AHIA National Conference 20078 October 2007
The Annual Conference of the Australian Health Insurance Association will explore ways in which Private Health Care will be provided a decade from now, in an “Over the Horizon” scan of the challenges ahead.
Key issues include the future health needs and demands of the Australian community, the burgeoning capabilities and price of Technology, the opportunity for improved care with a focus on Quality and Safety, and the future forms the Industry itself may take over the next decade.
These challenges will be discussed by international experts and key Australian thinkers, providing a stimulating and thought provoking Conference.
The potential for better health care and improved outcomes for Fund members is great, and the Conference will give a snap shot of the issues the Industry will need to address to be fully prepared for health care in 2017.
Click on each of the speaker’s name below to view their bio and download their presentations in PDF version. Presentation downloads are available for all invited speakers that have approved their work for web publication.
Invited Speakers, Biographies & Presentations
Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, Minister for Health and Ageing
Professor Louise A Baur, Professor, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, University of Sydney; Co-Director, NSW Centre for Overweight & Obesity; Editor, International Journal of Pediatric Obesity; Consultant Paediatrician and Specialist in Clinical Nutrition Download Presentation
Dr. Boden’s principal research interests include studies in post-myocardial infarction secondary prevention, acute coronary syndromes and unstable angina, congestive heart failure, and dyslipidemia in post-myocardial infarction (MI) and coronary artery disease (CAD). He has worked extensively in the clinical trials arena of non-Q-wave MI and in assessing the role of calcium antagonists in patients with ischemic heart disease, notably in non-Q-wave MI secondary prevention. Dr. Boden has been involved in clinical research investigator activities as the project director, study chairman and co-chairman for multicenter clinical trials, and served as a principal investigator, steering committee member, and consultant for numerous clinical research grant activities funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the NIH, and industry. He was the study chairman and study co-chairman for the VANQWISH and INTERCEPT trials, respectively. Currently he is the study co-chairman and lead investigator in the COURAGE trial (the largest randomized trial comparison of percutaneous coronary intervention [PCI] versus optimal medical therapy in stable CAD patients), and is the study co-chairman of the NIH-funded AIM-HIGH trial evaluating the long-term role of combination dyslipidemic therapy (niacin and statin vs statin) in CAD patients with low HDL-cholesterol.
Dr. Boden has lectured widely and written over 300 peer-reviewed publications, original articles, books, chapters, and abstracts. He is a member of several professional Cardiology organizations and editorial boards of American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Clinical Cardiology, Cardiovascular Reviews and Reports, American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology and Heart Disease: A Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Boden also serves as an editorial reviewer for New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Circulation, Journal of the American Medical Association, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Heart Journal, Chest, American Journal of Electrocardiology, and Journal of Critical Illness.
As a result of her experience Karen has become a dedicated advocate for safety and quality in healthcare. A former Chair of Health Consumers Council, Karen now holds a number of positions as a consumer representative at both national and state levels, and is a strong advocate for patient empowerment and consumer partnership.
Dr Alan Cass is the director of The George Institute’s Renal Division. He has trained and worked as a kidney diseases specialist physician, epidemiologist, and health services researcher. From 1998 to 2002, he undertook research into Aboriginal health and worked as a clinician in the Northern Territory.
In 2003, he was awarded an Australian Harkness Fellow in Health Policy at Harvard University where he examined access to, and quality of, renal care in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. Alan received the 2002 MJA/Wyeth Award for the best research paper published in Medical Journal of Australia, titled “Sharing the true stories: improving communication between Aboriginal patients and health carers”.
Dr Cass is a member of the International Steering Committee for the SHARP study and has extensive experience in running large-scale multi-centre trials.
He has recently undertaken a series of consultancies for state and federal governments and Kidney Health Australia regarding strategies to improve the provision of chronic kidney disease services.
Chris Caton is the Chief Economist for BT Financial Group. He was Chief Economist at Bankers Trust from 1991 until July 1999. From 1994 to 1997, he was also Chairman of the Indicative Planning Council, which advised the Government on matters relating to the housing industry.
Previously he worked in the Treasury, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and for an economic consulting firm in the United States.
Chris was educated at the University of Adelaide and the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Peter Collignon, Director Infectious Diseases Unit and Microbiology Department, The Canberra Hospital
Professor, School of Clinical Medicine, Australian National University. Download Presentation
Areas of Interest
* Antibiotic resistance and the development of resistance through the use of antibiotics both in food animals and people;
* Infection control in hospitals;
* Teaching; and Research
Jane currently chairs the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council, is a member of the board of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, a board member of the National E-Health Transition Authority and a Commissioner of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality.
Jane is the chair of the OECD’s Health Committee. She was an Executive Board Member on the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2004-2007 and President of the World Health Assembly (2007), and was Vice-Chair of the Executive Board 2005-2006 and Chair of the WHO Program, Budget and Administration Committee 2005-2007.
Jane was a Commissioner of the Health Insurance Commission from 2002 to 2005 and was Chair of the Australian Obesity Taskforce (2003-2006).
Prior to her appointment in January 2002 as Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing, Jane Halton was Executive Co-ordinator, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and was responsible for advising on all aspects of Australian Government Social Policy including the Status of Women.
