Keynote Speakers

Professor Keith R. McVilly, PhD

Professor Keith R. McVilly, Professor of Disability & Inclusion, The University of Melbourne, PhD MAPS FCClP

Professor Keith R. McVilly PhD is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and the Foundation Professorial Fellow for Disability & Inclusion, in the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. His work addresses the translation of research into policy and practice, with a focus on promoting the well-being and community inclusion of people with multiple and complex disabling experiences.

His work reflects the centrality of relationships to well-being. Much of Keith’s research is conducted in applied settings, working directly with adults with disability, families and services providers. He has a particular interest in the issues effecting people with cognitive impairment who present with severe challenging behaviours, and those involved in the criminal justice system. He also has a strong interest in the professional development of the direct support workforce, including their formation in ethical practice. Informing his research, Keith has worked as a direct support worker, a clinician and service manager, in public health services and in private practice. He has worked as a researcher at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Disability Studies, RMIT University’s Discipline of Disability Studies, in the UK at the University of Wales’ Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities, in the USA at the University of Minnesota’s Research Centre on Community Living, and in the School of Psychology at Deakin University, Melbourne. He was the founding Convenor of the Australian Psychological Society’s Special Interest Group for Psychologists working with People with Intellectual & Developmental Disability, and the academic lead for the University of Melbourne’s university-wide Hall Mark Disability Research Initiative. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the university’s Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI). Keith is Associate Director of The Academy for Education & Research of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD). In his spare time, Keith is a Registered Apiarist, with four beehives in the back yard. He also keeps chickens and enjoys spending time in his greenhouse!

Our Program
Professor James Ward Director of The University of Queensland’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and a Professor of Public Health with the School of Public Health. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Ada Cheung Dr Ada Cheung is an endocrinologist at Austin Health and an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research Fellow at The University of Melbourne. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Jeff Brown MBChB FRACP Provincial paediatrician at Palmerston North Hospital and Clinical Executive of Te Uru Pā Harakeke – Healthy Women Children and Youth – for MidCentral District Health Board. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Chang-Ho Yoon (NZ) Impact of a smartphone app on prescriber adherence to antibiotic guidelines in adult patients with community acquired pneumonia or urinary tract infections VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Jasmine Zhu (TAS) Predictors of mortality in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Andrew Court Dr Andrew Court initially trained as a paediatrician before he changed careers and became a psychiatrist. VIEW PROFILE
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Associate Professor Anne Smith Associate Professor Anne Smith trained as a general paediatrician and specialised in forensic medicine. VIEW PROFILE
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Associate Professor Jill Sewell AM MBBS FRACP DMedSci (Hon) FAICD Senior consultant paediatrician in the Centre for Community Child Health. VIEW PROFILE
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Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham Chief Medical Adviser for the Australian Digital Health Agency and leads their Clinical Advisory, Safety and Quality division. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Chad Bennett Dr Chad Bennett is a psychiatrist and the clinical director of the Victorian Dual Disability Service. VIEW PROFILE
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Associate Professor Catherine Storey Previously a neurologist at Royal North Shore Hospital, head of department and head of the area stroke services. VIEW PROFILE
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Professor John Wilson AM Major interest in physics and information technology. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Paul Hotton Consultant paediatrician who works as a staff specialist across the area of community child health at Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Chloe Baxter Advanced Trainee in general paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Clara Chow Professor of Faculty of Medicine and Health, Westmead and cardiologist. VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Julie Leask Social scientist at the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Lucy Gunn Twenty years of experience in research and teaching in the fields of econometrics and urban research. VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Ben Marsland Professor in the Department of Immunology and Pathology, within the Central Clinical School at Monash University. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Kushani Marshall Public health physician undertaking further training as a field epidemiologist within the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) training program at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance and at the Australian National University. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Natasha Cook Nephrologist and general physician at Austin Health Melbourne. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Helen Benham Senior staff specialist rheumatologist at the Princess Alexandria Hospital and senior lecturer with The University of Queensland. VIEW PROFILE
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Ms Debra Letica Member of the RACP Consumer Advisory Group (CPAC). VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Sam Mehr Consultant Staff Specialist, Royal Children's Hospital and Sub-editor, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Michael McDowell Paediatrician specialising in child development and behavioural disorders. Formerly Foundation President, Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Dean Tey Consultant at the Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.   VIEW PROFILE
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Redfern Oration - Professor Tony Capon Directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and Chair planetary health, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Sant-Rayn Pasricha Division Head at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and a haematologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Merlin Thomas Clinician scientist and program leader in the Department of Diabetes at Monash University VIEW PROFILE
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Associate Professor Sue Woolfenden Senior staff specialist in the Department of Community Child Health and the former clinical lead in Integrated Care at Sydney Children’s Hospital Network VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Lynn Gillam AM Academic Director of the Children’s Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Harriet Hiscock Consultant paediatrician and National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellow VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Susie Gibb Paediatrician and Medical Lead of the Complex Care Hub, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne VIEW PROFILE
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Professor David Burgner Group Leader and Principal Research Fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and a paediatric infectious diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Judy Savige Professor at the University of Melbourne and Foundation Professor of Medicine at Northern Health VIEW PROFILE
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Professor John Christodoulou Chair Genomic Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Co-Leader of the Brain and Mitochondrial Research Group, Director of the Genetics Research Theme, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne VIEW PROFILE
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Keynote speaker - Professor Catherine Crock, AM Music and theatrical producer, a humanitarian, a mother and a strong advocate for culture change in healthcare. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Jeremy Lewin Medical Director of ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service. VIEW PROFILE
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Ms Evelyn Culnane Leads Transition to Adult Care at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne. VIEW PROFILE
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Howard Williams Medal - Professor Louise Baur AM Professor and Head of Child and Adolescent Health, University of Sydney Head of Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School VIEW PROFILE
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Cottrell Memorial Lecture - Professor Des Gorman Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland VIEW PROFILE
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George Burniston Oration - Associate Professor Adam Scheinberg Statewide Medical Director of the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS), and Head of Department Paediatric Rehabilitation at the Royal Children’s Hospital VIEW PROFILE
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