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The Speakers

Personalise your conference experience with our program of engaging, entertaining and inspiring healthcare and leadership experts.

#NextCare Health Conference offers a diverse program with practical, inspiring and translatable advice and knowledge to ensure that wherever you are on your career journey you’ll take home what you need to succeed in healthcare leadership.

Our ‘meet the speaker’ sessions allow you to connect directly with speakers who inspire you and gain personal insight into their successes and the challenges they’re overcome along the way.

Todd Sampson

Adventurer, Award-winning Documentary Maker, Presenter & Businessman

Todd Sampson is known for hosting ABC’s Redesign My Brain, Network Ten’s Body Hack, as a panelist of The Gruen Transfer and a co-host on the Channel 10 news show, The Project.

In 2013 Todd was the subject of a ground-breaking science documentary series Redesign My Brain for ABC TV. The series, for which Todd was writer, producer and host, won the 2014 AACTA Award for Best Documentary Television Program.

Todd is the co-creator of the Earth Hour initiative, which has been recognised as one the best ideas in the world. As CEO of Leo Burnett, Todd Sampson was one of few CEOs in Australia to come from a strategic background. He has been a Managing Partner and Head of Strategy for over 10 years and during that time helped lead some of the most successful and creative agencies in the world.

He has been appointed to the Boards of Qantas and Fairfax – publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review.

Dawn O’Neil AM

Former CEO of beyondblue and Lifeline, with over 20 years’ leadership experience in the social sector at all levels.

Dawn O’Neil was previously the CEO of beyondblue and Lifeline, one of Australia’s largest charities, and led Lifeline from a grouping of 60 centres with a turnover of about $600,000 to a nationally co-ordinated $14 million-a-year telephone and web network.

Dawn has been an advisory board member in the not-for-profit, community and public sectors for over 20 years and has participated in a number of key Federal Government (Health and Ageing) Ministerial committees where she has contributed to social and health policy such as the National Advisory Council of Mental Health and the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee.

In 2009 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Community and to Mental Health and in 2010 she received the Outstanding Contribution Award from Suicide Prevention Australia.

Since 2011 Dawn has worked as a consultant in Collective Impact, social sector leadership, mental health and suicide prevention policy development and service reform.

Phill Nosworthy

Phill Nosworthy

Multi-disciplined executive coach, global speaker and influential change-maker

Phill Nosworthy is an executive advisor, futurist, speaker and author in the subject areas that surround making business and life meaningful.

His insights into personal mastery and the future of work have gained him a cult following among high performers in Fortune listed companies the world over.

He has worked in more than 50 cities and 25 countries globally and counts Apple, ING, Universal Music and the Commonwealth Bank amongst his clients.

Phill has skilfully hosted bespoke invitational events in major centres around the world including New York, Los Angeles, London and Amsterdam with partners including SOHO House, The Standard, The Apollo, Vittoria and Microsoft.

He is the founder of Switch L+D, a digital-first learning and development practice that gives anyone, anywhere the same level of career development that has only ever been reserved for the highest performers of Fortune 500 companies.

Amanda Gore

Amanda Gore

Hall of fame conference keynote speaker who knows the power of JOY is the new business advantage

For more than 25 years, Amanda Gore has been one of America’s and Australia’s most admired experiential speakers.

She uses the principles of emotional intelligence to transform the spirit of people and cultures by changing perceptions, improving relationships, connecting people, managing change, leadership, innovation, and team dynamics.

Amanda believes success in business is always about feelings – the way we feel about a product, organization or person influences how we behave and informs our decisions about how we spend or who we conduct business with.

Until we change our perceptions, we won’t change our behaviour. Amanda’s presentations changes perceptions… And feelings.

Author of five books and several video and audio training programs, Amanda is also the CEO of the JOY Project and has a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy, a major in psychology, and expertise in ergonomics, stress management, group dynamics, neurolinguistics, neuroscience, and occupational health.

Amanda Gore
Bernard Salt AM

Bernard Salt AM

One of Australia’s leading social commentators and business analysts

Bernard Salt is one of Australia’s leading social commentators and business analysts.  He draws on a range of data sets to interpret social change both now into the future.  He argues that social and cultural change are powerful forces that are reshaping the way we live, the way we work and even how we form relationships.

