AHIA National Conference 2011

The 2011 AHIA National Conference- Shaping the future: Better Cover, Better Access, Better Care, was held on the 8-10 November 2011, Crown Conference Centre in Melbourne.

The conference represented an unparalleled opportunity to hear from experts in a range of fields such as health funding, regulatory environments, improving health outcomes, and, most importantly, the chance to share insights and ideas with your peers in the sector.

As we all know, information is power and the 2011 AHIA annual conference was powered by razor sharp insight and inspirational intelligence into what lies ahead. The conference was also an opportunity to launch the organisation’s new name and branding- Private Healthcare Australia: Better Cover. Better Access. Better Care.

Click here to download the 2011 AHIA Conference Program.

Overview of Speakers & Presentations

  • Richard Bowden, President of Private Healthcare Australia
    Conference Opening 

    Richard BowdenRichard Bowden is the Managing Director of private health insurer Bupa Australia, trading as HBA, MBF and Mutual Community. Bupa provides cover for over three million Australians. The Bupa Australia business includes a Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Wealth Management and a joint venture General Insurance business.

    Richard started his career in audit, moved into financial services and has spent most of his career in the private health insurance field. He joined HBA 23 years ago and moved through a number of Executive roles whilst HBA merged and changed ownership. He has been MD of Bupa Australia for 11 years.

    During his leadership, Richard has managed the transition from AXA Asia Pacific ownership to a standalone business under the international Health and Care Company, Bupa. In 2008 Bupa acquired the business of MBF and Richard is presently overseeing the integration of the businesses.

    The Bupa Australia business has an excellent track record for consistent performance across customer, employee, operational efficiency and financial indicators, including delivering affordable increases for its customers. Richard credits the quality of his people and the strong teamwork culture at Bupa Australia as being key to its success.

    Richard is the President of Private Healthcare Australia, a Commissioner on the Australian Quality and Safety Commission, is on the Foundation Board of Very Special Kids, and a Director on a number of other BUPA companies.

    More about Richard >>

  • Mr Tim Baker, CEO Dr Foster UK
    Transparent Comparisons: Improved Care? 

    Mr Tim BakerJoined Dr Foster in April 2007. Before becoming CEO, Tim led the development of Dr Foster in new markets such as international and the pharmaceutical sectors.

    Prior to that Tim spent more than 20 years in the private health sector working for both providers and insurers; he was part of the Executive team that launched Aviva’s healthcare business in 1990.

    By the time he left the company in 2007 Aviva Healthcare had established itself as the third largest player in the UK with a turnover in excess of £500m.

  • The Hon Nicola Roxon MP, Minister for Health and Ageing

    The Hon Nicola Roxon MPThe Hon Nicola Roxon MP has been the Minister for Health and Ageing since the Labor Government was elected in November 2007.Minister Roxon has been a member of Federal Parliament since 1998, representing the Melbourne western suburbs seat of Gellibrand.Before entering Parliament Minister Roxon was an associate to the nation’s first female High Court Justice, Mary Gaudron, and an industrial lawyer who acted in the high profile waterfront dispute.

    Minister Roxon has a First Class Honours Law degree and Arts degree from Melbourne University, and graduated top of her law class in 1990.

    Since becoming Health Minister, Nicola has been busy undertaking crucial reforms to build a better health and hospitals system for the future.

    Nicola has presided over a 50% increase in health funding for the Nation’s Hospitals; a massive investment in workforce, including a commitment to double the number of GP training places; improving elective surgery capacity and throughput; investment in taking pressure of the Nation’s Emergency Departments and the largest single year investment in Preventative Health.

    More about Nicola >>

  • Ms Jane Halton, Secretary, Department of Health and Ageing
    The Australian Government Reform Agenda and Private Health 

    Ms Jane HaltonJane Halton is Secretary of the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. She is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the Department including the provision of advice on and administration of Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Aged and Community Care, Population Health, regulation of Therapeutic Goods, plus hospital financing and Private Health Insurance. She also has responsibility for leadership on health security issues, including matters related to bioterrorism.Jane also provides the most senior policy council on major and sensitive policy issues to the Ministerial team.

    Jane is a member of the board of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, a board member of the National E-Health Transition Authority and a Commissioner of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. She is also on the executive board of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and on the Advisory Boards of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), and the Melbourne Institute Advisory Board.

    More about Jane >>


  • Dr David Hansen, Australian e-Health Research Centre
    ICT in Health: Improving Health Outcomes, Reducing Costs 

    Dr David HansenDavid Hansen is CEO of the Australian E-Health Research Centre, CSIRO ICT Centre. David leads a research portfolio developing information and communication technologies for the healthcare system. These include projects for resource planning, biomedical imaging, mobile and tele-health and technologies that will underpin the e-health architecture in Australia.

