Speakers

Keynote speakers

Professor Christine Bennett AO

MBBS FRACP Master Paed
Dean, School of Medicine, Sydney,
The University of Notre Dame Australia

Biography

Professor Bennett was appointed to the role of Professor and Dean, School of Medicine, Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia in May 2011. 

Professor Bennett is a specialist paediatrician and has over 30 years of health industry experience in clinical care, strategic planning, business operations and senior management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. 

Professor Bennett is currently the Chair of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and HETI Academic Board. She sits on the boards of Regis Healthcare Limited; Capital Markets CRC, Digital Health CRC and Lorica Health. 

In February 2008, Professor Bennett was appointed as Chair of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission providing advice on a long term blueprint for the future of the Australian health system and aged care. The Commission’s final report was presented to the Government in June 2009.

Professor Christine Bennett was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day 2014 Honours List.

Professor Andrew Street

Professor of Health Economics
Department of Health Policy
The London School of Economics and Political Science

Biography

Andrew Street is a Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy, at the London School of Economics, taking up the post in September 2017. He began his career as a health economist in Australia, working for three years at Monash University and, in 1993, on secondment to Victoria health department. This was followed by a five-year spell with the York Health Economics Consortium. He was at the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York from 1999 to 2017 where he was Director of the health policy team and Director of the Economics of Social and Health Care Research Unit.

From 2006 to 2018 he served as an editor of the Journal of Health Economics, the leading international journal in the field. He has served as a Board Member of the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Commissioning Board (2010-2017) and the Research Council of Norway’s Health and Care Services Board (2011-2013) and on various national and international advisory and steering groups and conference organising committees. In 2005 he worked part-time in the English Department of Health and he served as specialist advisor to the House of Commons Health & Care Committee for its 2016 inquiry into the Impact of the Spending Review and the 2018 inquiry into the Impact of the Budget on health and social care.

Andrew has published numerous papers about health care productivity and performance measurement, hospital funding and payment arrangements, integrated care for people with multiple long-term conditions, and the use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs).

Click here to view Andrew’s Blog on The Conversation

Andrew’s presentation
Andrew will explore:

  • refining payment systems to incentivise higher quality care
  • An app designed to predict post-surgical outcomes

Dr Jason Sutherland

Associate Professor
Centre for Health Services and Policy Research 
University of British Columbia

Biography

Dr Jason M. Sutherland is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research in the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine. He is also the Program Head, Health Services and Outcomes at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences in Vancouver, Canada. Dr Sutherland is currently a funded Scholar of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research in British Columbia and has been Canada’s Harkness Fellow in Clinical Practice and Health Policy.

Dr Sutherland’s research falls into the categories of health system performance, effectiveness research and clinical outcomes. He has been studying funding policy, methods for improving cross-continuum care, and health systems’ variations in efficiency, effectiveness and quality of care. He has been leading research evaluating health system funding policy, patients’ outcomes from surgery, measuring risk of adverse events, effects of wait times, gains in health, cost-effectiveness and cost avoidance.

Plenary speakers

Joanne Fitzgerald

Executive Director, Policy and Classification
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority 

Biography

Joanne Fitzgerald has worked at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) since 2012, and currently holds the position of Acting Executive Director, Policy and Classification. Prior to this, she was Director, AR-DRG Development and was responsible for developing and managing the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups classification system. Joanne holds a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management) from the University of Sydney. She has over 15 years’ experience as a health information manager working with health classifications in both the public and private health sector. Joanne has worked as a clinical coder, manager of medical record departments and at the NSW Ministry of Health.

Anna Flynn

Director, Policy Development
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority 

Biography

Anna Flynn is the Director, Policy Development at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). She has worked at IHPA since it was established in Sydney in 2012, initially setting up the communication section, including the website and social media channels. Prior to this, Anna held a number of roles in the NSW Government including Manager, Communication and Information at Industrial Relations and Manager, Communication at Family and Community Services. Anna has a Master of Arts in Communication Management and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics. This has helped her develop a niche for translating complicated technical information into plain English. Most recently Anna has taken charge of the policy team at IHPA and is leading work to investigate value based healthcare and how it can be adapted to the Australian public hospital funding system.

Cathy Jones

National Manager, Quality & Compliance
Healthscope

Biography

Cathy Jones is the National Quality Manager for Healthscope, and on the Senior Leadership Team. She has 25 years’ experience in public and private hospitals, with qualifications in Speech Pathology and an MBA. Cathy represents the private sector on several national committees for the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care, lectures internationally in quality and risk management, and hosts the popular No Harm Done podcast. Her areas of interest are person centred care, measurement of performance indicators and public reporting. To relax she likes nothing better than sitting in front of all 5 days of a cricket test match. This last happened in 1996.