He is an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School and he holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University. He is perhaps best known to the wider community for his penchant for identifying and tagging new tribes and social behaviours such as the “Seachange Shift”, the “Man Drought”, “PUMCINS” (pronounced “pumkins”) and the “Goats Cheese Curtain’.

He was also responsible for popularising smashed avocados globally.

Clair Sullivan

Dr Clair Sullivan

Chief Digital Officer, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Dr Clair Sullivan graduated with Honours in Medicine from the University of Queensland and has a Research Doctorate in Medicine (UK) from the University of Leeds. Clair is a fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian College of Health Informatics.

She is a senior staff specialist in Endocrinology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Brisbane and is Co-Director for the Healthcare Innovation and Transformation Excellence Collaboration (HITEC), Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health. She has been appointed at the University of Queensland and is widely published in clinical informatics and serves on several national advisory boards for digital health.

Currently Clair has been appointed as the Chief Digital Health Officer at Metro North Hospital and Health Service to manage digital transformation.

Clair Sullivan
Jan Phillips

Jan Phillips

Executive Director, Centre for Leadership Excellence, Clinical Excellence Queensland

Jan Phillips is the Executive Director of the Centre for Leadership Excellence and has responsibility for the development of leadership and management capabilities for Queensland Health clinicians to support improvement in healthcare teamwork, culture and service delivery.

Jan has previously held executive and general management positions in a number of large public sector organisations, including central public sector management agencies and housing, local government, planning and public works departments.

She brings significant expertise in public service and healthcare reform and improvement, including leadership and management development, workplace culture improvement, workforce redesign, strategic planning, access improvement, clinical redesign, patient safety and quality improvement, innovation, human resource management and organisational change development.

Jan has national and international experience as an invited speaker and facilitator and has published a range of articles on clinical leadership and healthcare culture reform improvement. Her qualifications are in social work and strategic leadership, and she is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Louise Mahler

Dr Louise Mahler

Public keynote and corporate speaker, coach, trainer and expert on body language.

Louise’s inimitable style and deep insight in her field are shared in keynotes and coaching internationally, where high-stake leadership beckons. A foremost expert in body language, voice and emotion, Louise has a PhD in Business, and degrees and masters in Organisational Psychology as well as Music.

In the process of completing her award-winning PhD, Louise observed a ‘missing ingredient’ in corporate leadership around the unsung wisdom of the mind-body-voice connection she calls Vocal Intelligence. These blended skills bring powerful observation that elicits discernible, positive change and together with an understanding of the psychology behind high-stake engagements and the structures for handling emotion, combine to build the Mahler Method.

The Mahler Method teaches you the vital techniques to ‘be heard’ in hostile environments..

Louise Mahler
Shaun Drummond

Shaun Drummond

Health Service Chief Executive

Shaun Drummond is Chief Executive of Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Australia’s largest public health service, and currently acting Chief Executive at Metro South HHS. He was Executive Director Operations of Metro North since 2014 and has been a Chief Operating Officer in the Health Sector for 15 years. He is the 2019 Australian Healthcare CEO of the Year.

Shaun’s professional background is Industrial Relations and Organisational Development. During his career he has worked in public health systems in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand.

Through his commitment to values in action, Shaun is inspiring innovation and cultural change to create Australia’s biggest, best and nicest health service.

Ginni Mansberg

Dr Ginni Mansberg

GP, Medical and parenting expert with a special interest in women’s and family health

She is an authority on everything from sleep to beating stress, wellness, life balance and a range of general health and medical related topics; always packaged with a dose of reality, practical and helpful tips and delivered with her customary sense of humour. Aside from her practice in Sans Souci, Ginni is also an accomplished writer, having written 3 books and having worked extensively as a medical journalist and columnist.

She is an experienced TV presenter working with Channel 7 as their resident GP for many years and as one of the hosts of Embarrassing Bodies Down Under.

Ginni Mansberg
Professor Pat Dudgeon

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Psychologist, Research Fellow and former Commissioner of Australian National Mental Health Commission

Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. She is a psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. Pat is a Professor and Poche Research Fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia. Amongst her many commitments, she is a former Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission (completed 5 year term July 2017), deputy chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association, chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Mental Health, co-chair of the ministerial Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group and member of NHMRC Mental Health Research Advisory Committee.

She is the executive director of the National Empowerment Project: an Indigenous suicide prevention project working with eleven sites in Aboriginal communities across the country, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project and the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention.