    Prior to joining CSIRO, David worked for LION bioscience Ltd in the UK, developing genomic data and tool integration software that was used to publish the first human genome and is now used at over 200 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and research institutes worldwide.

    More about David >>

  • Dr David Kannar, CSIRO
    Digital Evolution of CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet (TWD) 

    Dr David KannarDavid completed his PhD in Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Nutrition at Monash Medical Centre, Monash University in 1999, under the supervision of key opinion leader Professor Mark Wahlqvist, former head of the International Union of Nutrition Science and WHO advisor.

    During his career David has been responsible for managing large R&D programs, including primary clinical innovation, clinical investigation, licensing, and intellectual property protection.

    David is a prolific inventor. Some of the products developed and licensed include Ester E™, Garlic Heart Care Formula™, Wine chocolates and LoGIcane™ – the world’s first low GI sugar. He received the SRDC Federal Government award for most innovative functional food product, and 2009 Food Challenge awards for Most Innovative functional food and best in show.

    He currently works at CSIRO in Corporate Operations, is appointed as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine Monash University and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors having served as a Medical and Technical Director on various company boards.

    More about David >>

  • Dr Manny Noakes, CSIRO
    The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet – from lab bench to kitchen bench 

    Dr Manny NoakesManny graduated from Adelaide University in 1973 with a BSc, obtained her qualifications as a dietitian at Flinders University in 1977 and PhD in 2000.

    Manny is currently responsible for capability management for the Food Nutrition and Health Science Program. Manny has over 30 years experience in nutrition and published over 100 scientific papers.

    She has a strong interest in dietary patterns for weight management including the role of protein and other dietary factors in appetite regulation.

    Manny is co-author of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet which has sold over 1 million copies in Australia and has received several awards in recognition of her research excellence including 2 CSIRO medals and an Outstanding Achievement Alumni Award by Flinders University. She is currently a member of the Australian Government’s Food and Health Dialogue.

    More about Manny >>

  • Professor Warwick Anderson AM, CEO, National Health & Medical Research Centre
    Genomics: The coming challenge to the health system 

    Professor Warwick Anderson AMProfessor Warwick Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NHMRC, Australia’s major governmental funding body for health and medical research. Previously, he was Head of School of Biomedical Sciences at Monash University and Deputy Director of the Baker Medical Research Institute, following research fellowships at the University of Sydney and Harvard Medical School.

    Professor Anderson obtained his PhD from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. His research has focussed on renal mechanisms in the pathogenesis of hypertension, including the roles of renal vascular remodelling and the renin-angiotensin system. He has published over 170 peer review articles.

    For his contributions to medical research, Professor Anderson was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005.

    More about Warwick >>


  • John Eales, Former Wallabies Captain
    Leadership in a High Performance Environment 

    John EalesFew Rugby Union players have had as celebrated a career as former Wallaby captain John Eales, who wore the Golden Guernsey over 80 times and scored 445 points for his country (a total which places him 8th on the all-time scoring list for Australia).

    A master of the lock position, Eales proved to be a lion-hearted leader and one of Australia’s most consistent performers. His 55-cap reign as captain marked an era of Australian success in world rugby and he played a major part in Australia’s two victories at the Rugby World Cup, first in 1991, and later as skipper in 1999. He is one of only six players to have won the Rugby World Cup twice.

    Now retired as Australia’s most capped forward and highest scoring forward in test rugby history, Eales was highly regarded both as a player and as a captain. Since retiring, John Eales has made a successful transition from the sporting arena to the business arena. He was a founder of Mettle Group (a business consultancy), and his personal company the JohnEales5 (now part of International Quarterback, a sports marketing and events company). He is also a director of QM Technologies, Director SAHOF and a Financial Review columnist. He has acted as a consultant for BT Financial Group and Qantas.

    He has also written a book, ‘Learning From Legends’. The book has a foreword by former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and talks about different legends of Australian Sport including Peter Brock and Grant Hackett.

    Eales gave his name to the John Eales Medal, annually awarded to the best Australian rugby union player. In 1999 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the community and rugby.

    More about John >>

  • Hon Peter Dutton MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing

    Hon Peter Dutton MPPeter was elected as the Federal Member for Dickson in Queensland in November 2001 at the age of 30.He was re-elected with an increased majority in 2004 and appointed as Minister for Workforce Participation, with responsibility for the Job Network, Disability Employment Services, Work for the Dole and improving transition to work opportunities for all unemployed Australians.At the time of his appointment Peter was one of the youngest Minister’s since Federation.

