Webinar Launch: Measuring value in new health technology assessment

Venue: Webinar
Date: 24 August 2020 12:30pm to 24 August 2020 01:30pm

Join us at 12:30pm on Monday 24 August for the launch of the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research issue brief 'Measuring value in new health technology assessments: a focus on robotic surgery in public hospitals'. This paper considers a proposed national health technology assessment framework and draws on a case study on robotics from Metro North Health and Hospital Service in Brisbane. Our panellists will discuss the processes for assessing the merits of implementing new health technology in public hospital.

General Overview:

  • Joanne Fitzgerald, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
    How new technology is currently assessed and what is proposed in the National Health Reform Agreement.
  • Colleen Jen, Professor Ross Crawford
    Robotics case study from Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
  • Alison Verhoeven, AHHA
    Recommendations: Measuring value in new health technology assessments.
  • Jennifer Doggett, CMAX Advisory
  • Alistair McLean, Stryker
    Closing remarks

Speaker Biographies:

Jennifer Doggett, Senior Consultant – Health (CMAX Advisory):
Jennifer Doggett has more than 20 years’ experience in government, working with professional, industry and consumer groups and specialising in the health sector. Jennifer is a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and former Chair of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance. She is a contributing editor to online health publication Croakey and has worked for a broad range of consumer, industry and professional groups in the health sector. Jennifer’s previous roles include policy officer in the Department of Health, Communications Manager for a national medical organisation and political adviser to a federal senator on health and social policy issues.

Alison Verhoeven, CEO (AHHA):
Alison Verhoeven is Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia. Ms Verhoeven holds an MBA with a specialisation in International Business, a Master of Letters, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts. Her professional affiliations include membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. She has broad experience in health, education, corporate governance and communications, and has worked in both the private and public sectors in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe.

Joanne Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Policy and Classification (IHPA):
Joanne Fitzgerald has worked at IHPA since 2012, and currently holds the position of Executive Director, Policy and Classification. Prior to this, she was Director, AR-DRG Development and was responsible for developing and managing the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups classification system. Joanne holds a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management) from the University of Sydney. She has more than 15 years’ experience as a health information manager working with health classifications in both the public and private health sector. Joanne has worked as a clinical coder, manager of medical record departments and at the NSW Ministry of Health.

Professor Ross Crawford, Professor of Orthopaedic Research at Queensland University of Technology:
Professor Ross Crawford is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in lower limb joint replacement; his principal interests are hip and knee replacement, and knee arthroscopy. Professor Crawford is an internationally recognized expert in the field of hip and knee replacement surgery. He performs approximately 150 hip and 150 knee replacements per year, both in public and private practice. He lectures and teaches surgical techniques, both nationally and internationally. As well as running a clinical practice Professor Ross Crawford is the Chair of Orthopaedic Research and the Professor of Medical and health robotics at QUT. He is an associate investigator in the Australian centre for robotic vision. In this role he supervises PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and collaborates closely with experts in the field of robotics, and mechatronics, mechanical and tissue engineering. He has published over 250 peer reviewed articles including work on health economics and big data.

Colleen Jen, Executive Director, Health Service Strategy and Planning, Metro North Hospital and Health Service (HHS):
Colleen Jen is a registered nurse with 20 years clinical experience primarily in cardiac services with a Bachelor of Nursing, Masters in Critical Care Nursing and Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis. Colleen is responsible for establishing overarching strategic planning framework (including governance) for the HHS and promote integration of planning functions e.g. service planning, infrastructure planning, workforce planning across the HHS.

Alastair McLean, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Joint Replacement & Robotics (Stryker South Pacific):
Mr Alastair McLean has been working with Stryker for over 15 years, holding multiple roles across the orthopaedic and robotics section of the business. Alastair is an experienced marketing and sales leader in the medical technology industry, starting his career in Scotland before relocating to Australia in 2012. Alastair holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering & Management) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomechanics from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a postgraduate degree in marketing from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.