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



Steve Macfarlane

Head of Clinical Services

The Dementia Centre, HammondCare

Steve graduated from Monash University in 1991, and spent the next 17 years at Peninsula Health in Melbourne, completing his psychiatry training there and becoming Director of Aged Psychiatry in 2005. He moved to Alfred Health in 2008 as Associate Professor and Director of Aged Psychiatry, before accepting as position as head of Clinical Services with Dementia Support Australia in 2016.

Steve has been running Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials for over 20 years, and has clinical interest in frontal lobe disorders and in senile squalor. His work with DSA has him overseeing a group of geriatricians and old-age psychiatrists working around the country, and he has been intimately involved with the development of the proposed new Commonwealth Special Dementia Care Programme and with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality.

Topic: Understanding Complexity and Differentiation – What Has Dementia Support Australia Learnt

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Dr Stephanie Robinson

Chief Technical Officer

Green Cross Cannabis Australia

Dr. Stephanie Robinson’s passion for medicinal cannabis began over 15 years ago while helping a family friend explore treatment options for symptomatic relief in Multiple Sclerosis. She joined the Neuropharmacology Laboratory at Monash University soon after where she completed a PhD focussed on the role of the endocannabinoid system in the brain.

Following the completion of her doctorate, Stephanie undertook a graduate certificate in commercialising research and used this knowledge to help a medical devices company in both the hospital and life sciences industries. She also worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital where she developed and implemented a portfolio of clinical pathways for the management of children with brain and solid tumours.

Robinson’s expertise is much sought after and she serves as the Chief Technical Officer for Green Cross Cannabis Australia and advises several other life science companies. Stephanie frequently speaks at conferences and is involved in practitioner education and training in cannabinoid prescription.

Topic: Role of Medical Cannabis in Aged & Palliative Care


Associate Professor Dr Lisa Clinnick

Director Aged Care Services

Ballarat Health Services

Lisa is the Director – Aged Care Services at Ballarat Health Services.  She has extensive Victorian Public Sector healthcare experience and has held a number of education and senior nurse management positions, both in metro and regional/rural areas.

Lisa has a keen interest in the care of the older person which stems back more than 20 years.  She has nursing qualifications that include a Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma of Gerontic Nursing, Master of Clinical Nursing (Research) and a Doctor of Nursing degree focusing on nursing decision making processes when administering psychotropic medications as chemical restraints in aged care.   Lisa has held positions on a number of state and national aged care reference groups and has been involved in developing state and national guidelines, such as the national delirium guidelines and the Victorian quality indicators in public sector residential aged care services.  In 2010 Lisa was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing in recognition of her commitment and leadership to nursing.  Lisa also has an Adjunct Associate Professor position at Federation University and La Trobe University and an Adjunct Senior Research position at University of Tasmania. She is currently involved in a number of research projects focusing on person centred care and medication management in residential aged care.

Topic: Preventing Elderly Abuse by Providing Safe & Quality Aged Care for Senior

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Adam Jahnke


Umps Health

Adam Jahnke became a carer after his grandpa was hospitalised due to a fall in his home. Unable to reduce his full-time work, Adam turned to technology, but found tech-based solutions did not meet his family’s needs. This drove him to build his own solution and to found Umps Health, with the goal of empowering family members to provide better care using artificial intelligence.

Adam’s background is in the commercialisation of technology to improve public health. One of his earliest roles was at Cochlear China, where he developed partnerships with enterprise and government stakeholders to make cochlear implantation accessible to disadvantaged and remote communities. Prior to founding Umps Health, he worked at Ericsson, where he led the development of digital transformation projects to improve the liveability and accessibility of cities in Australia and South East Asia.

Adam believes that a deep understanding of the challenges facing older Australians and carers is essential for the design of effective solutions. In 2017, he received the inaugural Gourlay-Trinity Social Impact Award and was awarded the Cameron Fellowship for his analysis of the systemic issues driving the challenges facing informal carers in Australia. Adam is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Melbourne Accelerator Program, and has spoken extensively both in Australia and abroad on the role of artificial intelligence in supporting the delivery of aged care in the home.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma of Languages (Mandarin) from the University of Melbourne where he also currently teachers corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, and is a guest lecturer in social entrepreneurship.

