Plenary speakers

Plenary 1: Dr Martin Seneviratne


Title: The future of AI in medicine

Date: Thursday 24 October 2019

Time: 8.45–9.30 am

Summary: In this heady era of artificial intelligence (AI), popular media has heralded the extinction of doctors with editorials such as ‘The AI doctor will see you now’. The prevailing view among informatics experts is more balanced: doctors who use AI will replace doctors who don’t. Beneath the hype, what are the actual opportunities for AI in primary care? We will give a primer of machine learning for clinicians, showcase some examples of AI in action in primary care and look to the future at emerging technologies that need clinical champions.

Find out more about Dr Seneviratne’s in a recent interview with newsGP.

These are Dr Seneviratne’s personal views and do not represent the views of his employer.

Plenary 2: Voluntary assisted dying and the role of the GP

Title: Voluntary assisted dying and the role of the GP

Date: Friday 25 October

Time: 8.30-10.00 am

Summary: Jenny Brockie will facilitate this interactive panel session which will explore:

  • the central role of GPs and palliative care clinicians
  • legal safeguards to protect health professionals and patients
  • what we can learn from the overseas experience.

Jenny Brockie


Jenny Brockie is one of Australia's most gifted and sought after forum facilitators.

Jenny Brockie is well known for hosting SBS TV’s weekly program INSIGHT where she facilitates lively and thought provoking discussions on a wide range of topics. Jenny’s career spans television, radio and print. She has received a swag of awards for her work including the Gold Walkley, two AFI Awards, a Logie, and a Human Rights Award. Jenny has also won eight United Nations Association Media Peace Awards for her work on INSIGHT.

Mr Michael Gorton AM


Michael Gorton AM is a senior partner at Russell Kennedy Lawyers and has more than 25 years’ experience advising the health and medical sector on all aspects of commercial law, assisting boards of health organisations to understand their legal obligations for effective governance structures, governance policies and implementing risk management strategies. He is the Chair of Alfred Health. He is a Board member of Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Ambulance Victoria, and is the former Chair of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). He is a former Chair of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Ms Courtney Hempton


Courtney Hempton is a bioethicist and interdisciplinary researcher, with particular interest in the management of dying and death. She is currently a PhD Candidate with the Monash Bioethics Centre at Monash University, and her doctoral research focuses on the emergence of law, policies, and practices regarding ‘voluntary assisted dying’ in Victoria. Courtney also teaches ethics, health law, and professionalism into the medicine programs at Deakin University and Monash University, and is a member of both the Clinical Ethics Committee and the Voluntary Assisted Dying Steering Committee at Monash Health.

Justice Betty King QC


The Honourable Betty King is a former judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. She joined the Victorian Bar in 1975. In 1986 she became the first female prosecutor in Victoria, later becoming the first female Commonwealth prosecutor. In 1992 she was appointed Queen's Counsel. During the late 1990s she was a member of the National Crime Authority at one point acting as chair of the Authority. She became a judge of the County Court of Victoria in 2000 and a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2005 until her retirement in 2015.

Prof Liz Reymond


Prof Reymond is Deputy Director, Metro South Palliative Care Service (MSPCS) and Director, Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative. Her research interests include palliative care symptom management and service delivery and development. Liz is currently working on implementation of a district-wide End-of-Life Care Strategy and directing a national palliative care project.

Ms Belinda Teh


Belinda is a 27 year old law graduate from WA, where a VAD bill is being debated in Parliament. Belinda saw first-hand the kind of death that can happen in the absence of a VAD law when she watched her mum die from metastatic breast cancer in palliative care in 2016. Her mother’s ordeal motivated Belinda to write a submission to the WA Parliamentary Inquiry, and appeared before the committee in person to make her case. This year Belinda spent 70 days walking 3,500km from Melbourne to Perth to raise awareness about the urgent need for a VAD law in WA.

Dr Herb Horst


Dr Herb trained as a a General Surgeon in Germany and Norway, and as a rural generalist in Australia where he obtained FRACGP and a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He worked in multiple countries from the arctic to tropic regions, and has been working in rural and remote General Practice in Australia since 1998. His special interests include Ethics in Medicine, remote Emergency Medicine, Aboriginal Health, and Palliative Care. He has been involved in the Voluntary Assisted Dying debate for more than 3 decades.

Plenary 3: Mark McCrindle


Title: Changing times, emerging trends: Understanding the patient of the future

Date: Saturday 26 October 2019

Time: 9.20–10.00 am

Summary: Who is the patient of the future? Futurist and social researcher, Mark McCrindle, will share with GP19 delegates a detailed overview of the patient of future. In this session, Mark will paint a picture that will include, along with many other details, who they are, why they’ll visit their GP, how they’ll find you and how they’ll want to interact with you. This session will help you prepare for the patient of the future.

Mark is recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. As an award winning social researcher and an engaging public speaker, Mark has appeared across many television networks and other media.

He is a best-selling author, an influential thought leader, TEDx speaker and Principal of McCrindle Research. His advisory, communications and research company, McCrindle, count among its clients more than 100 of Australia’s largest companies and leading international brands.

Mark’s highly valued research and reports, presented through infographics, data visualisations, videos, media input, resources, and blogs, have developed his regard as an expert demographer, futurist and social commentator. Armed with the latest findings and presented in a customised and innovative way, Mark is an in-demand communicator.

Mark McCrindle, BSc (Psychology), MA, is the author of three books on emerging trends and social change. The ABC of XYZ: Understanding the Global Generations, Word Up: A Lexicon and Guide to Communication in the 21st Century and The Power of Good.

Plenary 4: Dr Sanjeev Arora


Title: Democratizing knowledge to reduce disparities in healthcare – Project ECHO

Date: Saturday 26 October 2019

Time: 9.20–9.40 am

Summary: Project ECHO® dramatically improves both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians through teleECHO™ clinics, where the experts mentor primary care clinicians and share their expertise.

Find out more about Dr Arora’s presentation in a recent interview in newsGP.

Sanjeev Arora, MD, MACP, FACG is the Director and Founder of Project ECHO. He is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) dramatically improves both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians through teleECHO™ clinics, in which the experts mentor primary care clinicians to help them manage their patient cases and share their expertise via mentoring, guidance, feedback and didactic education. This helps rural clinicians develop knowledge and self-efficacy so they can adopt research findings and deliver best practice care for complex and chronic health conditions.

Plenary 4: Dr Dana Newcomb


Title: The ECHO Model in action – A case study

Date: Saturday 26 October 2019

Time: 9.40–9.55 am

Summary: This session will describe how the ECHO model has been contextualised for Australian GPs, and outline the current ECHO landscape and opportunities for GP involvement. Dana will share her experience as both the director of Australia’s largest ECHO Hub, and well as her perspective as a GP participant.

Dana is a General Practitioner and the Medical Director of Integrated Care at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service.

She leads the implementation of CHQ’s Integrated Care Strategy. As part of this strategy she has introduced the ECHO model to link paediatric specialists with primary care clinicians in rural and underserved areas. Her team also delivers training to other organisations wishing to replicate the ECHO model.

Dana works clinically as a GP in a secondary school situated in a low socioeconomic region of Brisbane and enjoys caring for this vulnerable cohort of young people.

Visit the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital website for more information.

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