Keynote Speakers

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

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.


Associate 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.   

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Call for Abstracts Close: 4 July 2017
Author Notification: 9 August 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 12 September 2017
Forum Dates: 12 – 15 November 2017

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