KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

INTRODUCING OUR MASTER OF CEREMONIES...


TOD ADAMS,
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER,
HEALTH EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE


BIOGRAPHY:
Tod Adams qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1984 and has worked in a broad range of hospitals from large tertiary centres and private hospitals to small remote clinics in Arnhem Land, Australia. She is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner.

Currently Tod is the manager of Rural Education Innovation and Learning. Her role covers the management of the Mobile Simulation Centre and the Training Support Unit which provides cultural and clinical education for health staff working with Aboriginal mothers, babies and children.

Tod is passionate about patient safety through education and equity and access to high quality education for all of NSW health staff regardless of their postcode.

Tod is an active board member of the Australian Society for Simulation in Health, Australian Lung Foundation – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and the Zonta Club of Berry.

Tod lives on an acreage in Falls Creek, NSW (west of Jervis Bay). She is the 2018 jam and chutney champion Nowra Show, taking out two blue ribbons, but unfortunately did not enter the 2019 show to defend her title. 




INTRODUCING OUR PLENARY SPEAKERS....


ADJUNCT PROFESSOR ANNETTE SOLMAN,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE,
HEALTH EDUCATION AND TRAINING INSTITUTE


BIOGRAPHY:
Annette is one of our State’s most senior health leaders with significant experience in areas including health management, multi-professional education, culture change, quality improvement and research. She is currently Chief Executive of the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI).

Annette is a people-oriented Chief Executive, interested and actively involved in person-centred care practices as well as leadership development to provide a person-centred approach to healthcare and a workplace culture of effectiveness - Annette sees this as foundational to a highly skilled workforce.

Within her role at HETI, Annette is focused on strengthening relationships with health and academic partners, and creating an innovative environment in which excellence in education and training can be delivered to support the diverse NSW Health workforce to achieve improved health outcomes across our State.



 


WAYNE JONES,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE,
NORTHERN NSW LHD

BIOGRAPHY:
Wayne started in health over 30 years ago undertaking his generalist nursing training. For the next 10 years Wayne obtained multiple post graduate nursing qualifications in areas including Intensive Care and Cardiology and he has also obtained graduate qualification in Health Management.

Wayne then progressed into a variety of nursing management roles and eventually came up to the Northern Rivers as the Executive Officer of Lismore Base Hospital. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Wayne has held a variety of roles in the North Coast including Manager of Planning, Director of Clinical Streams and Chief of Staff prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District.




LUKE ESCOMBE,
CONSUMER, PATIENT ADVOCATE, 
CREATOR, THE VEGETABLE PLOT


BIOGRAPHY:
Luke Escombe is an award-winning songwriter, musician and comedian who has turned his 25 years of living with Crohn’s disease into inspiration for his art.

Luke’s breakthrough as a writer/performer came in 2011 with his one-man show “Chronic”, which combined multiple music styles with candid stand-up comedy about his many hospital stays. It was Luke’s ticket to festivals all over Australia, and led to him becoming an ambassador for Crohn’s and Colitis Australia.

The follow-up to “Chronic” was a show called “The Vegetable Plot”, which premiered at the 2014 Sydney Fringe. After years of speaking about illness, The Vegetable Plot was Luke's way of making a fresh start - a roots music show for kids, families, and foodies with an emphasis on having fun and being healthy. It won the award for the Best Kid’s show at the festival and has since played at major events all around the country, including at the Sydney Opera House and Splendour in the Grass.

Luke has spoken for three years in a row at Parliament House in Canberra, as well as at the New Zealand National Museum in Wellington, the 2012 and 2014 National Medicines Symposiums, the 2013 Pharmacy Australia Congress, and at conferences, workshops, support groups, Medicare Locals and training seminars across the country. 2017 saw him crossing the Pacific for the first time, speaking at events in Chicago and Miami and receiving standing ovations at both. His work was recognised at the end of the year by WEGO Health, who named him as the winner of their 2017 “Hilarious Patient Leader” award.

He was once described by John Shand in the Sydney Morning Herald as a “rock-soul singer, raconteur, blistering blues guitarist, comedian and songwriter...and very good at them all”, and is most often described by himself as the Mick Jagger of inflammatory bowel disease.




 

NIC MARCHESI,
CO-FOUNDER,
ORANGE SKY


BIOGRAPHY:
In October 2014, Nicholas Marchesi co-founded Orange Sky alongside his best mate Lucas Patchett which is a free mobile laundry service for the homeless. Together they built the first van. Nic led the initial van build and supported the early service rollouts.

Nic continues to have oversight of the Vehicle Team and the Orange Sky Fleet. He has been integral to the design and construction of the vehicles and the associated research and development. Nic has ensured the success of each vehicle model at Orange Sky.

Nic is an avid problem solver and drives continuous improvement across all areas of Orange Sky, adopting the mentality that everything has the capacity to be improved. Nic pioneered the integration of technology into Orange Sky’s operations and helped lead the development of the Orange Sky Portal and App - pieces of technology built in-house.

