Keynote Speakers

Dr Leo Anthony Celi

Dr Leo Anthony Celi (Keynote)

Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Clinical Research (USA)

As clinical research director and principal research scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology (LCP), and as a practicing intensive care unit (ICU) physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Leo brings together clinicians and data scientists to support research using data routinely collected in the process of care. His group built and maintains the publicly-available Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) database and the Philips-MIT eICU Collaborative Research Database, with more than 20,000 users from around the world. In addition, Leo is one of the course directors for HST.936 – global health informatics to improve quality of care, and HST.953 – collaborative data science in medicine, both at MIT. He is an editor of the textbook for each course, both released under an open access license. “Secondary Analysis of Electronic Health Records” has been downloaded more than 984,000 times, and has been translated to Mandarin, Spanish and Korean. Leo has spoken in more than 35 countries across 6 continents about the value of data and learning in health systems.

Dr Simon Kos

Dr Simon Kos

Health Industry Executive, Microsoft Australia & Chief Executive Officer Next Practice

Dr. Simon Kos is the Health Industry Executive, Microsoft Australia. Simon joined Microsoft in 2010 and has worked in digital health for almost twenty years. As a doctor on Microsoft’s Health team, he is responsible for clinical strategy and industry engagement. Simon has worked with some of the largest healthcare organisations and most innovative software companies in the world and is currently the CEO of Next Practice, an innovative primary care business focusing on patient experience and digital enablement. Simon is passionate about improving healthcare through technology.

Dr Brent Richards

Dr Brent Richards

Medical Director of Innovation and Director of Critical Care Research at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service

Dr Brent Richards realises the opportunities that lie within the big data sets being created in healthcare and is working on ways to expand, understand and interrogate data sets for clinical understanding, business KPIs and research opportunities – translating this to patient outcomes. He has co-founded IntelliHQ, a not-for-profit organisation bringing together start-ups, industry partners, researchers and educators to work collaboratively to unlock the potential that AI can bring to Healthcare, improving value-based care and system productivity.

Mikaela Jade

Mikaela Jade

Founder Indigital

Cabrogal woman, Mikaela Jade formed Australia’s first Indigenous Edu-tech company Indigital to develop innovative new ways to digitise and translate knowledge and culture from remote and ancient communities. Mikaela has a background in environmental biology, and proudly works with Microsoft and Telstra Enterprises to deliver Indigital Schools, a digital skills program drawing on cultural language and knowledge for cutting edge technology skills development in schools and communities. Together they work with some of the most remote Peoples’ on earth using cutting edge digital technologies to translate cultural knowledge within Indigenous communities.

Kelvin Ross

Dr Kelvin Ross

CTO – Datarwe, Chairman – KJR, Director – Queensland AI Hub

Dr Kelvin Ross has over 30 years of experience in software engineering and enterprise IT applications.Kelvin is Director of IntelliHQ, a non-profit developing the ecosystem for AI innovation in healthcareand he understands the realities of this new age of discovery and the future world of AI to be driven byGeneration Z. He is well placed to discuss the opportunities, challenges, and the transformation that isjust over the horizon.

Professor Mary Spongberg

Professor Mary Spongberg

Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at Southern Cross University

Professor Mary Spongberg has strategic responsibility for all research functions, including government and industry partnerships and research training at Southern Cross University (SCU). She is directly responsible for the Office of Research, the Graduate School, Research Institutes and the Environmental Analysis Laboratory (a commercial research enterprise).

Mary comes to SCU from the University of Technology Sydney, where she was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. During her tenure in this position she developed the HASS Research Excellence Framework, the HASS/STEM research strategy and established the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges, the Centre for Climate Justice, the STEM Education Futures Research Centre and History Lab. She has held several Australia Research Council grants and is currently working on an ARC DP on Jane Austen. She is author of three monographs, including the recently published Empathetic Histories (Bloomsbury, 2019) and numerous edited collections.

Professor Julie Jomeen

Professor Julie Jomeen

Executive Dean Faculty of Health SCU and Partner Representative of Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation

Professor of Midwifery Julie Jomeen brings vast knowledge to Southern Cross University (SCU) and the Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation (CHKI) through her research into the links between physiological and psychological health. Professor Jomeen worked as a clinical nurse before becoming a midwife and completing a PhD. Her various leadership roles at Hull University included Dean of Health and Social Care and Dean of Health Sciences, incorporating sports health and exercise science, psychology and biomedical science.

Jarrod Belcher

Jarrod Belcher

Director, Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) initiative, MTP Connect

Jarrod Belcher is a passionate workforce development professional committed to assisting companies and industries across the Pacific, Asia and Middle East to achieve their potential through skilling workforces. As Director of the REDI initiative, Jarrod leverages the expertise of research, training and industry partners to drive skills development and workforce training, through deployment of an integrated, three-pillar plan. The $32 million REDI initiative is funded through the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund, which rolled out in 2020 and will continue over four years.

