10:00am
Welcome Message

Speakers:
Professor Darshana Sedera – Associate Dean (Research – Faculty of Business, Arts & Law)
Professor Mary Sponberg – DVC(R)
Professor Julie Jomeen - Executive Dean (Faculty of Health)
Professor Robin Stonecash – Executive Dean (Faculty of Business, Arts & Law)
Professor Nick Ashbolt – Executive Dean (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Prof. Sedera to outline the symposium objectives. Welcome addresses from Southern Cross University’s Professor Mary Spongberg, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and the three executive deans of the faculties of Business, Arts & Law, Health and Science & Engineering.


10:15am – 10:30am
AI in the New World

Speaker:
Dr Brent Richards

While we are fighting the battle against COVID-19 and adjusting to the new normal, technology is helping to rewrite the playbook of the health care industry. Modelling, artificial intelligence, remote monitoring and chat bots are paving the way for a better tomorrow. AI systems have been in place for years, but the inability of patients to visit hospitals due to exposure risk has resulted in an enormous surge in demand for telemedicine. Patients are experiencing first-hand that virtual care is actual care and this cultural shift demands immediate attention to take full advantage.


10:30am – 11:20pm
Ensuring Machine Learning for Healthcare Works for All

Speaker:
Dr Leo Celi
Keynote

The gaps in the medical knowledge system stem from the systematic exclusion of the majority of the world’s population from health research. These gaps combined with implicit and explicit biases lead to suboptimal medical decision making which negatively impact health outcomes for everyone, but especially those in groups typically under-represented in health research. Recent developments in machine learning and AI technologies hold some promise to address the issues with the generation of scientific evidence and human decision making. They also, however, have spurred concerns about their potential to maintain if not exacerbate these problems. These concerns must be aggressively addressed by adopting necessary structural reforms to ensure that the field is both equitable and ethical by design.


11:20pm – 12:00pm
Panel session – Navigating the New World & Workforce Readiness

Facilitated by:
Lucy Shinners, Course Coordinator Human-computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence
Panellists:
Leo Celi, Richard Taggart, Brent Richards, Jarrod Belcher

AI has the power to transform how work is done in hospitals and health systems around the country, regardless of size or location. But how ready are we for AI in hospitals and health systems? This panel discussion will explore the changing nature of how staff work, the skills and competencies needed, the technical talent and the leadership required to prioritise AI projects.

12:30pm – 1:45pm
Research presentations

Facilitators: Dr Golam Sorwar and Dr Vinh Bui

The last few years have seen great advancement in AI application methods and technical discovery, paving the way for future development. Here we offer an opportunity for some of the leading minds in AI and Deep Learning to present their research works.


1:45pm – 2:45pm
Role of technology in managing COVID-19

Facilitator: Prof. Darshana Sedera
Panelists: Cameron Ballentine, Alan Fox, Stephanie Chaousis

While we are fighting the battle against COVID-19 and adjusting to the new normal, technology is helping to rewrite the playbook of the health care industry. Modelling, artificial intelligence, remote monitoring and chat bots are paving the way for a better tomorrow. AI systems have been in place for years, but the inability of patients to visit hospitals due to exposure risk has resulted in an enormous surge in demand for telemedicine. Patients are experiencing first-hand that virtual care is actual care and this cultural shift demands immediate attention to take full advantage.

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Data Collection and Handling

Speaker:
Dr. Kelvin Ross
CTO - Datarwe, Chairman - KJR, Director - Queensland AI Hub

Addressing health and health care disparities requires the full involvement of organisations that have an existing infrastructure for data collection. This includes hospitals, community health centres, clinical practices and local, state and federal agencies. To identify the next steps toward improving data collection, it is helpful to understand opportunities and challenges in the context of current practices. In some instances, the opportunities and challenges are unique to each type of organisation; in others, they are common to all.


4:00pm – 4:30pm
Closing the Digital Divide Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians

Speaker:
Mikaela Jade, Founder Indigital

Indigenous Australians have been sharing deep and connected human knowledge for 80,000 years, and the use of AI will support accelerated access to solutions that draw on this invaluable knowledge and expertise. Indigital is Australia’s first Indigenous Edu-Tech company, specialising in technology development and digital skills training in augmented and mixed realities, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things and geospatial technologies. Its mission is to close the digital divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, by providing a meaningful pathway for Indigenous people into the digital economy and the creation of future technologies.


4:30pm – 5:15pm
AI in Health: yesterday, today and tomorrow

Speaker:
Dr. Simon Kos
Industry Executive NSW Health, Microsoft

Artificial intelligence has saturated our popular culture, creating some interesting perspectives and expectations. The role of AI in health is currently in its infancy and it is time to ask some hard questions. What is fact and what is fiction? How soon will the impact of AI in health be felt? Which disciplines will be disrupted? How will the roles of clinicians change? How will the experience of healthcare change? This session will use practical examples of AI in health to advance the idea that AI in health is already here and has the potential to accelerate innovation and new models of care.


5:15pm – 5:30pm
Closing statements

Facilitator: Dr Sabrina Pit