Keynote: Professor Sylvia Caley, Health Law Partnership, Atlanta (USA)
Professor Sylvia Caley will give the keynote address at our inaugural national health justice partnership conference. Professor Caley will address many of the critical issues for effective health justice partnerships, such as building trust between legal and health practitioners; extending partnerships through clinical education, training and practice; and integrating research to drive best practice in meeting the legal and health needs of vulnerable communities through health justice partnerships.
Professor Caley is clinical professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law teaching law students and other professional graduate students enrolled in the HeLP Legal Services Clinic. In addition, she teaches Health Legislation and Advocacy, a year-long course in which law students work with community partners to address health-related legislative and regulatory issues affecting the community. She is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. She is the director of the Health Law Partnership (HeLP), an interdisciplinary community collaboration among Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and the College of Law. She is a member of the Ethics Committees at Grady Health System and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and also is a member of the Public Policy Committee at Children’s. She also is a member of the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation, U. S. Department of Health & Human Services. Her research interests focus on using interdisciplinary and holistic approaches to address the socio-economic and environmental issues affecting health.
Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE, QC (Hon), FBA
Dame Hazel Genn is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in the Faculty of Laws at UCL. She was Dean of the Faculty 2008-2017 and is currently Director of the UCL Centre for Access to Justice and Co-director of the UCL Judicial Institute. Dame Hazel is a leading authority on access to civil and administrative justice. Her prize winning scholarship focuses on the experiences of ordinary people caught up in legal problems and the responsiveness of the justice system to the needs of citizens. She has conducted numerous empirical studies on public access to the justice system and has published widely in her specialist fields. She is author of Paths to Justice: What People Do and Think About Going to Law (1999) a seminal study of public access to justice which has since been replicated in 27 jurisdictions around the globe. In 2008 Dame Hazel delivered the Hamlyn Lectures on the subject of civil justice. The Lectures were published by Cambridge University Press in November 2009 entitled Judging Civil Justice. In 2012 she delivered the F A Mann Annual Lecture on ‘Why the Privatisation of Justice is a Rule of Law Issue’ and the Atkin Memorial Lecture on ‘Do it Yourself Justice: Access to Justice and the Challenge of Self-Representation’. Her work has had a major influence on policy-makers around the world and she is regularly invited to lecture and provide advice abroad. Consistent with her interest in public use of and experiences of the justice system, she has led a Task Force on Public Legal Education (PLEAS). In 2013 she established the UCL Faculty of Laws Centre for Access to Justice, and has recently developed its activities into an innovative health justice partnership with a GP practice in East London to deliver free legal advice to vulnerable patients within the practice.
In recognition of her contribution to the justice system, Dame Hazel was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000 and appointed DBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2006. In 2006 she was also appointed Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa and in 2008 she was elected Honorary Master of the Bench of Gray’s Inn.
Lyn Morgain is the Chief Executive of cohealth. Lyn has been an executive leader in public policy, not for profit organisations and government over the past twenty five years, holding community well being, planning, governance and community service portfolios. She is a sought after facilitator, chair and speaker and has published numerous journal articles on primary care and the social determinants of health. She is passionate about strength based approaches that engender community ownership and control over service design, development and delivery.
As part of the leadership of cohealth she is responsible for supporting the delivery of a diverse range of complex social and clinical service models that engage communities with poor health status, utilising a social model of health. Increasingly these programs are integrated, locally orientated and designed in partnership with consumers. Her interests include the impact of discrimination, stigma and marginalisation on health and the role of advocacy in the development of equitable public policy and consumer led practice. Lyn has extensive experience in the initiation and execution of community alliances aimed at effecting change, at the local, state and national level.
Lyn is a member of the Victorian Justice Health, Ministerial Advisory Committee and Minister Foley’s Mental Health Expert Taskforce and the Rough Sleeping Expert Taskforce. She chairs the National Complex Needs Alliance, a member based initiative aimed at promoting government’s capacity to respond to human and health service complexity. Lyn is also a member of the board of both the Australian and Victorian Council(s) of Social Service (VCOSS & ACOSS) as well as the Footscray Community Arts Centre. She is also a member of Climate and Health Alliance Committee of Management.
