Conference Program

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Full Registrations*
(Sunday 27th & Monday 28th August)

Day Registrations**
(Sunday 27th or Monday 28th August)

Pre & Post Conference
(Saturday 26th & Tuesday 29th August)

 $650 Early Bird* 2 Day Registration

*(Ends 20th of June 2017)

$400 Standard 1 Day Registration

$175 Pre Conference Half Day (Morning)
$175 Pre Conference Half Day (Afternoon)

$750 Standard 2 Day Registration

$350 Student 1 Day Registration $300 Pre Conference Full Day

$600 Student 2 Day Registration

 $300 Post Conference Full Day

*Full Registration includes; Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea (27th & 28th August 2017) Conference Satchel and Welcome Reception (26th August 2017).

**Day Registration includes; Morning Tea, Lunch & afternoon tea for day of conference attendance , conference satchel and Welcome Reception (26th August 2017).

The National Allied Health Conference Organising Committee is delighted to present the 12th National Allied Health Conference in Sydney Australia for all Allied Health. This premiere conference will be held at Sydney International Convention Centre from the 26th - 29th August 2017, with pre and post conference workshops scheduled for the 26th and 29th respectively.

As Australia works toward a truly integrated health care system that delivers seamless, holistic care across a persons lifespan, Allied Health Professionals are well placed to:

  • provide responsive services across sectors and locations in a market increasingly driven by consumer choice
  • develop a resilient workforce by building capacity and capability to meet the health needs of our communities
  • deliver effective and efficient services informed by reliable systems

The conference will provide a forum for Allied Health professions to gather from every service setting: private sector, public health, non-government organisations and government agencies. Delegates will consider solutions to the challenges posed by major health reforms such as the NDIS, the management of chronic diseases, Aboriginal health and the interface between acute and primary care.

The Organising Committee invites you to Sydney to hear a range of eminent speakers explore the current and emerging issues that will shape the future for Allied Health. As the focus of health policy shifts to the management of complexity in primary care, Allied Health will be Stronger Together.

The conference will explore the theme Allied Health: Stronger Together and will highlight the place of Allied Health in the health continuum through a number of subthemes including:

Responsive Services

  • Connecting with consumers
  • Digital Health
  • Using data effectively for sound business choices
  • Service Innovation
  • Allied Health marketing and profile
  • Adapting to the changing political and health policy environment

Reliable Systems

  • Reliable Systems
  • Connectivity to achieve integrated care
  • Advances in technology
  • Service Innovation
  • Research and quality improvement

Resilient Workforce

  • Strengthening the assistant workforce
  • Working to full and or expanded scope of practice
  • Multidisciplinary care and Interprofessional practice
  • Workforce development, education and leadership


Set in the spectacular environs of Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia, we look forward to welcoming you to this outstanding event in August 2017.

- The 12th National Allied Health Conference Organising Committee.


Master of Ceremonies

Adam Spencer

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


Jim Gillespie

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’.
His books include The Price of Health: Australian Governments and Medical Politics (Cambridge University Press 1991, 2002) and (with Anne-marie Boxall) Making Medicare: the Politics of Universal Health Care in Australia (2013). 



Luke Escombe

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.



Dr Saravana Kumar

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 (, the only free website in the world dedicated to the science and practice of evidence implementation.




Lucio Naccarella

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. 

He is a leading health care services researcher and evaluator, with interests in systems change, health system literacy, health care design, care coordination, team work, professional development, primary care organizations and health workforce reforms, from a policy, research and practice perspective.  His experience includes providing national leadership and input at policy level; reviewing evidence to inform policy decision making; and evaluating national and state level initiatives aimed optimising patient health outcomes and strengthening the health care workforce.






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