Dr Ralf Kuhlen

Chief Medical Officer
Helios Health GmbH

Biography

Ralf Kuhlen, Md, PhD is Chief Medical Officer of Helios Health. He provides strategic leadership for medical affairs, research & development, and quality management. Helios Health was founded by Fresenius in 2018 as the holding of their Hospital Groups in Germany (Helios) and Spain (Quironsalud). Dr. Kuhlen was appointed to the international holding after he served as Chief Medical Officer for Helios Germany since 2010. He was trained as an anesthetist and held several clinical and academic positions before he joined Helios as a head physician of Intensive Care in 2007. He holds a professorship for anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Aachen University. Together with others Helios founded the Initiative of Quality Medicine (IQM) in Germany in 2008 as a voluntary organization dedicated to quality management by using routine data from the DRG system, publicly reporting all results and using a “Peer Review” approach for quality improvement. Dr. Kuhlen was one of the founders of IQM which meanwhile has more than 500 hospitals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as active members. IQM had strong influence on the statutory quality management systems within all three countries. Since today, Dr. Kuhlen is very active within IQM and he serves as president of the scientific board since 2014. He has coauthored numerous scientific publications and books.

Tanya Sewards

Assistant Manager, Integration and Projects
Department of Health and Human Services

Biography

Tanya is acting in the role of Manager of the Integration Projects team in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for overseeing the implementation and evaluation of the HealthLinks: Chronic Care trial. The unit has broader responsibility to identify funding and policy options that will improve the integration of hospital, community and primary services. Previous roles across the department have been in the portfolios areas of mental health and drugs workforce, rural health, emergency medicine and housing. Tanya has also held roles in other Victorian government departments including the Departments of Education, Justice, Premier and Cabinet and Economic Development and has worked in research and consultancy roles. Tanya holds an Masters in Public Policy and an Arts degree.

Shane Solomon

Chair, Pricing Authority
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority 

 

 

 

Biography

Shane Solomon has over 30 years of international and national healthcare management expertise. Shane currently provides health strategy and advisory services and has non-executive director roles. Prior to this he was the founding Managing Director of Telstra Health, a new eHealth business within Telstra. Shane was KPMG’s Partner in Charge, Healthcare. In this role, he worked with state and Australian Governments, along with private sector health organisations. Shane was the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, managing Hong Kong’s 57,000 public hospital staff. During his five-year tenure, he implemented significant funding and service quality reforms, including a casemix pay for performance model and the ongoing development of a comprehensive integrated e-health system. In Victoria, Shane was Under-Secretary of Health at the Department of Human Services (as it then was) where he was responsible for managing the funding system (including casemix) for Victoria, and performance and governance of Melbourne metropolitan health services. He was responsible for developing the Hospital Admission Risk Program and governance reforms to Victoria’s public hospital system. Shane was the first Group Chief Executive Officer of the integrated Sisters of Mercy Victorian hospital and aged care services group, merging public hospitals, private hospitals, aged care services, and palliative care services into a single new organisation and expanding the Sisters of Mercy mission from five entities to 12

Panel speakers

Rob Anderson

Executive Director
Western Australia Department of Health

Biography

Since July 2016 Rob has been the Executive Director of System Performance, later Information & System Performance. This role ensures that the vital functions of managing health information resources (including collections and data linkage), performance management, and system reporting are undertaken on behalf of the system manager in a manner that is consistent with Legislative, Ministerial or Public Sector Commission requirements and compliant with State and Commonwealth legislation, with the underlying objective to ensure the continued provision of safe and quality public health care to all Western Australians. Prior to this Rob was the Acting Director of the Activity Based Management (ABM) Reform project after holding a variety of senior roles in WA Health at the Department of Health, the Fiona Stanley Hospital Commissioning Project, the Midland Health Campus Project, the North Metropolitan Health Service and Royal Perth Hospital. Rob is originally from South Australia and over seven years within the SA Health sector he developed a passion for Patient Classification Systems, Casemix and Activity Based Funding systems.

Toni Cunningham

Senior Director, Health Care Purchasing and Funding Branch
Queensland Health

Biography

Toni’s work over the past 20+ years has been in public healthcare costing, funding analysis and performance. Toni leads the costing, purchasing models and funding teams in the Queensland Department of Health. Toni and her team are working on ways they can support the patient and healthcare providers make informed choices to achieve better health outcomes; through the development of funding models that have been collaboratively developed and which include defined outcome resources.

Denise Ferrier

Director, Policy and Planning
Department of Health and Human Services

Biography

Denise is the Director, Policy and Planning with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. She is responsible for a broad range of portfolios, including health services policy (covering areas such as emergency care, admitted services, ambulatory care, end of life care and public sector residential aged care). She also oversees funding policy and model development, system design and planning and other policy areas including worker wellbeing and service integration. Previous senior roles within the Victorian department include the areas of health reform and primary and community health. Prior to joining the department, Denise worked with the Western Australian Department of Health in the portfolios of child, adolescent, women’s and community health providing her with a unique insight into the issues of rural and regional service delivery. Denise holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration and undergraduate degrees in both psychology and education.

Prof Jane Hall

Member, Pricing Authority
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Professor Jane Hall is Distinguished Professor of Health Economics in the Business School at the University of Technology, Sydney. Jane is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. She has worked across many areas of health economics, including health technology assessment, measurement of quality of life, end of life care, health workforce, the economics of primary care and funding and financing issues. Jane established the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) in 1990 and she remains in the Centre as Director, Strategy. She is involved in health policy issues internationally through her involvement with the Commonwealth Fund International Program in Health Policy and Practice. Jane has held many advisory and board positions and she is a former member of the board of the Bureau of Health Information. She is actively involved in policy analysis and critique, and is a regular commentator on health funding and organisational issues in Australia.