Doug Smith

Deputy Commissioner and Chief Strategy Officer for the Capability and Performance Division, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Doug Smith’s policing career commenced over 40 years ago. In 1990 he was promoted to Inspector with the Queensland Police Service. He went on to manage the Fitzgerald Implementation Unit in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, as well as Regional Operations for the south eastern region.

In 1998 he was appointed as an Assistant Commissioner of the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services and has worked in the Solomon Islands as a consultant with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

Doug’s most recent appointment was as the Chief Executive Officer of CrimTrac, a national information-sharing service for Australia’s police, law enforcement and national security agencies. His extensive experience in developing strategic and reform strategies for organisations allows him to focus on governance, performance, transformation and risk as well as high level engagement with our key stakeholders.

Dr Andrew Rochford

Australian Medical Practitioner and prominent media personality, specialising in improving personal and work life through good health

Dr. Andrew Rochford is an Australian Medical Practitioner and prominent media personality, specialising in improving both your personal and work life through good health.

Andrew has worked for all three major television networks, including stints as the 7 Network’s Health Editor and host of What’s Good For You, Amazing Medical Stories, You Saved My Life, Pointless and The Project.

Majoring in Anatomy and Neuroscience, with a Post Graduate degree from University of Sydney Medical School (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) with Honours. Medically, he is trained in Emergency Medicine, holding registrar positions at major teaching hospitals around Australia, including Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. He has particular interest in preventative conditioning and performance; both physical and mental. His research has been published in international medical journal Neurosurgery.

Andrew is a National Ambassador for Drinkwise. He is also the driving force behind healthcare technology company Docta and in 2017 Andrew launched his first book, The Reality Check Up published by New Holland.

Belinda Hapgood

Speaker Author and Trainer; Employment Lawyer and accredited specialist in workplace relations

Belinda Hapgood is one of Australia’s leading experts on trust and leadership in the workplace. For nearly 20 years, she has counselled and advised some of Australia’s largest corporates, government agencies and not for profits on the leadership skills necessary to build trust at work. She has also witnessed the fallouts from breaches of trust in the workplace and helps her clients rebuild broken trust cultures.

Belinda is the Director and Principal of her own workplace law firm and is an Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations. She draws on her expertise in the boardroom and the courtroom to coach leaders in building trust to grow high performance teams, and leverage trust to heal toxic cultures.

Belinda is a sought out advisor to businesses struggling with complaints of workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination. She understands how legislation and regulation are ill-equipped to resolve disputes between living, breathing humans and advocates for solutions that solve problems rather than create new ones.

Adjunct Professor Alanna Geary

Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery of Australia’s largest health service

Alanna Geary the Executive Director Nursing & Midwifery of MNHHS the largest health service in Australia comprising more than 8000 nursing and midwifery staff.   A position she has held since 2014.  She has a Masters of Health Science.

Alanna is passionate and committed about achieving excellence and enhancing reputation and regard for Nursing and Midwifery.  She is the co-chair of the Executive Director Nursing Forum Queensland, an active member of the Queensland Nursing and Midwifery Executive Council, Deputy Chair of the Australian College of Nursing Policy Chapter for Workforce Sustainability and has been involved in many national and state-wide nursing and midwifery initiatives.  She holds Adjunct Professorial appointments at University of Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

Alanna’s professional interests are policy, leadership, workforce planning and development and building capacity through strong partnerships with the university sector to grow education and research.

Dr Sean Powell

Physicist, associate lecturer and research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology

Sean is a research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology. His research experience is in the theoretical and computational modelling of particle dynamics and magnetic resonance characterisation of diffusion in nanostructures.  In addition, he has industry experience in computer software and hardware engineering, 3D visualisation and simulation, and solar thermal energy research.

Dr Powell is also integral to the implementation of the Herston Biofabrication Institute. This world class institute brings together clinicians, researchers, industry, and government to develop translational biofabrication and 3D printing technologies. His quantitative and problem solving skills as a physicist complement those of the multi-disciplinary team. Presently, Sean is developing clinical biofabrication technologies within the Burns and Trauma Research stream of the Herston Biofabrication Institute at RBWH.

Dr Powell is also passionate about learning and teaching and lecture undergraduate physics at all year levels from introductory to advanced.

