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

We sit on the cusp of an extraordinary new age of artificial intelligence in healthcare. Can you say you’re ready for it? Explore what’s happening in this exciting new field at the Centre’s second annual Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare symposium.

When: Saturday 21 September 2019
Where: Southern Cross University Gold Coast Campus

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic in healthcare, sparking ongoing debate about ethical, clinical and financial pros and cons. Complex algorithms will soon help clinicians make incredibly accurate determinations about health from large amounts of information, premised on largely unexplainable correlations in that data. This future might be alarming to some, but it’s a future we must prepare for.

Join us and:

  • Meet a range of AI disrupters and enablers and gain valuable insight into their work
  • Identify where AI is most disruptive and where it can make the most impact
  • Explore current uses of AI as well as its possibilities
  • Consider ethical and responsible AI when deploying systems for clinical purposes
  • Separate the hype from what’s really happening in the field

Topics include:

  • Transforming healthcare delivery in 2019
  • Investment and market growth
  • Ethical principles for the use of AI in medicine
  • Social Robots – are we ready?
  • Big data and social media analysis
  • Synthetic chemists and AI vaccine design









Here’s what attendees had to say about last year’s symposium…


Loved the diverse range of speakers and audience. I made some great connections and I feel more comfortable about the use of AI in healthcare. Here’s to a not-so-scary future!


Fact from fiction, hype vs reality. It was great to hear what’s really happening in Australia and how we can be advocates for tech in clinical decision support.


I wasn’t sure about giving up a Saturday but it was well worth it. A very enlightening experience in a state-of-the-art venue. I enjoyed networking with like-minded people.


Get to know our speakers, disruptors and enablers

Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series

In partnership with Social Futures and Health Justice Australia we invite you to register for the Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series, delivered via your boardroom TV, desktop or anywhere you have Internet.

Join us live for one webcast or all five and take part in real time discussions, surveys and Q&As. No download necessary – simply enter your email, save the date and be ready to take part. If you can’t make it to the live webcast, register anyway and we’ll send you a post-event link to the watch-on-demand video file.



What to expect from the series

There is widespread evidence demonstrating 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 employment, housing, education and social support can work to strengthen or destabilise the health of people and their communities. These factors are referred to as the social determinants of health (SDoH).

In partnership with Health Justice Australia and Social Futures, the Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series invites you to join other health, social and community care providers online to create a shared language around SDoH. Each webcast will be filmed from a state-of-the-art studio in Sydney, facilitated by Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, and will feature up to five expert panelists.

The series will outline the theory behind SDoH (Webcast 1) and then contextualise them in the detail of factors such as

  • early life (Webcast 2)
  • socioeconomic position (Webcast 3)
  • housing, communities and neighbourhoods (Webcast 4)
  • health justice (Webcast 5)

Each webcast will look at evidence, best practice and how you can innovate alongside the people in which you serve.

Webcast 1: A Framework for Social Determinants of Health

Monday 3 June 2019 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm 

It’s been more than 10 years since the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health delivered its final report on how to reduce inequities in power, money and resources and people’s daily living conditions in order to improve health equity. So what’s changed since then?

A Framework for Social Determinants of Health will take a look at the theory of social determinants of health (SDoH) and the evidence that supports key action areas. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel of experts will provide the baseline for building shared language around individual lifestyle factors, social and community networks, and general socioeconomic, cultural and environmental conditions in 2019.

Panelists include:

Get to know

  • The evidence that supports key action areas
  • Organisations working in social innovation and research
  • Key methods for addressing SDoH
  • Resources available
  • Opportunities for cross-sector collaboration

Webcast 2: Early life

Monday 1 July 2019 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm 

Addressing early childhood development means creating the conditions for children – from gestation to 8 years of age – to thrive in their physical, socio-emotional, and language/cognitive development. During these critical years, the foundation is laid for a child’s physical and mental health, affecting everything from longevity and lifelong capacity to learn, to the ability to adapt to change and build capacity for resilience against adverse circumstances.

Early life therefore must be stable, responsive, nurturing, safe and supportive.

Early Life will explore what’s considered to be the most important developmental phase throughout the lifespan. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel of experts will look at successful models and challenges to implanting early child development programs and how you can work in concert with families to provide equitable access to strong nurturant environments.

Panelists include:

Get to know:

  • pathways for families to rebound from crisis and reach their potential in society and the economy
  • ways to offset the effects of adverse early experiences and environments
  • evidence to support the interconnectedness between health, development, wellbeing, education   and subsequent life outcomes.


Webcast 3: Socioeconomic position


Monday 21 October 2019

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Differences in socioeconomic status, as assessed by educational attainment, income and occupational status, are associated with large disparities in health. Linked to a variety of health-related behaviours, socioeconomic status impacts prevalence of obesity, smoking, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, alcohol consumption and more.

Socioeconomic Position will explore the ongoing area-based measures for monitoring health gaps between socioeconomic groups. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel of experts will explore the Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) and how to advance equity and inclusion in our learning communities.