Topic: It’s 2019 and Machines Can Learn, but Can They Care? The Application of the Internet of Things and AI to Support the Delivery of Care. What It Can Do and What It Can’t

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Sandeep Reddy

Associate Professor

Deakin University

Associate Professor Sandeep Reddy is a certified health informatician and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Healthcare researcher based at the Deakin School of Medicine, Geelong. He has a medical and healthcare management background in addition to having completed AI and machine learning training through several sources. He is currently engaged in research about application of AI in healthcare delivery in addition to developing AI models to treat and manage type 2 diabetes. Also, he has authored several articles about the use of AI in Medicine and is due to release two books (see below) about this subject soon. Further, he is advising several start-ups that are focused on providing AI solutions for healthcare issues.

Topic: Assisted Care Through Technology: Applications of AI to Support Aged Care

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Alex Morse

Registered Music Therapist, Arts and Health Consultant, BMus (Music Therapy)

Alexandra Morse Arts Health Consultancy

Alexandra is a registered music therapist, completing a Bachelor of Music Therapy at the University of Queensland in 2007. Alexandra specialises in dementia care, supporting families through the dementia trajectory with music therapy programs such as therapeutic choirs, music technology including iPod and iPad programs, community and connection through music programs, music in palliative care and intergenerational play through music. Since 2010 Alexandra has been producing a diverse range of innovative arts and community development projects in aged care, achieving national recognition in arts and health, most recently directing the Meander Valley Festival of Creative Ageing in 2016 and 2017. Alexandra provides education and consultancy to aged care staff, focusing on person centred contemporary lifestyle programs and frequently presents work at national conferences.

Topic: Creativity in Aged Care – Can Creative Arts Provide a Tool for Decreasing Isolation and Reconnecting Community for Older Adults?

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Roz Rimez

Founder of Social Enterprise

Live with Zest

Roz Rimes is an educator, coach, guest lecturer and founder of social enterprise ‘Live with Zest’. She works with her Australian Labradoodles Flash and Rafa who have advanced Canine-Assisted Therapy qualifications.  Roz and Flash have been a volunteer therapy team for over seven years, soothing and strengthening patients at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, (Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Eating Disorders) and now St Vincent’s Private Hospital.  After observing so many life enhancing transformations as a result of Canine-Assisted Therapy, Roz decided to pursue a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Melbourne. Her work is informed by wellbeing science and focusses on Savouring fortified by Canine-Assisted Education and how this powerful combination can successfully increase wellbeing.

Topic: Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Addressing trauma and traumatic stress in anticipatory and post-death mourning

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Kate Sowden

General Manager

Moove & Groove and discodtours

Kate is the General Manager of Moove & Groove and discodtours. She is passionate about seniors and the impact Moove & Groove can have on those living with dementia. With over 15 years of operational business experience plus an additional 5 years running projects focussed on social impact, she is now focussed on providing the benefits of technology through silent disco music and movement classes to as many people as possible.

Topic: Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Novel Therapies for Dementia and Interventions to Assess Their Impact – Silent Disco

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Anne Riggs PhD

Artist, Educator, Consultant

I am a visual artist with a research and practice interest into the effects of arts practice on recovery after trauma, loss and grief.  I have built a creative life around the artist’s role in expressing and responding to the most profound human experiences.  I run ART for Soothing & Strengthening, creative workshops and training for clients and professionals.

I have a deep interest in end of life care, especially for older people in aged care facilities.  I have been working to improve the quality of life, as well as acknowledge the expression of loss and grief.

My  research into trauma, grief and loss has led to acclaimed installation exhibitions that speak to those profound feelings which are so hard to describe in words, as well as journal and book contributions, and conference presentations.

I am  a co-founder of Artists in Community International with performing artist Alex Pinder. We  provide professional development training, education and run many projects with communities throughout Nepal, India and Thailand, and within Australia.