Dr Stephanie Chaousis

Dr Stephanie Chaousis

Partnerships Manager, Datarwe and Medtech Program Manager, Queensland AI Hub

Stephanie Chaousis, is passionate about using her skills in connecting people and ideas to createpowerful, solutions-focussed collaborations that facilitate the incorporation of AI into all fields ofresearch – translating into real world solutions. At Datarwe she is working to develop the world’s mostcomprehensive acute care medical research data platform, enabling medical researchers to developnext-generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) clinical diagnostic tools and technologies.

Richard Taggart

Richard Taggart

Chief Information Officer, Sydney Local Health District

Before joining Sydney Local Health District as Chief Information Officer, Richard Taggart was the Australia and New Zealand industry lead in healthcare for Apple, leading a team of specialist health information officers managing systems across its five hospitals and three community health centres. Today Richard manages a full team of specialist health information officers to support SLHD’s clinical information systems, including clinicians from medicine, nursing, pharmacy and allied health.

Cameron Ballantine

Cameron Ballentine

Executive Director Digital Health & Chief Information Officer, Metro South Health

Cameron Ballantine is the Executive Director Digital Health & Chief Information Officer, Metro South Health. Cameron is a Registered Nurse with post graduate qualifications in Intensive Care. Cameron has practical experience in clinical leadership positions across the public sector, has worked in health delivery roles in Queensland, and also has a Masters qualification in Health Science. He has experience in the implementation, management and delivery of ICT and it’s benefits in hospital and healthcare systems, through working with clinicians to drive transformation and deliver outcomes. His most recent position has been leading the implementation of the Digital Hospital/ieMR for Metro South Health. The outcome has been the successful implementation of Princess Alexandra Hospital, the largest public tertiary hospital, the first ‘full digital stack’ at Logan Hospital, and the first rural digital hospital at Beaudesert in Queensland. Cameron’s digital experience includes service delivery transformation to support changing models of care associated with digital hospitals. This includes significant experience in leading implementation of data analytics and predictive modelling to support patient care.

Alan Fox

Alan Fox

Head of Information Systems, Ellume

Alan Fox leads Ellume’s Information Systems, including health care professional and consumer usesoftware and the Ellume Cloud system. He also has an essential role in managing Ellume’s softwaredevelopment process. Alan has extensive experience in software systems development in both mobile and .net environments. He holds Bachelor of Biomedical Science in addition to post graduate study in Information Systems.

Dr Sabrina Pit

Dr Sabrina Pit

Consultant Research, Health, Education, Analytics, Policy

Dr Sabrina Pit is the Director of Work Wiser International. She is a work, health and ageing expert and works for the NSW Rural Doctors Network as Knowledge Translation Analyst. She is currently involved in three international AI-related grants. She is Chair of the Australian National Board Ageing Societies and a member of Sustainable Cities and Communities and HRM for Standards Australia. She is the Convenor of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Ageing Societies Working Group Ageing Workforce, and a member of the ISO Technical Committee Human Resources Management. She has published over 75 peer reviewed scientific papers in health, education, digital technology and workforce including rural workforce issues.

Lucy Shinners

Lucy Shinners

Course Coordinator and Nursing Lecturer, Southern Cross University

Lucy Shinners is a critical care nurse, academic and PhD candidate at Southern Cross University’s Faculty of Health. Her research path lies in exploring the impact of artificial intelligence in healthcare, to identify how clinicians can bridge the gap, contribute to its development and harness its power in the delivery of care. Lucy’s current project is ‘Healthcare professionals experiences and perceptions of Artificial Intelligence in the delivery of care’.

Darshana Sedera

Darshana Sedera

Deputy Dean and Director, Digital Enterprise Lab, Southern Cross University

Darshana Sedera is a Professor of Information Systems. He serves as the Associate Dean of Research at the Southern Cross University’s Faculty of Business, Arts and Law and the Director of The Digital Enterprise Lab. He has published his research in the information systems field in over 200 publications in major refereed journals and conferences. He researches of the role of technology in innovation, entrepreneurship and business transformation. His publications have appeared in The Journal of the AIS, The Journal of the Strategic Information Systems, Information and Management, and Communications of the AIS.

Dr Golam Sorwar

Dr Golam Sorwar

Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University

Golam Sorwar is an interdisciplinary researcher whose current research interests include digitalhealth, technology acceptance modelling, multimedia signal processing and artificial intelligence. Hehas published about 100 peer reviewed articles. He is currently supervising five PhD students. He isalso an executive member of the Southern Cross University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Dr Vinh Bui

Dr Vinh Bui

MITM Course Coordinator, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University

Vinh Bui has significant research and development experience in a number of areas including networkmodelling, machine learning, computer-guided scenario generation, internet of things and virtualreality. Vinh is currently the course coordinator of the Master of Information Technology Management Program at Southern Cross University.