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Mr James Downie

ihpa-jamesdownie-ceo-square-for-webJames Downie is the CEO of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA).

 Prior to this James was the Executive Director, Activity Based Funding, leading the teams responsible for delivering the classification, costing and pricing functions of IHPA as well as the data acquisition activities.

 He previously held roles with the Victorian Department of Health, the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and various technical and operational roles in the resources industry.

Professor James Harrison


Professor James Harrison is an active member of the Steering Group for the World Health Organisation’s 11th Revision of the International Classifications of Diseases (ICD-11). Professor Harrison will give an update on ICD-11 which is set to launch in 2018. 

Mr Mark Lawrence

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Professor Shinya Matsuda

150123photoProfessor Matsuda graduated from the School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan and pursued further studies at the National School of Public Health, France. Professor Matsuda has a PhD degree from Kyoto University and has been a professor at the University of Occupational and Environmental Health (UOEH ) in Japan. In 2014 he became Vice director of the UOEH hospital.

Professor Matsuda’s research is focused on the Health system and Health policy and from 2001 – 2009 he was the Chief researcher of National Casemix Project (DPC project) and from 2010 – now he is the Chief researcher of National project on regional health care planning. 

Professor Matsuda currently holds the position of Chairman of Hospital committee, Japan Medical Association and is the Vice Chairman, Health care committee of the Prime minister’s cabinet.

Dr Zeynep Or

captureZeynep Or is an economist and research director at the Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (IRDES, Institut de Recherche et Documentation en Economie de la Santé). She has a PhD and the tenure in Economic Analysis from Sorbonne Paris-I University.

She specialises in evaluation of health system performance from an international comparative perspective, including the determinants of health outcomes, analysis of efficiency, equity and health care quality. She has published extensively on the measurement and determinants of variations in health care provision and utilisation, efficiency and quality of hospital services within and across countries, and the interaction between institutional and policy settings and health system performance.

Zeynep has been at IRDES since 2005 and has worked previously as a health economist and consultant for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the French National Institute of Medical Research (Inserm). She is an active member of several international networks such as European Observatory of Health Systems and Policy Monitor, European Health Policy Group, Wennberg International Collaboration and Health Evidence Network. Since 2013, she is an associate editor of the journal Health Policy.

Ms Yvonne Rosehart

Yvonne Rosehart is a program lead, working on the development and implementation of CIHIs population grouping methodology (POP). Prior to joining the Case Mix team, Yvonne spent 9 years working with CIHIs Physician Information team, managing one of their physician databases and providing analytical support to the Health Human Resources department. Yvonne is a senior project manager with over 12 years experience in health research, and over 15 years of experience designing and managing research projects for clients in the health, government, not-for-profit and private sectors, both within Canada and internationally.

Mr Shane Solomon

speaker-profile-image-shane-solomonShane Solomon has over 30 years of international and national healthcare management expertise. Shane currently provides health strategy and advisory services and has non-executive director roles. Prior to this he was the founding Managing Director of Telstra Health, a new eHealth business within Telstra.

Shane was KPMG’s Partner in Charge, Healthcare. In this role, he worked with state and Australian Governments, along with private sector health organisations.

Shane was the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, managing Hong Kong’s 57,000 public hospital staff. During his five-year tenure, he implemented significant funding and service quality reforms, including a casemix pay for performance model and the ongoing development of a comprehensive integrated e-health system.

In Victoria, Shane was Under-Secretary of Health at the Department of Human Services (as it then was) where he was responsible for managing the funding system (including casemix) for Victoria, and performance and governance of Melbourne metropolitan health services. He was responsible for developing the Hospital Admission Risk Program and governance reforms to Victoria’s public hospital system.

Shane was the first Group Chief Executive Officer of the integrated Sisters of Mercy Victorian hospital and aged care services group, merging public hospitals, private hospitals, aged care services, and palliative care services into a single new organisation and expanding the Sisters of Mercy mission from five entities to 12.

Mr Mark Sonneborn

mark-sonneborn-2015Mark Sonneborn, Vice President, Information Services, Minnesota Hospital Association.
In addition to managing MHA’s data collection activities, Mark is engaged in leading Minnesota hospital industry efforts regarding transparency, administrative simplification, and e-health. Mark joined the MHA in 2004 after having served with the Michigan Hospital Association in a similar capacity for nine and a half years. Mark received his BS degree in Biology at the University of Minnesota and his MS degree in Health Policy and Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Panellists – Local panel session

Mr Rob Anderson

rob-anderson-squareRob Anderson is the A/Director of ABM Reform, WA Health.

Rob is the Executive Director of System Performance within the WA Department of Health having been appointed to this role in July 2016.  Prior to this Rob was the Acting Director of the ABM Reform project.  Originally from South Australia where he developed a passion for Casemix and ABF, since 2001 Rob has held a variety of senior roles in WA Health at the Department of Health, the Fiona Stanley Hospital Commissioning Project, the Midland Health Campus Project, the North Metropolitan Health Service and Royal Perth Hospital. 

Ms Helen Ceron

Helen is the Executive Director System Performance and Innovation Division in the Northern Territory Department of Health. In this role and her previous role as Senior Director System Performance, Helen established the Department’s purchasing and performance systems and frameworks, working collaboratively with Health Services and across the Department to deliver improved health service performance and health outcomes.

Over the past 14 years Helen has held executive roles in the areas of healthcare purchasing, performance management, health reform, human resources and industrial relations in a range of Queensland Government agencies including Queensland Health, the Department of Industrial Relations, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Education Queensland. In these roles she led the development and implementation of strategy and policy to achieve Government priorities such as health reform and wages policy in a constrained environment.

