NAHC 2021 Provisional Program

The Program is Provisional and will be updated as planning proceeds.  

Pre-Conference Workshops
Monday 9th August

A selection of pre-conference workshops will be held through the 2021 NAHC Online Platform on Monday 9th August.  Attendance at these workshops is an additional cost and open to delegates and non-delegates of the conference.  Places are limited and bookings will be taken on a first come – first served basis.

Watch this space for workshop details and costs as they become available.

Conference Overview
Tuesday 10th - Thursday 12th August

Program times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC +10).  To calculate program times for your timezone, you can use the Time Zone Converter HERE

VIRTUALLY TOGETHER – REFORM

0930-1000 Icebreaker Networking
PLENARY SESSION #1
1000-1020 Delegate Welcome & Housekeeping
Welcome to Country
Official Opening
1020-1030 Plenary Address: Allied health as Change Agent – Major National Reforms
Anne-marie Boxall, Chief Allied Health Officer, Commonwealth Department of Health


Anne-marie leads engagement with the allied health sector and works within and across government to promote the role of allied health professionals. Prior to this, Anne-marie worked in the Department on long-term health system reform… Click here to read more!

1030-1040 Plenary Panel #1: Leading Australia’s Reforms
Chair: Anne-marie Boxall
1040-1110 Future directions for Allied Health in Rural and Regional Areas
Adj. Professor Ruth Stewart, National Rural Health Commissioner, Commonwealth Department of Health


Adj. Professor Ruth Stewart was appointed as the second National Rural Health Commissioner for Australia in July 2020. She brings to the role nearly 30 years of work as a Rural Generalist doctor with the advanced skills of a GP obstetrician… Click here to read more!

Role and Opportunities for Allied Health in Aged Care Sector
Janet Anderson, Commissioner, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission


Janet has been the Commissioner of the national Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission since the establishment of that organisation in January 2019. As Commissioner, she leads a workforce of around 750 staff across Australia with statutory responsibility for regulating the Commonwealth-funded aged care sector… Click here to read more!

Role and Opportunities for Allied Health in NDIS Sector
Robert Griew, Complaints Commissioner, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
1110-1135 Panel Discussion
1135-1145 Consumer Video
1145-1215 Exhibition & Morning Tea Break
CONCURRENT SESSION #1
1215-1315 Oral Presentations – submit an abstract here
1315-1400 Exhibition & Lunch Break
CONCURRENT SESSION #2
1400-1500 Oral Presentations – submit an abstract here
1500-1505 Changeover Break
1505-1530 Networking & Discussion 

VIRTUALLY TOGETHER – INNOVATE

0930-0950 Icebreaker Networking
PLENARY SESSION #2
0955-1000 Day Two Opening
1000-1045 Keynote Address: The Future of Allied Health
Gihan Perera


Gihan Perera is a futurist, conference speaker, author and consultant who gives you a glimpse into what’s ahead – and how you can become fit for the future, in your professional and personal life. Since 1997, he has worked with business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and other change agents – helping them with their strategy for thriving in a fast-changing world… Click here to read more!

1045-1110 Keynote Address: Louise Schaper


Dr Louise Schaper is on a mission to fix healthcare. As leader of Australia’s peak body for digital health, Dr Louise Schaper is a passionate advocate for the transformation of healthcare, enabled by technology… Click here to read more!

1110-1130 Exhibition & Morning Tea Break
CONCURRENT SESSION #3
1130-1230 Oral Presentations – submit an abstract here
1230-1300 Exhibition & Lunch Break
PLENARY SESSION #3
1300-1345 Plenary Panel
1345-1415 Keynote Speakers: Nic Marchesi & Lucas Patchett from Orange Sky


In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, to wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, awarded the 2016 Young Australians of the Year and recently the Order of Australia Medal, founded Orange Sky – a world-first, free mobile laundry and shower service for people experiencing homelessness… Click here to read more!

1415-1420 Consumer Video
1420-1430 Changeover Break
CONCURRENT SESSION #4
1430-1530 Oral Presentations – submit an abstract here
1530-1615 Networking & Discussion 

VIRTUALLY TOGETHER – ACHIEVE

0930-1000 Icebreaker Networking
PLENARY SESSION #4
1000-1005 Day Three Opening
1005-1045 Plenary Address: Allied Health New Strategies to realise our potential
Martin Chadwick, New Zealand Chief Allied Health Officer


Martin is the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer within the Ministry of Health, working in partnership with the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Office in providing transdisciplinary clinical leadership and advice. The role works at a systems level as well as providing support to clinicians, programmes and projects across the Ministry… Click here to read more!

1045-1100 Consumer Video & Launch
1100-1130 Exhibition & Morning Tea Break
CONCURRENT SESSION #5
1130-1230 Oral Presentations – submit an abstract here
1230-1300 Exhibition & Lunch Break
CONCURRENT SESSION #6
1300-1400 Oral Presentations – submit an abstract here
1400-1410 Changeover Break
PLENARY SESSION #5
1410-1505 Keynote Address: Sam’s Story
Sam Bloom


Sam Bloom is a 2 x World Para Surfing Champion, bestselling author, and inspiration behind the Australian box-office hit and global Netflix sensation Penguin Bloom, starring and produced by two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts. In 2013, while holidaying in Thailand with her husband and three young sons, Sam unknowingly leant on a rotten balcony railing, falling through it and plunging six metres onto the concrete below… Click here to read more!

1505-1530 Closing & Handover
1530 14th NAHC Concludes

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