Dr Amanda Ling

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Joondalup Health Campus

Biography

Dr Amanda Ling has a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from a diverse background in public and private health. Her current position is Deputy CEO for Joondalup Health Campus, Ramsay Health, a 650 bed private public partnership including a 145 bed private hospital. Amanda has previously had roles as Clinical Lead for ABF and Director of the Office of Safety & Quality for the WA Department of Health, and Executive Director Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Prior to these roles, Amanda held the position of National Director of Clinical Services for Mayne Hospitals. She has also held other positions in Victoria, including: Executive Director – Medical Services with Inner and Eastern Health Care Network at Maroondah Hospital, and Network Operating Suite Manager with Womens’ and Childrens’ Healthcare Network, encompassing responsibility for acute, sub-acute and community services at both hospital and network levels. Amanda has remained committed to improving patient outcomes through clinical governance, performance management, research and analytics, and ensuring there is a patient focused culture. Amanda also has significant experience with activity based funding and casemix, and has held positions with the health information consulting business 3M, and has been the Clinical Lead for the ABF implementation for the WA Department of Health.

A/Prof Alasdair MacDonald

Chair, Clinical Advisory Committee
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority 

Biography

Alasdair is a Physician, working as a Director of Medicine in Tasmania, with a small private practice and a Clinical Assc Prof at UTAS. He is Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and on the Healthcare Homes Implementation Advisory Committee. He is a past RACP Board Member, President of the Adult Medicine Division and chair of Council. He is involved in Physician Training and a member of the National Examination Panel. Alasdair was awarded the College Medal for Service in 2015, he was a member of the National Lead Clinician Group and chaired the Tasmanian Lead Clinician Group. In the past Alasdair has served as President of Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand and on committees of both the ACSQHC and the NHPA.

Dr Craig Margetts

Director of Medical Services, Redcliffe Hospital
Metro North Hospital and Health Services

Biography

TBA

Dr Sarah Neville

Executive Director, Data Analytics
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Dr Sarah Neville is a Mathematical/Statistical Analyst at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). She was the lead modeler for the non-admitted stream for the National Efficient Price 2014 -2015 and the acute stream for the National Efficient Price 2015-2016. Sarah’s background is centered around mathematics and statistics, and she holds a PhD in statistics from the University of Wollongong. She was invited to present doctoral research at the University of Oxford in 2012. Before her time at IHPA, Sarah was a cadet at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Her interest in health was sparked whilst working as a Biostatistician at the NSW Department of Health. Sarah enjoys playing tennis, drinking coffee and being around dogs in her downtime.

Prof Sallie Pearson

BSc (Hons) PhD
Head, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmaceutical Policy Research Group

Biography

Sallie heads the Medicines Policy Research Group at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW. She is a leading authority in the conduct of population-based research using routinely collected health data. Sallie is an active member of peak national medicines policy committees including the Drug Utilization Sub-Committee of the PBAC and the Medication Safety Oversight Committee of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. As Chair/ Deputy Chair of the NSW Population Health Service Research Ethics Committee (2006-2017), Sallie has shaped policy around the ethics and governance of health data linkage for research.

Prof Euan Wallace

Chief Executive Officer
Safer Care Victoria

Biography

Professor Euan Wallace AM is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Safer Care Victoria, Victoria’s lead agency for quality and safety improvement in healthcare. Professor Wallace is an academic obstetrician and gynaecologist by training. Prior to his appointment to Safer Care Victoria, Professor Wallace was the Director of the Women’s Health Program at Monash Health, Victoria’s largest women’s health service. In that role, he established a clinical governance framework to drive and embed a culture of healthcare improvement. Professor Wallace is also the Carl Wood Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University where he leads a perinatal medicine research group. His research interests are in fetal development, maternal health, stem cell biology and patient safety.

Jennifer Williams

Member, Pricing Authority
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

 

 

 

Biography

Jennifer Williams holds a number of Board positions including Chair of Northern Health, Yooralla and Alfred Whole Time Medical Specialist Trust. She is also a member of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board and a Director of InfoXchange and Barwon Health. She has previously held the positions Chief Executive of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Chief Executive of Alfred Health and Chief Executive of Austin Health. She has also held senior management positions in the public and private sectors, including Director in the Victorian Department of Human Services.

Conference speakers

Duane Attree

Chief Executive,
The Health Roundtable

Biography

Duane leads the various businesses and partnerships of Potential(x), a business that seeks to empower potential through knowledge and collaborative innovation. Most notably he is the CEO of the Health Roundtable (HRT). The HRT is a not for profit membership organisation of over 160 public hospitals across ANZ. In addition, Potential(x) supports knowledge and insights for more than 160 private hospitals, large disability services and international health advice / telehealth services. Duane is an experienced senior executive and management consultant. He has previously held local leadership positions with DuPont, a Fortune 100 company, and within global consulting firms PwC and KPMG. He has worked extensively in the public hospital sector with CEO and Executive positions in rural Victoria and New South Wales health services.

Richard Bolitho

Manager, Funding Systems Development,
Department of Health and Human Services Victoria

Biography

TBA

Stuart Bowhay

Senior Health Analytics,
Children’s Health Queensland Hospital & Health Services

Biography

A senior Health Analytics and Clinical Costing professional with an MSc in Health Information Science for Health Services Management. I have extensive experience of activity based management, performance management, benchmarking and health service planning gained from working in both UK and Australian health systems.

