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MedConnect: The future of healthcare

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MedConnect is an exciting new digital series proudly hosted by UNSW Medicine.

The focus of the event will be ‘The Future of Healthcare’ which will look at some of the biggest challenges the Australian healthcare system faces today, including our ageing population and unsustainable financing, and how we can shift our focus to ensure quality and accessible care for all in the years to come.

Bringing together medical leaders and industry experts, our panel will discuss how some of these challenges can be framed as opportunities for the future.

Hear from an expert panel, including:

Scientia Professor Vlado Perkovic

Scientia Professor Vlado Perkovic – Dean, UNSW Medicine

Vlado Perkovic is Dean of Medicine and Scientia Professor at UNSW, a Professorial Fellow at The George Institute, Australia, and a Staff Specialist in Nephrology at the Royal North Shore Hospital. His research focus is in clinical trials and epidemiology, in particular in preventing the progression of kidney disease and its complications. He leads several major international clinical trials, and serves on the Steering Committees of several others. He has been involved in developing Australian and global guidelines in kidney disease, cardiovascular risk assessment and blood pressure management.

Vlado holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and completed his undergraduate training at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is Chair of the International Society of Nephrology Action for Clinical Trials (ISN-ACT) group; and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and of the American Society of Nephrology

Dr Parisa Glass

Dr Parisa Glass – Director, Innovation & Enterprise, The George Institute for Global Health

Dr Parisa Glass is the Director of Innovation and Enterprise for The George Institute for Global Health. Here, she manages the Genovate program, which was built to drive the creation of an innovation hub in global health that will provide support and guidance for researchers and emerging entrepreneurs who are developing affordable and commercialisable healthcare solutions to global unmet health needs.

In 2020, Dr Glass became the inaugural recipient of the Michael Hawker Fellowship in Social Enterprise, which recognised her significant contribution to The Institute’s pursuit of entrepreneurship in the health sector.

Parisa has a PhD in Biomedical Science and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). Parisa also holds a Senior Lecturer position with UNSW Sydney.

Elizabeth Koff

Elizabeth Koff - Secretary, NSW Health

Elizabeth Koff commenced her role as Secretary, NSW Health in 2016. As Secretary, Elizabeth is responsible for the management of the NSW health system and setting strategic direction to ensure NSW continues to provide exceptional healthcare, research and education.

Prior to this appointment, Elizabeth held a number of Senior Executive roles within the NSW health system, across operational and policy portfolios.

Elizabeth is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), NSW President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Tobi Wilson

Tobi Wilson - Chief Executive Officer, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD)

Tobi Wilson was appointed to the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive position in April 2019. He brings a wealth of experience to the role, having held various executive positions, most recently spending two and a half years as General Manager of Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospitals. His extensive experience in executive and senior management roles also includes two years as Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.  

In these roles, Tobi has demonstrated a proven ability to drive clinical change through redesign, including the delivery of several capital redevelopments. Tobi began his career as a physiotherapist, before completing a Masters of Health Science Management at the University of South Australia.

Professor Anand Deva

Professor Anand Deva - Senior Staff Specialist, SESLHD & Clinical Executive MQ Health

Professor Anand Deva is the Program Head in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and serves on the Clinical Executive at the Faculty of Health and Medical Science at Macquarie University. Additionally, he is a senior staff specialist and Conjoint Professor at Sydney hospital in the Department of Hand and upper limb surgery. Professor Deva is considered a leading academic and has published widely on issues related to wound healing and surgical infection. More recent research and innovation has focused on improving delivery of health care services in partnership with NSW Health, SESLHD and ISLHD through integrated care programs targeting cancer and chronic disease. These models have now scaled to a number of locations in NSW and are delivering affordable, efficient and timely care. Professor Deva graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 and was awarded first class honours and the University Medal in Medicine. He has received numerous awards and prizes that recognise his contribution to research, teaching and healthcare innovation. 

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