Prior to joining PM&C, Jane Halton was national program manager of the Australian Government’s Aged and Community Care Program with responsibilities for long term care. Jane holds an honours degree in Psychology from the Australian National University, is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an honorary fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002, and the Centenary Medal in 2003. Jane is married with two sons.
Following various positions for Tasmania’s Department of Health and Human Services, including in the area of community housing, Todd worked as Executive Director of the Tasmanian Council on AIDS and Related Diseases. He has a degree in economics, a postgraduate diploma in health promotion and in 2006 he completed requirements for a postgraduate diploma in health economics.
Professor Ian Meredith, Director of MonashHeart, Southern Health, Melbourne and Professor of Cardiology at Monash University
Professor Meredith is an author or co-author of more than 150 published papers and has been chief investigator or principal investigator of than 20 major international multicentre, randomised trials including world first in man trials of new drug-eluting stents. Ian is a member of the Board of the National Heart Foundation (Vic Division), Chairman of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (Vic Region), Chairman of ANZET Organizing Committee. He also serves on a number of professional & federal government committees and advisory boards.
Mikey Robins, Entertainer Speaker
Recently Mikey successfully stepped back into the Breakfast Radio market in Sydney with Tony Squires, Angela Catterns and Rebecca Wilson on Vega FM. He’s now a permanent part of the team and looking forward to helping the young station grow!
Mikey will give us his personal views on tackling the Chronic Disease of Obesity.
The Hon Nicola Roxon MP, Minister for Health and Ageing
She has been a member of Federal Parliament since 1998 representing the western suburbs seat of Gellibrand in Melbourne.
Nicola has been in Parliament for 10 years and was elected to the House of Representatives in October 1998 as the Federal Labor Member for Gellibrand
She previously held the positions of Shadow Minister for Health, Shadow Attorney-General, Shadow Minister Children and Youth, Shadow Minister for Immigration and assisted the Leader on the Status of Women.
Prior to entering Parliament, Nicola worked as a Senior Associate at Labor law firm Maurice Blackburn, a Judge’s Associate with High Court Justice Mary Gaudron, and as an Industrial Officer with the National Union of Workers.
Nicola has a First Class Honours Law degree and Arts degree from Melbourne University. She won the Supreme Court Prize for top law graduate in 1990 .
She is in charge of the Government’s $2.5 billion Health and Hospital Reform Plan.
Mr George Savvides, Managing Director, Medibank Private
Mr Savvides has twenty years experience in the Australian health care industry. He was Managing Director of Sigma, a major Australian pharmaceutical company which he listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1999. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Smith+Nephew Australasia.
He originally trained as an industrial engineer, has an MBA, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a Non-Executive Director of World Vision International and World Vision Australia. Mr Savvides represents Australia as a councillor for the International Federation of Health Plans.
To keep fit he plays Veteran’s Hockey with the Melbourne University Hockey Club.
Dr Norman Swan, Producer and presenter of the Health Report, Dr Norman Swan, is a multi-award winning producer and broadcaster.
One of the first medically qualified journalists in Australia, Dr Swan is highly regarded by the medical and health professions.
- Assessing the “fitness for purpose” of the primary care trusts within the U.K. National Health Service
- Developing a set of strategic initiatives including corporate strategy, IT strategy and a network / contracting strategy for a major U.S. commercial health insurer
- Evaluating the viability of a U.S. state Medicaid program, developing strategic options for reform and designing the implementation approach
- Developing a benefits strategy for a Fortune 10 employer to significantly improve return on investment
- Assessing the impact of genomics and enabling technologies on the biopharmaceutical industry for an investment bank
- Developing a product/market and referral strategy for a major academic medical institution
- Improving the operational performance of end-to-end and surgical processes for a major academic medical institution
Craig leads McKinsey’s North America Payor and Provider practice’s payor knowledge agenda and has published several articles on payor and medical management strategy. He holds faculty appointments as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and as Senior Scholar in the Department of Health Policy of Jefferson Medical College.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Craig worked as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Baltimore Medical System, a group of federally qualified community health centers dedicated to delivering primary care to the uninsured in urban Baltimore.
He received a M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School. He is board certified in internal medicine and continues to practice internal medicine on a volunteer basis. He also was chief medical resident and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Tanio’s Topic is “A World View of Strategies to improve medical value”
At PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dan’s focus has been on strategic and policy research and consulting in accident compensation, general insurance and health. Recent major projects include:
For the Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing:
- Development of funds pooling mechanisms for the Coordinated Care Trials
- Analysis of the costs and benefits of an expanded model for Medical Specialist Training
- Review and development of policy framework for Aged Care accommodation bonds
- Policy development for new residential Aged Care programs and pricing
- Modelling of medical workforce supply and demand
In Accident Compensation:
- Scheme Actuary to the Transport Accident Commission (Vic) and the Victorian WorkCover Authority
- APRA Approved Actuary for Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Insurance
- For the NSW WorkCover Authority: facilitation of corporate strategic plan; development of insurer remuneration arrangements; production of annual premiums order, review and re-design of premium calculation system, development of an Injury Management pilot
Ian Watts, National Manager GP Advocacy and Support, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Discipline of General Practice, University of Sydney Download Presentation
Ian has an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He started his professional life as a social worker, working in both hospitals and community settings. He has worked in health financing policy at both the State and Commonwealth governmental levels.