Transformers IV – Changing the Healthcare System for the Better

Healthcare transformers test new channels to become early adopters and evangelists. They also bring people together, recognising that solving complex challenges often requires multiple perspectives. Transformers IV invites healthcare managers, leaders and researchers from around the world so that we may learn from and with each other.


Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

The healthcare industry should be using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to a far greater degree than at present, but progress has been painfully slow. The same factors that make the healthcare system so attractive to AI developers – fragmented or non-existent data repositories, outdated computer systems and doctor shortages – are the same things that have stopped AI from providing the gains that should be created.

Fragmentation between different branches of healthcare presents an opportunity for AI to ease the burden on the healthcare system in more creative, less intrusive ways. Let’s explore these ways together.

Social Determinants of Health

The social determinants of health (SDoH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.



Revisiting Aboriginal Wellbeing


This event will take a strength-based approach to revisiting Aboriginal wellbeing on the North Coast.


  • Reset the agenda to ensure it is Indigenous-led
  • Understand the strengths and opportunities that lie within the region
  • Discover what others are doing well
  • Gain insight into how to move forward in the future
  • Ensure that the knowledge and expertise of the Aboriginal communities guide every health decision at every level
  • Strengthen the relationship between Government, non-Government and the broader Aboriginal community


  • Our region’s strengths
  • Our region’s opportunities
  • What others are doing well
  • Strategies for building capabilities
  • Designing within partnership funding parameters
  • Collective inquiry and participatory action research
  • Relationship building between mainstream health services and Indigenous-specific health services
  • Existing gaps in data and how these might be addressed in future


Healthy Retirement – Active Ageing with Mobile Technology

When Professor Andrea Maier of the University of Melbourne visited us in June 2018 as part of our Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Symposium, she was one of the stand-out presenters. Many participants emailed to ask that Professor Maier return to the North Coast to give an update on the PreventIt program.

Well…that time has come.

Join us at the UCRH Lismore camous for dinner and networking and hear the results from the PreventIt three-arm feasibility trial. Discover how mobile technology is enhancing fall prevention and boosting active ageing in Norway, the Netherlands and Germany. We’ll also hear from some of our more local programs aiming to make a difference to early year retirement and self-management health.



About PreventIT

The PreventIT personalised ICT based interventions have been designed to change behaviour, supporting older adults in the early stages of retirement to form long term physical activity habits at a point of major lifestyle change.

Based on the European Horizon 2020 Project, ‘PreventIT’ has adapted the Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) programme, which reduced falls in people 75 years and over (Clemson et al., 2012), for a younger cohort (aLiFE). The aLiFE programme incorporates more challenging strength and balance/agility tasks, as well as specific recommendations for increasing physical activity in the target group, aged 60-70 years.

Personalised advice is given on how to integrate strength, balance and physical activities into daily life, in a way which should not be time consuming. Participants plan and monitor their strength, balance and physical activities, with support from a trainer making home visits, using a paper-based manual.

aLiFE has been operationalised to be delivered using smartphones and smartwatches (eLiFE), providing the opportunity to send timely encouraging messages and real-time feedback to the user. Guidance and instruction is provided through videos and text within the PreventIT app and participants plan and monitor their strength, balance and physical activities using the app.

PreventIT has taken the original LiFE concept and further developed the behaviour change elements, explicitly relating and mapping them to Social Cognitive Theory (Schwarzer, 2008) and specific Behaviour Change Techniques (Michie et al., 2013). Goal setting, planning, prompts and real-time feedback are used to deliver a person-centred experience for participants in the intervention.

The PreventIT mHealth intervention (eLiFE) focusses on behaviour change from initiation to long-term maintenance, addressing the different phases of adopting a healthier lifestyle. As such, it makes a strong contribution to the developing field of evidence-based mHealth. The interventions (aLiFE and eLiFE) have been trialled in a three-arm feasibility randomised controlled trial in Norway, the Netherlands and Germany.

About Professor Andrea Maier

Professor Andrea Maier’s research is driven by her passion to unravel ageing mechanisms and the interaction of ageing and age-related syndromes and diseases, which eventually leads to counteracting interventions. Her research group particularly focuses on sarcopenia and cellular senescence and its influence on age related diseases.

Health & Social Care Workforce: Today & Tomorrow


Health and social care is moving away from the GP office and hospital. This change inevitably calls for new technology, new roles, smarter skills, deeper cross-sector relationships and an understanding of global and climatic changes.

Health & Social Care Workforce: Today & Tomorrow invites agents of change and middle and senior management to come together with students and early career professionals for two full days of presentations, masterclasses, case studies and open forums.

Facilitator: Professor Susan Nancarrow, a leading authority on health workforce reform.

Attendees will:

  • Get to know the sector and the many factions that lie within.
  • Connect with potential partners and projects.
  • Discover fresh ideas and new ways of workforce planning.
  • Learn how to stay sustainable in the NDIS.
  • Discuss the shift to value and new models of care.Explore ways to innovate quickly and keep up with technology.
  • Be introduced to the diverse workforce of the future.

Relevant to a broad range of sectors – health (public and private), education, community and social services, employment, NDIS, local government, non-government, transport, aged care, technology… topics include:

  • Designing for tomorrow today
  • Growing Indigenous workforce
  • The future of commissioning
  • Preparing future workforce with interprofessional teaching
  • Smart technologies for seniors and people with disabilityDelivering a better return on health coaching
  • Creating a village to raise a workforce
  • Disruption, future trends and climate change
  • NDIS – navigating risks and financial sustainability (keynote speech by Nicholas Rushworth, Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia)


Please see below for conference pass options.

Conferences prices not inclusive of GST.

Transformers III – Planning & Contributing Together

From 5 – 8 November 2018, 137 service providers, ranging from primary health, social and community services, allied health and employment came together with university lecturers, students, local government and consumers to explore ways to plan, contribute and collaborate effectively.

Our aim for the series was to give service providers:

  • specific examples of alliance-based models
  • a base understanding of the structure, governance and workforce skill required of alliance-based contracts
  • confidence to try a more shared and cross-sector approach to service delivery
  • tools for overcoming constraints and barriers

For more information on this event and to download the resources, click here.

To read our key note speaker, Dr Nick Goodwin’s reflections, click here.

To download the program, click on the link below.

Transformers IIII will be held in November 2019.