Nic previously worked as a camera operator and editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and for the Seven Network. In these roles, he developed a passion for sharing people’s stories as a way of getting people to better relate to and connect with one another. As a result of Nic’s influence, storytelling is central to Orange Sky’s culture and is the cornerstone of the organisation’s brand and creative content.

Nic has been a Board Member since the organisation was founded and has played a critical role in the strategic direction of Orange Sky. He fosters a culture of affirmation and hard work. The framework underpinning the internal culture at Orange Sky mirrors many of the attributes and characteristics he lives by.             



 

LUCAS PATCHETT,
CO-FOUNDER,
ORANGE SKY


BIOGRAPHY:
In October 2014, Lucas Patchett co-founded Orange Sky alongside his best mate Nic Marchesi. Together, they built the first van. Lucas led the initial rollout of services and oversaw the transition of service delivery from Nic and himself to a broader volunteer base.

Lucas currently oversees the Brand and Communications team as well as the Fundraising and Partnerships team. The significant growth of Orange Sky has been aided by his analytical skills and business acumen.

Lucas is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Queensland.

He has been foundational to the development of Orange Sky’s strategic goals and the associated individualised and organisational KPIs. He has driven research and development across the organisation and has been integral to the establishment of Social Impact Washing, a new service offering.

Lucas has been a Board Member since the organisation was founded, Chairperson since the second year of operation, and has played a critical role in the strategic direction of Orange Sky. He helped shape the internal culture of Orange Sky by establishing the Orange Sky Person framework. Lucas is genuine and relatable. He is a true leader who sets the example of how an Orange Sky Person should act every day.




 

PROFESSOR NICK GOODWIN PhD,
DIRECTOR,
CENTRAL COAST RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CCRI)


BIOGRAPHY:
In July 2019, Professor Nick Goodwin was appointed as the Director of the Central Coast Research Institute (CCRI) that will be based within the Health and Wellbeing Precinct on the Gosford Hospital campus. Developed in partnership between the University of Newcastle and Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD), Nick’s position as Director of the CCRI will include a seconded role to CCLHD as the inaugural Director of Research.

As a social scientist, Nick has worked for the past 25 years in the field of health services research, management and policy including employment in both the University and Third Sector. Between 2007 and 2013, Nick was Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund in London leading its programmes on integrated care for older people with long-term conditions, telehealth and telecare, and led the Independent Inquiry into the Quality of Care in English General Practice.

In 2011 Nick co-founded the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), a not-for-profit foundation based in the Netherlands dedicated to improving the science, knowledge and adoption of integrated care in policy and practice across the world (www.integratedcarefoundation.org). Nick became its first CEO in 2013 and remains the Editor-in-Chief of its scientific periodical, the International Journal of Integrated Care (www.ijic.org). Nick continues to work as a senior associate with IFIC, including support to its collaborative centres in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

In January 2016, Nick received the Avedis Donabedian International Award for his contribution to Healthcare Excellence.




 

PROFESSOR KATHY EAGAR,
DIRECTOR,
AUSTRALIAN HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH INSTITUTE (AHSRI)

BIOGRAPHY:
Professor Kathy Eagar is Professor of Health Services Research and Director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong.

AHSRI has a team of over 60 researchers and includes eight research centres. Among these are, the Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population (CHRISP), and three national patient outcome centres - the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC), the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) and the electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration (ePPOC).

She has authored over 500 papers on management, quality, outcomes, information systems and funding of the Australian and New Zealand health and community care systems.




 

MANY NOLAN,
STAN-UP COMEDIAN AND HUMOUR THERAPIST


BIOGRAPHY:
Mandy Nolan is a funny woman. A stand up comedian for 28 years, audiences adore Mandy. Around Byron Bay where she lives, Mandy-jokes are as much a part of the vernacular as any surf speak. Her humour is sharp, honest, sometimes self-depreciating, somewhat outrageous, but never cruel or pretentious. Frequently irreverent, it speaks to a diverse audience with no set demographic, no gender, race or religion, occupation or tribe. Author of four books, one half of a national touring show Women Like Us, Mandy is also a regular writer for Mamamia, The Byron Echo and most recently hosted The Split, an 8 part podcast for Mamamia.

For nearly two decades Nolan has taught the gentle art of stand up comedy to over 1500 aspirants, with successful proteges Hannah Gadsby, Ellen Briggs and Paul McMahon all featuring on the national, and international circuit. Nolan believes comedy has strong therapeutic value and has delivered several programs to Kids, People with Lived Experience of Mental Health, Grandparent Carers and seniors, who all found themselves on stage delivering 5 minutes of comedy, smashing stereotypes and reframing limiting social views.

Nolan’s most important work however is the unique Stand Up for Dementia, the Humour Therapy she created for people with dementia that was developed with the assistance of Commonwealth funding. Most recently Nolan was featured on SBS’s Insight for her innovative approach to working with people with dementia.




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