I work closely with victims of sexual abuse and family violence, and those experiencing life-threatening illness and their family and friends who share feelings of loss and grief.  Until Dec. 2018 I was a lecturer in BA Community Mental Health and AOD in Melbourne, Australia.

Topic: Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Novel Therapies for Dementia and Interventions to Assess Their Impact – Art Therapy


Kelly Burns

Lead Course Developer

Dementia Australia

Kelly leads the Learning Design Team at Dementia Australia who are responsible for the development of a range of learning resources for the Centre for Dementia Learning. Kelly never imagined as a Clinical Nurse Consultant that her experience would lead to the development of serious VR game applications. The team use technology in a way that engages and immerses the learner and helps to develop a greater understanding about dementia and its impact. Each program is designed to challenge the learners thinking and attitude about dementia and encourages reflective practice. The team love the challenge of building evidence based learning experiences through the use of technology and are always looking for new and exciting ways to use technology to create interactive, engaging and accessible learning.

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

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Professor Kylie O’Brien PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Global Health Initiative Foundation, Melbourne

Originally trained as an optometrist, Kylie career changed completing a Master of Public Health, BAppl Sc (Chin Med) and PhD (Chinese Medicine). Over the past 18 years, she has developed the curricula for three Chinese medicine Masters degrees and has held senior administrative roles within the Australian University and private education sector. Since becoming involved in the medicinal cannabis field over the past 18 months in Australia, Kylie has been leading the way in doctor education in medicinal cannabis in Australia, developing the first RACGP Category 1 accredited training course for doctors in medicinal cannabis. She also set up the pathway via the National Institute of Integrative Medicine Human Research Ethics Committee for medical practitioners to apply to become authorised prescribers of medicinal cannabis under the TGA’s Authorised Prescriber Scheme. She is currently involved in research into hemp and medicinal cannabis, and is also actively working with colleagues within the cannabis industry to effect change in regulations around cannabis access in Australia. She is CEO of Global Health Initiative, a not-for-profit charity based in Denver, Colorado and now Australia. GHI is focused on healthcare practitioner training in medicinal cannabis, as well as research and consultancy services to the hemp/cannabis industry. She has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, and her first book, O’Brien K, Sali A. A Clinician’s Guide to Integrative Oncology: What You Should Be Talking About with Cancer Patients and Why, was published in 2017 in the US by Springer. She is a member of the TGA Advisory Committee for Complementary Medicine, the TEQSA Expert Panel and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies’ Speciality Committee on Cancer Rehabilitation.

Topic: The Endocannabinoid System and Medicinal Cannabis in Dementia- What Science Says

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Andrew Gallagher


Massage & Myotherapy Australia

Andrew is a massage therapist, myotherapist and physiotherapist with a practice in regional Victoria. This multi dynamic focus of working and teaching across three professions ensures Andrew delivers a well-considered and reasoned approach to his teaching from a broad and deep knowledge base. Andrew is the Massage & Myotherapy Australia National President.

Topic: Massage and Myotherapy the Therapeutic Benefits in Aged and Palliative Care

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Michael Barbato

Palliative Care Doctor / Author

Michael is a retired palliative care physician now engaged in research into the experience of unconsciousness. Together with his wife Ann, Michael also facilitates a Midwifing Death Correspondence Course for those who wish to support relatives or friends living with a life-limiting illness. He has a long-standing interest in unconsciousness, the language of those who are dying and unusual experiences around the time of death. He is the author of three books on death and dying and has spoken at State, National and International Palliative Care conferences.

Topic: The Best Palliative Care in the Last 3 Days of Life: an Evidence – Based Approach


Dr Kitty Vivekananda

Lecturer, Psychology Programs Faculty of Education

Monash University

Dr Kitty Vivekananda has many decades experience as a counselling psychologist and currently works as an academic and researcher at Monash University within Psychology and Counselling programs. Her current research interests include compassionate communities and end of life care; death literacy; goals of care; grief, loss and trauma; and peer support programs.

in Psychology and Counselling programs. Her current research interests include compassionate communities and end of life care; death literacy; goals of care; grief, loss and trauma; and peer support.

