Allied Health: Front and centre in a changing health paradigm?

To conclude the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to explore the topic of Allied Health "Front and Centre" ? Are we there yet and what should we be doing next? through a facilitated panel discussion. The panel will be held on Wednesday 11 November 2015, 3:45 - 4:45PM. The panel will include a mixture of international speakers and local/national allied health leaders. As the penultimate event for the conference, the session aims to bring the ideas and elements arising through the conference to the fore, and be the conduit to bring them together in discussion. The panel will be followed by a number of awards and conference closing.

Panel Chair: Marcus Dripps, National President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association


Debra Kay

Debra originally trained as a teacher and has undertaken health curriculum development, policy and research.

She has worked with The Smith Family and was CEO of Asthma Australia. Debra is currently a Guest Research Associate in Consumer Engagement at the University of South Australia; has several government? committee appointments; is an NPS:Medicinewise Director; and undertakes pro bono roles with a wide range of community organisations.




Dale Fisher

Dale Fisher is Chief Executive of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia's only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer treatment, research and education and home to Australia's largest cancer research program. Dale will lead the relocation of Peter Mac's East Melbourne site to its new home in Parkville in 2016, as part of the $1.1 billion VCCC Project.

Prior to joining Peter Mac, Dale was Chief Executive of The Royal Women's Hospital for nine years. In recognition of her achievements in leadership and promoting excellence in women's health to the Victorian community, Dale was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll in 2011 as part of the centenary celebrations for International Women's Day.

In October 2013, Dale's many roles as a strategic and educational leader were again recognised when she was honoured as one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence. While practising as a Registered Nurse, Dale pursued studies in business management and completed a Bachelor of Business (BA) at RMIT University and a Masters of Business (MBA) at Monash University.

Dale is a Board member of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre; the Committee for Melbourne and of the Centre for workplace Leadership Advisory Board; and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives.


Professor Mary Lovegrove OBE

Professor Lovegrove is a Diagnostic Radiographer by profession.? She holds a personal chair in education and development for allied health professionals. Mary was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours (2012) for her commitment to allied health professionals. She is also an honorary member of the Singapore Society of Radiographers.
Professor Lovegrove is the International Lead for the School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University and a Director of Allied Health Solutions. She is also a Non-Executive Director for an NHS Integrated Healthcare Trust. Formerly she was the Head of the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University.



Mark Cormack

National Chief Allied Health Advisor

Mark Cormack joined the Department of Health in February 2015 as Deputy Secretary, Strategic Policy and Innovation Group (SPIG). Mark is responsible for strategic national health policy, portfolio strategies and international engagement. His National Programme responsibilities include Primary Health, Mental Health, Public Hospital Funding agreements and dental.

Prior to joining the department Mark was Deputy Secretary of the Immigration Status Resolution Group (ISRG) in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) from August 2013 – January 2015. ISRG is responsible for managing and resolving the immigration status of people who do not have legal authority to be in Australia or who are in breach of their visa conditions. The group is also responsible for the onshore detention network, community detention, bridging visa programmes, and the department’s compliance and removals functions. In addition, the group works with other countries to implement offshore processing and refugee settlement. Mark was the Department’s senior executive responsible for implementation of Operation Sovereign Borders.

Prior to joining DIBP, Mark was appointed the first Chief Executive Officer of Health Workforce Australia (HWA) in January 2010. HWA was a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) which planned, funded, researched and delivered programmes to enhance and develop Australia’s health workforce.

From July 2006 to January 2010 Mark was Chief Executive of ACT Health. 

Mark has worked in and for the public healthcare sector for over 30 years in various capacities as a health professional, senior manager, policy maker, planner, agency head and industry advocate. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (University of Sydney) and Master of Health Management (University of Wollongong).

Jonathan Jackson

Associate Professor Jonathan Jackson is an optometrist and clinical vision scientist currently running a large regional Hospital Optometry Dept at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Northern Ireland. He is co-chair of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Networkl (Vision) and has a visiting appointment as an Associate Professor at the Dept of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and acts as reviewer for a wide range of clinical and research journals and national and international research funding organisations. His main clinical and research interests include Vision Impairment, Corneal & Contact Lens Practice and Paediatric Optometry. Associate Professor Jackson was, for a 3 year period (2011-2014), Head of Clinical Services at the Australian College of Optometry and chaired the Vision 20:20 Australia Low Vision committee.