Global Speakers


Lucy O’Flaherty


Glenview Community Services

With 20+ years’ experience in community services from practitioner to executive level Lucy has been the CEO with Glenview Community Services for the past 7 years with a focus on sector reform, change management and creating positive workplace cultures. Prior to being a CEO, she worked as both an executive and a practitioner with vulnerable children, young people and families; housing and homelessness; and alcohol and drug misuse.

Lucy has significant experience in the areas of sector reform, having led large teams through a range of industry and legislative changes. Combined with her former career in hospitality and marketing, Lucy provides a well-rounded and practicable approach to business in finding workable yet strategic solutions.

Topic: Updates on Australia’s First Dementia Village – Korongee Village Case Study



Angela Ryan


Australian Digital Health Agency

Angela Ryan is the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Acting Chief Clinical Information Officer. Angela is a clinical leadership and health informatics professional with 30 years’ experience in hospitals and public sector organizations, with more than two decade’s experience as a pediatric and adult intensive care Nurse.

Angela is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and serves as President of the ACHI Council. In 2017, Angela was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study methods to prevent patient harm through national digital health safety governance and has recently completed travel to the UK, USA and Canada as part of the Churchill Fellowship research. The report will be published later this year.

Keynote: An Overview of Digital Health in Australia With Aged Care Focus

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Dr Kamal Karl


The Functional Medicine Doctor

Dr Kamal Karl specializes in treating chronic illness with an integrative, personalised and regenerative medicine approach. Dr Karl qualified as a medical graduate in 1978 from India and immigrated to NZ in 1987 with his wife, Avani, who is a GP. He has been practicing Integrative Medicine for the last 20 years and is passionate about sharing his knowledge to help others. Dr Karl is an invited speaker and educator regularly at conferences in New Zealand and internationally, as well as corporate wellness seminars.

Topic: Role of Medical Cannabis in Aged and Palliative Care

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Bronwyn Beadle

CEO & Director of Nursing

Nagambie HealthCare

Bronwyn is a registered nurse with over 25 years’ experience in Health and Aged Care, 15 of which have been at an executive management level across Public Sector Hospitals, Forensic Health and Not For Profit Acute, Community and Aged Care. She holds post graduate qualifications in Critical Care and Community Mental Health, and Masters in both Public Health and Health Administration.

She has a passion for working with organizations to address the many challenges faced in rural health service provision and finding innovative approaches to establishing viable and efficient systems, which are at a high standard and meet the population health needs of the communities in which they serve.

Roundtable Discussion: Challenges and Learning Lessons on Implementing Technology-Led Solutions in Rural Aged Care Facility

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Assoc Prof Colm Cunningham


The Dementia Centre, HammondCare

Assoc Professor Colm Cunningham is Director of the Dementia Centre, HammondCare. Colm leads an Australian and International team of over 200 staff involved in research, education, clinical care and consultancy. The Dementia Centre lead the Australian national dementia behaviour response services, Dementia Support Australia, with the aim of reconsidering the meaning and causes of ‘behaviors’.

Topic: Understanding Complexity and Differentiation – What Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Has Dementia Support Australia Learnt

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Dr Suharsha Kanathigoda

Director of Palliative Care

Calvary Health Care

Dr Suharsha Kanathigoda is the Director of Palliative Care in the ACT and a Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Medicine at Calvary Health Care and Clare Holland House. He is the clinical lead for Clare Holland House, the Renal Supportive Care Service, the Motor Neuron Disease Service & the Aboriginal Palliative Care Service in the ACT. He is also a Clinical Lecturer at the ANU.

He is the Deputy Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians NSW/ACT & an examiner for the RACP & RACGP. He is also the Founder & Chairman of Shanthi Foundation Australia, which is an Australian registered charity, developing and propagating Palliative Care throughout the world, especially in developing countries such as Sri Lanka & India, which is building Sri Lanka’s first Palliative Care Centre/Hospital.

Topic: Palliative Care at the Doorstep – How an Improved Palliative Care Model Can Improve EOL Care, Avoid Hospital Readmissions and Reduce Length of Stay



Miranda Smith


Miranda Smith Homecare

Miranda Smith is a strong and vocal advocate for open, frank and positive conversations about aged care needs in all segments of the healthcare sector and vitally, between family members and their ageing parents.

Her New Zealand based agency, Miranda Smith Homecare, aims to set the highest possible standard in aged, palliative and nursing care, with offices and carers based across the country.

With more than 20 years’ experience providing outstanding service and compassionate care to New Zealanders in their own homes, her business is one of the most trusted and respected in the industry.