Philip Burgess

School of Public Health,
University of Queensland

Biography

Philip Burgess is Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland and leads the Mental Health Outcomes and Case Complexity stream with the Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. Philip has worked extensively in the mental health industry and has expert technical skills with respect to both specialised mental health collections, national mental health minimum data sets as well as routine administrative data. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles more than 50 technical reports, and has secured research contracts and competitive grants totalling more than $17 million. Since 2003, he has led the Analysis and Reporting Component of the Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN) in the design, analysis and reporting of the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection.

Owen Cho

Consultant & Data Scientist
Health Policy Analysis

Biography

Owen is a Consultant/ Data Scientist at Health Policy Analysis. Having earned MBA from the University of Cambridge and BBA from Seoul National University, he has accumulated 10 years of experience in data analytics and project management across healthcare and technology industries.

Stephen Cole

Director, ABF Financial Reporting
Gold Coast Health

Biography

Stephen Cole was originally qualified as a radiographer, and after 14 years working predominantly in rural Western Australia, obtained a degree in Health Computing. He has worked in the private sector developing and implementing hospital information systems at public and private hospitals in WA, SA, Victoria and South East Asia. From 1995 to 1999, Stephen worked in casemix related roles at Fremantle Hospital and WA Health. In 2003 he joined the casemix team at Queensland Health where he worked on benchmarking and the casemix funding model. In 2006 he moved to England to assist with the final design and implementation of HRG4 (Healthcare Resource Groupings) for the NHS Information Centre. In 2008 he returned to Queensland, initially joining Southern Area Health Service before working on a number of Health Informatics projects. In 2010 Stephen joined Gold Coast Hospital as Director of ABF Financial Reporting. In 2017 he spent a year in Canada consulting on the implementation of costing and Activity Based Funding for the Quebec Health Ministry.

Mervat Dawoud

SES LHD

Biography

TBA

Dr Ning Ding

Technical Manager,
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Dr Ning Ding is the Technical Manager, AR-DRG Development at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). Over the past 18 months, she has been working on the analytics and evolving statistical methodologies in the development of AR-DRG V10.0. Prior to this role, Ning worked as a Data Analyst in Data Acquisition section at IHPA. She also holds a Ph.D. in Banking and Finance from the University of New South Wales and has published papers in a number of leading academic journals.

James Downie

CEO,
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

James Downie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). Prior to this James was the Executive Director, Activity Based Funding, leading the teams responsible for delivering the classification, costing and pricing functions of IHPA as well as the data acquisition activities. He previously held roles with the Victorian Department of Health, the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and various technical and operational roles in the resources industry.

Susan Dunn

A/Deputy Director, ABF Taskforce
NSW Health

Biography

Susan is the Manager of Stakeholder Engagement and Clinical Variation for Activity Based Management (ABM), NSW Health. ABM was formerly known as the Activity Based Funding (ABF) Taskforce, established in September 2011 to oversee and implement the ABF aspects of the National Health Reform across the NSW health system. Susan joined the ABF Taskforce in 2012 with a key role in workstream development and clinical engagement. Prior to this she was Director of Performance Monitoring and Reporting at Western Sydney Local Health District and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. Susan is a nurse by background, specialised in Intensive Care Nursing. She holds a Master of Clinical Nursing and a Master of Public Health. As part of her current role within ABM, Susan continues to engage clinicians in their use of patient level costing data to inform and review their performance and models of care by understanding clinical variation. ABM’s development of specialised online tools such as the ABM Portal have allowed Susan to seamlessly continue these conversations.

Anne Elsworthy

Director, AR-DRG
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Anne is the Director, AR-DRG Development at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority. Prior to this role Anne worked as a Classification Manager in AR-DRG development and also in IHPA’s Classifications and Coding Standards section. Anne has previously managed the development of several editions of the disease and intervention classifications (ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS) at the University of Sydney and at the University of Wollongong. She also participates in committees for international health classification development through the World Health Organizations – Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) network. She has also worked in a variety of Health Information Management roles in the public hospital sector.

Daniel Erasmus

Healthcare Actuary,
Insight Actuaries

Biography

Daniel Erasmus is a healthcare actuary with more than a decade of experience in the areas of healthcare funding, service delivery and long term market sustainability. He is passionate about innovation and technological developments that help people live better lives by improving their health. He has consulted to a wide range of industry stakeholders including government, regulators and policymakers, healthcare funders and service providers, as well as patient organisations across several international markets. Daniel has a particular focus on innovation aimed at breaking down information barriers between participants in the healthcare market. He has been a featured speaker at a number of high profile international conferences on the topics of healthcare innovation, future trends and technological advances in healthcare. Daniel is currently the CEO of Insight Actuaries.

Anna Flynn

Director, Policy Development
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority 

Biography

Anna Flynn is the Director, Policy Development at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). She has worked at IHPA since it was established in Sydney in 2012, initially setting up the communication section, including the website and social media channels. Prior to this, Anna held a number of roles in the NSW Government including Manager, Communication and Information at Industrial Relations and Manager, Communication at Family and Community Services. Anna has a Master of Arts in Communication Management and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics. This has helped her develop a niche for translating complicated technical information into plain English. Most recently Anna has taken charge of the policy team at IHPA and is leading work to investigate value based healthcare and how it can be adapted to the Australian public hospital funding system.

