Chair of the Melbourne 2018 Programme Advisory Committee
International Programme Advisory Committee
Dr. Anuwat Supachutikul
Chief Executive Officer, The Healthcare Accreditation Institute Thailand; Thailand
Dr Lui Siu Fai
Clinical Professional Consultant, Division of Health System, Policy and Management, The Jockey Club, School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR; Hong Kong
Dr. Milton Lum
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and a member of Malaysian Medical Council and Council of University Tunku Abdul Rahman; Malaysia
Vice President, Quality and Medical Affairs Parkway Hospitals Singapore Pte Ltd; Singapore
Professor Shunzo Koizumi
Board Member, Japanese Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Editor-in-Chief, Japanese Journal of Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Professor Emeritus, Saga University; Japan
Dr. Wui-Chiang Lee
Director General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare; Taiwan
2018 Australian Host National Local Advisory Committee
Senior Clinical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; Australia
MPH (Hons), Grad Cert Med Ed, RN, RM
Director, ACHS Improvement Academy
Adjunct Senior Lecturer Sydney Nursing School and Clinical Lecturer Faculty of Medicine University of Sydney
Bernie Harrison is the inaugural Director of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Improvement Academy. She has over 30yrs experience in health care, as a clinician, researcher and quality and safety (Q&S) expert. She has extensive experience in designing and delivering quality and safety training programs in the Asia pacific region and has led Breakthrough Collaboratives, most notably the NSW Blood Watch Program improvement collaborative. She trained in the USA in 2001 and 2010 as a Fulbright Scholar in healthcare improvement methods at the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, Intermountain Health Care in Utah and at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston. She co-authored the Quality in Australian Health Care Study (MJA 1995), the most cited paper in the journal’s 100yr history. Her previous positions include: Executive Director of Hospital Performance for the National Health Performance Authority and Director in the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission.
Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP), Australian College of Nursing; Australia
Executive Director, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Service, Department of Health, Queensland
Director, Partnering with Consumers, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; Australia
Director, Strategy & Implementation, Safer Care Victoria; Australia
Nicole Brady is the Director of Strategy and Implementation at Safer Care Victoria. Nicole’s portfolio includes strategic partnerships, stakeholder engagement, communications, finance and internal operations. Nicole led the establishment of Safer Care Victoria following the release of the Targeting Zero report. She transitioned to health via a Masters of Public Health after a long career in journalism.
Adjunct Professor, RACGP Quality Care Committee; Australia
Paresh brings together a diverse range of expertise as a clinician and consultant providing outreach primary care and healthcare consultancy services. His expertise is focused on clinical leadership, quality and patient safety improvement with a primary care emphasis. They bring together extensive spheres of experience blending leadership, academic and clinical domains. He has presented on and facilitated quality service (re)design and practice transformation internationally and published widely, including lead author of the King’s Fund report, Quality Improvement in General Practice, and WHO’s paper on Transitions of Care. The golden thread that unites his diverse interests is a passion for patient centred care exemplified by authoring the Australian toolkit for Experience Based Co-Design.
CEO, Victoria Healthcare Association; Australia
Tom Symondson has been CEO of the Victorian Healthcare Association, the peak body for Victoria’s public health services, since 2015. He has led the organisation through the development of a new strategic plan, expanded VHA’s services and revitalised member engagement. Tom’s commitment to serving the VHA’s members has been a hallmark of his leadership. Advocacy on their behalf has led to significant policy change and a stronger voice for the public health sector. Civic and social service have been strong career themes. Tom has almost 15 years’ experience in public policy development and advocacy. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held senior roles at the VHA, the Property Council of Australia and was principal advisor in Southwark Council, for one of the UK’s largest local authorities. In 2005 he became one of the UK’s youngest councillors after being elected to the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. He sits on the Victorian health sector taskforce for family violence, is a board member of the Deeble institute for Health Policy and Research and is chair of the International Federation of Community Health Centres. He is also CEO of the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance, an arm of the VHA which supports the health and community sector to improve their clinical and corporate governance.