Master of Ceremonies
Adam Spencer began his career in radio by winning the Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, Adam took over the Triple J breakfast time slot, co hosting with Wil Anderson from 1999 - 2004.
From 2006 to 2013 Adam was the host of the coveted radio slot ABC 702 Breakfast Show, building a cult following which saw him crowned the "best radio show" by ABC local radio in 2012 and 2013.
Adam holds a first class honors degree in Pure Mathematics and has an immense interest in science. These passions lead Adam to hosting the ABC program Quantum and FAQ from 1998 to 2001. Other TV credits include hosting Hit & Run for Foxtel’s Comedy Channel; Joker Poker for Channel Ten; two series of Sleek Geeks with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki for ABC TV and team captain on the ABC TV’s sports show The Trophy Room.
The author of The Little Book of Numbers, Adam explained his love of prime numbers and the magic of maths to an enraptured TED audience in early 2013. Since being posted online, his talk has had over a million views.
Adam is the ambassador for many charities including Redkite and in 2014 was appointed University of Sydney’s Ambassador for Maths and Science. He also co-hosts Australia’s No 1 podcast, Sleek Geeks with Dr Karl. Adam’s latest book, The Big Book of Numbers has also now been released.
Adam is in demand as a corporate speaker and especially as an MC and awards night specialist.
Adam Spencer appears by arrangement with Great Expectation Speakers and Trainers For and on behalf of: 12th National Allied Health Conference
Anchor Point Uncle Ray Davison
Welcome to Country: Uncle Ray DavisonUncle Ray Davison is a proud Gadigal man, born on Country. He is a current director of the Board of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Lands Council (MLALC) and a recently retired Aboriginal Health Worker from Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service.
Ray's early childhood was spent at La Perouse, where on weekends Ray would "drive for a penny" off the old pier for the tourists, collect golf balls and caddy on the golf course. A move to Burragarang Valley during the initial development of Warragamba Dam gave Ray and his numerous siblings the opportunity of living in the bush for a few years before briefly returning to La Perouse then settling in Liverpool.
The passing of both parents before adulthood sent Ray and his siblings to Redfern, Darlington, Forest Lodge, Annandale and other havens of the inner city. hard times were held by hard work and family, especially his brothers, friends, and extended family. Early adulthood gave Ray numerous work and career related experiences which all combined to build a social consciousness that strived for equity and equality for his fellow people.
For more than 30 years Ray worked for the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service, as one of the founding health workers he was instrumental in the growth and development of the service - a service dedicated to the health and well-being of the local Aboriginal community.
Ray worked in collaboration with the community, governing boards, management and fellow health service providers to give the Aboriginal community of the heart of Sydney a culturally appropriate and professional health service. Ray advocates for social justice, community development and empowerment, equity and equality for all.
As an Aboriginal Health Worker, Ray promoted and accredited the necessary, yet fundamental qualities, capacities and capabilities that required delivery by all people involved in the health and well-being of the Aboriginal Community. Ray is married with three sons and has nine grandchildren. Retirements has given Ray the opportunity to spend more time with his family and the capacity to share his unique, informative and entertaining "Welcome to Country" with many people.
Anchor Point Tom Calma
Professor Tom Calma AO
Prof Calma is an Aboriginal Elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia, respectively. He has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, state, national and international level and worked in the public sector for over 45 years and is currently on a number of boards and committees focussing on rural and remote Australia, health, education, justice reinvestment, research, leadership, reconciliation and economic development.
Anchor Point Jacqui
Jacqui was appointed as the Chief Health Professions Officer in April 2006 and before that was the first Allied Health Professions Officer in the Scottish Government Health Department from September 2002.
Anchor Point Jim
James Gillespie is the Deputy Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, and Associate Professor in Health Policy, Sydney School of Public Health..
He has been a chief investigator on National Health and Medical Research Council–funded projects researching management of chronic illness, care integration and research translation into policy. His recent projects have included evaluation of Partners in Recovery, Western and Inner Western Sydney (with Dr Smith-Merry) and around the better integration of health care, covering better connections between hospital and community-based services and the implementation of the ‘Health Care Home’.
Anchor Point Luke
Luke Escombe is a songwriter, musician and comedian who has turned his ongoing health struggles into inspiration for his art. His 2011 one-man show “Chronic” took him to festivals around the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe and led to him becoming an ambassador for Crohn’s and Colitis Australia. In 2014 he created an award-winning kid's show called The Vegetable Plot, which is now being used in schools around the world to teach children about music, storytelling and healthy eating. Luke has spoken on three occasions at Parliament House in Canberra, as well as at the New Zealand National Museum in Wellington, the 2012 and 2014 National Medicines Symposiums, the 2013 Pharmacy Australia Congress, the 2014 SARRA conference and at workshops, support groups and training seminars across the country. He has also written commissioned songs for a number of health-related causes, including antibiotic awareness, medicines safety, aged care and domestic violence. Luke was described by John Shand in the Sydney Morning Herald as a “rock-soul singer, raconteur, blistering blues guitarist, comedian and songwriter, and very good at them all”, and is most often described by himself as the Mick Jagger of inflammatory bowel disease. His talks are renowned for their honesty, humour and irrepressible humanity.
Anchor Point Saravana
Dr Saravana Kumar is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. As a physiotherapist, he has 16 years of professional experience spanning clinical practice (in manipulative and sports physiotherapy), research (health services research, evidence-based practice, quality and safety, allied health) and teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy, evidence-based practice, and research methods). He is a passionate and committed teacher who teaches topics on evidence-based practice and implementing and sustaining change in health care to students and health professionals, nationally and internationally. As a researcher, he has published (180) and presented (125) extensively. He works with a number of allied health disciplines and as he has expertise in transforming health and achieving best practice, he provides specialist advice to several local, national and international agencies in development, implementation and evaluation of new models of care, workforce role re-design and quality and safety initiatives. He is an active supervisor and a passionate mentor for students, early career researchers and academics. He is also the webmaster of Implementation Central (www.implementationcentral.com), the only free website in the world dedicated to the science and practice of evidence implementation.
Anchor Point Lucio
Dr Lucio Naccarella, PhD is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre For Health Policy in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne.
Anchor Point Lorimer
Prof Moseley is a distinguished international contributor to physiotherapy and clinical neuroscience. He is the Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy at UniSA and head of the Body in Mind Research Group. He has presented at more than 60 international conferences in 30 countries and delivered public lectures to more than 25,000 people in Australia, Europe and the US.
Anchor Point Steven
Professor Steven Larkin is a Kungarakany and Yanyula man from Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia.
Anchor Point Mark
Mark Cormack joined the Department of Health in February 2015 as Deputy Secretary, Strategic Policy and Innovation Group (SPIG). Mark is responsible for strategic national health policy, portfolio strategies and international engagement. His national programme responsibilities include Primary Health, Mental Health, Public Hospital Funding agreements and dental.
Master of Ceremonies - Allied Health Leadership Day
Anna-Louise is the Executive Director and Creator of the multi award winning Happy Body At Work corporate wellbeing program. This Joint Venture with the ABC and has rolled out to over 30,000 people in organisations as diverse as Optus, the ASX, Minter Ellison, PwC, Vic Health, Lendlease, the University of Sydney and UTS.
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