The First 1000 days

The session that Jackie and Anne will deliver will include the following elements:

  • Introduction to the First 1000 Days that reinforces the values and principles of the First 1000 Days Australia movement
  • How we Implemented  First 1000 Days through a cultural lens; implementation perspectives in Queensland across two sites.
  • Share our experience of the way we have seen community workers interact with families.


  • Reflective practice exercise drawing on peoples lived experiences, their knowledge, their professional experiences that have influenced them directly and in-directly when they are interacting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This exercise will highlight the differences and how much they are drawing on their own personal and professional values, beliefs and experiences.
  • What events in your personal and work life has influenced how you operate. Understanding privileges and how to be mindful of these privileges.
  • What are the cultural strengths and community assets of the communities you work and live in? Map out these services, communities, organisations, stakeholders, and families to find out who you want to actively engage with.

Facilitators: Jackie Bennett & Anne Taylor

Jackie Bennett is a Kamilaroi, Bigambul woman from St George in South West Queensland and is a wife, mother of 4 beautiful adult children and a grandmother of 6 gorgeous grandchildren.

Jackie has recently been employed by Melbourne University as the Regional Implementation Manager for the Moreton Bay Region in South East Queensland to Implement the First 1000 Days Australia program into the Moreton Bay Region. Jackie’s past employment history includes being employed as the Cultural Diversity Advisor for C&K in Brisbane and Site Coordinator in Townsville for Good Beginnings Australia. In these roles, she has demonstrated her commitment to engaging families and children into educational programs and educated early childhood educators about the importance of Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives in their classrooms.

Jackie was sponsored in 2016 by Educational Experience to participate in the Global Leaders for Young Children Program which is part of the World Forum Foundation. Since becoming a Global Leader Jackie has also been involved in the World Forums Indigenous People’s Action Group and a World Forum National Representative for Australia.

Jackie is currently the Vice President of the Koobara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kindergarten and Pre-School Board which has been in operation for 43 years.

Anne Taylor  was born in Ayr, Queensland and raised across the river in Home Hill and has spent the last 20 years living in Townsville. She is of Irish and Torres Strait Islander descent with connections to the Dauer Meriam tribe from Mer (Murray Island). With her partner Lee Douglas, they are blessed with 3 beautiful daughters aged 21, 12 and 9 and spend most of their time supporting their daughters with their soccer commitments.

The Queensland Government provided Anne with an avenue to enter the workforce and the positions she has held over the past two decades have allowed her to build her skills, ability, knowledge and experience in working with and for individuals and families experiencing vulnerability, disadvantage and marginalisation.

Anne has a broad range of experience in child protection and family reforms, community development, project management, procurement and contract management in the North Queensland region such as Burdekin, Palm Island, Charters Towers/Hughenden, Ingham and Townsville.

In 2017, she decided to complete further studies and received a scholarship with the Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship program to study a Bachelor of Human Services through the University of Southern Queensland.

Allied Health Digital Transformation

Developed by the National Allied Health Digital Information Network

This workshop will feature short presentations covering the broad range of developments in allied health digital transformation across Australia, including national data standards, health informatics and the My Health Record.

Up to date information on digital developments across the public sector in Australia will be showcased, demonstrating successes and challenges in the constantly changing landscape of digital transformation.

Delegates will participate in group discussion about opportunities for allied health information management practices and possible solutions to challenges and barriers to the digital transformation for allied health.


Danny Agnola

Danny Agnola is the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Manager of Clinical Peaks, Partnerships and Clinical Use.

Danny has over 14 years in the community pharmacy industry having completed his studies at James Cook University. During this time he displayed a passion for the implementation of professional initiatives and overall customer service.

In 2015, Danny became part of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (QLD Branch) as a Professional Services Pharmacist where he assisted in the provision of the Intern Training Program, QCPP and other professional services.

Since 2017, Danny has been employed with the Australian Digital Health Agency where he was a National My Health Record Primary Care Educator before taking on the role of Managing the Clinical Peaks team within the Agency. He has a passion for digital health and the benefits it can have for all Australian healthcare providers and their patients.

Danny’s qualifications include B.Pharm and Cert IV TAE DipPM.


 Associate Professor Clair Sullivan

Chief Digital Health Officer Metro North Hospital and Health Services

A/ Prof Clair Sullivan graduated with Honours in Medicine from UQ and a Research Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Leeds. She is a fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian College of Health Informatics.

She has been appointed Associate Professor of Clinical Informatics at the University of QLD and is widely published in clinical informatics and serves on several national advisory boards for digital health.

She is currently the Chief Digital Health Officer for Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

An inter-disciplinary approach to #last1000days and #endPJparalysis, designing a framework for success.

Facilitators: Dr Ian Sturgess, Tiffany Spurway, Martin Freeman

How Allied Health professionals can work towards:

  1.  Identification of at risk patients
  2.  Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
  3.  Case management planning with effective goals
  4.  Avoiding ‘over-polishing’

Dr Ian Sturgess (BSc MB ChB FRCP) is an internationally renowned clinical expert in improving Emergency Care and was for many years the clinical leader for Britain’s Emergency Care Improvement Program.  Ian has worked around the world with more than 180 hospitals seeking to enhance their Emergency Care and has been working with Francis Health since 2012.

Based in the UK, Ian works across the Francis Health network and is currently engaged on ED and Patient Flow performance improvement projects with six District Health Boards in New Zealand.  He has a particular focus on the prevention of deconditioning in Frail/Elderly patient cohorts, a hidden epidemic in our health systems. Over the last 2 years, Ian has been working with the NSW Ministry of Health as well as a number of LHDs and HHS’ across NSW and Queensland.

