Thank you to our incredible speakers for an inspiring day!
Clare started her paramedic career as a Graduate with Rural Ambulance Victoria in 2002. She spent a number of years working in rural and remote locations in country Victoria before relocating to Melbourne to commence employment with the then Metropolitan Ambulance Service.
In 2007, Clare accepted a paramedic position with NSW Ambulance. In her current role as Assistant Commissioner and Director Clinical Operations (Sectors) Clare is responsible for the delivery of all land based operations and provides senior clinical and cultural leadership to the operational workforce across the state of NSW. Her previous role was Executive Director, Business Innovation and Planning.
Clare recently attained a Master of Business Leadership. She has been a Director on the Board of the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine since 2013.
Clare has contributed to the college’s advocacy for paramedic registration under AHPRA and the National Scheme and is now the NSW practitioner member for the Paramedicine Board of Australia.
Dr Zoran Bolevich
Dr Zoran Bolevich is Chief Executive of eHealth NSW and Chief Information Officer of NSW Health.
Zoran has a background in medicine and business administration. He has worked in a number of senior health system management, health IT and data analytics leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand.
Leading a team of more than 1250 staff, Zoran is focusing on implementing the eHealth Strategy for NSW Health: 2016-2026, streamlining governance of eHealth NSW’s key programs and activities, and developing a highly effective, customer-focused Health IT organisation.
He is passionate about improving the health system through meaningful and effective use of digital technologies, data analytics, research and innovation in partnership with patients, clinicians, health organisations, government and industry partners.
Andy Dexterity is a unique speaker and entertainer with a passion for making a difference.
He’s a Green Room Award-nominated performer specialising in a truly unique concept; a fusion of dance, theatre and sign language. Fascinated by the way people interact and communicate, he’s created works that empower and delight audiences through creative choreography. Andy has performed in award-winning shows for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia and Belvoir Street Theatre.
Passionate about making the world a more inclusive pace, his ‘signdancing’ is giving people new tools to express themselves, encouraging conversation that transcends linguistic barriers. His recent performance at TEDxSydney left audiences in awe of his unique ability to communicate through body language.
A gifted performer and presenter, Andy will unify your audience through a shared learning experience. In his light-hearted and humorous presentations, Andy will have guests singing, signing and collaborating in one unified group. He engages organisations to improve team using body language and the art of communication to celebrate empathy, diversity and congruence in any organisation.
His original choreographed ‘signdance’ was performed for Grammy Award-winning pop singer Kimbra and he’s conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for ‘The Wiggles Meet The Orchestra’. He was a special guest at the 2014 Outgames Opening Ceremony, performed with Tina Arena and opened the 2015 Australian Dance Awards at The Sydney Opera House.
Andy’s theatre background presented the opportunity for him to choreograph the Australian revival of ‘RENT – the musical’ and ‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown’, both for The Hayes Theatre Company.
One of the artistic directors of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Andy is also an ambassador for Deaf Australia, teaches Auslan (Australian Sign Language) at The University of Sydney and Macquarie University as well as teaching dance, movement, yoga and meditation across Australia.
Andy Dexterity is an exciting addition to the corporate speaking and performance scene in Australia – he’s unique, incredibly entertaining and shares an important message that fuses personal communication with humanity. He has an extraordinary ability to inspire audiences and make them feel good about themselves. He is an unforgettable presenter and performer and will add an invigorating edge to your event.
As the Manager of Organisational Development for HealthShare NSW, Josie is a people and culture leader with extensive experience implementing employee engagement initiatives particularly within complex and diverse workforce environments.
Josie was responsible for designing and establishing the inaugural Organisational Development program for HealthShare NSW and eHealth NSW in 2014. The highly successful program measures and assesses workplace culture and has since grown to support key areas of employee development including leadership, talent, performance, reward and recognition and training.
Prior to joining Health Support Services in 2011, Josie worked for the NSW Department of Education in Work Health and Safety.
Josie holds a Masters in Organisational Psychology and is passionate about supporting leaders, teams and individuals to be motivated, engaged and highly effective.
Dr Gill Hicks
In a time of rapid change, of growing fear and uncertainty of the world around us, we, more than ever, need to value the voices that bring reason through real and lived experience.
Gill Hicks is one of the most powerful and thought provoking advocates on the value of sustainable peace through individual responsibility.
Her vital work, particularly in countering violent extremism, became her focus after she was left severely and permanently injured from the actions of a suicide bomber in the co ordinated attack on London’s transport network in July, 2005.
Prior to the bombings, Gill was a respected figure within the fields of Architecture and Design in London, from Publisher of Blueprint to Director of Dangerous Minds Design and then Head Curator at the Design Council, Gill was and has continued to be recognized and awarded for her many contributions to the Arts, Health care and Peace Building.
Combining her passion for Design and her devotion to building peace, she formed M.A.D. Minds – a ‘think’ and ‘do’ agency specifically to find solutions to the challenges that face local, national and international societies.
A published author, musician, artist and Mother, Gill’s appreciation and gratitude for life is prevalent, she is certainly a living testament to determination, courage and resilience.
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.
Cheryl’s 30 years’ experience in health includes nursing, research, education, executive and clinical leadership. Her responsibilities include e-health strategy and adoption, clinical data collection, analytics, Activity Based Funding (ABF), and efficiency and revenue sustainability.
Her focus is on developing people and processes with new system integration, modernising service delivery, addressing fair resource allocation, efficiency, and innovation in health services and data use.
