Keynote Speakers

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Professor Vivian Lin

Director, Division of Health Sector Development, Western Pacific Region, World Health Organisation

Responsible for the Division of Health Systems at the regional office and for technical support to countries and WHO country offices in a wide range of health system issues, including universal health coverage, health policy and planning, health financing, health workforce, health information systems, health system research, pharmaceuticals, medical technologies, traditional medicine, service delivery and quality, health law and regulation, and community engagement. Cross-cutting issues covered in the division include sustainable development goals, social determinants of health, equity, human rights and gender. Dr Vivian has more than 30 years' experience in health policy and program development, health planning, and public health teaching and research. She was previously Professor of Public Health and Head of the School of Public Health at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, and is the author of several leading public health textbooks in Australia and numerous articles on health issues in Australia, China, and globally. Vivian has also worked at senior levels in health policy in several Australian jurisdictions and in intergovernmental relations, including as Executive Officer of the National Public Health Partnership. She has also consulted widely for the World Bank, UK Dept for International Development, AusAID as well as the WHO, and served on multiple academic, government, community and editorial boards.

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Professor Frances Rapport

Professor of Health Implementation, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University

Professor Frances Rapport is Professor of Health Implementation Science at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, and along with her team of Implementation Scientists, concentrates on the translation of research outcomes from health services research into practice. Frances’s work promotes the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare contexts, policy documents and organisational development. In addition, outputs from her research directly link to educational impact through the new Medical Doctorate Program at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, to ensure rigorous mixed methods are embedded into research training and medical practice. Highlights from 2018 include: assessment of service use for complex epilepsy in New South Wales, leading to publications in BMJ Open and Epilepsy and Behavior; the reporting of patient and healthcare professional perceptions of risk in breast cancer, leading to publications in Qualitative Health Research and the latest Handbook of Research Methods in Health and Social Sciences; and funding from Cochlear Ltd to examine the needs and experiences of adults over 50 years of age with hearing health problems in relation to current service provision. IN 2018 Frances concluded a study with St Vincent’s Health Australia examining organisational patient-centred care practices, and was commissioned by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare to evaluate sentinel events reporting in NSW and beyond.

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Distinguished Professor Jon Adams

Director, Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney

Jon is Distinguished Professor of Public Health, Director of the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (UTS:ARCCIM) and ARC Professorial Future Fellow, University of Technology Sydney. He is also National Convenor of the Special Interest Group on complementary medicine at the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and 1 of only 8 academics world-wide to have been appointed as Senior Fellow on the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Program, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Sciences, University of Oxford. Jon has authored >400 academic publications and attracted >$16.5M in external funding for his TCIM research. Under Jon’s Directorship, UTS:ARCCIM hosts the only international program advancing the critical public health and health services research of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine (TCIM) in the world currently leading >40 projects in 15 countries. UTS: ARCCIM houses >50 affiliated researchers supervising the largest pool of PhDs in TCIM in Australia (45). Jon’s research interests include healthy ageing, chronic illness and the health of indigenous and other priority populations. His TCIM research has also led developments in health economics, practice-based research networks and implementation science. Jon has mentored >60 early-career researchers to date and received the PHAA National Mentor of the Year Award in 2017.

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Dr Amie Steel

Associate Director Research, Endeavour College of Natural Health/Research Fellow, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Amie Steel is a naturopath, educator and researcher in the field of complementary medicine (CM). Amie currently holds dual research positions as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine within the Faculty of Health at University of Technology Sydney, and also Associate Director – Research in the Office of Research at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. Amie has a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney. She has a leadership position in four practice-based research networks in Australian and New Zealand which includes Chair and Chief Investigator of the Practitioner Research and Collaboration Initiative (PRACI). She is a founding member of the Public Health Association of Australia Evidence, Research and Policy in Complementary Medicine Special Interest Group. Amie has attracted ~$1M in research funding in the last 2 years, is on the editorial board for a number of journals and is widely published in peer-reviewed journals, and edited books. Amie is a collaborator with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health and has been a contributing researcher on a number of Australian Research Council funded projects. Her research interests include women’s health, CM curriculum development and delivery, integration and regulation of CM, and the interface between evidence-based medicine and CM practice.

