Keynote Speaker

Dr Norman Swan

Norman co-hosts RN’s Health Report and during the COVID-19 pandemic, has co-hosted Coronacast, a podcast on the coronavirus. Norman is also a reporter and commentator on ABC’s 7.30, Midday, News Breakfast and Four Corners and a guest host on RN Breakfast. He is a past winner of the Gold Walkley and has won other Walkleys including one with his Coronacast colleagues in 2020. He created Invisible Enemies, on pandemics and civilisation for Channel 4 UK and SBS which was subsequently broadcast in 27 countries. Norman has been awarded the medal of the Australian Academy of Science, an honorary MD from the University of Sydney and in October 2022 a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. During COVID he wrote two books. So You Think You Know What’s Good For You (Hachette) is a best seller and was released in the UK. His latest book So You Want To Live Younger Longer has also been on the best-seller list. Norman trained in medicine and pediatrics in Aberdeen, London and Sydney before joining the ABC.

Invited Speakers

Dr Amandeep Hansra

Dr Amandeep Hansra is a practising GP and an expert in digital health and innovation. Alongside her clinical work, Amandeep works in the investment and commercialisation sector with groups like Main Sequence Ventures (CSIRO’s Innovation Fund) and Australian Medical Angels, bringing her nearly two decades of clinical experience to her approach in picking great impactful companies for investment in health. Amandeep is also the Program Director and NSW Clinical Lead for the Australian Clinical Entrepreneur Program (AUSCEP). Amandeep is the Chair of Coviu Global, a board director and council member of AMA NSW, board director of ACHSI, board director of Molemap AU/NZ and is a Digital Health Adviser for the Australian Digital Health Agency.

She was the founder of Creative Careers in Medicine, an organisation with 19,000 members, that supports doctors in navigating careers off the beaten path. Her goal is to ensure we have doctors with the right skill sets for the jobs of the future. She is also a co-founder of Australian Medical Angels, one of the world’s largest syndicates of angels in the medical space. She has a Bachelor of Medicine (honours) from the University of Newcastle, a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University and a Global Executive MBA from the University of Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of GPs and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health at the University of Sydney.

Amandeep was awarded a 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health Award by Telstra Health and the 2022 National Leadership Award by the University of Newcastle. Amandeep is passionate about innovation in the health sector, clinician wellbeing and job satisfaction, and supporting entrepreneurship in healthcare.

Dr Joshua Kovoor

Dr Joshua Kovoor is a surgical resident in Adelaide, South Australia, who is completing a PhD with the University of Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, under the supervision of Professor Guy Maddern and Professor Karen Jones. Alongside Dr Stephen Bacchi, Dr Aashray Gupta, and Dr Brandon Stretton, he leads a statewide healthcare innovation initiative called Health and Information (HI), which collaborates with a range of healthcare students and professionals. A prominent focus of his research and teaching activities has been artificial intelligence, of which the “Adelaide Score” has become the most widely known and gained national attention.

Alex Jenkins

Alex Jenkins, a seasoned technology expert and current Director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub (WADSIH) at Curtin University, boasts over 15 years of experience in advancing data science and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Alex has collaborated with prominent organisations to develop cutting-edge big data implementations, supply chain modelling solutions and data science strategies. As part of his current role at Curtin University, Alex regularly speaks to the media about how AI works, the safety and ethical implications of AI, and how the workforce will change with AI technology. Alex is particularly focussed on how AI will impact education and the healthcare areas and spoke in 2023 at TEDxPerth on the topic “An (AI) Tutor for Every Child”.

Adj/Prof Ruth Stewart

Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart is the National Rural Health Commissioner. She has been a Rural Generalist with Advanced Skills in obstetrics for over 30 years, has worked clinically in private practice and rural hospitals and clinics in south west Victoria and far north Queensland. Ruth is a past president of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), and established the rural Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship for Deakin University school of medicine and was Director of Rural Clinical Training for James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry. She was for twelve years a board member of ACRRM, for 8 years of Cape York and then Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service, a board member of Regional Training organisations and of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre. Ruth was awarded a PhD for her thesis “Lessons from the development of a maternity managed clinical network in a low volume rural context” by Flinders University in 2013.

A/Prof Susan Wearne

A/Prof Susan Wearne is Senior Medical Adviser in the Health Workforce Division in the Australian Government Department of Health. She works on the suite of Australian government policies and programs to teach and train quality health professionals and promote and retain their distribution across the country. Prior to moving to Canberra she worked as a GP academic in England and in central Australia. She was the medical lead in the development of the National Medical Workforce Strategy 2021 and is now working on its implementation.

Dr Rory Trawber

Dr Rory Trawber is currently the Director of Clinical Training (Simulation) at Fiona Stanley Hospital and a consultant neonatologist. He spends his working time flipping between the real and simulated world on a daily basis, often to the point of confusing the two! His interests are in translational simulation, human factors training and health professional welfare – with a particular focus on staff support post critical events. Outside of work he spends his time chasing a football (the proper round type) with his football obsessed sons and spending his hard earned cash money on records.

A/Prof Stephen Adelstein (Virtual)

Associate Professor Stephen Adelstein a practitioner member of the National Medical Board of Australia. He is also the inaugural Chair of the Medical Training Survey Consultative Committee and Steering Committee and has been instrumental in leading the development of Medical Training Survey in Australia.

He has been involved in medical regulation for more than 25 years, initially as a member of the former New South Wales Medical Board, past member of the Medical Council of New South Wales and as the immediate past Chair of the NSW Board of the Medical Board of Australia.

Associate Professor Adelstein is Head of the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and Director of the Central Sydney Immunology Laboratory at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney where he teaches medical and science students.

In addition to his clinical and academic practice, he oversees undergraduate and postgraduate research and is currently the Chief Examiner in Immunopathology for the Faculty of Science of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Dr Fiona Lake

Dr Fiona Lake is a Respiratory Physician and medical educator with extensive experience in education from undergraduate through to postgraduate levels. With colleagues she developed the Teaching on the Run suite of resources which aims to support teachers and supervisors of medical trainees. In her previous position of Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Medical Education at the University of Western Australia and as current Head of the Medical Education Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Hospital Care Group, she has been involved in supporting doctors completing training, and in ensuring supervisors optimise the learning environment. She will draw on this experience and the published literature to explore the best way to assist JMOs who face challenges.