Evening Exchange: Exploring Healthcare Opportunities – Insights from Denmark and Australia

Join us for an an online evening featuring three captivating 40-minute conversations with Hans Erik Henrikson, each led by a different facilitator. A 20-minute break between sessions will allow for reflection and a stretch of the legs. Through each conversation, Hans will unravel the intricacies of Denmark’s healthcare reform and its implications for the global healthcare landscape while highlighting Australian case studies to celebrate local transformations in healthcare.

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Conversation 1: Denmark’s Healthcare Transformation

6pm – 7pm

Gain insight into Denmark’s transformational health reform and the strategies employed to successfully shift care delivery from hospitals to primary healthcare, municipalities, and outpatient clinics. Learn how Denmark has redefined healthcare delivery to prioritise preventive care, enhance accessibility, and improve patient outcomes, alongside exploration of initiatives in Australia.

Conversation 2: Digitalisation for Supporting Home Treatment

7:15pm – 7:50pm

Delve into the innovative digital solutions driving Denmark’s home treatment initiatives, including services like Sundhed.dk, Medicinkortet, Sundhedsjournalen, and Min læge. Explore the role of technology in empowering patients, streamlining communication, and improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery, with reflections on Australian digital healthcare advancements.

Conversation 3: Advancing Elderly Care

8:00pm – 8:40pm

Discover Denmark’s approach to advancing elderly care to improve the quality of life for senior citizens and support healthcare professionals in delivering comprehensive care, rehabilitation, and prevention services. Gain insights into the initiatives shaping elderly care policies and practices, and the opportunities for innovation and collaboration, with comparisons to Australian initiatives.


8:40pm – 9:00pm


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About Hans Erik Henriksen

Hans Erik Henriksen is CEO of Epital Health. Epital Health delivers patient centered digital health solutions and services which help society and healthcare authorities manage chronic patients to improve their quality of life. Until 2021, Hans Erik Henriksen was CEO of Healthcare DENMARK. Healthcare DENMARK is a public-private partnership organisation, with a national mandate to promote Danish healthcare solutions and competencies abroad. He has a solid healthcare background from different executive positions during the latest 20 years including being responsible for IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences in the Northern and Eastern part of Europe.

Environmental Determinants of Health 4-Part Webinar Series

A deep-dive webinar series exploring practical strategies to integrate environmental factors into patient care and health policies.

This 4-part webinar series will enhance your understanding of how environmental factors shape health outcomes by exploring the significance of clean air, safe water, sustainable housing, climate change and more, all through the lens of real-world applications and best practices. It will equip you with actionable strategies and tools to address environmental determinants in the workplace, and provide advice for how to advocate for policies that foster healthier, sustainable communities. This series will allow you to be at the forefront of change conversations that consider the environmental health ecosystem. Each webinar will include expert speakers, case studies, and practical insights to equip you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the environmental health landscape.

The goal for this webinar series is to:

  1. Foster Understanding
  2. Empower Action
  3. Catalyse Advocacy

Series Facilitator: Professor Tony Capon, Director of Monash Sustainable Development Institute and an internationally recognised public health physician and authority on environmental health and health promotion

Who should attend?

Health and social care providers, program managers and policymakers, students, researchers, and anyone eager to lead positive health systems reform.

Register now to secure your spot.

Webinar 1: From Earth to Health | Friday 10 May |12:30 – 13:45

This webinar explores the direct and indirect health effects of climate change and the major role clinician-researchers play in shaping health outcomes that are influenced by environmental shifts. This webinar serves as a powerful starting point for an in-depth exploration of the environmental determinants of health, and it will empower the healthcare workforce to think critically about integrating environmental determinants into current and future work programs.


  • Professor Fiona Armstrong, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
  • Thomas Astell-Burt, Professor of Cities and Planetary Health at the University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • Associate Professor Veronica Matthews, Co-Lead CRE STRIDE, University Centre for Rural Health, Lismore

Webinar 2: Bridging Health and Ecosystems | Friday 17 May |12:30 – 13:45

This webinar will unravel the intricate relationship between biodiversity, ecosystems, and human health by exploring the critical environmental factors affecting ecosystems and their direct impact on public health. It will explore the intersection of General Practice/Primary Care, sustainability, and mental health, and discuss policy opportunities that support sustainable livestock strategies and enhance food and nutrition security through a One Health approach.