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Dr Daniel Amado

Coordinator of National Policy of Integrative and Complementary Medicine in Health, Department of Primary Care from the Ministry of Health

Daniel Miele Amado currently is the Coordinator of National Policy of Integrative and Complementary Medicine in Health at the Department of Primary Care from the Ministry of Health. Where he was a Public Health Consultant in TCIM since 2011. He is qualified as physical educator and specialist in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Professor Alvaro Viljoen

Professor,Tshwane University of Technology/ National Research Chair in Phytomedicine/ Director, MRC Herbal Drugs Research Unit, South Africa

Professor Viljoen’s is a trained botanist with a research interest is the phytochemistry and biological activity of medicinal and aromatic plants indigenous to South Africa. His PhD was awarded from the University of Johannesburg on the chemotaxonomy of the genus Aloe. He has held the position of research fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria) since 2005. He has authored / co-authored >220 peer reviewed papers mostly on the phytochemical exploration and pharmacological activity of indigenous medicinal and aromatic plants. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Elsevier) and has been elected on to the editorial board of the Journal of Essential Oil Research (Francis & Taylor) and Phytochemistry Letters (Elsevier). He is also reviewing-editor for South African Journal of Botany (Elsevier). In October 2013 Alvaro was awarded the National Research Chair in Phytomedicine a position which he holds concurrently as Director of the SAMRC Herbal Drugs Research Unit in South Africa. More than eighty post-graduate students have graduated under his supervision since 2002.

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Dr Francesca Panzironi

Aboriginal Traditional Medicine: role and significance in today's health care models

Dr Francesca Panzironi is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Aṉangu Ngangkaṟi Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC). Dr. Panzironi is an international human rights academic who applied her knowledge and experience to create a platform for the recognition of the internationally recognized right of Indigenous Peoples to maintain and practice their traditional medicines within Australia' s national health care system. Dr Panzironi has extensive experience as a researcher and lecturer in the areas of international human rights law, international studies, international and community development. She holds a PhD in Law (University of Sydney), a Master degree in Development and Cooperation (University of Pavia), and an Honor Degree in Political Science (‘La Sapienza’ University, Rome). Dr Panzironi has presented her research and groundwork in numerous international and national conferences. Her work and achievements with the ngangkaṟi has been featured on national media, including SBS News, National Indigenous Television (NITV), The Point - NITV, ABC Radio, SBS Radio, Channel 7.

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Dr Daniel Gallego-Perez

Dr. Daniel F. Gallego-Pérez is a physician with a specialty in alternative therapies, and a Doctor of Public Health candidate at Boston University. Since medical school, he has been interested in the range of possibilities that exist at the intersection of traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine and public health. He worked as a general practitioner and nutrition program coordinator in the Buduburam Refugee Camp, Ghana, between 2004 and 2008. He participated in the design and implementation of a pilot project to develop complementary medicine services in public hospitals in Bogota, Colombia, between 2009 and 2013. He has been consulting for the Pan American Health Organization since 2015, first at the country office in Nicaragua, and later at the regional office in Washington DC, where he assists health care systems strengthening and transformation processes, including the integration of traditional and complementary medicine.

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Donna Kerridge

From New Zealand, Donna Kerridge (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Tahinga, Ngāti Maniapoto) is a respected rongoā Māori practitioner. She is a passionate advocate for the protection of related mātauranga Māori (traditional Māori knowledge) and decriminalising Māori medical knowledges in the modern world. She is the authorised spokesperson for Te Kāhui Rongoā, the New Zealand national collective of rongoā Māori practitioners, with a membership base of more than 800. She regularly serves on Government expert advisory committees and as a Māori advisor for numerous tertiary research projects. Her work as a public commentator on health and environmental issues as they affect New Zealand Māori health and wellbeing is widely respected.