2022 Program

Wednesday 31 August

12.00pm Registration
12:30pm Welcome lunch & Trade Exhibition
1:30pm Start of Day 1
MCs Troy and Zara Love
1:40pm Official Welcome
A/Prof Philip Truskett AM,
Day Hospitals Australia Board Chairperson
1:45pm Official Conference Opening
Kathrine Morgan-Wicks
Secretary for the Tasmanian Department of Health
1:55pm Keynote Speaker

Kurt Fearnley

Kurt Fearnley AO is a three-time Paralympic gold medalist with a can-do attitude that makes the impossible possible. At the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, he won gold and silver medals and was chosen as Australian Flag Bearer for the Closing Ceremony. Kurt’s determination and never-say die attitude have rewarded him with the highest accolades in disability sport.

This session is sponsored by EBOS Healthcare

3:00pm Afternoon Tea & Trade Exhibition
3:30pm Panel 1 – Solutions for the Future

In this discussion, representatives from key Federal and Jurisdictional Departments of Health, will examine strategies for how day hospitals may assist in the reduction of the backlog of elective surgeries and the role that individual specialised day hospitals and their staff can play.

Chair | A/Prof Philip Truskett AM, Day Hospitals Australia Board Chairperson

  • Brian Kelleher, Assistant Secretary, Private Health Industry Branch, Australian Government Department of Health
  • Helen Chalmers, A/ Deputy Chief Executive, Commissioning and Performance, Department for Health and Wellbeing, South Australia
  • Suzette Dela Cruz Regalo, A/Director, Private Hospitals and NEPT Regulation, Department of Health, Victoria
  • Joe Portelli, Executive Director, System Purchasing Branch, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Emily Finley, Executive Director, Contracting and Performance Management, Queensland Health
  • Dr Sonj Hall, Deputy Secretary, Policy, Purchasing, Performance and Reform, Department of Health Tasmania

This session is sponsored by Saraya Solutions

4:40pm Presentation – Medical Costs Finder Website
Brian Kelleher, Assistant Secretary, Private Health Industry Branch, Australian Government Department of Health
Brian Kelleher will provide a live demonstration of the Medical Costs Finder website.  The Medical Costs Finder is an online tool which lets consumers find out more about the cost of specialist medical services, covering common services in and out of hospital.
5:10pm Jane Griffiths
CEO, Day Hospitals Australia
5:30 – 7:00pm Evening Reception & Trade Exhibition

The evening reception is sponsored by HPA

Thursday 1 September

8:00am Registration
08:30am Speed Networking
9:00am Start of Day 2
MCs Troy and Zara Love
9:15am Presentation – How data can send a powerful message

Simon Coupe, Business Consultant

Simon Coupe was recently engaged by Day Hospitals Australia to write and four targeted position statements with a particular focus on Government, Private Health Insurance, Specialists, and day hospitals. In this presentation Simon will:

  • provide a summary of the outcome of this analysis
  • give an overview of the targeted position paper with a particular focus on operators of day hospitals
  • discuss how important data is to facilities and the management of their hospitals, including when negotiating with PHIs
  • and discuss the viability of the sector and moving more procedures into day hospitals
10.20am Macquarie Bank sponsored presentation | Macquarie Bank’s Perspective on Health

Adele Creighton, National Head of Healthcare, Macquarie Bank

Adele Creighton, National leader of Macquarie Business Banking healthcare division – will be sharing important industry insights for consideration including industry insights that present opportunity and threat in the healthcare space and how these apply to the day hospital space.

10:50am Morning Tea & Trade Exhibition
11:20am Panel 2 – Healthcare worker shortages

Healthcare services are experiencing large worker shortages across Australia and the day hospital sector is competing in a global race to lure experienced doctors and nurses, in a bid to ease staffing shortages with workers battling through their third year of the pandemic. This presentation will highlight the importance of preparing the upcoming nursing workforce with knowledge and experience in the day hospital sector which provides them with a unique set of complex skills.

Chair – Norman Swan

  • Frances Rice, Senior Nursing Advisor, Chief Medical Officer Group, Australian Government Department of Health
  • Linda Davidson, National Director Professional Practice, Australian College of Nursing
  • Professor Christine Stirling, Head of School of Nursing, University of Tasmania
  • David Harris, CEO, Gold Coast Eye Hospital
  • Mark Priddle, Director, EDUMark
12:30pm Networking Lunch & Trade Exhibition
1:30pm Presentation – Building Mental Fitness & Self-Care

Camille Wilson, National Organisational Development Manager

Self-care is a topical part of mental health that we think we all know how to do – hydrate, exercise, eat well, sleep well – but very few of us are practicing good self-care on a regular basis. There are many reasons for why we do not practice self-care, however typically we hear ourselves saying the words “not enough time” or “I just can’t commit to it”. To be able to support our mental health though, we need to be able to turn our intentions into actions and create a self-care plan that actually works.

 This session aims to explore the reasons for why we avoid, defer and put off the self-care that we know we need. Individuals will learn how to adopt self-care that is personal, specific, and practical, creating a clear plan in how to begin taking care of ourselves in busy and challenging environments.