  • Dr Aaron Jenkins, Horizon Fellow & Senior Research Fellow in Planetary Health, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Grant Blashki, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, practicing GP and clinical advisor to beyondblue
  • Professor Robyn Alders, Senior Consulting Fellow, Chatham House

Webinar 3: Home Sweet Health | Friday 24 May |12:30 – 13:45

This webinar will explore the critical influence of housing and residential location on individual health and wellbeing. It will delve into topics such as housing affordability, tenure, and their measurable effects on health, extending to the impact of urban form and transportation on the health of residents in rural, remote, regional, and major city communities. Furthermore, it will explore the advocacy for social and community work policies to improve environmental conditions and foster healthier living environments.


  • Philippa Howden-Chapman, Co-director of He Kāinga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities
  • Ayla Hope, Associate Director, Community Impact, Healthy North Coast
  • Kerryn Lawrence, Assistant Manager, Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit at NSW Health

Webinar 4: From Policy to Practice | Friday 31 May| 12:30 – 14:00

This webinar will empower participants with the knowledge and tools needed to make a tangible impact on individual and community health through an enhanced understanding of environmental determinants. It will look at existing healthcare policies to evaluate their consideration of environmental determinants, aiming to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement. It will provide practical strategies to seamlessly integrate environmental factors into patient care and discuss the importance of advocacy and leadership in advancing policies prioritising environmental health. Participants will gain insights into effective ways to drive positive change within their professional spheres.


  • Dr Liza Barbour, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food, Monash University
  • Dr Brian O’Connell, Emergency Physician, Sustainable Healthcare Clinical Lead Mid North Coast Local Health District, Net Zero Lead for NSW Emergency
  • Dr Kate Wylie, GP and the Executive Director of Doctors for the Environment Australia

Reimagining Our Economy: Measuring What Matters

Learn how to collaborate with government and industry to uphold the commitments outlined in Australia’s first wellbeing framework.

This webinar will explore how the healthcare workforce can collaborate with government and industry partners in 2024 to uphold the commitments outlined in Australia’s first wellbeing framework – Measuring What Matters. It engages Dr Katherine Trebeck, a respected political economist, writer and advocate who has long been working to change how people and policymakers think about and shape the economy. Key discussion points include:

  • The effectiveness of Australia’s first wellbeing framework, Measuring What Matters in aligning economic policies with broader societal well-being goals.
  • How to use the framework as a blueprint and integrate economic activities into healthcare practice to promote societal welfare, including factors such as health, education, social cohesion, environmental sustainability, and equitable resource distribution, thereby contributing to the overall well-being of individuals and communities.
  • Insights into policies and approaches employed by countries like New Zealand, Scotland, and Finland to prioritise the well-being of people and the planet in economic decision-making.
  • The importance of integrating the diverse perspectives of First Nations people and non-Indigenous Australians into healthcare delivery, policy formulation, and research and policy development processes to foster a sustainable and equitable economy aligned with broader societal well-being goals

Goal of webinar:

  1. Foster dialogue leading to actionable strategies for advancing wellbeing economy frameworks in communities, empowering participants to advocate for change.
  2. Catalyse discussions among policymakers to integrate wellbeing metrics into economic decision-making, driving tangible commitments for a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
  3. Support a broader movement towards reimagining the economy, with participants becoming ambassadors who spread awareness and mobilise support across diverse sectors, accelerating the transition towards holistic wellbeing.


Dr Katherine Trebeck

Katherine is a political economist, writer and advocate for economic system change. Her roles include writer-at-large at the University of Edinburgh, Economic Change Lead at The Next Economy, and Strategic Advisor to the Centre for Policy Development. She co-founded the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) and also WEAll Scotland, its Scottish hub, and she instigated the group of Wellbeing Economy Governments (WEGo) – comprising Scotland, New Zealand, Finland, Wales, Iceland, and Canada. She is a thinker-in-residence at the Australian National University’s Planetary Health Hot House, a New Economics Senior Fellow at the ZOE Institute, and a Fellow of The Post Growth Institute. Katherine has over eight years’ experience in various roles with Oxfam GB, where she developed Oxfam’s Humankind Index.

Monika Wheeler, CEO Healthy North Coast

As Chief Executive, Monika is driving health system improvements to support primary health care access, healthy ageing, mental health, population health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Monika played a key leadership role in supporting response efforts over the last three years to fires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monika has nearly 20 years’ experience leading social policy strategy and health service delivery and holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney. She has worked at the local, state, national and international levels in government and not-for-profit organisations.



