National PHN Conference

17th & 18th of November 2016, Novotel Darling Harbour. Sydney, NSW.

Following the great success of the 2015 National PHN Conference, we are pleased to announce details of the 2016 National PHN Conference.

It has been a very successful year for PHNs in establishing their influence and platforms. I am happy to advise that PenCS has been a significant contributor in assisting up to 29 PHNs and NACCHO activities across Australia undertake their responsibilities in interfacing with General Practice.

This year Pen CS will look for further opportunities to utilise the developing capabilities of CAT Plus to provide Data and Quality Improvement Programs that support the PHNs in delivering their National and Regional KPIs.

Superb Venue

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Conference Themes

  • The PHN journey, one year on, learnings and achievements.
  • Digital Health and Chronic Disease Management interfacing with Primary Care Providers.
  • Health Care Homes, history, proposed trials and possible tribulations.
  • Challenges of Standardising and Linking Primary Care and Hospital Data
  • Data Journey from GPs to PHNs, NACCHO and onto AIHW and beyond?

VIP Speakers

  • Ms Elizabeth Koff, Director General, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Dr Norman Swan, Host, Health Report ABC Radio National, ABC News24 and co-founder of Tonic Health Media
  • Mr Tim Kelsey, Chief Executive, Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Professor George Rubin, Associate Medical Executive Director – Epidemiology, Safety and Quality at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Dr Steve Hambleton, Chairman of the Board at NEHTA
  • Dr Kean-Seng Lim, VP AMA (NSW), RACGP GP of the Year 2015, Health Care Home GP
  • Mr Ian Corless, Director, Integrated Care and Commissioning, Western Sydney PHN
  • Dr Indrani Pieris-Caldwell, AIHW
  • Dr Emma Heeley, Ms Patty Correll, NSW Ministry of Health, Patient Data Linkages Project
  • Mr Chris Halacas, Ms Erin Manderson, VACCHO
  • Gold Coast PHN
  • Hunter New England PHN
  • Others to be advised

Please note: This is an invitation only event.
For further enquires, or enquiries about presenting, please contact Loretta Sciarrone, Conference Convenor at, or phone 03 9866 8477.

Guest Speakers

Dr Steve Hambleton

Chairman of the Board at NEHTA
Ex-President of AMA
Director Avant Mutual Group Limited
Director AMPCo-Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Independent Contractor for IPN Medical Centres

Dr Steve Hambleton is the former Federal President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), a position he assumed in May 2011 after serving a two-year term as Federal Vice President. Dr Hambleton is a University of Queensland graduate (1984) and an experienced General Practitioner serving at the same general practice at Kedron in Brisbane since 1988.

He was President of AMA Queensland in 2005-6 and served on the AMA Council of General Practice at a State and Federal level for more than 15 years. Dr Hambleton was the AMA representative on the National Immunisation Committee from 2006-2010, and was a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. He joined the AMA Taskforce on Indigenous Health in 2005 and was Chair from 2009 to 2014.
Dr Hambleton is on the Board of the Australasian Medical Publishing Company and he served on the Australian National Preventive Health Agency’s Expert Committee on Alcohol from 2011 – 2014. He served as a Member of the Clinical Care Standards Advisory Committee of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and is a current member of the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation Advisory Group.

Dr Hambleton was appointed Chair of the National E-Health Transition Authority in June 2014. For his services to general practice he was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the RACGP in September 2014. Dr Hambleton joined the Board of Avant Mutual Group Limited in November 2014. In April 2015, he was appointed by the Federal Government to lead a Primary Health Care Advisory Group to investigate options to provide better care for people with complex and chronic illness; innovative care and funding models; better recognition and treatment of mental health conditions; and greater connection between primary health care and hospital care.

Ms Elizabeth Koff

NSW Health Director General
Former Deputy Secretary Strategy and Resources at the NSW Ministry of Health

Ms Koff is well placed to take on the Secretary role, having been Deputy Secretary Strategy and Resources at the NSW Ministry of Health for the past year. She was previously the Chief Executive of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and has held senior executive planning and operational roles within the NSW health system, including Director of Clinical Operations and Director Population Health, Planning and Performance at South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service.

Professor George Rubin MB BS (Hons) FRACP FAPHM FAChAM

Associate Medical Executive Director – Epidemiology, Safety and Quality at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

George is an associate medical director in South Eastern Sydney Health District and a professor of public health at the Universities of Sydney (Adjunct) and NSW (Conjoint). In the past he was President of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine; chaired the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization; and, served as director of Epidemiology and then Chief Health Officer for NSW Health. He has worked as a medical epidemiologist with the US Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA and in Bangladesh. He has published more than 150 scientific papers and works clinically as an addiction medicine specialist.

Mr Tim Kelsey

Chief Executive – Australian Digital Health Agency
Visiting Professor, Institute for Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London
Named Reformer of the Year by the think tank Reform in 2012
One of the 500 most influential people in the United Kingdom in 2014 (Sunday Times)

With previous roles that include Telstra Health, NHS England, McKinsey & Co and UK Cabinet Office, Mr Tim Kelsey has a wide range of experience. Mr Kelsey served as the the British government’s first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data at NHS.

He advocates a popular knowledge revolution in our public services and, in 2000, was co-founder of Dr Foster, a company which pioneered publication of patient outcomes in healthcare. He believes that digital and social media can transform the customer experience in public services. In 2007, he launched NHS Choices, the national online health information service ( which now reports around 50 million unique users per month. Previous experience includes further work as a trustee of the Nuffield Trust, a leading health policy think tank, until 2015. He has also worked as a national newspaper journalist and a television reporter for the BBC, Channel 4, The Independent and the Sunday Times.

Dr Norman Swan

Host and Producer, The Health Report
Co-Executive Producer, Tonic & ABC News24
ABC Radio National

Dr Norman Swan regularly presents The Health Report which appeals to both specialist and mainstream audiences by applying a broad definition of health, and seeing health and medicine within social, scientific and political contexts.

The Health Report is a valued information source for professionals and students in the medical and health professions, as well as attracting a sizeable audience of general listeners seeking jargon-free, easy-to-understand information and analysis on health and medical matters.

Presented by Dr Norman Swan, the program covers wide-ranging topics and issues, among them: cancer, endocrinology, epidemiology, exercise, gastroenterology, gynaecology, health education, mental health, nutrition, obstetrics, paediatrics, physiotherapy, and rheumatology.

As co-founder of Tonic Health Media, this health media company produces and distributes evidence-based health content to consumers. Partnering with GPs, allied health, specialists, and hospitals, Tonic Health Media narrowcasts broadcast-quality content via a network of TV screens installed in areas where patients wait for health services. The content is designed to improve health literacy, the ability for patients to self manage, drive evidence-based practice, and reduce adverse events – facilitating better outcomes for patients, doctors, and the Australian health industry.

Tonic Health Media has become a trusted “knowledge intermediary” in the health market, as the backbone health TV content is evidence-based, and produced by Australia’s most respected health broadcaster, Dr Norman Swan.

The unique and highly flexible system also allows health providers and other organisations, such as government health departments, health and wellness product manufacturers, and NGOs, interact in an ethical manner, with a captive audience focused on their health.