The Health Workforce in 2025 - Speakers
Mark Cormack, Chief Executive Officer of Health Workforce Australia (HWA)
Mark Cormack is uniquely placed to see the big picture of health workforce planning. HWA was recently established by the Commonwealth Government to develop solutions that integrate workforce planning, policy and reform with the complementary reforms to education and training. HWA advises government and the health and higher education sectors on health workforce planning, policy and program initiatives, reform, international recruitment and training.
Mark Cormack is an alumnus of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, having completed a BAppSc(Speech Pathology) degree in 1982.
Panel discussion members:
Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean, Sydney Medical School
Bruce Robinson is Professor of Medicine and Dean of Sydney Medical School since 2008. During that time, he has undertaken a major review of the medical program curriculum including a greater focus on research and on international health among medical, public health and research students. He is an endocrinologist and continues to practise at Royal North Shore, specialising in thyroid disease and familial thyroid cancers. His research focuses on identifying the genetic causes of endocrine tumours.
Since 2001 he has been the Chairman of Hoc Mai, the University of Sydney's Australia Vietnam Medical Foundation. He is a director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
Kathryn Refshauge is Professor of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. She has held senior positions for several years and was previously Associate Dean (Research & Innovation), and Head, School of Physiotherapy. She has a Graduate Diploma of Manipulative Physiotherapy, Masters of Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in physiology. In her research, she aims to integrate these disciplines to contribute to solving some of the commonest health problems in our community, such as back pain, neck pain, sports injuries and chronic pain. She is currently on the board of Sports Medicine Australia, and a member of the NSW Population and Health Services Ethics Committee.
Associate Professor Tony Joseph, Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Director of Trauma (Emergency), Royal North Shore Hospital
Associate Professor Tony Joseph has been a Staff Specialist in the Emergency Department at RNSH since 1995 and Trauma Director since 1998. He has always taught medical students, RMOs and Registrars with great enthusiasm. He has also been a pioneer in the development of Emergency Department ultrasound in Australasia and played a key role in the initial development of the Australasian Trauma Society. He is Vice-President of the Australasian Trauma Society, has been Chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Non-specialist Committee since 2008 and is Current Clinical Lead for the Northern Sydney Local Health District National Emergency Access Target ( NEAT) Program. His research interests include disaster preparedness, trauma systems, post- traumatic stress disorder and the Emergency Department use of ultrasound. Teaching interests include trauma resuscitation skills, the use of ultrasound in trauma and trauma radiology.
Professor Jill White, Dean, Sydney Nursing School
Professor Jill White has been an academic for 30 years in the areas of nursing, midwifery and education and Dean of Nursing at Sydney since 2008. She is both a registered nurse and registered midwife, and Chairperson of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMC).
Jill has provided leadership in the academic development of nursing and midwifery, including strategic planning in education, research and consultancy. She has been responsible for developing policy, implementing quality administrative and academic processes, and also for developing new, innovative graduate programs. She has successfully introduced a new Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies at the University of Sydney.
Jill is Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, she was part of a working party responsible for developing the new national accreditation framework and guidelines. Other involvement with industry, government and professional bodies includes membership in the Leadership Collaborative, NSW Health, the Clinical Placement Advisory Group for Universities Australia, and the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (CDNM).
Dr Teresa Anderson, Chief Executive, Sydney Local Health District
Dr Anderson is responsible for managing public health services and ensuring high quality health care in the Sydney Local Health District. SLHD looks after all public hospitals and health care facilities in central Sydney metropolitan area including Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Canterbury Hospital, Balmain Hospital and Concord Repatriation General Hospital.
She is a Board member of the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology.
Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney
Professor Ramzan completed his undergraduate training at the New Zealand School of Pharmacy and his post-graduate training at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney where he obtained his Master of Science and PhD degrees specialising in Drug Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics.
Professor Ramzan is a registered pharmacist and holds a Diploma of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Professor Ramzan also served two terms as a Fellow of The University of Sydney Senate elected by the University's academic staff. Professor Ramzan is an author/co-author of 111 research publications in the areas of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug assays and drug metabolism.
Glenn Salkeld, Professor of Public Health, Head and Associate Dean, Sydney School of Public Health
Glenn is a health economist and graduate of the Australian College of Health Service Executives training program in hospital administration. He has a PhD in health economics and has published 85 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He has been awarded more than $24 million in peer reviewed grants.
Professor Salkeld brings conceptual and methodological expertise in the elicitation of citizen and patient preferences, applied to two major research streams – one in preventive health and the other in surgical care. Glenn is a Co-Director of the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre based at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and has been amongst the first in the world to apply stated preference techniques for the measurement of patient preferences for surgical treatment.
MC and Facilitator: Professor John Horvath
Professor Horvath was the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer from 2003-2009. He currently advises the Department of Health and Ageing and Sydney Medical School. He is a member of Council of the NHMRC, Chairman of the Healthcare Committee and of the Prosthesis Listing Advisory Committee of the Australian Government.
Professor Horvath is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is a distinguished practitioner, researcher and teacher. Professor Horvath was previously a clinical professor of medicine at University of Sydney, a specialist renal physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), and Area Director of Renal Services for the RPA and Concord Repatriation General hospitals. He is also known as a leader in a range of medical training and workforce organisation, and is a former president of the Australian Medical Council and the NSW Medical Board.