National health leaders gathering: one week to go

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

With just under a week to go until the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association’s (AHHA) conference, The Quantum Leap, the leading thinkers in health from across the nation and abroad are getting ready to gather in Sydney and share their ideas.

The conference is being held in partnership with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and major sponsors Hesta and Riskman, with the theme of Health Innovation - Making Quality Count highlighting the achievements of successful innovators in the health sector, as well as the challenges ahead.

Conference speakers include:

The Hon. Peter Dutton MP: Federal Minister for Health, Minister for Sport. Minister Dutton will open the conference dinner on Tuesday, 9 September, and also present certificates to the winners of the 2014 Quantum Leap Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the conference dinner on 9 September.

Professor John E McDonough: Director, Centre for Public Health Leadership, Harvard University, former Senior Advisor on national health reform, US Senate Committee on Health.  A key advisor on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), Professor McDonough will be heading the plenary session: The politics of national health reform.

Joe Gallagher: Chief Executive, First Nations Health Council, Canada. Drawing on his experience with the First Nations Health Authority, Joe will describe the opportunities and challenges that arise when undertaking structural reform of health service management and organisation on a large scale while at the same time achieving client-focused service delivery for Indigenous people.

Professor Roopen Arya: Professor of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, King’s College London, and Helen Morrison: National VTE Prevention Programme Manager, NHS England, discussing the implementation of clinical reform at the national level.

Mark Britnell: Global Chair of Healthcare, KPMG. Mark will examine mechanisms to achieve and maintain clinical and operational excellence, including the role of regulation and benchmarking.

Bill Moss AM:  Former head of Macquarie Bank’s real estate and baking division. Bill will be speaking at the conference dinner about his early life in a fibro house in a working-class suburb of Sydney, to becoming a committed philanthropist, passionate campaigner for disability rights and the founder of a global medical and scientific research foundation bringing hope to sufferers of muscular dystrophy around the world.

It’s not too late to register for the conference, visit to register, or alternatively, if media are interested in attending or interviewing the speakers, contact the AHHA communications team at or call (02) 6162 0780.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, community and primary healthcare services, and advocates for universal, high quality and affordable healthcare to benefit the whole community.

Media Enquiries:

Alison Verhoeven

Chief Executive, The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

0403 282 501