2022 Speakers

Conference MC’s  &  Chairperson Day Hospitals Australia

Founders of Great Talk
Your hosts are the Founders of Great Talk, Troy & Zara Love, two of Australia’s most versatile performers and coaches.
General Surgeon
A/Prof. Philip Truskett AM is a General Surgeon with an interest in Upper GI and HPB Surgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, where he is a senior staff specialist.

Keynote Speakers & Invited Chairs

Paralympian, Disability Rights Advocate & Keynote Speaker
Kurt Fearnley AO is a three-time Paralympic gold medallist with a can-do attitude that makes the impossible possible.
Anaesthesia, diving and aeromedical retrieval medicine
Dr Richard “Harry” Harris has worked in anaesthesia, diving and aeromedical retrieval medicine, based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Health journalist, broadcaster and commentator
Dr Norman Swan is Australia’s most respected health journalist, broadcaster and commentator and is in high demand as a facilitator and speaker.
Former Minister for Health and Aged Care
Greg is a highly experienced former Cabinet Minister in the Australian Government, having served as Australia’s Minister for the Environment, Innovation and Health across three major portfolios over almost nine years.
Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care, Shadow Minister for Sport and Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate
National Head of Healthcare, Macquarie Bank
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care
Secretary for the Tasmanian Department of Health


Specialist General Surgeon & Partner of Ballarat Surgical Clinic
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew is a co-founder of Nexus and has been Chief Executive of the group since 2014.
Head of Provider Strategy and Proposition at Medibank
Andrew is currently Head of Provider Strategy and Proposition at Medibank, where he works collaboratively with Medibank funded health services to deliver innovation and improvements across the private health sector.
Arnaldo Valedon, MD is an anaesthesiologist practicing day surgery and perioperative management for twenty six years.
Assistant Secretary of the Private Health Industry Branch in the Department of Health
Brian Kelleher is the Assistant Secretary of the Private Health Industry Branch in the Department of Health and has occupied the position for three years.
National Organisational Development Manager
Consultant General Surgeon
Director of Department General Ambulatory Surgery - CICA - Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto
CEO of Gold Coast Eye Hospital
Deputy Secretary, Policy, Purchasing, Performance and Reform
Dr Sonĵ Hall GAICD has a career spanning leadership and senior executive positions across government, healthcare, and higher education.
A/Executive Director, Contracting and Performance Management
Head of Risk & Safety, DON, MSI Australia
Director of Nursing at Windsor Private Hospital in Melbourne
Fran is senior health professional with over 30 years’ experience in Health Service Management.
Senior Nursing and Midwifery Advisor
A/ Deputy Chief Executive, Commissioning and Performance, Department for Health and Wellbeing, South Australia
Executive Director, System Purchasing Branch at the NSW Ministry of Health
Joe Portelli is the Executive Director, System Purchasing Branch at the NSW Ministry of Health. Key to the role is the negotiation and development of the annual Service Agreements with the local health districts within NSW, which allocates the $30bn NSW Health budget to health entities. The role also includes negotiation and management of statewide contracts with private hospital operators.
Head of Healthcare Strategy Bupa
National Director for Professional Practice with the Australian College of Nursing
Linda is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with more than 48 years of experience.
ENT/Head & Neck Surgeon
Board certified ENT/Head & Neck surgeon and board certified facial plastic surgeon, resides in Trondheim Norway.
EDUMark Management and Consulting
Mark has a passion for working in the health and education sectors and he established EDUMark to help bring talent and industry closer together.
Infection Control Consultant
Michelle Bibby is the Founder and Sole Director of Infection Prevention Australia
Nursing academic
Professor Christine Stirling is a nursing academic with the School of Nursing University of Tasmania.
Orthopaedic surgeon
Scott is an Australian and internationally trained orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in surgery of the knee and hip.
Business Consultant
Simon started his career as a factory engineer and product design engineer, including for diagnostic and surgical devices.
A/Director, Private Hospitals and NEPT Regulation Branch, Department of Health, Victoria
Suzette Dela Cruz Regalo is the Acting Director of the Private Hospitals & NEPT Regulation Branch at the Department of Health in Victoria. 
Independent Consultant
Wendy is a lead auditor for Quality Management Systems and has represented Day Hospitals and Procedure Centres on various committees at state, national and international level.