2017 – Invited Speakers

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Dr Keith Suter”]

Since moving to Australia from London in 1973 at the age of 25, Dr Keith Suter has achieved three doctorates. The first of these was about the international law of guerrilla warfare (University of Sydney), and the second about the social and economic consequences of the arms race (Deakin University) and a third doctorate on scenario planning (Sydney University).

He has been appointed to many prestigious roles throughout his career, including Chairperson of the International Humanitarian Law Committee of Australian Red Cross (NSW), Chairperson of the International Commission of Jurists (NSW), Director of Studies at the International Law Association (Australian Branch) and Managing Director of the Global Directions think tank.

He has also been a member of the prestigious Club of Rome since 1993. The Club is “an informal association of independent leading personalities from politics, business and science, men and women who are long-term thinkers interested in contributing in a systemic interdisciplinary and holistic manner to a better world. The Club of Rome members share a common concern for the future of humanity and the planet.” The club has only 100 members, with Mikhail Gorbachev amongst them.

In 1999, Keith was made a Life Member of the United Nations Association of Australia in recognition of his service. At various times from 1978 to 1999, he served as the national president of the organisation and took on the roles of the WA and NSW state president.

Keith was the President of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (1991-1998) at the University of Sydney, and was a Consultant on Social Policy with the Wesley Mission’s for 17 years. In addition, he served as a consultant for a number of other organisations, with a focus on local and international issues.

He is also an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and his activities include conducting monthly webcasts with business leaders. He frequently appears on radio and television discussing politics and international affairs.

Amongst Keith’s many books are “All about Terrorism: Everything you were afraid to ask” and “Global Order and Global Disorder: Globalization and the Nation-State” and “50 Things You Want to Know About World Issues… But Were Too Afraid to Ask”

He is a highly experienced, professional and awarded presenter of ideas, with topics including ethics, world affairs, globalisation, mining, global warming, leadership, the future, and corporate governance. Engaging in style, Keith’s discussions are always very topical and audience-specific.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Michelle ‘Shellie’ Morris”]

One of Australia’s favourite and celebrated female vocalists, Shellie Morris has spent the past 25 years creating and engaging in music as a healing tool.

She imparts the importance of having a voice and that each individual is important.

While she has been in the spotlight over the years for her involvement with Black Arm Band, Deadly awards, ARIA nominations, Music Australia award, NAIDOC Award, G.R. Burarrawanga Memorial Award and Australian of the Year award; by and large, she works on the ground empowering and gently effecting change.

Shellie creates music and sings in around 17 Aboriginal languages, many considered “sleeping”.

Since discovering her Wardaman and Yanyuwa roots, she has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians, especially in the Northern Territory.

She is the 2014 NT Australian of the Year, the 2014 NAIDOC National Artist of the Year, a multi Deadly Award winner and a driving force of the acclaimed album Ngambala Wiji li-Wunungu and the internationally award-winning musical documentary Prison Songs.

The documentary has won film and humanitarian awards around the world and is nominated for five AACTA awards (including best sound and score), ATOM Awards – Best Indigenous Resource and a Walkley Documentary Award.

I’ve worked in more than 70 communities in my career, I’ve learnt to sing in more than 17 Aboriginal languages – many of which are considered “sleeping” or close to extinction. First Nations cultures have always used the arts as the main way of communicating over the ages, as an education tool for kids’ learning, lore, law, inter-tribal communication and imparting social mores. I’m continuing this in a contemporary way.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Professor Catherine Stoddart ” secondary_line=”Chief Executive Officer – NT Health”]

Professor Catherine Stoddart has recently taken up the Chief Executive Officer role for NT Health from March 2017. She was previously the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse at Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust in the NHS in the UK from March 2014. Catherine has held positions across health including Chief Nurse & Midwifery Officer of Western Australia, Regional Director for the Kimberly region, WACHS, Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery WACHS, and Director Clinical Reform WA Health.

As a Nuffield Fellow (2000) and Churchill Fellow (2006) she reviewed models for isolated clinical practice in Alaska and Canada, focusing on Indigenous communities. In 2009 Catherine founded the Global Health Alliance, WA, which established as a mechanism for health professionals to contribute to global health; built Aboriginal health workforce programs; developed the Strategic Transformation and Master plan for the Oxford Trust for broad public health, care and social care integration, and established the Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research. She is Visiting Professor of Nursing at Oxford Brookes University and Associate Professor at Edith Cowan and Notre Dame Universities.

Catherine has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration. She was awarded the 2011 Telstra Western Australia Business Woman of the Year for a range of women in leadership development of aboriginal employment programs across Health. In September 2013 she was awarded the Public Service Medal in recognition of her contribution to health and innovative global community volunteering programs.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Professor Sue Kildea” secondary_line=”Director of the Midwifery Research Unit – Mater Health Services Brisbane and the University of Queensland”]

Professor Sue Kildea is the Director of the  Midwifery Research Unit and holds a Clinical Chair in midwifery, a joint appointment between Mater Health Services Brisbane and the University of Queensland. She is a registered nurse midwife with clinical, management, policy, education and research experience across both acute and primary health care settings. She has spent many years working in the remote Australia, in particular the Northern Territory.

Sue is a strong collaborative researcher and many of her research projects aim to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Together with a Senior Elder from Maningrida in Arnhem Land she was a  joint recipient of the UTS Human Rights Award for contribution to advancing reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians (2004).

Sue spent 11 years on the Board of CRANAplus and has long been an advocate for returning birthing services to the bush and back to Aboriginal Community Control. She is currently working side by side with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in several sites to progress the ‘Birthing on Country’ agenda.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Professor Karen Bradley ” secondary_line=”A/Executive Director Clinical Leadership and Reform Clinical Excellence Division- Department of Health

Karen Bradley is the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer at the Department of Health in Western Australia providing professional leadership for the state’s 37,360 nurses and midwives. The role is responsible for setting the strategic, professional and workforce oriented agenda for the nursing and midwifery professions within the WA public health system and advising the Director General for Health and Government on professional nursing and midwifery matters.

Karen is a registered nurse with over 28 years of experience in a variety of clinical, health service management and leadership roles within private, public, metropolitan and rural health service settings in WA. Previous positions include Area Director Nursing and Midwifery – South Metropolitan Health Service, A/Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery – WA Country Health Service and Director of Inpatient Services – St John of God Health Care Subiaco.

Qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing from Edith Cowan University and a Masters in Leadership (Social Justice) from the University of Notre Dame Australia. Karen is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and Branch Councilor with the WA Chapter, a member of the Australian College of Nursing and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Karen holds Adjunct Associate Professor appointments with a number of Schools of Nursing and Midwifery with Western Australian Universities and is currently involved with a number of research projects relating to Aboriginal health, workforce and clinical safety and quality.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Dr Kim Webber” secondary_line=”General Manager of Strategy – Australian Digital Health Agency”]

Dr Kim Webber is the General Manager of Strategy at the Australian Digital Health Agency overseeing the development of the National Digital Health Strategy, policy, privacy, program delivery and benefits portfolios.

Kim brings a rural and remote perspective to the Agency’s work after a career focussing on rural and remote health policy.

Kim was previously CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance and CEO of Rural Health Workforce Australia. She was also a technical advisor to the World Health Organization on the rural health workforce review.