interested in mental health utilizing tele-nursing in Japan, and is currently conducting research.

  • Virginia Zazo Hernanz

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    Virginia Zazo Hernanz
    Senior Consultant and Head, University Hospital of UmeƄ

    Dr Virginia Zazo is senior consultant and Head at the department of Dermatology, in the University Hospital of Umeå, in Sweden. Over the past several years, her work has focused on developing and implementing teledermatology in Vasterbotten County, Northern Sweden. Since she moved to Brisbane in January 2017, Virginia is attending her regular tasks remotely.

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    Yiseul Choi
    Student, Yonsei University

    Researcher / Registered Dental Hygienist Department of Advanced General Dentistry, The Graduate School, Yonsei University College of Dentistry Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Graduated from Department of Science in Dental Hygiene , Yonsei University