Plenary speakers

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.

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.

Jenny Brockie


Title: Voluntary assisted dying and the role of the GP

Date: Friday 25 October

Time: 8.30-10.00 am

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

Cameron Schwab


Title: Being brave – Finding something

Date: Saturday 26 October 2019

Time: 8.55–9.20 am

Summary: Finding a way to personal resilience.

Cameron channels his 30-year experience in leadership in professional sport and business. He explores the deep personal and professional challenges he faced as a leader with vulnerability and generosity.

He models his ‘Finding something’ mantra and articulates a means of finding the answers for yourself, to rebuild confidence and belief, and embed personal resilience.

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