Pierre Gagné

Clinical Consultant
PowerHealthSolutions (PHS)

Biography

Pierre is a Canadian physician, board certified in Nuclear Medicine in 1994; he completed a master in epidemiology at the Universite Laval in 2011. He works as a clinical consultant for PHS in Canada. He is a full Professor and is the Founding regional dean of the Mauricie regional medical campus at the Universite de Montreal. He is the former Chair of the Group on Regional Medical Campuses, a working group of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He was an invited professor at the Harvard Macy Institute for the Leadership in Medical Education and is an expert on regional medical campuses, being the author and co-author of numerous publications as well as many lectures given in Canada, the US, China and Tunisia. He was awarded the Clinical Teacher of the Year award from the Quebec Medical Association in 2011. Pierre is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Liz Hay

Director, Economics and Analysis Unit,
NSW Health

Biography

Liz is an economist with nearly 25 years experience in the Australian Health system. Liz is currently the Director of the Economics and Analysis Unit in NSW MoH and has previously headed up the Evaluation and Economics function at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. Prior to that Liz had several inter- government relations roles in both QLD and NSW Health and has also worked at the Northern NSW Local Health District. Liz’s areas of expertise include economics; health policy, funding and reform; evaluation and measurement; analytics and the use of data as well as inter and intra government relations. In Liz’s current role she oversees the economics, evaluation and measurement of various value based health care initiatives as well as a broader role in shaping NSW Health’s approach to economics and measurement

Sean Heng

Senior Advisor,
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Sean Heng is the Senior Technical Advisor, AR-DRG Development at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). Previously as a Technical Manager, he lead the first implementation of Safety and Quality measures in pricing and funding for public hospitals and advised the IHPA pricing team across all streams with regards to technical pricing issues and advancing methodology. He has led the model development for the subacute stream for the National Efficient Price 2014-15 and provided technical support for the Australian Mental Health care Classification. Over the past 18 months, he has been leading the analytics and evolving statistical methodologies in the development of AR-DRG V10.0

Julia Hume

Director, Hospital Costing
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Julia Hume is the Director, Hospital Costing at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). Julia has worked in the Hospital Costing section for over five years working on the National Hospital Cost Data Collection for both the public and private sectors. She has previously held roles across the health sector including health insurance, cancer research as well as working in international development.

Patrik Hutzel

Founder & Director,
Intensive Care at Home Pty Ltd

Biography

Critical Care Registered Nurse with nearly 20 years ICU experience in three different countries(Germany, UK and Australia) More than 5 years ICU nursing management experience in Australia Founder&Director of INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME Pty Ltd Founder& Director of INTENSIVE CARE HOTLINE a support & resource website for families in Intensive Care

Karolina Kalanj

Karol Consulting d.o.o.

Biography

Dr. Karolina Kalanj is a health systems educator and development consultant with a specialty in DRG development. She has consulted widely in the areas of health system reform and has extensive experience in: DRG system implementation; health information system; designing and implementing health financing reforms; provider payment and contracting; clinical governance including the design and use of practice guidelines and pathways; quality of health care; national health accounts, pharmaceutical pricing policy and health sector training including capacity building in clinical coding. Her extensive European project experience includes the design, development and implementation of hospital payment reforms . She has worked with national health sector institutions such as ministries of health, health insurance funds and institutes of public health in the regional implementation of DRGs and classification systems. Dr Kalanj’s international experience also includes projects in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia,Montenegro,Moldova,Ukraine,Uzbekistan,Philippines, Azerbaijan.

James Katte

Manager, Classification development
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

.James is the current Manager of Classification Development for the emergency care classifications at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority. Prior to this role he has worked as a health classifications advisor at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and has held a number of positions across public and private hospitals in a range of capacities including Health Information Manager, Clinical Coder, project officer and several administration roles.

Dr Thilo Koepfer

International Business Unit,
3M Health Information Systems, Inc.

Biography

Thilo Koepfer is responsible for the overall execution of business operations, strategy and technical development in international markets for 3M Health Information Systems (3M HIS). Specifically, he oversees all aspects of product management, research and development, marketing, sales, and client services for the international business unit. 3M HIS conducts business in more than eighteen countries where it is the market leader in coding, grouping and performance management solutions in most of them. Thilo Koepfer began his career in healthcare as a medical doctor in Germany and is a board certified surgeon. After acquiring additional qualification in healthcare management he became the head of the Medical Controlling Department at the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin, one of the largest trauma centers in Germany. In 2002 Thilo Koepfer joined 3M HIS in Germany where he was part of the team that calculated the first German relative weights and did the first adaption of German DRGs (G-DRGs). He helped with the successful implementation of G-DRGs in the German hospital market and in 2005 he became the 3M HIS operations manager, overseeing and conducting the German HIS business. Thilo Koepfer joined the International business unit in 2007 and relocated to Wallingford, Connecticut. Out of the U.S. he now leads the fast growing international HIS business and is involved in DRG pilot and introduction projects in several countries. Thilo Koepfer holds a medical doctor’s degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Wojciech Korczynski

Head of Product,
The Health Roundtable

Biography

Wojciech leads the development of Health Roundtable products and solutions to ensure they support improving performance and the value delivered by health services. Wojciech has broad experience across the Health Roundtable establishing and leading improvement programs for Surgery, Medications, Allied Health as well as the Trauma group and the Disability Benchmarking group. He has a background in services engineering, product development and commercialization with previous roles in large multinational healthcare companies having responsibilities in launching and growing a Hospital Services division focusing on Surgical Solutions as well as working for a large telecommunications company managing the national broadband roll-out. Wojciech is a qualified Engineer and has gained his MBA and Project Management Professional qualifications along the way.

