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Jillian Skinner

Jillian Skinner, MP - NSW Minister for Health

Jillian Skinner began her career as a journalist in Melbourne, becoming the first woman journalist on the Victorian Parliamentary Press Gallery.

She later worked as a journalist in Adelaide, Sydney and South East Asia before operating her own editorial, strategic planning and marketing consultancy.

She held the role of Director of the New South Wales Office of Youth Affairs and has served on bodies such as the New South Wales Women's Advisory Council and the New South Wales Youth Advisory Council.

In 1994, Jillian was first elected to the NSW Parliament as Member for North Shore. She has been re-elected by the electorate six times.

Jillian has more experience in the health field than any other politician in Australia, having first been appointed Shadow Minister for Health in 1995.

In 2011, she was appointed NSW Minister for Health as well as the first dedicated Minister for Medical Research in the state or nation.

She served as Deputy Leader of the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party for six years.

Jillian's achievements as NSW Minister for Health include:

  • record health spending to deliver tens of thousands more emergency department treatments, hospital admissions and elective surgeries.
  • an unprecedented hospital building program which will exceed $10 billion in two terms.
  • devolving the NSW health system so Local Health Districts have responsibility for operational matters such as budgets, workforce and patient care.
  • greater engagement in decision making by clinicians and staff, which has boosted morale and encourages innovation and new models of care to flourish.
Jillian Skinner

Elizabeth Koff - Secretary, NSW Health

Elizabeth commenced her career as an allied health professional working in a range of clinical settings both in NSW and Victoria before undertaking further qualifications in public health and health policy.

Elizabeth has held a number of Senior Executive planning and operational roles within the NSW health system, including Chief Executive of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, Director, Clinical Operations, South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service and Director, Population Health Planning and Performance, South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service.

In February 2015, Elizabeth commenced in the role of Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Resources at the NSW Ministry of Health where she was responsible for strategic health policy development, inter-jurisdictional negotiations, system-wide planning of health services, and setting the strategic direction for whole of government responses to many intractable social problems.

In May 2016, Elizabeth was appointed Secretary, NSW Health. As Secretary, Elizabeth is committed to strategically re-shaping health services to provide better value care and improved patient outcomes, ensuring NSW continues to lead the nation in delivering high quality care to its communities.

James O’Loghlin

James O’Loghlin – Innovation is a State of Mind

James O'Loghlin is one of Australia’s most experienced, most entertaining and most versatile corporate speakers and media personalities. Not only is he a talented and professional MC, panel facilitator, and keynote and after-dinner speaker, he is also one of Australia's best comedians and a sensational corporate entertainer. James has all the skills required to delight any corporate audience from any industry and is totally at home on the stage.

James is probably best known for his role as the host of over 300 episodes of The New Inventors on ABC TV. This experience fuelled his interest in practical innovation – now a passion – and James is in demand as a keynote speaker on the topic. He talks about the practical things we can all do every day to become more innovative, and about the ways in which companies can create a culture that encourages innovation.

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Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Principal Scientist - CSIRO

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz is a senior principal scientist working in the field of strategic foresight at Data61 | CSIRO.

Stefan's research and consulting work helps companies, governments and communities explore plausible futures and make wise strategic choices. He is increasingly focused on the strategic implications of digital technology.

His current and recent research projects have examined future trends and scenarios about jobs & employment, property markets, the tourism industry, the construction industry, the manufacturing sector, water supply companies, agricultural industries and food security.

Stefan is a world leading scholar in the field of decision theory and has published seminal works on the use multi-objective decision support. His research has contrasted structured versus intuitive approaches to decision making. His decision models have guided investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars and have been used by Australia's State and Federal Governments to make critical policy choices.

Stefan is widely published in the international scientific literature and his most recent book titled ‘Global Megatrends’ is available through CSIRO Publishing. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of New England.

Jill Ludford

Jill Ludford, Chief Executive - Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Jill Ludford was appointed Chief Executive, Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD), in August 2014.

Passionate about rural health, Jill leads healthcare delivery in over 30 health facilities and 1,800 staff across 125,500 square kilometres. Jill has recognised the potential of technology to improve access to timely assessment and care in rural and remote communities, leading to improved health outcomes. Jill is a strong advocate for NSW Health’s integrated electronic clinical programs, including electronic medical record (eMR) system. She has worked with her team to overcome challenges such as establishing clinical grade wi-fi for every clinician, supported by State funding towards a faster, more secure network. As part of her commitment, Jill is the Chair of the Rural eHealth Governance Group and is a member of the NSW eHealth Executive Council.

Linked to this innovation, Jill has sponsored new models of patient-centred care and worked with clinicians on the redesign of hospital functions, all aimed at improving the patient experience.

Another of Jill's passions is staff engagement, working to create a flexible and dynamic working environment so MLHD is an employer or choice. Under her leadership, MLHD has introduced staff wellbeing programs and recognition awards and implemented strategies to recruit and retain medical and nursing workforce.

Jill has strong links with her regional community and fostered partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, including government and non-government organisations, Aboriginal services and tertiary institutions, accepting an appointment as Adjunct Lecturer at Charles Sturt University.

Jill was proud to play a major role in the planning of the recently-opened $282M Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital, which has embraced digital technology in providing innovative care in a state-of-the-art environment.

Gerry Marr

Gerry Marr, Chief Executive - South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Gerry Marr is the Chief Executive of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, taking up the position in February 2014.

Prior to this position, Gerry has held Senior Executive roles for the past last thirteen years,  with the National Health Service (NHS) Tayside, firstly as Chief Executive Tayside University Hospitals Trust, then Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NHS Tayside and then Chief Executive from 2010 until 2013. Prior to his work with NHS Tayside, Gerry held senior roles in the areas of system performance and human resources management with the NHS Scotland Department of Health. In his early career, Gerry held senior management roles at major tertiary hospitals, including Yorkhill Hospitals NHS Trust in Glasgow and the Women and Children Services, Greater Glasgow Health Board.

In his role as Chief Executive, NHS Tayside between 2010 and 2013, Gerry was responsible for an operating budget of $1.6b, 14,000 staff and the provision of community through to tertiary level services – including neurosciences and specialist cancer services - for a population of over 400,000 people. Facing performance challenges when Gerry took up the role of Chief Executive, NHS Tayside is now seen as one of the top performing NHS Boards in Scotland.

With qualifications in nursing and education, Gerry has been a passionate advocate for quality in health care delivery. He has led the implementation of a range of quality programs within the Scottish health system in partnership with The Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) based in Boston, was a non-executive Board member, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and is an international guest speaker on the topic of quality and safety.

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