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There is no question that we’ve seen a rapid acceleration of Australia’s virtual care capacity as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. However, there are a myriad of questions relating to the role of virtual health in Australia and how we ensure that the capability meets the ultimate aspiration for this model in the future.

Join our expert panel as we explore fundamental considerations including:

  • What the path from telehealth to virtual care looks like and how we best navigate it
  • The pace we need to deliver scale and value to ensure it remains viable
  • How we increase value through a hybrid virtual care model
  • Whether we are ready for this hybrid care model and if everyone, from clinicians to patients, actually want it


  • Brendan Murphy – Secretary, Department of Health
  • Kulleni Gebreyes – Partner, Deloitte US
  • Leanne Wells – Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Health Forum
  • Steve Hambleton – former State and Federal President, Australian Medical Association
  • Mark Simpson – Chief Clinical Information Officer and Executive Director of Clinical Engagement and Patient Safety, eHealth NSW
  • Gabrielle O’Kane – Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Health Alliance
  • Tim Shaw (Chair) – Director of Research and Director of Digital Capacity, Digital Health CRC



Kulleni Gebreyes – Partner, Deloitte US

Kulleni is a principal and a physician leader with more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. She drives care delivery transformation for organizations pursuing performance improvement, clinical services optimization, and asset rationalization. She has also developed strategies for population health management and value-based care that address payment reform, physician engagement, and patient activation. Trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital System, she holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, a BA in biology from Princeton University, and an MBA from Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins.

Brendan Murphy – Secretary, Department of Health

Professor Brendan Murphy led Australia through the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic and served for three years as the recent Chief Medical Officer of Australia. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Australian College of Physicians and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, a Professorial Associate at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at Monash University. He was previously CEO of Austin Health in Victoria, CMO and director of Nephrology at St Vincent’s Health, and President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology. He has served on the Boards of the Centenary Institute, Health Workforce Australia, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Leanne Wells – Chief Executive Officer, Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Leanne has held executive positions in federal government and non-government organisations. Leanne is the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and previously served as CEO of national peak and local service delivery organisations in the primary care sector. She is a health advocate and service executive with over thirty years’ experience in health and social policy, program and service development.  Leanne has broad governance experience and is currently Board Director of Coordinare (South East New South Wales’ Primary Health Network), the Ozhelp Foundation, and the Australian Pharmacy Council, Independent Chair of Coordinare’s Community Advisory Committee and a member of the Healthdirect Clinical Governance Advisory Committee.  She has several advisory appointments including the Commonwealth’s Primary Health Care Advisory Group, the National Preventative Strategy Advisory Committee and the OECD PaRIS Patient Advisory Panel. Leanne has tertiary qualifications in communications and business. She is a member of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.   

Steve Hambleton – Digital Health CRC Board Director

Dr Steve Hambleton is a GP in Kedron in Brisbane and a former State and Federal President of the Australian Medical Association and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. He was the Chairman of National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) and is currently a co-chair of the Clinical Programs, the Clinical Reference Group and the My Health Record Expansion Program Steering Group in the Australian Digital Health Agency. He also holds board positions with the Digital Health CRC, Avant Mutual Group Limited, the AMA Queensland Foundation and the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council. 

Mark Simpson – Chief Clinical Information Officer and Executive Director of Clinical Engagement, eHealth NSW

Dr Mark Simpson is eHealth NSW’s Chief Clinical Information Officer and Executive Director of Clinical Engagement and Patient Safety, working collaboratively with NSW Health clinicians on transformative digital health strategies, programs and services. Mark’s most recent role was in his native UK, where he worked at the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust as its Digital Director and held the dual responsibilities of Chief Clinical Information Officer and Director of Informatics. In 2018, Mark also became the clinical advisor to the Professional Record Standards Board in London. 

Mark has undertaken a Specialist Registrar rotation through Yorkshire Deanery, and in 2003 was appointed as Emergency Medicine consultant to the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust. This large tertiary teaching centre serves a population of 500,000 with emergency attendances of 135,000 per annum. Mark’s career developed alongside his Emergency Medicine consultant role as a Governance Lead in 2005-08, Clinical Lead for the Emergency Department in 2008-11, Chief Clinical Information Officer in 2012-15, and Director of Acute Medical and Emergency Services in 2015-18. Mark also became a Design Lead for the redesign of the emergency services building and infrastructure, then for the redesign of acute medical services and workflow. Mark had chair roles for the local hospital delivery of Lorenzo (DXC) electronic patient record and was appointed as the national chair for both the national users of Lorenzo and chair of the national oversight board. 

Gabrielle O’Kane – Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Health Alliance

Gabrielle has been immersed in rural communities for over 30 years, working as a rural allied health academic and practitioner, before moving to her current role as CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance, where she has been for over 12 months. She has extensive experience in the private and public health sector, which has contributed to her deep understanding of the need for collaborative partnerships across the health system and beyond, to address the social determinants of health, support the rural health workforce, provide integrated care and achieve positive health outcomes for rural communities. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Canberra and with Charles Sturt University. Gabrielle has research interests that intersect with her interest in rural health, which includes food culture, food citizenship and food system sustainability, particularly from a social perspective. 


Tim Shaw (Chair) – Director of Research and Director of Digital Capacity, Digital Health CRC

Tim is Director of Research in the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). The CRC brings together academia, industry, government and service providers to transform care. He is Professor of eHealth and Director of the Research in Implementation Science and eHealth Group (RISe) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney where he has led an active research and development team since 2000 exploring the capture, use and transfer of patient and organisational data to support multidisciplinary care, with his current focus on using health data to impact on clinical decision making, quality improvement and professional development. He has been a Chief Investigator on over 30 research and development projects totalling over $124M over the past five years. Tim has worked closely with lead organisations including the Australian Digital Health Agency, eHealth NSW, Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care, Cancer Australia, Health Education and Training Institute NSW, Cancer Institute NSW, WHO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and Partners Healthcare.



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