Day 1 - Wednesday 1st November

0800Registration open
0900 - 0905Welcome
Ian Burgess, CEO, Medical Technology Association of Australia
0905 - 0930Opening Address
The Hon Brad Hazzard MP, NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research
0930 - 1000The Digital Hospital: What does it mean for Medtech?
Richard Royle, Partner, PwC
1000 - 1030Tele-health: Improving care, delivery and outcomes
Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, Assistant Minister for Health
1030 - 1100Morning tea (among exhibitors)
1100 - 1140Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare the Here and Now
Cathie Reid, Digital Advisor, ICON Group
Annette Hicks, Senior Health Advisor, IBM Australia
Dr Rob Grenfell, Director, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity
1140 - 1210Using Compelling Data to Ensure a Healthier Australia
Rhenu Bhuller, Partner, Transformational Health, Frost & Sullivan
Paul Nicolarakis, CEO, Lorica Health
Dr Rob Grenfell, Director, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity
Dr Dora Hughes, Former Health Advisor to President Barack Obama
1210 - 1250Private Health Insurance Reform
Michael Roff, CEO, Australian Private Hospitals Association
Penny Shakespeare, Acting Deputy Secretary Health Benefits, Department of Health
Dr Rachel David, CEO, Private Healthcare Australia
Daniel Toohey, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
1250 - 1340Lunch (among exhibitors)
1340 - 1410Patient Engagement in Clinical Trials
Janelle Bowden, CEO, Research4ME
Melanie Gentgall, CEO, PRAXIS Australia
Tanya Hall, CEO and Founder, Hearts4Heart
Lillian Leigh, Patient Advocate
Roslyn Ristuccia, Clinical Research Unit Manager, Cancer Care Centre, St George Hospital, NSW
Dr Tina Soulis, CEO, Neuroscience Trials Australia
1410 - 1440The Future Buyers: Does valued-based healthcare have a place?
Ben Keneally, Boston Consulting Group
Alison Verhoeven, CEO, Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association
Natalie Lawandi, Medtronic
Dr Eugene Salole, Principal, Value-Based Access
1440 - 1510Responding in a post-truth, 24/7 media environment
Nick Campbell, Chairman, Nexus Public Affairs
Paul Cross, Pharma Dispatch
Sue Dunlevy, The Daily Telegraph
1510 - 1540Afternoon tea (among exhibitors)
1540 - 1620The TGA ongoing reform of medical devices
Adj Prof John Skerritt, Department of Health Deputy Secretary
1620 - 1700Will Obamacare trump President Trump?
Dr Dora Hughes, Former Health Advisor to President Barack Obama
1700 - 1800Networking on the Pier
1800 - 2100MedTech 2017 Industry Awards Dinner


Day 2 - Thursday 2nd November

0900 - 0910Recap of Day 1
Ian Burgess, CEO, Medical Technology Association of Australia
0910 - 0940The 45th Parliament a cross-party perspective
Senator Sam Dastyari
Trent Zimmerman MP
0940 - 1020How Blockchain will transform healthcare in 25 Years
Richie Etwaru, Chief Digital Officer, QuintilesIMS
1020 - 1050Morning tea (among exhibitors)
1050 - 1130Are medical devices the next cybersecurity Pandora box?
Richie Etwaru, Chief Digital Officer, QuintilesIMS
Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO, Standards Australia
John Sutherland, Chief Information Officer, Ramsay Health Care
Jane Polak Scowcroft, Head of Product, Data61
1130 - 1210Why start-up medtech is important for the industry's future
Glenn Cross, CEO, AusBiotech
Jefferson Harcourt, Director, Grey Innovation
Sue MacLeman, CEO, MTPConnect
Anne O’Neill, Director, NSW Office for Health and Medical Research
George Sidis, Director, IDE Group
1210 - 1240What ADHA is doing and the new strategy
Rachel de Sain, Executive General Manager for Innovation and Development, Australian Digital Health Agency
1240 - 1340Lunch (among exhibitors)
1340 - 1420Tomorrow’s Jobs
Andrew Charlton, Director, Alphabeta Advisory
Mark Keech, Client Partner Life Sciences & Health Sciences, Korn Ferry
Dr Melanie Thomson, GM Education, Skills and Events, MTPConnect
Adrian Turner, CEO, Data61
1420 - 1520Engaging Men to Advance Gender Diversity in MedTech
David Thodey, Chairman, CSIRO
Elizabeth Broderick, Principal, Elizabeth Broderick & Co.
Steven Flynn, GM, Baxter Healthcare
Janet Menzies, Cochlear
1520 - 1535Closing of MedTech 2017
Gavin Fox-Smith, Managing Director ANZ, Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Ltd