Georgina Bruinsma – Senior Manager Aboriginal Leadership and Engagement, Social Futures

Georgina is a proud Yaegl woman and has a passion for using her business knowledge and skills to bring better outcomes for North Coast communities. In her role at Social Futures she has been responsible for the oversight of organisation change and growth. Having worked within Aboriginal program delivery since 2007 in Lismore and across the North Coast, Georgina has been pivotal in strengthening relationships for building on the service provision to allow a holistic approach to the clients access the service.

Lunchtime Leadership Series with Dr. Michael McAfee

Join Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess every Friday lunchtime in November and take a deep dive into leadership with Dr Michael McAfee – one of the world’s most sought-after speakers on racial equity and community and organisational development.

The Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation invites you to take a deep dive into leadership with Dr. Michael McAfee, President and CEO of PolicyLink. Every Friday in November from 12pm – 1:30pm, Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess will sit down with Dr. McAfee to discuss building leadership capability for collective impact.

Webinar 1: Leading for Collective Impact

Friday 6 November | 12pm – 1:30pm

Watch the webinar recording here

Webinar 2: Taking Targeted Collective Action

Friday 13 November | 12pm – 1:30pm

Watch the webinar recording here

Webinar 3: Building a Movement, Transforming Institutions

Friday 20 November | 12pm – 1:30pm

Watch the webinar recording here

Webinar 4: Changing the Narrative

Friday 27 November | 12pm – 1:30pm

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Details for each webinar can be found in the series program. Download here.

If you cannot make the live sessions, video recordings will be made available. Please register and we will notify you when recordings are ready.

About Dr. Michael McAfee

USA-based Dr. Michael McAfee is one of the world’s most sought-after speakers on community and economic development, leadership, organisational development, racial equity, and youth development. Through his role at PolicyLink he led the effort to make President Obama’s Promise Neighborhoods initiative a reality, improving outcomes for more than 300,000 children and investing billions of dollars in neighbourhoods of concentrated poverty.

Dr. McAfee is on a journey to build a legacy grounded in equity – just and fair inclusion into a society in which all are fully participating, prospering and reaching their full potential. He invites you to join him on this journey and gain understanding of how to:

  • build collaborative leadership capacity and make the case for how your work contributes to desired outcomes for population health
  • use the privilege of your seat (no matter where you’re sat) to lead with courage, let go as a leader and sit comfortably in discomfort
  • enact policies and systems reforms that build up communities and call communities to step into their greatness
  • create measurable improvements and gather evidence for highlighting achievements and results
  • deploy, unleash and generate resources to shift the dial on common challenges
  • embed equity in planning and implementation and prioritise authentic community engagement
  • make contributions and use radical imagination to plug into the bigger picture

Cultural Determinants of Health Webcast Series



Improvements have been gained in Indigenous health, but we are not closing the gap – it is time to turn attention beyond health determinants and talk about the role of culture.

The Cultural Determinants of Health (CDoH) Webcast Series will explore a holistic definition of Aboriginal health as encompassing the wellbeing of the whole community. The key to this holistic conception is social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB): a positive state of mental health and happiness associated with a strong and sustaining cultural identity, community, and family life that provides a source of strength against adversity, poverty, neglect, and other challenges of life.

Filmed from a state-of-the-art studio, the CDoH Webcast Series will be filmed in five 1.5 hour parts and will invite a diverse panel of experts to explore:

Webcast 1: A Framework for Cultural Determinants of Health 

Webcast 2: Connection to land or country

Webcast 3: Connection to spirituality and ancestors

Webcast 4: Connection to family, kinship and community

Webcast 5: Connection to mind and body

Watch live from your desktop, laptop or meeting room TV and be part of the conversation. Can’t make it to the live webcast? Register anyway and we’ll let you know when the video recording is available so you can watch it at your leisure.

Webcast Facilitator

Professor Kerry Arabena

Chair of Indigenous Health and Director of Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne.


A descendant of the Meriam people from the Torres Strait, Kerry’s work has brought her to the forefront of Indigenous affairs in Australia. A former social worker with a Doctorate in Environmental Science, Kerry has held senior positions including Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne, Executive Director of First 1000 Days Australia, CEO of the Lowitja Institute, and Director of Indigenous Health Research at Monash University.

Kerry has recently developed a cultural determinants of health framework with a view to building practical and applicable solutions into the next iteration of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Implementation Plan.