Cheryl Maley

Director and innovator, leading the change toward patient centered care

Cheryl joined Novartis in 2013 and set up the Patient Access and Healthcare Solutions Team in Australia before taking on the Managing Director role in the Philippines. In addition to Novartis Country Head responsibility in Philippines, Cheryl is also Vice President of the Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP).

Cheryl has been a driving force in the pharmaceutical industry, leading the shift from a medication focus to a patient centered and health system focus.

Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Diploma of Education and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New England in Armidale, Australia. She has a passion for innovation and has completed formal trainings with What-If Innovation (UK), Kellogg Institute (USA), Inventium (Australia) and RAW Innovation (Australia).

Peter Davidson

Critical Care Paramedic and Qualified Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic

Peter Davidson is a Critical Care Paramedic – Employed by Ambulance Victoria for 28 years – qualified M.I.C.A (Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic) in 1992 and worked as a Mobile Intensive Care Flight Paramedic for the following 22years with Air Ambulance Victoria’s rescue helicopter “Heli-med One” with the last 14 of those years as Air Ambulance Operational Team Manager before moving to Queensland in 2014 where he is currently employed by QAS (Queensland Ambulance Service) as a Critical Care Paramedic on an SRU (Single Response Unit) from the Gold Coast.

Peter was aboard the first rescue helicopter to reach survivors in the ill fated 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race decimated by a hurricane where 6 sailors lost their lives. This was to be one of the worst maritime disasters in ocean racing history.

Confronted by waves of up to 80 feet and wind gusts of 160km/hr Peter was winched down into these conditions to conduct the most testing rescues of his career.

Twice coming close to death Peter successfully rescued 8 survivors in the midst of this hurricane from the stricken vessel “Standaside”.

Peter shares with you the events, insights and leadership challenges that he and his crew faced on this day.

Margherita Larne-Jones

Culture and leadership specialist and author

Margherita has over two decades of experience partnering with a blue chip client base across a broad range of business environments. She focuses on creating sustainable transformation at the individual, team and organisation level, using practices that combine the best available scientific evidence with research.

Margherita has consulted on large scale organisational culture change programs such as: leading the change management component of a $19 million Customer Service Operational Efficiency Change Program and managing the implementation of a customer service capability transition program for a $40 million Business Process Re-engineering Change Program.

Margherita’s qualifications include a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology; a Graduate Diploma of Counselling & Psychotherapy; a Master of Applied Science in Social Ecology (Organisational Development); a Graduate Diploma of Business (Organisational Change & Development); a Master of Educational Studies; a Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting/Translating).

Quentin Jones

Thought leader, author, educator and pioneer in leadership and culture

Over the past 20 years, Quentin has pioneered the concept of leadership and culture and its links to business performance in the Australian market place. His contribution has set Australia as a leader in promoting the benefits of culture and the importance of leadership.

In 2006, Quentin co-authored In Great Company – Unlocking the Secrets of Cultural Transformation, a major research project that reported the keys to cultural transformation in some of Australia’s leading organisations. In 2011 this research was updated and republished to understand the challenges of sustaining culture change especially during economic crises.

Quentin has a record of producing measurable change in leadership behaviour and organisational culture. For example, following extensive consultation in one of Australia’s leading banks, 73% of the top 200 managers had a measurably improved leadership style.

Quentin completed a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Queensland. He also holds a Master of Philosophy in Organisation and Leadership Development.

Gihan Perera

Futurist, Speaker, Author

Gihan gives you a glimpse into what’s ahead – and how you can become fit for the future, in your professional and personal life.

Since 1997, he has worked with business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and other change agents – helping them with their strategy for thriving in a fast-changing world. He has clients throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the USA and Canada.

Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his area of expertise.

His formal background is in science and technology, with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia. But he’s always been interested in people and the way they communicate – and how to become fit for the future, so they embrace change, act on opportunities, and live happier lives.

Jackie Hanson

Jackie Hanson

Acting Chief Executive, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Jackie Hanson has extensive leadership experience in executive, strategic and senior operational roles spanning more than 11 years across public health systems in Queensland and South Australia.

Through strong leadership and influence, Jackie has led successful transformations within South Australia in her role as the CEO of Northern Adelaide Public Health Network. As Executive Director Operations and Chief Operating Officer at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, she has also made significant achievements strengthening staff engagement and redesigning care. Jackie is a registered nurse, and holds bachelor in Nursing Science.

Jackie Hanson