FACILITATORs  

Jamie Reid
  

Jamie Reid
Principal
Finity Consulting

Jamie Reid is a Principal of Finity Consulting, and manages Finity’s health insurance practice. He’s the Appointed Actuary of a number of insurers in Australia and New Zealand. Jamie is a member of the Actuaries Institute Health Practice Committee, and a past convenor of that group.

  Ignatius Li
Health Actuary
Deloitte

Ignatius is a health actuary at Deloitte.  Over more than well over a decade he has helped a variety of clients from Australian health funds to both the Singapore and Australian governments.  In particular, he has dedicated a significant part of his career to advising the Singapore government on their national health insurance scheme, MediShield Life, the highlight of which has been its conversion to a compulsory scheme in 2015.  Ignatius is a strong believer in the actuarial profession and the role actuaries can bring to policy discussions such as in health.

 

Speakers

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Dr Narcyz Ghinea, BSc (Hons), PhD (UNSW)
Pharmaceutical Policy analyst, Bioethicist
Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney

Narcyz is a pharmaceutical policy analyst and bioethicist at Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney. His academic work focuses on access to high cost medicines, clinical decision making, and health technology assessment. By bringing together policy and ethics, Narcyz seeks to highlight the ethics and values underpinning policy issues. His work has been published in major medical journals including the Lancet and BMJ.

Narcyz has a background in mathematics, and began his career developing predictive decision support systems for surgeons at Liverpool Hospital. He subsequently worked in clinical governance at the South Western Sydney Area Health Service, data management with the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce, in patient safety at the NSW Ministry of Health and medication safety at the Clinical Excellence Commission prior to his current academic appointment.

Nic Woods
            

Nic Woods
Health Industry Exec, Chief Medical Officer
Microsoft Australia

Having over 25 years’ experience in clinical medicine (mostly emergency medicine and urgent care) and digital health globally, Dr Nic has held diverse roles in health technology incubators, national digital health programs and medical executive leadership roles within the health IT and technology industry. 

His role as Health Industry Exec, Chief Medical Officer at Microsoft Australia is to improve healthcare for Australians across the continuum, through a thriving ecosystem of partners and the use of innovative technologies such as advanced analytics, AI and medical internet of things. 

He believes this is an incredibly dynamic time to be working in this intersection with health information technology increasingly contributing to the delivery of more efficient and safer healthcare now and into the future.

Adam Stolz
            

Adam Stolz
Deputy Chief Actuary | General Manager Pricing
Medibank

Adam Stolz is a senior actuary with broad experience in health insurance, life insurance and retirement savings, in Australia as well as internationally.  Adam is currently Deputy Chief Actuary and General Manager Pricing at Medibank, and has previously worked with AIA, as well as AXA for 11 years in France and the US.  Adam has a passion for customer-orientated innovation in the health and insurance sectors.  Past achievements include contributing to the successful launch of the health and wellness Vitality program by AIA in Australia, as well as the development of a new structured retirement savings product for AXA in the US that has sold over US$5bn since launch.

Malcolm Parmenter
            

Dr Malcolm Parmenter 
MBBS (University of NSW), AICD

Dr Malcolm Parmenter joined Primary Health Care in September 2017 as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Malcolm has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in the operation of medical centres, with over nine years’ tenure as CEO of Independent Practitioner Network Limited, both as a listed company and under the ownership of Sonic Healthcare Limited, and subsequently two years as CEO of Sonic Clinical Services.

He has a strong understanding of healthcare, both in Australia and abroad, and spent more than 20 years as a General Practitioner. His experience in healthcare policy regulation is extensive, and Malcolm was most recently a member of the Primary Healthcare Advisory Group into chronic and complex illnesses.

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Richard Madden 
BSc (Syd), PhD (Princeton), FIAA, AM, PSM 
Professor of Health Statistics, 
University of Sydney 

Richard is Director of the National Centre for Classification in Health, an international centre of excellence in health classifications. The Centre has responsibility for the Australian modification of the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the Australian Classification of Health Interventions, and until the end of December 2017, the Australian casemix grouper, the AR-DRG classification. He has led the WHO effort since 2007 to develop an International Classification of Health Interventions, with a new beta version released earlier this year (April 2018). Richard chaired/co-chaired the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Family Development Committee from 2000 to 2012. The Committee is responsible for expanding the Family and seeking alignment across classifications. He chaired the WHO-FIC Network from 2003 to 2005. 

In 2002, Richard was Australian Actuary of the Year. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2003 and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Sydney in 2005.  Richard has also been co-stream leader for the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the University’s Centre for Disability Research and Policy.

In 2012-13, Richard prepared a comprehensive report on instruments to assess sub-acute care for the Independent Hospitals Pricing Authority.