This session is sponsored by Nexus Hospitals

2:30pm Panel 3 – A collaboration to provide solutions for sustainability

The private day hospital sector is well positioned to provide safe, quality and cost-effective health care; however innovation is required to ensure the Australian healthcare system is affordable, accessible and sustainable. In this session, panellists will discuss strategies to increase patient services and perform more advanced procedures in the day hospital sector to reduce costs in the private healthcare system.

Chair – the Honourable Greg Hunt, former Minister for Health and Aged Care

  • Simon Coupe, Business Consultant
  • Andrew Petering, Chief Executive Officer, Nexus Hospitals
  • Andrew Roma, Head of Provider Strategy and Proposition, Medibank
  • Dr Ahmed Naqeeb, Specialist General Surgeon & Partner of Ballarat Surgical Clinic
  • Katie Sherlock, Healthcare Strategy and Operations, Health Insurance, BUPA

This session is sponsored by Mediprotect

3:30pm Afternoon Tea & Trade Exhibition
4:00pm Panel 4 – Insights into International Day Surgeries

Invited experts will provide insights into trends and advancements in ambulatory / day surgery in Europe, the USA and Australia.

Chair – Norman Swan

  • Dr Carlos Magalhaes, General Surgeon, President of IAAS, Portugal
  • Dr Arnie Valedon, Anaesthetist, President-Elect, IAAS, USA
  • Dr Mads HS Moxness, ENT & Facial plastic surgeon, President of the Norwegian Ambulatory Association, Norway
  • Dr Scott Tulloch, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vermont Private Hospital, Melbourne
5:00pm Address from the Senator
Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care
7:00 – 11:00pm Conference Dinner – The Lounge by Frogmore Creek

Friday 2 September

8:00am Registration & Exhibition Open
8:00am Networking Breakfast & Trade Exhibition
8:45am Start of Day 3
MCs Troy and Zara Love
9:00am Panel 5 – Accreditation Hacks – Tips for how to survive

The Day Hospital sector has faced ongoing challenges with the current accreditation system. Presenters in this session will provide their ‘top tips for how to survive accreditation’ and show how they are dealing with observation charts, clinical care standards, cultural safety, engaging consumers, benchmarking, screening for delirium, education and training.

Chair – Wendy Adams, Independent Consultant

  • Fiona Gerrard, Head of Risk & Safety, DON, MSI Australia
  • Fran Kelly, Director of Nursing, Windsor Private Hospital
  • Elizabeth Latchford, Monash IVF Sydney CBD
  • Jo TierDirector of Nursing IVF and Assessor

Presentation – AS5369 – spot the difference
Michelle Bibby, Infection Control Consultant

AS5369 will soon replace AS/NZS4187 and AS/NZS4815 as the standard for Reprocessing of reusable medical devices and other devices in health and non-health related facilities. In this session, Infection Control Consultant Michelle Bibby will outline the differences between the two standards.


Presentation – Partnering with Universities for student nurse placements
Michelle Bibby, Infection Control Consultant

With workforce shortages being felt across the hospital sector, Day Hospitals Australia is taking the lead, working with universities across the country to provide opportunities for student nurse clinical placements in the day hospital sector.

10:50am Presentation – Poster Competition winners

Day Hospitals Australia is offering a poster competition to delegates at the Day Hospitals Australia 2022 National Conference, to highlight research, innovations, achievements, new systems and ideas to improve services provided by day hospitals. The winners will be invited to deliver a short presentation summarising their poster entry as part of the official Conference program.

This session is sponsored by GKE Australia

11:10am Morning Tea & Trade Exhibition and Trade Prize Draw
11:40am Keynote Speaker

Dr Richard Harris

Thai Rescue Diver and co-Australian of the year 2019 Dr Richard “Harry” Harris has worked in anaesthesia, diving and aeromedical retrieval medicine, based in Adelaide, South Australia. His passion for cave diving goes back to the 1980’s and has taken him to the corners of the globe in search of new adventures. Harry and his colleagues have explored caves to 245m depth, and shipwrecks to over 150m, in dives lasting over 16 hours. He is an enthusiastic UW photographer and videographer who is now also building a career in documentary films. Harry has a professional and voluntary interest in search and rescue operations, establishing the first sump rescue training course in Australasia. By building relationships with emergency services locally he has been preparing for such an event. The 2018 Thailand cave rescue was an opportunity to put this training to work. In 2018 he received the Star of Courage, Australia’s second highest civilian award for bravery, and the medal of the Order of Australia for his role in the Thailand cave rescue. Harry is the 2019 Australian of the Year for South Australia and the joint 2019 Australian of the Year with his dive partner Craig Challen.

This session is sponsored by Quality Innovation Performance

12:45pm Conference Wrap Up
Jane Griffiths, CEO, Day Hospitals Australia
1:00pm Official Conference Close
the Hon Ged Kearney MP,
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care
1:15pm Pack and Go lunch served for delegates
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