Having lobbied vigorously for fair and equitable remuneration for aged care workers, Miranda has recently switched her focus to the so-called Sandwich Generation – people who care (or must prepare to care), for both dependent children and ageing parents at the same time. In late 2018, Miranda commissioned targeted Colmar Brunton research into this generation of New Zealanders, using the findings to better equip her team, carer network, clients and colleagues in the sector with specialized knowledge. It’s that knowledge, Miranda believes, that enables families and health care professionals to more easily open up conversations addressing the concerns of both the Sandwich Generationers, and their ageing parents.

Miranda also takes an active interest in the aged care workforce, and the struggle to meet the growing demand of a rapidly ageing global population.

Topic: Caught in the Sandwich – What Healthcare Professionals Can Do to Support Sandwich Generation Families and Their Ageing Parents

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Bryan Mason

Executive Director

Churches of Christ in Queensland

Topic: Experiential Learning and Strategies to Develop Empathy for Those Living With Dementia

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Patrik Hutzel

Founder & Director

Intensive Care At Home

Topic: Palliative Care at Home for Paediatric and Adults Intensive Care Patients, Creating a Win-Win Situation

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Samantha Edmonds

Silver Rainbow - National Project Manager

National LGBTI Health Alliance

Samantha Edmonds is the Silver Rainbow, National Project Manager at the National LGBTI Health Alliance. Silver Rainbow provides national coordination and support activities promoting the well-being of LGBTI elders and the ongoing delivery of the LGBTI awareness training to create an LGBTI inclusive aged care sector.

She is also a member of the Aged Care Sector Committee (ACSC), which provides advice to the Government on aged care policy development and implementation, and is the Chair of the ACSC Diversity Sub-Group.

Samantha is a Death Doula and Palliative Care Volunteer as well as a member of the Dementia Australia Consumer Advisory Group and contributes whenever she can to their blog.

Samantha holds Masters Degrees in Social Policy, Politics and International Relations. She has also completed the Macquarie University Global Leadership Program. Prior to her current role Sam has worked in diverse fields including health policy and human rights. She was part of a small team with the Australian Human Rights Commission working on the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Inquiry

Samantha is passionate about social justice and human rights especially for elders and older people within our communities and ensuring that their needs are met by the aged care and palliative care sectors.

Topic: How to Provide Inclusive Care for LGBTI, CALDs and Indigenous Populations Suffering From Dementia and Understand Their Experiences

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Dr Andrew Fleming

Ageing & Living Director

One Fell Swoop

Andrew is committed to making a difference in the lives of older people through his aged care practice. He has almost 40 years of aged care experience including clinical practice, clinical governance, service development, research and innovation, teaching, mentoring, postgraduate student supervision, management and consultancy. Andrew’s current role with One Fell Swoop includes a partnership with Be Consulting from the Netherlands to assist Australian aged care organisations implement the world-renowned Hogeweyk Care Concept.

Topic: Antipsychotic Medication Management – How to Reduce, Manage and Extend This to Other Essential Lived Environmental Aspects



Prof Andrew Georgiou

Health Informatics Researcher

Macquarie University

Professor Andrew Georgiou is based at the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, part of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. He has worked in a number of senior research and executive positions including as the UK NHS Assistant Director of Classifications (1995-1997) and Coordinator for the Coronary Heart Disease Programme for the Royal College of Physicians in London (1999 – 2002).  Andrew is currently an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Pathology Informatics and the International Journal of Medical Informatics and the co-Chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Working Group on Technology Assessment and Quality Development.

Topic: Data – Connecting the Data to Monitor, Evaluate and Improve Aged Care

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Assoc Prof Andrew Stranieri

Health Informatics Researcher


Associate Professor Andrew Stranieri is a researcher in the Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimization at Federation University Australia. His research in health informatics spans data mining in health, complementary and alternative medicine informatics, telemedicine and intelligent decision support systems. He is the author of over 150 peer reviewed journal and conference articles and has published two books.