Dr Ralf Kuhlen

Chief Medical Officer
Helios Health GmbH

Biography

Ralf Kuhlen, Md, PhD is Chief Medical Officer of Helios Health. He provides strategic leadership for medical affairs, research & development, and quality management. Helios Health was founded by Fresenius in 2018 as the holding of their Hospital Groups in Germany (Helios) and Spain (Quironsalud). Dr. Kuhlen was appointed to the international holding after he served as Chief Medical Officer for Helios Germany since 2010. He was trained as an anesthetist and held several clinical and academic positions before he joined Helios as a head physician of Intensive Care in 2007. He holds a professorship for anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Aachen University. Together with others Helios founded the Initiative of Quality Medicine (IQM) in Germany in 2008 as a voluntary organization dedicated to quality management by using routine data from the DRG system, publicly reporting all results and using a “Peer Review” approach for quality improvement. Dr. Kuhlen was one of the founders of IQM which meanwhile has more than 500 hospitals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as active members. IQM had strong influence on the statutory quality management systems within all three countries. Since today, Dr. Kuhlen is very active within IQM and he serves as president of the scientific board since 2014. He has coauthored numerous scientific publications and books.

Liz Lea

Director of Funding and Costing,
Queensland Department of Health

Biography

Liz is the Director Funding and Costing, Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance Division within the Queensland Department of Health. In this role Liz is responsible for providing high level strategic leadership, professional support and expert advice in matters relating to Activity Based Funding at a State and National level, developing innovative approaches to better align funding allocations with value and patient focussed outcome measures, activity based costing functions and counting / classification. Liz has over 18 years of experience working in clinical costing and ABF roles in the system manager, and metropolitan and regional / remote local hospital networks.

André Loiselle

Senior Architect Specialist,
PowerHealthSolutions (PHS)

Biography

As an expert in both content and systems validation, Andre is known for implementing strategies and workflows which ensures a better quality of results while improving the efficiency of data processing. With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector, he has acquired an advanced knowledge of almost all clinical and financial information systems used in the Quebec healthcare network. It is with honor and joy that he is now working with the PowerHealth Solutions team as a senior architect specialist to help clients overcome challenges in their knowledge and use of data.

Marco Luthe

Manager Clinical Costing, Business Intelligence,
The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Biography

Marco Luthe is the Clinical Costing Manager at Melbourne Health and has been in this role since late 2015. He has been working in the Health Sector for over 16 years and began his career in a German consultancy for Health Services at the time when Germany adopted the DRG system, staying in his role as consultant for 8 years. This was followed by his emigration from Germany to Australia in late 2010. In early 2011, Marco started his first job in Australia as Costing Analyst at Alfred Health before taking on his current role.

Alex Lynch

Manager, ABF Policy
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Alex Lynch is a Manager of Policy Development at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). Starting at IHPA in 2018, Alex leads development of the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2020-21. Prior to joining IHPA he held a number of roles in the private and not for profit sectors focused on health and ageing. His work has focused on policy and advocacy, most recently with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Alex has a Bachelor in Social Science and Policy, and majored in economics. Fifteen years of experience in health and ageing has helped inform Alex’s passion for sustainable health solutions that support patient outcomes and human dignity.

John Marshall

Information Management,
NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation

Biography

John’s role in Information Management is a part of the Clinical Monitoring, Economics and Evaluation Team at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. In a 20 year career within the health sector john has worked at facility, district and state levels, with experience in both metropolitan and regional NSW. With postgraduate qualifications in Population Health Research Methodology and Public Health, one of John’s visions is to help make better use of existing data collected in the healthcare setting.

Deniza Mazevska

Health Policy Analysis

Biography

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Colin McCrow

Manager ABF Costing,
Department of Health, Queensland

Biography

Colin McCrow has a professional background in specialist nursing for over 14 years in Midwifery and Neonatal Intensive Care. After working in Nursing Management roles for three years, an opportunity to work on the Clinical Costing Project arose in 1997. From 1997 to October 2000 Colin managed the Royal Women’s Hospital (Brisbane) Activity Based Funding database before moving into the role of managing the Application Support Service for the costing system which he lead for ten years. Since this time, Colin has been managing the data transformation and submission process for the state of Queensland for the National Hospital Cost Data Collection.

Patrick McElduff

Principal Statistician,
Health Policy Analysis

Biography

Patrick McElduff is the Principal Statistician at Health Policy Analysis, and a Conjoint Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle. Patrick has been a statistician for 25 years and previous was Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle. He has been an author on approximately 200 peer-reviewed publications most of which were in international journals including the BMJ, Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine. He has worked in a range of areas including public health, disease registers and clinical trial units both in Australia and in the UK.

Jenny McNamee

Australian Health Services Research Institute

Biography

TBA

Iman Mehdi

Project Manager, Hospital Costing
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Iman Mehdi is a project manager at IHPA and has been working on various aspects of the National Hospital Cost Data Collection across both the public and private sector.