Ms Toni Cunningham

  toni-cunningham-squareToni Cunningham is the Senior Director of Healthcare Purchasing and Funding, Queensland Health.

Toni’s work over the past 25 years has been in public healthcare costing, funding analysis and performance. Toni leads the costing, purchasing models and funding teams in the Department of Health. A particular focus at this time is on the development and use of the available information to promoting better value healthcare – delivering what matters. This work will support a cultural and behavioural shift in healthcare from asking patients “what’s the matter with you… to what matters to you?” – and then providing care which places these goals at the heart of all decisions.

Ms Denise Ferrier

 untitledDenise Ferrier, Acting Director, Policy and Planning, Health Service Policy and Commissioning, Department of Health and Human Services

Denise is currently Acting Director, Policy and Planning within the Health Service Policy and Commissioning Group of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. This branch has responsibility for Public Health Service system planning and policy, including a focus on the funding and financing of the Victorian public health care system.  Prior to taking on this broader role, Denise led the unit within the branch which oversees the development of state based funding approaches and the implementation of the national funding model.  This team developed the Victorian Pricing Framework for Victoria’s public hospital sector.

Denise holds qualifications in education, psychology and public administration and has held senior roles in both Victorian and Western Australia government departments. With over 20 years of experience in the public sector Denise’s career has been largely focussed on policy development and implementation spanning the primary, community and hospital sectors, with a strong focus on service integration and coordination, sustainability and funding and service reform.

Dr Nigel Lyons

 Dr jac-panellist-profile-image-dr-nigel-lyonsNigel Lyons has over 30 years’ experience in the NSW Health system as a clinician, manager and executive.

He is the Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Resources at the NSW Ministry of Health where he is responsible for strategic health policy development, inter-jurisdictional negotiations and funding strategies, system-wide planning of health services including mental health and setting the direction for child and family health policy.

He has also held other executive roles in the NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Health Services including Chief Executive of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and Chief Executive of Hunter New England Area Health Service.

Dr Lyons has been actively involved during his career in many other roles which demonstrate a commitment to postgraduate education, rural health and clinical service improvement at regional, state and national level. He has held a number of Board appointments relating to these areas during his career.

Mr Ross Smith

 ross-smith-squareRoss Smith is the Deputy Secretary for Planning Purchasing and Performance (PPP), Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania.

PPP fulfils the core system management functions of strategy and planning, purchasing, performance management, monitoring, reporting and analysis as well as providing expert advice and expertise to the Ministers for Health and Human Services.

Ross has served within the Tasmanian Public Service for over 20 years, across a variety of senior executive roles including:
• Acting Deputy Secretary Children and Youth Services
• Acting CEO of Ambulance Tasmania
• Project Director of DHHS Review
• Assistant Director in Treasury
• Senior Adviser to the Premier of Tasmania

Mr Shannon White


 Information coming soon…

Panellists – International panel session

Dr Mary E Black

 213eaa02-6902-4763-a448-a92b0e759b1a-s110x110Mary E Black FRCP FFPH MD MPH DCH DObst DTM&H

Mary E Black is a medical doctor, public health specialist, and health service leader, from Northern Ireland. Having worked in clinical medicine, public health, academia, and the UN she is currently Senior Advisor in Digital and Data Science in Public Health England, the national public health body.

Mary’s career has included clinical and public health work in Ireland and the UK, over ten years with WHO and UNICEF in Balkan countries and international consulting in health improvement, health services, social care and data systems. She has held a foundation chair of Public Health with the University of Queensland establishing a new medical school based in far North Queensland and leading for the university on community engagement. Her professional interests have focused on the health and wellbeing of children, women and those who are excluded from society. Her business interests have included two technology start-ups.

A Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians UK and the Faculty of Public Health UK, Mary also holds a doctorate in Medicine from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and clinical diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Tropical Medicine.

After working internationally for several years, Mary moved back to London in 2011 to establish the secretariat for HANSHEP, a major global health alliance. In 2012 she was Project Director of NHS London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games NHS Operational plan and led on evaluation and reporting for the NHS in London. Between 2013 and 2014 she was Director of Public Health for the London Borough of Havering and lead DPH for sexual health across London. She then completed the Secretary of State’s NHS Leadership Academy’s Executive fast track programme based at the Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Hackney, leading the “Healthy Homerton” initiative, assessing where to go next on regulatory compliance, and developing better clinical quality improvement dashboards.

Mary is widely published in scientific journals and is a frequent columnist and blogger. She is a trustee of the national UK charity Paintings in Hospitals and mentors young women and minority candidates for careers in medicine and science.

Twitter @DrMaryBlack           linkedin.com/in/maryblack/


Dr Imtiaz Daniel



fullsizerender-squareImtiaz Daniel is the Director, Financial Analytics and System Performance at the Ontario Hospital Association and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at University of Toronto.

Imtiaz’s leadership is exemplified in his thirty years of health care management experience in various roles including senior hospital administrator, director of research, director of biomedical engineering and  a board member of a large mental health hospital. A significant part of his career was spent developing health system performance metrics, hospital costing and funding methodologies.  Imtiaz has a PhD in Health Services Research, a Masters in Health Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and is a Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA).

Professor Stephen Duckett



Professor Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute.

He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals, to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.


Thomas Schongalla

thomas-schongallaThomas Schongalla is a staff economist with QRS United States.

Mr Thomas Schongalla is an analyst with fifty years’ experience in US healthcare policy and practice. He has an advanced degree in business and hospital management from the Sloan Institute for Hospital Management at Cornell University. Mr Schongalla has worked in military and civilian hospitals, and was a Congressional staff member for a number of years.


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