Keynote Speakers

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Clifford Hughes

Professor Cliff Hughes, President of the International Society for Quality in Health Care is Professor, Patient Safety and Clinical Quality, Macquarie University.  Formerly a cardiothoracic surgeon he was Chief Executive of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and has published widely on cardiothoracic surgery, quality and safety.

He holds an Alumni Award from the University of NSW. He is an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).  In 2014, he graduated from the University of NSW as a Doctor of Science. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons awarded him the Sir Hugh Devine Medal in 2015.

He is a board member of the Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety in Washington DC Advisor WHO Policy Roundtable on Quality in Health Services, a Consultant in Quality and Safety, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London.

His passion is patient safety, quality Improvement and developing clinical leaders.

Matt Hayden

Matthew Hayden is one of the most decorated opening batsmen in cricket history. Recognised among the greatest sportsmen of the modern era, the ‘boy from Kingaroy’ first represented Australia at age 21.

This elite sportsman played 103 Tests at the top of the Australian batting order, scoring a masterful 30 centuries. His 549 runs on a three-Test tour to India in 2001 at an average of 109.8 remains
a high point of Australian sporting history.

The feared batsman also played 161 one-day internationals and his highest score of 181 not out in ODIs is still an Australian record. A pivotal member of Australia’s World Cup winning teams in 2003 and 2007, Matthew was rated by Wisden, the game’s bible, as the best Test batsman of the
decade (1996-2006).

Matthew (‘Haydos’) displayed indomitable spirit and discipline: on-field and off, and it is these traits that characterise the man in his commercial and humanitarian work post-cricket.

In 2010, the year following his retirement from the game, he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), in recognition of his contribution to Australian society. The honour paid tribute to Matthew’s service to both cricket, and to the community, through support for a range of health, youth and charitable organisations. In 2009 he was named a Queensland Great and in 2014 was inducted as member of the Queensland Sports Hall of Fame.


Professor Victoria Brazil

Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator.

She is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at the Gold Coast Health Service and Bond University Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine.

Victoria’s main interests are in connecting education with patient care – through healthcare simulation, technology enabled learning, faculty development activities, and talking at conferences. She aims to use these strategies and more to bring healthcare ‘tribes’ together for better patient care

Victoria is an enthusiast in the social media and FOAMed world (@SocraticEM), and a keen runner.   

Dr Kenneth Clark

Dr Kenneth Clark is the Chief Medical Officer of MidCentral District Health Board in New Zealand and is also a specialist Gynaecologist. He is a fellow of RACMA and has been the Chair of the New Zealand Chief Medical Officers Group for the last five years.

Dr Clark is a past president of RANZCOG, he served as the chair of Examinations RANZCOG and he was the co-author of the RANZCOG curriculum in the early 2000s.

Dr Clark has been a member of the New Zealand Medical Training Board and he is currently the chair of the New Zealand Medical Workforce Governance Group. He has been heavily involved in the revision of prevocational medical training in New Zealand over recent years including leading the recently completed review of the implementation of changes to prevocational medical training.

Dr Mark O'Brien

Dr Mark O’Brien is the Medical Director and co-founder of the Cognitive Institute.

Dr O’Brien is a regular national and international speaker on quality and safety, open disclosure, interpersonal skills and leading clinical teams. In 2013 he was recognised by the Australian Private Hospitals Association National Congress as ‘the only speaker to receive 5 stars across the board by all delegates’.

He has extensive experience as a trainer, delivering train the trainer programmes across the world. He is a published author who has consulted to healthcare organisations on change management, clinical leadership and enhancing patient satisfaction.

Joan Crawford

Joan has worked extensively in the health sector and has worked at the Medical Council of New Zealand for the past 14 years. In her current position of Strategic Programme Manager Joan is responsible for leading the Council’s strategic directions. Joan commenced the review of prevocational training in 2011 and has since led the implementation of changes focused on improving the quality of education and training for interns, including developing a programme of training for clinical supervisors.

Joan’s work is currently focused on strengthening recertification programmes to ensure that doctors maintain and continue to improve their standard of medical practice. She is also leading a project to develop a cultural competence framework in an effort to improve cultural safety for patients. Joan has recently completed a Masters in Public Management, focusing her study on the health sector.

Catherine McGregor AM

Catherine McGregor is a freelance writer broadcaster and author. She is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon from which she graduated with Honours in History and was awarded the CEW Bean Prize for Military History.  She attended the Changing Character of War Programme at Oxford University and holds postgraduate degrees in War Studies and Military History.  She served as an officer in the Australian Regular Army and the Royal Australian Air Force for over three decades.  Her service included operational deployments overseas including operational command in Timor Leste.  She is a Tetum linguist. 

Catherine was a strategic advisor and speech writer to every Chief of the Army from 1999 until 2014.  She subsequently served in as Director of Research and Analysis for the Chief of Air Force. She was awarded the Order of Australia in the Military Division in the Australia Day Honours list in 2012.

Catherine is one of Australia’s most highly regarded cricket writers and commentators.  She has written for News Limited and Fairfax on cricket including two Ashes tours of England.  She is currently retained as a cricket commentator and writer by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  She will lead their television coverage of the 2017-18 Ashes series in Australia.  Catherine has written two highly acclaimed books on cricket and is a current player and coach. She serves on the board of Grassroots Cricket and Stand Tall4 PTSD, charities with a cricket focus. She was seconded to the Cricket Australia selection panel to select the Prime Minister’s XI in 2013 and 2014.

Catherine has also  written widely on politics and global security issues for News Limited and has appeared as regular guest on the Drum 7-30 Report and Lateline on politics and national security.  Catherine is Australia’s most prominent transgendered woman.  Her life is the subject of stage production which will be held the Sydney Theatre Company in 2018.

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts: Now Closed
Registrations: Now Open!
Author Notification: 9 August 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 12 September 2017
Forum Dates: 12 – 15 November 2017

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