Lisa Mill

Manager, Performance Analysis and Casemix
Southern NSW Local Health District

Biography

Lisa has been the Manager Performance Analysis and Casemix since 2010 and actively involved in Casemix since 2003. The Unit comprises of the Health Information Managers who manage the Clinical Coders as well as their other HIM duties, the Activity and KPI Reporting Team, Reporting Systems Development and Clinical Costing. The patient data collections systems business rules sits within the Unit and the close collaboration between the teams has resulted in a close working and collaborative relationship. The Unit links Clinical Coding, ABF, data quality and Clinical Costing so that reports generated are of high quality, reliable and accurate.

Darryl Miller

Project Manager, Hospital Costing, 
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Joined IHPA’s Hospital Costing team in 2018.

Dr Sarah Neville

Executive Director, Data Analytics
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Dr Sarah Neville is a Mathematical/Statistical Analyst at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). She was the lead modeler for the non-admitted stream for the National Efficient Price 2014 -2015 and the acute stream for the National Efficient Price 2015-2016. Sarah’s background is centered around mathematics and statistics, and she holds a PhD in statistics from the University of Wollongong. She was invited to present doctoral research at the University of Oxford in 2012. Before her time at IHPA, Sarah was a cadet at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Her interest in health was sparked whilst working as a Biostatistician at the NSW Department of Health. Sarah enjoys playing tennis, drinking coffee and being around dogs in her downtime.

Cliona O’Donovan

Data Protection Officer
Pavilion Health

Biography

With a background in human physiology and epidemiology, I worked for many years in the clinical trial arena with responsibilities for the management of clinical trial data. Because clinical trials are experiments on human beings, this a highly regulated area with detailed rules and a focus on demonstratable quality and timeliness of large volumes of patient data. I moved from the clinical trial area and joined the Irish Healthcare Office, initially with a focus on quality of coded activity data and later as a statistician working on ABF, and specifically on deriving insight by combining activity and financial data. I joined Pavilion Health in early 2018 to head up the Irish office, just in time to have to prepare for GDPR. I recently completed the Irish Computer Society’s European Certified Data Protection Officer Training Course and have taken on the responsibility of Data Protection Officer for all of Pavilion Health.

Dan O’Halloran

Senior Director System Performance Branch
Queensland Department of Health

Biography

Dan O’Halloran is the Senior Director, System Performance within Queensland Health. Dan is responsible for leading and building the capability of a team that provides actionable insights promoting enhanced system performance across Queensland Health and evidenced based purchasing decisions that support system performance. Dan has held positions in a range of healthcare organisations at clinical, management and governance levels. Prior to joining Queensland Health, Dan was the Director, Financial Performance Reports, National Health Performance Authority where he led the development and production of Australia’s first reports on the relative efficiency of Australia’s largest public hospitals, including contributing to the 2015 Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. Dan has over 10 years’ experience in Primary Health Care, and National and State Health experience in organisational performance reporting. Dan holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Tasmania, is a Registered Pharmacist, Certified Practising Accountant and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

May Lissa Ollivier

Costing Consultant
PowerHealthSolutions

Biography

May Lissa Ollivier is a costing consultant at PowerHealth Solutions. She earned a Masters degree in Public Administration with a major in program evaluation from the Quebec National School of Public Administration as well as a Master degree in Clinical Sciences and Bachelor degree in Pharmacology from Sherbrooke University in Quebec, Canada. May Lissa has 7 years of advisory and performance evaluation experience, with a particular focus in healthcare, in both Canada and Australia and one year experience in healthcare costing in Canada. As a member of the PowerHealth Solutions costing team responsible for the implementation of the PowerPerformance Manager costing tool in Quebec, May Lissa actively participated in the healthcare service cost determination, training of the local establishments on the use of PPM as well as the development of the costing methodology to be applied by all establishments of the province.

Jennie Pares

NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation

Biography

TBA

Jim Pearse

Health Policy Analysis

Biography

TBA

Kevin Ratcliffe

Senior Advisor, Casemix Risk, Costing and Funding
Department of Health Tasmania

Biography

Kevin is currently the Senior Advisor for the Department of Health Tasmania (Casemix) Training. He has a background as a clinician, clinical manager, nurse educator and lecturer. Kevin has played a pivotal role to clinical costing in Tasmania since 1999 including work with the Private sector NHCDC cost coordination team in 2001-2009, the Australian Clinical Costing Standards and the development of renewed standards for the introduction of Australia’s Activity Based Funding programs from 2010. He also draws from his international experience contributing to the development of National Price Schedule, Costing Standards and Classification methodologies for Qatar, costing standards, methodology and training for the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and costing projects in Germany, Slovenia and the Republic of Ireland.

Helen Rizzoli

Health Information Manager
Aginic

Biography

Helen brings over 25 years of decision support experience leveraging data and information to optimise all aspects of service delivery and performance in health service and government departments. Helen is a qualified Health Information Manager and holds postgraduate university qualifications. Her specialist experience includes: – Design and development of Business Intelligence solutions to inform clinical performance management across all patient activity categories and care types; empowering clinical and operational leaders to monitor and actively manage patient throughput, safety and activity based targets. – Tailored analytics to support cost reduction and revenue optimisation goals. – Funding system and pricing model development with a focus on mechanisms to drive innovation in service delivery models. – Project and business management across the spectrum from translation of international models and research to the Australian context, through to system design, and finally transformation programs including stewardship of cultural sustainability and change management programs.