Professor Sue Matthews
Sue is an experienced health service leader and manager with more than 20 years of senior operational and strategic leadership in hospitals, community care and government. She has held a variety of positions from Staff Nurse, Educator, Manager, Director, and Provincial Chief Nursing Officer for Ontario. She is currently CEO of the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
She is a Director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health and the Victorian Healthcare Association of which she is deputy chair. She sits on a number of advisory committees including the Victorian Family Violence Steering Committee and the Victorian Clinical Council.
Sue holds an R.N Diploma, a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies, a Master’s of Health Science Nursing, and a Doctorate in Public Health. She is also a Fellow of the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She is appointed as Adjunct Professor at Trent University.
Sue has won numerous awards including One of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and the Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award.
Sue has extensive research experience having been a Principal Investigator, co-Principal investigator or Decision Maker Partner on over 30 research projects or programs. She has also been primary or co-author of 13 publications.
Ms Olga Havnen is the former Northern Territory Coordinator General for Remote Services and Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy at Australian Red Cross. She has held a range of other senior public and non-government sector roles in her long career in Indigenous Affairs, including Deputy Director of the Northern Land Council, Principal Policy Adviser with the Office of Indigenous Policy in the Northern Territory Department of the Chief Minister and Manager of Indigenous and International Programs at Fred Hollows Foundation.
Ms Havnen has held a position on the Australian Council of Social Services’ Board of Directors and represented the Australian Government at various international fora. She grew up in Tennant Creek and is the daughter of Aboriginal educator Peg Havnen.
Ms Havnen currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin.
The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO
Appointed as the Age Discrimination Commissioner on 29th July, 2016 Kay comes to this role with strong involvement in issues affecting older people. Leaving school at 15, and then managing a small business, she returned to school and gained a BA (Hons) at the University of Sydney and a PhD in Psychology and a Dip Ed at Monash University. She taught allied health science students for 11 years. She studied gerontology at the University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University. Using the knowledge gained during those visits she co-developed the first Victorian post-graduate diploma in gerontology and introduced gerontology into the undergraduate behavioural science courses.
Following her election to the Senate in 1987 she served on a number of Senate committees and held various shadow portfolios. In 1988 she was appointed as a Parliamentary Secretary and in 2001 was appointed to Cabinet and served in the Health and Social Security portfolios. She retired from Cabinet in 2006 and from the Senate in 2008.
During her time in the Senate she pursued issues affecting older Australians and fought tirelessly for the removal of the compulsory retirement age of 65 from the Australian Public Service and statutory authorities.
Initially she will champion the rights of older workers, focus on the blight of elder abuse and encourage innovative solutions to homelessness and risk of homelessness amongst older Australians.
Kay has served on a number of not-for-profit Boards and voluntary positions. She is a Director of the Brockhoff Foundation (2008-); Professorial Fellow Monash University, in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (2008-); she was a Director and Vice-President of Interplast Australia NZ (2007-2016); a member of the Board of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (2014-2016); Chaired the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Council on Homelessness (2011-2013); was involved for over 25 years in the Victorian Girl Guides as a leader, Council and Executive Member; and was a member of the Monash University Council (1978-1998). She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2016 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Before his career in media, Damien Carrick worked as a lawyer. Since jumping into journalism, he has won numerous awards, including the UN Media Peace Prize for Radio, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Radio Award and the Victoria Law Foundation Legal Journalist of the Year Award.
His work on the Law Report has been twice nominated for the Walkley National Awards for Australian journalism. He has also been awarded a number of fellowships, including the Qantas-European Union Journalism Award (2004) and the ABC/Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism Fellowship at Oxford University (2012).
His additional work at the ABC includes reporting for ABC Radio Current Affairs, guest hosting the Sunday Extra program, and co-production of an Australian Story: ‘Suddenly One Summer’.
Paul Ronalds is the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Australia. Save the Children works in every state of Australia and in more than 120 countries around the world on children’s education, health and protection issues. Paul is also currently a non-executive director of the Centre For Social Impact, the Campbell Collaboration and the Community Council of Australia.