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Following the sessions on Wednesday 1st November 2017, networking drinks will be held on the deck (weather permitting) from 5:00pm to 6:00pm providing a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and new contacts within the industry.

The annual industry awards dinner will be held from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. A number of awards will be presented including the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Kerrin Rennie Award. This year will be the 10th year of the MTAA Kerrin Rennie Awards. Please read further information on the awards below:

Women in MedTech Champion - *NEW*

In 2017 MTAA introduced the Women in MedTech (WiMT) Champion Award. The WiMT Award will be presented to a person or company who has been a Champion in advancing or achieved a significant result in the WiMT Mission or Goals within their company or the industry.

The Women in MedTech (WiMT) mission is to 'lead the debate and promote the benefits of gender diversity in the workplace and within the Medtech Industry'. We aspire to actively support women entering or advancing within our industry.

The WiMT goals are:
1. To maintain benchmark metrics on the current ratio of women in leadership positions within Medtech.
2. To lead the discussion within MTAA member base towards the setting of an agreed and achievable target ratio of women in leadership positions by end of 2018.
3. To produce and disseminate to MTAA member companies’ tangible action plans they may deploy in order to increase the female talent pool in their businesses and leadership positions – by end of 2018.
4. To raise the profile and benefit of Women within the MedTech industry through targeted campaigns and events.

Kerrin Rennie Award for Excellence in Medical Technology – Improving Quality of Life

The Kerrin Rennie Award for Excellence in Medical Technology – Improving Quality of Life was established to recognise and profile the innovative and extraordinary contribution of medical technology in improving health outcomes of Australian patients.

The Award was inaugurated in 2007 and is endowed by the Rennie family in memory of Kerrin; a long serving and highly respected member of the Australian medical technology community.

Kerrin Rennie (formerly Kerrin McKenna) was the Managing Director of ConvaTec, a member company of Medical Industry Association of Australia (now MTAA).  Kerrin was elected to the Board of MIAA in 1996, becoming its first female member.  She was an active and enthusiastic member of the Board and an advocate for greater involvement of women at senior levels in the industry.  In that capacity, Kerrin was instrumental in the recruitment to the Board of Maureen McKenzie (Coloplast), who became the Association’s first female Chair.

Kerrin was appointed Honorary Treasurer in 1996 and served two terms in that office, retiring from the Board in 1999. She was an active member of several MIAA committees, including the Stoma Appliance and Wound Care Special Interest Groups.  A trained nurse, Kerrin never lost sight of the central mission of our industry, that of caring for patients.  She was a passionate advocate for the contribution of medical technology in extending life and improving quality of life.

Entry is open to all medical technology companies based or represented in Australia. A company may enter a product launched in Australia within the past two years used in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment or management of disease and disability. The product must demonstrate evidence of significant contribution to improving patient outcomes by enhancing quality of life, technical excellence and innovation.

Medical technology saves and improves lives by detecting diseases earlier and by providing more effective treatment options for patients and the healthcare system.

The Kerrin Rennie Award is a fitting tribute to Kerrin’s life of service to this industry and to our patients. 2017 celebrates the 10th year the prestigious award given to the Australian medical technology industry in her memory.

Outstanding Achievement Award

This MTAA award recognises an individual who has contributed in an exceptional way to the development of the medical technology industry in Australia.  Nominations are accepted regardless of membership of the Association.

The Outstanding Achievement Award began in 2014 as an acknowledgment to the people within our industry & the benefit they bring to improve health outcomes of their customers.  

Past Outstanding Achievement Award recipients include:

2016: Chelsea Cornelius, PeriCoach (Analytica)

2015: Tanya Hall, Hearts 4 Heart

2014: Professor Karen Reynolds, Medical Device Partnering Program, Flinders University