CHF Summit 2021: Shifting Gears


CHF are pleased to include the following Keynote Speakers within the CHF Summit 2021: Shifting Gears virtual program.


Ellen Fanning
ABC TV's The Drum

In her 20 years as an award winning public affairs journalist, Ellen Fanning has interviewed every Australian Prime Minister from Sir John Grey Gorton to Malcolm Turnbull.

She has reported politics from Canberra to the White House while her broader career has taken her to locations as diverse as the North Pole, an airline refuelling fighter jets over Bosnia and a Collins Class submarine deep in the Indian Ocean.
She spent the first ten years of her career at the ABC where she presented both the AM and PM current affairs radio programs. She also served as the ABC’s Washington correspondent.

She was later a reporter on the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes and the last presenter of Nine’s Sunday program.

Ellen co-presents ABC TV’s “The Drum” and is regularly seen and heard on ABC TV’s 730 and on ABC Radio around Australia.

Ms Ellen Fanning appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.



Lynne Maher
Improvement and Innovation, Clinical Director, Ko Awatea, Counties Manukau Health Associate Honorary Professor of Nursing
University of Auckland 
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Medicine
University of Tasmania

Lynne has had an extensive health care career ranging from critical care nursing, operational and board posts at local and national level during which she has been able to support teams to create significant improvement in health systems. This has been specifically through her work on co-design, creativity and innovation, creating the culture for innovation, leading change and sustainability for improvement.

Lynne is the Co-design Advisor on the Steering Group for a new National Quality Safety Marker for Consumer Engagement in New Zealand. She also acted as an Advisory Board Member of the CORE Research Study on co-design at the University of Melbourne which is notably the first ever Randomised Control Trial of co-design in Mental Health Services. Lynne is also a reviewer for the NZ Medical Journal, British Medical Quality and Safety Journal and the Journal of Clinical Nursing. 

Follow Lynne on Twitter  @LynneMaher1.

Ainslie Cahill AM
Leader - Consumer and Community Involvement
Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE

Ainslie Cahill is Leader, Consumer and Community Involvement for Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE.

She is also a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Health Ethics Committee as well as its Community and Consumer Advisory Group and Community Observers Working Committee; Department of Health Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel; and NSW Health COVID-19 Therapeutic Research Advisory Group.

She was CEO of Arthritis Australia from 2006-18 and a Board Member of Consumers Health Forum from 2008-14.

Ainslie is a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division); Life Member of Arthritis Australia; and Life Member of Consumers Health Forum of Australia.


Dr Kate Mulligan
Director, Policy and Communications
Alliance for the Healthier Communities

Dr. Kate Mulligan is a health geographer and policy professional with a critical public health orientation and a strong interest in advancing healthier and more equitable communities. Based in Ontario, Canada, her research and policy work has been supported by Toronto Public Health, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Canada, and the United Nations. 

Kate is the Director of Policy and Communities at the Alliance for Healthier Communities, leading at the forefront of Ontario’s health systems transformation to advance health equity through 100+ community-governed, comprehensive primary health care organizations. Kate is also an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) at the University of Toronto. She is the director of Ontario’s first social prescribing project, implemented in community health centres across diverse urban, rural, Francophone, and Northern regions in the province. This initiative, winner of the first International Social Prescribing Award, aims to improve health outcomes for marginalized and socially isolated people and to reduce health systems utilization by creating a clinical pathway between mainstream health systems and community and voluntary supports. The work is showing promising results and has galvanized wide interest and support across Canada. 

Follow Kate on Twitter @KateMMulligan. 


Dr Robert Herkes MB B S FRACP FCICM
Chief Medical Officer
Australian Commission Safety and Quality in Health Care

A highly respected senior clinician and leader in intensive care medicine, with extensive operating and leadership experience in the development, evolution and provision of critical care services at both state and national levels.

Dr Herkes is the Chief Medical Officer at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care providing expert clinical advice to the wide range of programs managed by the Commission. Dr Herkes has a significant role in identifying areas for synergies, partnerships and new opportunities across the Australian health sector in collaboration with all health sector stakeholders, and providing leadership and education around the latest evidence on safety and quality in health care.


Vincent Dumez, M.Sc.
Co-Director and Patient Partner
Centre of Excellence on Partnering with Patients and the Public (CEPPP)
University of Montreal

Vincent Dumez, MSc, holds a finance degree and a Master’s degree in Management Science from Montreal’s international business school, Hautes Études Commerciales. Until 2010, he was an associate in one of Montreal’s most influential consulting firms, specializing in organizational design.

Living with multiple chronic diseases for more than four decades, and thus a significant user of healthcare services, Mr. Dumez has been actively involved in developing the concept of “Patient Partnership.” He first explored the concept in his Masters’ dissertation and now in his Ph.D thesis. Since then he has pursued to deployment of the concept by helping patients to engage meaningfully in education, research and care. He’s also on the boards of renowned health organizations and a keynote speaker in national and international health conferences.

In October 2010, Mr. Dumez became the first director of new Office of Patient Partner Expertise of the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine. Since summer of 2016, Mr. Dumez now co-directs the new Centre of Excellence on Partnering with Patients and the Public of University of Montreal. The mission of the centre is to make collaborating with patients and the public a science, a culture and the new standard to improve the health of all and the (health) experience of each.




Jo Watson
Deputy Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC)

Jo Watson is the inaugural Deputy Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and has been a consumer nominee on this Committee since 2013.

She is also the Chair of the HTA Consumer Consultative Committee, Office of Health Technology Assessment, Australian Government Department of Health; and the Deputy Chair of the Consumers Health Forum.

Jo has been a community representative and patient advocate in the Australian HIV response, from the early nineties, including as the Executive Director of the National Association of People living with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) from 1998 to 2014.

Jo is an Honorary Life member of NPS MedicineWise, a Special Representative for NAPWHA, and a Director of the Board of the AGPAL group.

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