Allied Health – Selling our value

Purposes of the workshop:

  1. To gain insights on the value of allied health from the perspective of a consumer, a Director of Allied Health, a Chief Executive HHS, and the Deputy Director General Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance Division DoH, who will respond to the questions:
  • Where and how does allied health provide value (that is, value based health care as well as services that are valued by the facility/service/system), and,
  • How do we measure, demonstrate and promote that value?
  1. Develop practical solutions to common situations such as where the value of an allied health service is ambiguous or not well demonstrated.



Part 1:  Perspectives and panel discussion
Speaker 1:  Peter Buttrum, Executive Director Allied Health Professions, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland 20 mins
Speaker 2:  Steve Williamson, Chief Executive, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service 20 mins

Speaker 3:  Nick Steele, Deputy Director General, Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance Division Department of Health

Nick Steele has held executive positions in the NHS and Queensland for over 15 years. As the current Deputy Director-General he is responsible for managing the budget for purchasing health and hospital services and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of health outcomes as specified in HHS Service Agreements and contracts with NGO service providers and the private sector.

Nick holds an Economics degree from The University of Leeds, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has dual membership with CPA Australia and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy in the UK.

20 mins
Speaker 4:  Consumer 20 mins
BREAK 20 mins
Facilitated panel discussion 30 mins
Part 2:  Workshop local issues in roundtable discussions
Participants will workshop common issues at table groups, bringing instances from their experiences of where the value of an allied health service is ambiguous or not well demonstrated. 30 mins
Identify strategies that work and formulate strategic paper with recommendations on how to design and demonstrate the value of allied health, including how to engage more with consumers, the community and with allied health providers outside the public sector. 30 mins


Allied Health Clinical Education Symposium

Facilitators: Professor Esther May UniSA and ACDHS Chair

Jointly developed by the Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences and the National Allied Health Clinical Educator Network

The Symposium will commence with a series of short presentations on topical issues in clinical education drawn from both providers of clinical education placements and from universities. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and practices around current management of student placements as they work in small groups to reflect on presentations, respond to structured questions, discuss possible solutions and develop recommendations to meet future needs/demand.  A panel of invited speakers will synthesize recommendations, providing opportunity for discussion and planning the next steps for collaborative conversations on allied health clinical education to meet future health needs.

Following presentations, participants will work in small groups to address a series of structured questions, which will contribute to the discussion with the panel


Realising The Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway: Practical Implementation Approaches For Success

Chair: Cath Maloney

Facilitators: Ilsa Nielsen, Carly Maurer, Lisa Baker, Gemma Tuxworth, Susie Lennox, Anne Jones, Renae Moore

This workshop will offer a practical roadmap for embedding the allied health rural generalist pathway at both a systems and local level with a view to realising the benefits of enhanced multidisciplinary practice.


  • Provide information to participants on the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway including underpinning concepts of rural generalism for the allied health professions, and the structure and components of the Pathway.
  • Provide examples from rural and remote service providers of how the Pathway is being implemented to support service development, workforce and training outcomes for rural teams.
  • Assist participants to examine their own local and system-level opportunities and enablers for implementing the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway.


Ilsa Nielsen Ilsa is A/Director of Allied Health with the Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland.  In this role she manages the Queensland Health Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway and other statewide rural workforce strategies.
Carly Maurer Carly is Director of Allied Health Workforce Development with Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service.
Lisa Baker Lisa is Team Leader, Department of Rural Allied & Community Health in Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service, Queensland.
Gemma Tuxworth Gemma is Professional Officer, Health Professional Policy and Advice in the Department of Health Tasmania. In this role she provides project management to the Allied Health Rural Generalist proof of concept project in Tasmania.
Susie Lennox Susie is Professional Officer, Health Professional Policy and Advice in the Department of Health Tasmania. In this role she provides project management to the Allied Health Rural Generalist proof of concept project in Tasmania
Anne Jones Anne is Senior Lecturer and Head of Physiotherapy discipline in the College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University.
Cath Maloney Cath is A/Chief Executive Officer, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health. In a former role Cath instigated the development of Allied Health Rural generalist trainee positions in Murrumbidgee Local Health District, NSW Health.
Renae Moore Renae is Executive Director Allied Health of Top End Health Service, Northern Territory Government. Renae has been involved in the development and implementation of Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway both in her former role as NT Health Principal Allied Health Advisor and in her current position.


IAHA’s Cultural Responsiveness Approach: Realising, recognising and relating the value of culturally safe and responsive practice with Indigenous peoples

Facilitator: Kylie Stothers

Learning Objectives:

  • Engage in discussion and activities to build your cultural capabilities in working more effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • Engage in self-reflection about attitudes, beliefs and values and the impact on others;
  • Explore ways of knowing, being and doing that will enhance ability to be culturally responsive.

Education Methods:

This workshop will be interactive and participants will need to be open and willing to engage in a meaningful way to participate in self-reflective activities that examine one’s own personal/professional values, beliefs, experiences and knowledge’s that can shape interactions and practice.


Kylie Stothers is a mother of two children and a Jawoyn woman who was born and raised in Katherine, NT. Kylie comes from a large extended family with strong ties in Katherine and surrounding
communities. Kylie is the Workforce Development Manager at Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and is a social worker who has worked throughout the Northern Territory for almost 20 years. She previously worked for the Centre for Remote Health/Flinders University NT at the Katherine site and her interests’ areas are in health workforce, working with children and families, health promotion, child protection, and contributing to supporting and growing our next generation of health professionals. Kylie is passionate about education, health and issues that relate to remote and rural Australia.

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