The series is delivered in partnership with:



Would you like to sponsor a webcast? Get in touch. coordinator@thecentrehki.com.au

Revisiting Aboriginal Wellbeing – a Celebration of Regional Partnerships


Revisiting Aboriginal Wellbeing – a Celebration of Regional Partnerships will bring you practical stories of a growing community of non-Aboriginal and local Aboriginal communities working in partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people living in North Coast NSW.


The two-day program will invite you to explore a large range of North Coast NSW poster presentations while networking with others working towards better health for Aboriginal communities.

Revisiting Aboriginal Wellbeing is based on the principle belief that Indigenous health must be approached from a holistic view, which encompasses body, mind and spirit. This regional showcase will be based on culturally responsive partnerships based on the themes of:

  • Connection to land or country
  • Connection to spirituality and ancestors
  • Connection to family, kinship and community
  • Connection to mind and body

Listen to and reflect upon the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, artists, early childhood educators, consultants, health and social care providers, community service and community program leaders.  Draw from, nourish and build relationships and gain practical, culturally inclusive strategies to write into your everyday practice.

REGISTER BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2020 and attend both days, plus the dinner for just $125!

Revisiting Aboriginal Wellbeing is an event for:

  • Government Departments and Agencies 
  • Public and Private Healthcare Providers 
  • Local Health Districts 
  • Primary Health Networks 
  • Community-Controlled and Allied Health Services 
  • Not-for-Profit Organisations 
  • Aboriginal Corporations and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations 
  • Health & Land Councils and Associations
  • Education providers/researchers

Speakers include:

  • Rod Williams, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian People
  • Kutcha Edwards, Indigenous Singer and Songwriter (KEYNOTE)
  • Julie Sturgess, CEO, North Coast Primary Health Network
  • Nicole Turner, Director, Indigenous Allied Health Australia
  • Karl Briscoe, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association

Accommodation available at Angourie Resort on request. Phone (02) 6646 8600 to arrange.

Revisiting Aboriginal Wellbeing (RAW) Facilitator

Professor Kerry Arabena

Chair of Indigenous Health and Director of Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne.


A descendant of the Meriam people from the Torres Strait, Kerry’s work has brought her to the forefront of Indigenous affairs in Australia. A former social worker with a Doctorate in Environmental Science, Kerry has held senior positions including Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne, Executive Director of First 1000 Days Australia, CEO of the Lowitja Institute, and Director of Indigenous Health Research at Monash University.

Kerry has recently developed a cultural determinants of health framework with a view to building practical and applicable solutions into the next iteration of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Implementation Plan.


The RAW series is delivered in partnership with: 


Activism Against Ageism – Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite would like us to think differently about growing older.

As written in her book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

“Aging is a natural, lifelong, powerful process that unites us all. So how come so many of us unthinkingly assume that depression, diapers, and dementia lie ahead? Because of ageism — the last socially sanctioned prejudice.”


About the event

This networking event is a chance for health, social and community care providers to come together with the wider North Coast community to enjoy a 2-course dinner at the brand new Beef and Beach Byron Bay. It’s time to talk about ageism and celebrate growing older.

Presentations by

Dr Marlene Krasovitsky
Campaign Director, Older Australians
EveryAGE Counts Campaign
The Benevolent Society

Louise Hodgson & Tarnya Sim
Fearless Films Ageing Boldly
Screenworks and Feros Care

Ashton Applewhite (keynote)
Journalist, author and activist
This Chair Rocks

We’ll also have a performance from Gareth Jones and the Elder Beats!


Where: Beef and Beach Byron Bay (located in the new Mercato Complex)

When: Friday 15th November 2019 | 6:00pm – 9:30pm

What to expect: Entree canapes and sit down dinner. Drinks available for purchase at the bar.

How much? $50pp (thank you to our partners for subsidising your dinner)




About Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite is a New York journalist, author and activist. She is a leading voice in an emerging movement dedicated to dismantling ageism and making age a part of diversity. In 2015 Ashton was included in a global list of 100 inspiring women who are committed to social change.

Ashton has spoken on the TED Main Stage and and the United Nations and she’s coming to Australia to spread the word that EveryAGE Counts. Sign the pledge today.

Ashton is widely lauded for the intelligence, clarity and humour she brings to her mission to raise awareness of age bias. Join us for dinner and hear what she has to say. If you haven’t seen Ashton’s TED talk, watch it below.