From 2010-2018 he was Chair of the House with No Steps, a major non-government provider of disability services in Australia, and since 2018 he is Deputy Chair, House with No Steps/Tipping Foundation. From 2008 to 2017 he was a Board member of the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney. In addition, Richard works on a variety of Indigenous statistics issues, and is the Director of the Sydney Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics. 

Prior to 2006, Richard was Director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for 10 years. From 1992 to 1995, he was Deputy Australian Statistician. He has had wide experience across the Australian health and community services sectors, including as Deputy Secretary of the NSW Health Department and as head of the Disability Programs Division in the then Commonwealth Department of Health and Community Services. He was also Head of the Treasuries of the Northern Territory (1983-86) and the Australian Capital Territory (1989-92).

Andrew Singer
            

Andrew Singer, AM FACEM FIFEM
Principal Medical Adviser
Department of Health

Andrew Singer has been a Principal Medical Adviser in the Australian Government Department of Health since 2008, advising on policy and issues involving the review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, acute care, emergency medical response management, safety and quality in healthcare as well as medical education, training and workforce. 

He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Australian National University Medical School since 2009, as well as a Senior Specialist at Canberra Hospital and Health Services since 1999, working in both the Emergency Department (where he was Clinical Director 2003-2008) and on the Capital Region Retrieval Service (SouthCare Helicopter). Andrew is a former Censor-in-Chief and then President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and has been on the Executive of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. 

He represents the Department of Health on a number of committees, including the Australian Medical Council’s Specialist Education Accreditation Committee as well as the Prevocational Standards Accreditation Committee. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


            

Sarah Johnson
Scheme Actuary
NDIA

Sarah Johnson joined the NDIA as Scheme Actuary in 2013. Prior to joining the Agency, Sarah was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Sarah has worked within the disability sector and broader health and human services sector for the last ten years. She assisted the Disability Investment Group in costing an NDIS in the Way Forward report, and worked with the Productivity Commission on the Disability Care and Support Inquiry. She has also undertaken a lot of actuarial work in accident compensation, housing, child protection, health and aged care.

In 2016, Sarah was awarded Actuary of the Year by the Actuaries Institute in recognition for her significant contributions to the success of the NDIS and the introduction of actuarial techniques into new areas of social policy.

Georgie Drury
            

Georgie Drury
CEO and Founder
SpringDay

Georgie Drury describes herself as a tech geek in sneakers, and Springday is the combination of her three passions – technology, wellbeing and innovation. Before Springday, Georgie worked in organisational development, designed and built e-learning platforms, and developed mobile commerce solutions. Her online career hub won an AIM digital innovation award. Georgie is a keen sportswoman and in 2016 she won Division 2 in the Sydney – Hobart yacht race. She gives back to the community by mentoring young women in technology and kids in sports.

Kevin Cheng
            

Dr Kevin Cheng
FRACGP, MBBS, MBA, DALF

Kevin is an Australian trained GP specialising in chronic disease management and integrated care. He has worked as a doctor in Australia, Hong Kong, London and Africa in clinical and non-clinical roles, reforming health systems and delivering health improvements for patients. He also has a business background having advised international companies at McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group.

Barry Leung
            

Barry Leung
Head of Strategy and Actuarial Services
Defence Health

Barry has been working in the health insurance industry for more than 15 years. He joined Defence Health as the Company Actuary in 2008, and in his current role as Head of Strategy and Actuarial Services since 2014. 

Prior to joining Defence Health, Barry held senior roles with other insurers like AAMI, Medibank Private and HCF. Barry has worked in many different business areas across the insurance sector, including strategy development, pricing, reserving, marketing analytics, and customer research. 

Barry is proud to be part of a not for profit health insurer, and is actively involved in seeking ways to improve the health and wellbeing of the Defence Community.


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Richard Farber (Ricky)
Director
Discovery Limited

Richard Farber is a director of Discovery Limited. From 2003 to 2017, he was Group CFO of Discovery, during which time the group grew its share price over 20 times, and expanded operations from two to 16 countries.  Discovery is a shared value insurance company whose purpose and ambition are achieved through a pioneering business model, underpinned by its Vitality program that incentivises people to be healthier, and enhances and protects their lives. The shared value insurance model delivers better health and value for clients, superior actuarial dynamics for the insurer, and a healthier society. Richard has played an integral part in Discovery’s expansion and growth.

Hadyn Bernau is the Managing Director of Cause Way, a new actuarial and strategy consultancy looking to re-shape corporate and NFP decision-making by blending actuarial and relational thinking.  For example, how can better pricing decisions be made by incorporating their impact on customer relationship capital?  And how can practices of financial capital management be applied to relational capital?

Keynote and Plenary Speakers