    In January 2006 Peter was promoted to Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer. He worked closely with Treasurer Peter Costello in areas including budget preparation, taxation, superannuation, prudential regulation, and competition and consumer policy.

    Following his re-election in November 2007, and with the change of Government, Peter was appointed to Shadow Cabinet as Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation.

    In September 2008 he was promoted to his current position, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.

    Prior to being elected to Parliament, Peter had a variety of jobs. He started his working life at 12 – delivering newspapers, mowing lawns. He also worked after school as a butcher’s boy – a job he continued until starting university. Peter went on to complete a Bachelors degree in Business.

    He started in property at 18 and eventually owned businesses employing over 40 staff.

    Peter was a police officer for 9 years, working in the Sex Offenders Squad, Drug Squad, and the then National Crime Authority. He left the police in 1999 to manage his business interests full time.

    Peter is married to Kirilly and is the proud father of Rebecca aged 8, Harry aged 6 and Tom aged 5.

    More about Peter >>

  • Professor Warwick McKibbin, former Board member, RBA and economic commentator
    State of the World Economy 

    Professor Warwick McKibbinProfessor Warwick McKibbin is the Director of the Research School of Economics in the ANU College of Business and Economics. He was foundation Director of the ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, and is still a Professor with the Centre. Warwick McKibbin is also an Adjunct Professor in the Australian Centre for Economic Research in Health at the Australian National University.

    He is a non resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.; a Professorial Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy; and president of McKibbin Software Group. Professor McKibbin was a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia until July this year. He has worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia, Japanese Ministry of Finance, US Congressional Budget Office and World Bank. He has been a consultant for many international agencies and a range of governments on issues of macroeconomic policy, international trade and finance and greenhouse policy issues, global demographic change and the economic cost of pandemics.

    More about Warwick >>

  • Bernard Salt, well known demographic advisor, KPMG
    Demographic Outlook for Health Insurance in Australia in the 2010s 

    Bernard SaltBernard Salt is a KPMG Partner based in Melbourne Australia. He has established a reputation as a trend forecaster for business and government, and heads a group of consultants within KPMG providing demographic advice to business. Bernard is a compelling and entertaining speaker engaged by both the private and public sectors to present a perspective of how demographic, consumer and social change might shape the future business environment. He is one of Australia’s most in-demand corporate speakers having spoken to audiences in all parts of Australia as well as New Zealand, the US, the UK and South East Asia.

    Bernard is also a best-selling author of four popular books on demographic change, a twice-weekly columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a business advisor.

    Bernard’s views are regularly sought by the business community and by the general media. Bernard is also one of Australia’s most quoted social commentators. He is a regular on many radio and television programs. He manages to combine an astute observation of human behaviour and change with hard data.

    More about Bernard >>

  • Jean Kittson, Ambassador for Menopause
    Menopause: Don’t Sweat It

    Jean KittsonJean Kittson is a multi-talented performer and writer, amusing audiences in theatre, film, print, radio and televisionJean learned national fame on The Big Gig, Kittson Fahey and Let the Blood Run Free. 

    Jean also starred in Flat Chat and was a regular guest on Good News Week, The Glasshouse and The Great Debate Series, The Einstein Factor and 20 to 1. Her feature films include The Nugget with Eric Bana and Hating Alison Ashley with Delta Goodrem.

    Jean recently did a National tour of the play Calendar Girls and appeared as a guest on ‘Talkin’ Bout Your Generation.

    She is currently a judge on the ABC TV show Strictly Speaking and a regular panel member on 702’s Thank God its Friday and a columnist with Health Smart Magazine.

    She is also one of Australia’s most popular hosts and speakers of conventions, conferences, award nights and other after-dinner frolics.

    Jean is also a proud Ambassador for:

    • The Macular Degeneration Foundation
    • Ovarian Cancer Australia
    • Northcott Disabilities Services
    • The Junction Works – Disability Services
    • Taldumande Youth Services
    • The Young Love Foundation

    More about Jean >>

  • Paul Kelly, Political Editor at Large, The Australian
    Politics as we have never seen it before 

    Paul KellyPaul Kelly is Editor-at-Large on The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the paper (1991-96).

    Paul writes on Australian politics and history and international affairs and is a regular commentator on the Sky News program, Australian Agenda.

    He is the author of seven books including The Hawke Ascendancy (1984), the End of Certainty (1992) and November 1975 published on the twentieth anniversary of the Whitlam dismissal. His most recent book, The March of Patriots (2009), offers a re-interpretation of Paul Keating and John Howard as Prime Ministers.

    Paul has been a Fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard and a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at Melbourne University.

    More about Paul >>



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