Col Roberts

ABF, Costing and Reporting
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Services

Biography

Col has been actively involved in patient costing, ABF, clinical process redesign and healthcare funding since the initial NHCDC in 1992/93. From an IT, finance and teaching background he has worked in regional health services, major metropolitan facilities and with Queensland Health corporately, implementing and supporting statewide costing systems, feeder system interfaces, elective surgery funding and management, clinical process support and improvement, and business intelligence report development and deployment. For the past six years he has managed the ABF, costing and reporting functions for Darling Downs Health, a geographically large regional provider with a mix of ABF and block funded facilities. He currently sits on the NHCDC National Advisory Committee.

Geethu Roshan Verghese

Market Access Project Manager
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices ANZ

Biography

Geethu is a Health Economics & Market Access Professional currently working as Market Access Project Manager for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices ANZ.

Cassandra Rupnik

Senior Health Information Manager,
Pavilion Health

Biography

Cassandra, better known as Cassie, is a proponent for the rural and regional Health Information Management profession. Cassie has taken up a new role with Pavilion Health as their Senior HIM in Market Development leaving NNSWLHD as the District HIM. She is the current Senior Vice President on the HIMAA Board of Directors and participates on a number of committees including her personal passion, Health Information workforce.

Tanya Sewards

Assistant Manager, Integration and Projects
Department of Health and Human Services

Biography

Tanya is acting in the role of Manager of the Integration Projects team in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for overseeing the implementation and evaluation of the HealthLinks: Chronic Care trial. The unit has broader responsibility to identify funding and policy options that will improve the integration of hospital, community and primary services. Previous roles across the department have been in the portfolios areas of mental health and drugs workforce, rural health, emergency medicine and housing. Tanya has also held roles in other Victorian government departments including the Departments of Education, Justice, Premier and Cabinet and Economic Development and has worked in research and consultancy roles. Tanya holds an Masters in Public Policy and an Arts degree.

Jenny Shao

Manager, Classification Development,
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Classification Manager for Mental Health and Teaching, Training and Research at Independent Hospital Pricing Authority.

Gowri Sriraman

ABM Coordinator,
Sydney Children’s Hospital Network

Biography

Gowri Sriraman currently works as the ABM Coordinator at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (SCHN). She is a Certified Health Informatician of Australasia (CHIA) and a member of the Australian College of Health Informatics (MACHI). She is a Fellow of the College of Health Services Managers (FCHSM) and a Senior Associate Member of the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA). Her qualifications include Bachelors in Pharmacy and Masters in Management. She has over twenty years’ experience in the NSW Health System including in the areas of Health Planning, Patient Safety & Clinical Quality and the Evaluation of New Interventions. She is trained and experienced as a Clinical Coder. She has presented at various international conferences and serves on the committees of Professional Associations. She loves to both learn and share her learning. She is active on social media and invites you to connect with her.

Dr Linc Thurecht

Senior Research Director,
Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association

Biography

Dr Linc Thurecht is Senior Research Director at the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), an independent peak membership body that advocates for Australia’s public healthcare system and is a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia. Prior to this Linc worked in an academic research environment conducting economic analyses and computer modelling of chronic disease, health services utilisation and social welfare programs.

Bharat Vaikuntam

Doctoral Researcher,
University of Sydney

Biography

Bharat is a doctoral researcher at the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research in The University of Sydney. He has an advanced master’s degree in Health economics from The University of Queensland, Australia. His doctoral research is focussed on Economic impact of deviation from best practice care standards for patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries in Australia. He has work experience in economic evaluations of various chronic conditions, trauma and rehabilitation at the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney.

A/Prof Amanda Walker

Senior Clinical Advisor
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Biography

A/Prof Amanda Walker is a Clinical Director at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and works part time as a Specialist in Palliative Medicine in the Southern Highlands of NSW. She teaches communication, professional development and Palliative Medicine as a Conjoint Associate Professor at the Western Sydney University School of Medicine.

Dr Samuel Webster

Director, Pricing
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Samuel Webster is the Director of Pricing at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA), where he leads a team of mathematicians and statisticians to develop the pricing models which are used for Commonwealth public hospital funding.

Prior to his current role, Samuel was a technical manager in the Pricing team at IHPA, and was responsible for delivering the National Efficient Cost for small rural hospitals in 2015 and the National Efficient Price for ABF 2016 and 2017.

Prior to IHPA, Samuel was a mathematics research and teaching academic at the University of Wollongong.

Kathy Wilton

3M Australia

Biography

Kathy has worked in the field of Health Information Management for over 30 years. During this time she has held various roles in public hospitals in Victoria including Department Manager and Coding Manager but for the last 15 years has been with 3M Australia working with the coding and grouping tools and more recently Clinical Documentation Improvement where she has been leading the team to develop a range of 3M products in this space.

Andy Yang

Technical Manager,
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Biography

Dr Yang is a technical manager in the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) . He has been managing two primary data collections (Activity and Cost data) in IHPA, along with developing grouping software to facilitate data acquisition. Dr Yang holds a PhD degree in data mining.

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