Cheryl’s recent work includes research into efficiency, safety and cost of EMR implementations, use of patient/parent-facing health technology in the paediatric setting, addressing the costs and burden of paediatric care, and delivering the MEMORY strategy.
A true story of triumph over tragedy, Curtis McGrath is a para-canoeist like no other. On the 23rd of August, 2012, young soldier Curtis McGrath’s life changed forever. The decorated Sapper was two months into a tour of Taliban-rife areas of Afghanistan when he stepped on a homemade landmine, otherwise known as an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). The then 24-year-old tragically lost both his legs in the blast.
Curtis enlisted into the Australian Army on the 12th June, 2006, at the age of 18. His focus immediately turned to Combat Engineering, a role that’s main aim is to “Provide mobility whilst denying the enemy mobility”. Duties range from building structures and converting seawater into drinking water for both the Army and the local populous, to destroying bridges and clearing mines and booby traps.
Thirty minutes after losing both his legs in an horrific blast in Afghanistan, in those traumatic moments as he was being stretchered from the bomb site, Curtis was already thinking about pursuing a career as an amputee athlete. Fully aware of his grim situation and partly to maintain consciousness as a survival mechanism, he joked with those helping him about becoming a Paralympian. He didn’t know what sport he was going to do, but his positive outlook and determination to rebound and get on with achieving his driving ambitions is what has made this man get to where he is today.
He tried his hand at a few sports but settled on canoeing, an activity he’d dabbled in at school.
Curtis had lost his right leg above the knee and the left leg just below the knee. After a miraculously speedy recovery and rehabilitation process, Curtis was fitted with legs made by Otto Bock, a German company first started after World War I.
Curtis only took up outrigger canoeing in January 2014 and has made it all the way to be one of the fastest sprint canoeist in the world. In 2015 the International Paralympic Committee made the decision to replace the outrigger canoe with the sprint kayak. Curtis has had to quickly adapt to the kayak to be eligible for the Paralympics. He trained 12 times a week during the build-up to the competition. This training was given by an elite kayaker and now Australian Paracanoe Coach Andrea King. She had Curtis working hard right from the word go.
In February 2017 Curtis became the first Paralympic athlete to be honored by being named 'Sportsman of the Year' at the World Paddle Awards.
Carmen is responsible for excellence in the provision of business services to NSW Health, supporting the wellbeing of the people of NSW.
With a background in both public and private enterprise, Carmen has been a senior leader in NSW Health for the past 20 years. She was the first member of the founding team that built Health Support, the organisation that would mature into HealthShare NSW. She is honoured to now lead that statewide organisation of more than 6,000 employees, the largest public sector shared services organisation in Australia.
As Executive Director, Clinical Support Services, Carmen led a process of through review and reform that improved service and outcomes in Food and Patient Support Services, Linen Services and Emergency Management. She led the development and implementation of My Food Choice, which is transforming the way patients are served meals in NSW public hospitals, using a greater variety of tasty and nutritious meals, new technology and modern business practices to support patient nutrition and provide a better service to hospitals.
She has established HealthShare NSW as an important and committed member of the NSW Health Emergency Management community.
Carmen is a highly accomplished and experienced executive. She achieves results through outstanding people management skills and developing exceptionally productive and effective teams.
Carmen holds a Masters of Business Administration, was recognised in the Top 50 Women in NSW Public Service for 2018 and is the recipient of the Davidson Leadership Acceleration Program Scholarship for 2018. She is a resilient professional who is passionate about HealthShare NSW’s mission in providing superior shared and support services to NSW Health.
Jennifer Van Cleef
Jennifer Van Cleef came to HealthShare NSW with 17 years’ experience at NSW Ambulance, where she progressed from Paramedic to Deputy Director of the Sydney Control Centre.
From 2013, Jennifer worked for the Ministry of Health where she was responsible for the implementation of a new business model for non-emergency patient transport services across the NSW public health system. The result has been a significant reduction in non-emergency patient transports being undertaken by NSW Ambulance from 19 per cent down to 3 per cent.
Jennifer’s current role at HealthShare NSW as the Directorate of patient Support Services, oversees both EnableNSW and the Patient Transport Service. Today, still within HealthShare NSW she is the acting Executive Director for Clinical Support Services and State Controller, Emergency Management. Jennifer was recently named among the top 50 Public Sector Women in NSW for 2018, shining a spotlight on exceptional leaders in this industry, leading the way for other females in the sector.
Deb commenced at the Chief Executive, Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) in November 2017. Deb’s career has included roles in both government and non-government organisations and her experience spans clinical, corporate services, government departments, the research environment and senior government advisor roles.
Prior to Deb appointment as the Chief Executive, NSLHD, Deb held a number of senior executive and leadership positions within NSW Health including the Director of Operations Sydney Local Health District and General Manager, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the Director, Customer Service and Corporate Governance HealthShare NSW, and Director Executive of and Ministerial Services, NSW Health.
Deb has also held senior positions in government both as Chief of Staff in the portfolios of Planning, Housing and Aboriginal Affairs where she played a pivotal role in the development and implementation of the Government’s policy agenda in the portfolios of Planning, Housing and Aboriginal Affairs, and as an advisor to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, overseeing clinical areas including planned surgery, critical care, and emergency departments for these portfolios.
Deb started her career in nursing at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and later studied law having been admitted as a Legal Practitioner in New South Wales.