Panelists include:

  • Professor Rosemary CalderDirector, Australian Health Policy Collaboration & Professor of Health Policy, Victoria University
  • Professor Sharon FrielProfessor of Health Equity and Director of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
  • Tony DaviesChair, NSW Council of Social Service and CEO, Social Futures
  • Jon OwenPastor and CEO, Wayside Chapel
*Panelists subject to change

Get to know:

  • How to map health risk factors by socioeconomic position
  • Ways to disrupt disadvantage and further self-determination
  • Innovative ways to provide care to people across socioeconomic borders

Webcast 4: Housing, Communities & Neighbourhoods

Monday 23 September 2019 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm 

We all need a home. None of us can go about our lives, raise a family, go to work or stay healthy, without a stable, safe and affordable place to call home. We also need healthy communities by design – access to recreation and open space, healthy foods, medical services, public transit and safe transportation.

Housing, Communities & Neighbourhoods will explore the links between determinants of a healthy living environment and health and wellbeing. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel will explore social and economic responsible public policy for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.

Panelists include:

  • Norma Shankie WilliamsStrategic Planning Lead, Willoughby City Council
  • John McKennaChair, Community Housing Industry Association NSW
  • Kate Colvin, Deputy CEO, Council to Homeless Persons
  • Anita Mansfield, Executive Manager, Social Futures
*Panelists subject to change

Get to know:

  • the evidence linking health and planning
  • how to advocate for a fair and equitable housing system where low income Australians have access to safe, secure and affordable housing
  • how to identify vulnerable families and pathways to care

Webcast 5: Health Justice Partnerships

Monday 18 November – 2:30pm – 4:00pm

A quiet revolution is taking place across Australia and it’s transforming the way some of the most vulnerable in our community access legal services. In a practitioner-led movement, community lawyers have been moving out of their offices and into the most unlikely of places – hospitals and community health settings – to collaborate with health services and their patients to address unmet, health-harming legal need. Known as health justice partnerships (HJPs), these collaborations work by embedding legal help into healthcare services and teams.

Health Justice Partnerships will explore the growing body of evidence that shows there are groups of people who are vulnerable to intersecting legal and health problems, but who are unlikely to turn to legal services for solutions. Facilitated by Tony Davies, CEO, Social Futures, a panel examines what takes a HJP partnership beyond ‘status quo’ services in terms of purpose, structure, activity and resourcing.

Panellists include:

  • Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO, Health Justice Australia
  • Jane Cipants, Director Client Service, Legal Aid
  • Donella Mills, Lawyer, Lawright and Chair, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (NACCHO)
  • Sandra Gates, Director Allied Health and Clinical Support, The Royal Women’s Hospital
*Panelists subject to change

Get to know

  • Legal problems that affect health
  • The definition of a health justice partnership
  • Evidence supporting the HJP model
  • Create partnerships with existing local social resource providers and expand capacity to address social needs
  • The development and sustainability of the community service sector


With thanks to our event partners

Revisiting Aboriginal Wellbeing Planning Day


The Revisiting Aboriginal Wellbeing Planning Day was held at the Yarrawarra Cultural Centre on 26 March 2019.

The half-day session was split into three parts:

  1. Consultation by Campfire (identify regions strengths and challenges)
  2. Cloudbusting (identifying areas open to improvement)
  3. Action Parties (identify how the Centre can support this improvement)

The day was broken up with five signposts from Dr Mark Lock

  1. Close the Gap Refresh
  2. NAIDOC 2019
  3. OCHRE Aboriginal Regional Alliances
  4. Accreditation for Safety & Quality
  5. Aboriginal Cultural Voice Guides Solutions

The planning day was an opportunity to hear from services working with Indigenous communities to better understand regional strengths and challenges. Siloed funding, unclear governance, the impact of trauma and cultural awareness were key areas identified.

The Centre will continue to work with these services to drive a conference series with the aim of improving Aboriginal wellbeing on the North Coast. Please email if you would like to be part of the steering committee.


Healthy Retirement – Active Ageing with Mobile Technology

Healthy Retirement: Active Ageing with Mobile Technology was held on


It looked at some of the smart technologies working to support seniors to care for their own health during retirement and promote health and wellbeing of older people living at home.

Key note speakers:


Professor Andrea MaierDivisional Director of Medicine and Community Care, University of Melbourne

Topic: PreventIT (based on the European Horizon 2020 Project)

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. As part of her mission to prolong the healthy lifespan of our ageing Australians, she was part of the recently completed three-arm feasibility trial of PreventIT – personalised ICT based interventions 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.


Associate Professor Kim DelbaerePrincipal Research Scientist at NeuRA

Topic: Standing Tall Exercise Program and other healthy retirement interventions

Kim Delbaere is a Principal Research Scientist at NeuRA, a leader in brain and nervous system research. Kim’s research has contributed to the understanding of physical, psychological and cognitive factors causing falls and her multidisciplinary approach incorporates elements from physiotherapy, psychology, brain imaging and software engineering towards preventing falls and promoting healthy ageing. Developing novel apps assists in this research and Kim will be speaking to the apps currently in development.

Download Kim Delbaere’s presentation.


The networking dinner also included a presentation from Lucy Kingsley of Richmond Tweed Library and the Be Connected program about how local libraries can support care providers to encourage the use of technology in their seniors.

Health & Social Care Workforce: Today & Tomorrow

Health & Social Care Workforce Today & Tomorrow was held on



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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.