Topic: Wearables, Robotics, Telemedicine, IoMT and Other Innovations Improving Quality of Aged Care

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Dr Anjali Jaiprakash

Research Fellow, Medical & Health Robotics

Australian Centre for Robotic Vision

Anjali is a robobiologist working at the intersection of medicine, engineering and design, with a transdisciplinary approach to develop medical devices that translate robotic vision into affordable systems, which can be used to improve healthcare outcomes. Anjali has experience in the fields of medical robotics, medical device, orthopaedics, trauma, bone and cartilage biology. She has extensive research experience in the hospital and clinical setting, and the ethical conduct of research in compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Currently, she is working as the Advance QLD Research Fellow at the Medical and Healthcare Robotics Group at the ARC Centre of Excellence for  Robotic Vision and QUT under the supervision of a Robotics Engineer, Professor Jonathan Roberts and an Orthopedic Surgeon, Professor Ross Crawford. With a proven ability to work in a multi-disciplinary role and to understand complexities across differing scientific fields, Anjali is working toward her vision to create a world in which robotics technology enables affordable medicine for all.


  • Assisted Care Through Technology – Applications of AI and Robotics That Are Filing the Gap of Manpower Shortages in Aged Care
  • Enhancing Quality of Aged Care Through Technology Innovations (Roundtable Discussion)

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Mark McBriarty

Executive Director

My Care Solution

After 20+ years in executive Human Resource Management roles across a range of world-class companies such as Hilton Hotels and Telstra, Mark established Home Instead Senior Care in South Australia with the very clear intent to change the face of ageing in South Australia, through the provision of a truly unique, compassionate, client-centered and flexible service, while delivering the highest quality of care to older people across South Australia. Having assisted over 7,000 seniors since our establishment, Home Instead became the trusted source of private in-home care services in Metropolitan Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Mark has now commenced his next chapter as the Executive Director of My Care Solution – a premium South Australian provider of home care services. His primary responsibilities in this role revolve around governance, growth and acquisitions.

Topic: New Models of Home Care for Aged Care

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Mark Oostergo

General Manager & Principal Psychologist

CommuniCorp Group

Mark has a broad background beginning his career serving nearly a decade in the Australian Army as a Psychology Officer. This provided him the opportunity to provide individual, team, and organisational psychological intervention both in Australia and overseas on operations. During this time, Mark also had the privilege of working with Australia’s elite special forces in human performance, selection, workplace mental health, and resilience. Mark concluded his career in the military as the commander of a health centre with over a hundred staff across multiple allied health professions. He was awarded an Australian Defence Force Gold Commendation for his motivational and supportive leadership in this role.

Mark has also worked across industry in human factors, human performance, workplace mental health, and executive leadership development. He has extensive experience in selection protocols, organizational and occupational assessments, and providing practical psychological advice to senior executives. This has included large government departments, finance, healthcare, and emergency responders. Mark has a strong passion for providing organisational interventions that aim to improve well-being and performance in the workplace. He takes a practical and applied approach to psychology and communicates it in a way that is easily accessible.

Topic: The Prevention of Psychological Injury of Aged Care Workers in the Current Under-Resourced Environment



Dr Mayumi Purvis

Lecturer (Master of Counselling)

Monash University

Mayumi Purvis, Ph.D, is a University lecturer, researcher and counselor. She has an extensive work and research history related to issues of disadvantage, social justice, traumatic life events, offending behaviors and loss.

She works with clients of diverse ages and backgrounds but has a particular interest in supporting older adults, those who are palliative, and people who are approaching end-of-life. Her vocational focus on promoting healthy, pro-social, and personally meaningful lives spans two decades. Mayumi’s current research involves evaluating one of Australia’s pilot Compassionate Communities.  She lectures in ethics (counseling) at Monash University.

Roundtable Discussion: Strategies to Supporting the Desire to Die at Home



Prof Praga Pillay

Professor of Surgery & Subdean

Griffith University

Prof Praga is a senior surgeon with speciality in hepato-biliary and liver transplantation. He was trained in Pittsburgh by Professor Tom Starzl, who did the first human liver transplant. He brings 5 years of experience in the role of the Director of clinical training and Subdean at Griffith University. He also published widely in international and national peer reviewed journals.

Roundtable Discussion: Surgery in the Elderly – When Not to Operate



Rebecca Bartel

Executive Lead, Institute for Health Transformation

Deakin University

Rebecca is chairing this forum.

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Teresa Moran

Dementia Specialist

ACH Group

Topic: Translating Research Into Best Practice – Utilizing Best Practice Research to Shape New Services and Product Offerings

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Dr Venki Balasubramaniam

Health Informatics Researcher


Dr Venki Balasubramaniam is an experienced researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is skilled in Software Architecture, Remote Patient Monitoring, Cloud Computing and Wireless Sensor Networks. He is also a strong information technology professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused on Wireless Sensor Networks from University of Technology, Sydney.

Topic: Wearables, Robotics, Telemedicine, IoMT and Other Innovations Improving Quality of Aged Care

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