This Chair Rocks, Ashton Applewhite – available for purchase here

Transformers IV – Changing the Healthcare System for the Better


2020 will be a year of significant change for the Australian aged care sector. These changes will directly impact the organisations, staff, families and individuals receiving and giving care.

Transformers IV is your chance to unpack the Interim Report of the Royal Commission and learn what ongoing reform means for your organisation. Strategise with experts and industry leaders and gain practical and pro-active insights from the transformers that are driving quality improvement beyond compliance.

  • Be among the first to hear the latest updates & insights on the Royal Commission following the release of the Interim Report
  • Explore transitional learnings and case studies for the new quality standards
  • Gain insight into new models of multidisciplinary care
  • Discover new entries into the market and innovative technologies
  • Learn how to position your organisation as an ‘employer of choice’ and lead your workforce into the future of aged care


DAY ONE – The Changing Face of Aged Care: a Foundation for Moving Forward

To meet the demands of the larger and healthier demographic of the older aged population, the systems we have in place must adapt. Consumer rights have been revised, placing the emphasis on consumer engagement, wellness and reablement and services that recognise the inherent value of culture, identity and diversity. Join us while we unpack the changing face of aged care and the opportunities to innovate in times of reform.

Sessions include:

  • The changing demographics and dynamics of aged care
  • Understanding our region
  • Unpacking the progress of the Royal Commission and the Interim Report (Panel)
  • Quality indicators and quality standards case studies (workshop)
  • Today’s consumers
  • The future of homes
  • Driving a consumer-focused culture of transformers (workshop)


DAY TWO – Moving to a future of integrated and innovative aged care

Adopting a multidisciplinary approach requires us to build on and accelerate the work done to date and make a fundamental shift from the status quo of individual services being delivered by discrete providers to a team-based ‘working together’ approach. Join us as we explore what an integrated and regional approach to aged care might look like.

Sessions include:

  • The path to integrated care for older people
  • Enablers of integrated care
  • Integrated care examples (showcase)
  • Co-designing aged care
  • Designing a regional framework for integrated aged care


More sessions to come – watch this space!

In the meantime, be an early bird and register before 31 October. Early Bird rate is $75 for both days.



Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare



On Saturday 21 September, the Centre held its second annual Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Symposium. 72 people were in attendance, ranging from CEOs, nurse managers, clinical designers, oncologists, GPs and OTs to data scientists, technologists, students and educators.

The symposium looked at preparing the future health workforce for artificial intelligence in a number of different areas and explored the role of disruptors and enablers. If you’re not sure what the difference is, these two videos sum up the description of “disruptors” and “enablers” well.

Our disruptors were:

AI Health – Australia’s first artificial intelligence company specialising in gathering, exchanging and coordinating vital data that underpins the future of the innovative health sector

Starkey Tech Hearing Industries – developer of Livio AI, the world’s first hearing aid that tracks body, brain health and falls

Virtus Health – the first Australian provider to use “Ivy”, artificial intelligence technology which allows embryologists to identify the best embryo for each woman

CancerAid – a free mobile app for people affected by cancer

Our enablers were:

ANDHealth – commercialisation support for digital health

IntelliHQ – AI solutions for hospital system efficiency

Creative Tech Ventures Fund – a startup investment fund

Remarkable – Australia’s first disability-focused impact accelerator

We also heard from:

Belinda Ward from the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision about social robots and the Townsville Hospital trial of “Pepper”

Professor Nikolai Petrovsky from Flinders University about his world-first AI-charged flu vaccine and what it’s like to deploy AI in the clinical setting

Professor Bela Stantic from Griffith University about big data and smart analytics for predicting healthcare outcomes

Susie Sheldrick from Silverpond about using AI responsibly and applying ethical principles


Unfortunately, the video recording of these presentations failed meaning we are unable to share the videos of these sessions and the interactive panel session with all our disruptors and enablers. All slides from the presentations can, however, be downloaded by clicking on the link below. 



Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series

The Social Determinants of Health webcast series was a five-part online series that demonstrated the relationship between the health and wellbeing of an individual and the environments in which they are born, grow, live, work and age. Factors such as early life, employment, housing, education and social support were explored.

Filming took place between June 2019 – November 2019 and each video is now available for free, on-demand viewing.

To learn more about the series and to watch the video recordings, click here.

See below for webcast highlights:

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With thanks to our event partners