Prior to joining Save the Children, Paul was First Assistant Secretary responsible for the Office of Work and Family in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. In this role, Paul provided advice to the Prime Minister of Australia on a broad range of social and economic policies designed to assist families and communities. Paul has also worked as Deputy CEO of World Vision and as chief operating officer of Urban Seed, an innovative and dynamic NGO that provides a range of services to marginalised people in Melbourne’s inner city.
He started his career as a corporate lawyer with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills before co-founding wishlist.com.au, one of Australia’s most successful e-commerce companies.
Paul is a graduate of the St James Ethics Centre’s Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethics and Leadership and has degrees in economics and law with honours from Monash University, a graduate diploma in applied finance and a masters in international relations from Deakin University.
He is the author of The Change Imperative: Creating a Next Generation NGO, a book that examines the organisational challenges faced by international NGOs in a rapidly evolving global political context.
In 2016, Paul was made a Fellow by Monash University in recognition of distinguished service to civil society.
Rob Hulls completed his law course at RMIT and began his career as a Solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria from 1984–86. Rob then moved to Mt Isa in Queensland, and worked for the West Queensland Aboriginal Legal Service for 5 years. He then served one term in Federal Parliament from 1990–93 as the member for Kennedy, Queensland and in 1994 on return to Melbourne was appointed Chief of Staff to the Victorian Leader of the Opposition. In his state political career Rob held the offices of Attorney-General; Minister for Manufacturing Industry and Minister for Racing, Minister for WorkCover, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations.
As Attorney-General, Rob instigated significant changes to Victoria’s legal system which saw the establishment of the state’s first Charter of Human Rights. He established specialist courts in Victoria including for Victoria’s Indigenous community, for people with mental health issues, for people with drug addiction and for victims of family violence. He also opened up the process for the appointment of people to Victoria’s judiciary to ensure that more women and people from diverse backgrounds were appointed.
In October 2012 Rob was appointed Adjunct Professor at RMIT and was invited to establish the new Centre for Innovative Justice as its inaugural Director. The Centre’s objective is to develop, drive, and expand the capacity of the justice system to meet and adapt to the needs of its diverse users. The Centre has facilitated the establishment of a multi-disciplinary practice on site with lawyers and social workers together with students providing holistic, wrap-around services to female prisoners in Victoria.
Alison Verhoeven is Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia. Its members include public and not-for-profit hospitals, primary health networks, primary and community health services, universities and individual health leaders. Ms Verhoeven has broad experience in health, education, corporate governance and communications, and has worked in both the private and public sectors in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe.
Kate Fazio is a lawyer with an interest in technology as a tool to scale impact. She works as the Manager of Digital Innovation Strategies at Justice Connect – a charity that provides free legal services to people and organisations with unmet legal needs.
Kate looks for opportunities to scale Justice Connect’s impact through process innovations and service delivery innovations. She also leads Justice Connect’s Legal Help Gateway project, funded through the Google Impact Challenge.
With a background as a corporate lawyer, Kate has worked at Justice Connect for 5 years. Prior to her role managing digital strategies, Kate developed and managed the Not-for-profit Law Information Hub (www.nfplaw.org.au), a self-help website for charities and not-for-profits that has been shortlisted twice for the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards.
Kate is also widely involved in the not-for-profit sector, serving as a director on several not-for-profit boards. She has a Master’s degree in Social Investment and Philanthropy, a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, and degrees in Law and Media and Communications.
Jono Nicholas was a founding member of ReachOut when it launched in 1998 as the first digital mental health service in the world and has gone on to become one of the most passionate advocates for the mental health of young people. Jono spent the early part of his career developing and leading the ReachOut service before establishing ReachOut in Ireland in 2009. Since his appointment as CEO of ReachOut Australia in 2010, ReachOut has gone on to become the digital entry point to the mental health system for young people and their parents and is now accessed by over 1.58 million Australians per year for everything from exam stress, relationship difficulties to suicidal thoughts. By 2020 ReachOut plans to help a further one million people per year.
Jono holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health and is a father of three young boys.
Jono is a director of Mental Health Australia and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education. He is co-chair of the Telstra Technology and Wellbeing roundtable, member of the Federal Department of Health’s Digital Mental Health Advisory Committee; and the NSW Mental Health Commission’s Suicide Prevention Advisory Group.