Topic: Interactive Roundtable Discussion – Building an effective community-based palliative care

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Leonard Hoon

PhD Senior Research Fellow

Applied AI institute

Leonard is a Senior Research Fellow of the Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) in Artificial Intelligence Human Factors. His role leverages his background in software engineering and usability to lead a talented multi-disciplinary team, translating fundamental research into cutting edge solutions for clients across multiple domains.

Topic: How Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Can Help Reduce Readmissions for person in Palliative Care

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Annie Whitlocke

End of Life Advocate

Compassionate Being With Dying

Annie has been an End of Life Advocate (also known as death doula) for the community since 2013,  Buddhist chaplain for several hospitals in the Melbourne area, ACD facilitator and Palliative Liaison coordinator Buddhist Council Victoria.

 When fear, shame or embarrassment is the companion of the dying it is not only sad but avoidable. She would like to see abundantly more simple rites of passage in particular in death and dying for the young and elderly. So as to guide them into the next phase of their life with some skills on preparing them selves for challenges and the unexpected. She has hope that people will restore the old practices of family and a close community, sharing stories, helping each other and talking about life cycles with renewed wisdom and openness.

Topic: Panel Discussion – Planning for Optimal Advanced Care Directives

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Joe Seehee

Director, Secular Spiritual Care Network

Humanist Society of Victoria

Joe Seehee is the Director of the Secular Spiritual Care Network (SSCN) a project being auspiced by Humanists Victoria to bring forward an alternative to theologically-informed spiritual care for people dealing with illness, loss and transition. Joe has worked in the end-of-life space for 20 years. He served for nearly a decade as Executive Director of the Green Burial Council; a nonprofit organisation he founded to encourage caring for the dead in ways made ‘meaningful, simple, and sustainable. A former Jesuit lay minister and spiritual director, Joe has also worked as a volunteer chaplain at Caulfield Hospital as well as with the Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry.

Topic: Panel Discussion – Planning for Optimal Advanced Care Directives

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Dr Meredith Doig OAM FAICD


Dying With Dignity Victoria Inc

Dr Meredith Doig OAM FAICD is Secretary of Dying With Dignity Victoria. She is a professional company director and governance specialist, with a background in blue chip corporates (Ford, Rio Tinto, ANZ). She is also president of the Rationalist Society of Australia and writes a regular bulletin, RSA Daily, for rationalists and secular humanists. The right to die with dignity is one of the RSA’s Ten Point Plan for a Secular Australia.

Topic: Panel Discussion – Planning for Optimal Advanced Care Directives

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David Ryan

Senior Holistic Funeral Director

Natural Grace

David, Senior Holistic Funeral Director and Marketing Manager, joined Natural Grace 4 years ago, coming from a long career as a General Manager and Sales Manager in large Melbourne and regional boutique hotels. David has a background in disability support and amazing skills in communication and training.

An innovative thinker, he brings to Natural Grace extensive business acumen along with acute intuition into the needs of people at end of life. His ability to teach others to do what we do is a gift that changes the path of grief for so many.

Topic: Panel Discussion – Planning for Optimal Advanced Care Directives

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Clare Cotter


Call on Clare

Clare is the owner of Call on Clare. In response to her own personal experience, Clare created Call on Clare in order to assist family members, carers, hospitals, facilities or medical professional relieve the stress and anxiety of meeting the demands in terms of health schedules, wardrobe management and care at social events.

Topic: Panel Discussion – Planning for Optimal Advanced Care Directives

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Merlin Kong

Head of Innovation Network


Merlin Kong is Head of innovAGEING, Australia’s innovation network for the age services industry. He has an eclectic background, including: Executive Director at Community Services #1, Executive Director at the ACT Property Council, Policy Strategy Director in the ACT Legislative Assembly, and has held innovation advisory roles with both start-ups and institutions. Committed to sharing his experience with others, he actively volunteers his time mentoring young entrepreneurs, and has taught innovation and entrepreneurship, and business development strategy at the Australian National University.

Topic: innovAGEING: Lessons On Being Innovative When Running An Innovation Network

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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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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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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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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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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



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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