Listening for the Faint Signals of Change: How New Technology May affect Remote Area Health

Keith Suter

We are in the midst of the “fourth industrial revolution”. This presentation will begin with an examination of that revolution. It will then suggest how the revolution may affect (for good or ill) remote area health. It will conclude with a technique for listening for the faint signals of change.


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.


Change Leadership – Influencing Improvement in Health Care

Adjunct Associate Professor Karen Bradley

In this presentation, Karen will share some contemporary thinking around change leadership and the approaches to change and improvement that are making a difference in health care organisations.   Using the challenges and opportunities facing the Western Australian health system and based on her experience in shaping the strategic direction for nursing and midwifery, Karen will demonstrate the need for all health professionals to ‘lean in’ and get involved in transforming care.



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.