Speakers Presenting


Associate Professor Jeannette Guerrasio

Jeannette Guerrasio, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of General Internal Medicine, Hospitalist Section, at the University of Colorado and author of Remediation of the Struggling Medical Learner, editions 1 and 2. She graduated from Albany Medical College and completed her residency at the University of Connecticut. As the Assistant Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency, Dr. Guerrasio developed a pioneering approach to improve the educational experience of learners, by creating individualized learning plans for struggling residents and medical students. She was named Director of Remediation and Individualized Learning Plans, for the School of Medicine for both Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education to further expand access to her program. Her research explores understanding and early identification of at risk learners and remediation methods and outcomes.

In addition to resident and medical student education, she is committed to the clinical care of hospitalized patients, with a focus on inpatient geriatrics. She has contributed to several quality improvement projects at the University of Colorado Hospital to improve geriatric assessments and to decrease delirium, functional decline, and urinary tract infections in this vulnerable population.


Professor Peter Martin

Professor of Clinical Communication & End-of-Life Care, Deakin University School of Medicine.

Director, Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare, Deakin University, Faculty of Health.

Palliative Medicine Physician @ Barwon Health.

Peter has been involved with communication skills training for 20+ years and has been a clinician for 30 years. He has taught communication skills with Cambridge, Monash, Melbourne and Deakin medical schools. He has taught at numerous postgraduate courses with a variety of health professional disciplines nationally over the last 15+ years.

More recently Peter has become the Australian National Representative for the International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) and chairs the policy / practice sub-group (pEACH) of this group (www.each.eu/practice ).

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Professor Anthony Scott

BA(Hons). MSc. PhD. FASSA

Anthony Scott leads the Health Economics Research Program at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne, and jointly co-ordinates the University of Melbourne Health Economics Group. He is President of the Australian Health Economics Society, a member of the Board of the International Health Economics Association, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He has been an ARC Future Fellow and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. Tony’s research interests focus on the behaviour of physicians, health workforce, incentives and performance, primary care, and hospitals. He leads the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) panel survey of 10,000 doctors (www.mabel.org.au), and is a Research Lead Investigator on the NHMRC Partnership Centre on Health System Sustainability.


Professor Jonathan Silverman

Jonathan Silverman has recently been appointed as Professor of Academic General Practice at Deakin University, Australia. He is Visiting Senior Fellow and recently retired as Associate Clinical Dean at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge. He was a general practitioner for over 30 years in Linton, Cambridgeshire.

He has been actively involved in teaching communication skills since 1988 when course organiser of the Cambridge VTS and in 1993, undertook a sabbatical with Professor Suzanne Kurtz, teaching and researching communication skills at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. In 1999 he became Director of Communication Studies for the undergraduate curriculum in Cambridge, which now involves over 700 half day small group sessions per year.

He is best known as one of the authors of the Calgary-Cambridge Guides to the Medical Interview, which provide a framework for describing the medical interview and incorporate a comprehensive set of skills referenced to the current evidence. The guides are used in 70% of UK schools. He has also co-authored two companion books with Suzanne Kurtz and Julie Draper, “Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine” (Radcliffe Publishing Second Edition 2005) and “Skills for Communicating with Patients” (Radcliffe Publishing Third Edition 2013).

He has conducted communication skills teaching seminars throughout the UK, in Europe, Australia and N. America. In 2005, he founded the UK Council for Communication Skills Teaching in Undergraduate Medical Education for all 33 UK medical schools, is past chair of the teaching committee and now is immediate Past-President of the European Association for Communication in Healthcare. In 2015, he was awarded the Lynn Payer award “for outstanding contributions to the literature on the theory, practice and teaching of effective health care communication and related skills” from the American Academy of Communication in Healthcare.


Joan Simeon

Joan was appointed Chief Executive of the Medical Council of New Zealand in December 2017, having spent the past 14 years in various senior management and strategic roles at the Medical Council of New Zealand. Her most recent position was Strategic Programme Manager, responsible for developing and implementing the Council’s strategic directions and plans.

Joan led the review of prevocational medical training in New Zealand, with changes focused on improving the quality of education and training for interns. This includes developing the New Zealand Curriculum Framework, creating an electronic portfolio to record each intern’s professional development plan and learning alongside a training framework for supervisors.

Joan has recently completed a Masters in Public Management through Victoria University of Wellington, focusing her study on the health sector.


Emeritus Professor Paul Worley

Emeritus Professor Paul Worley was appointed as Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner on 11 November 2017.

Professor Worley has had a distinguished career in rural health, both as a practitioner and an academic. He studied medicine at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1984 and has worked as a Rural Generalist in rural South Australia; first at Lameroo, and then in Clare, Barmera and currently at Yankalilla. He lives in South Australia with his wife, and has seven children (including three children in-law) and four grandchildren.

From 2007 - 2017 he was Dean of Medicine at Flinders University in South Australia, where he established Rural Clinical Schools and University Departments of Rural Health in both South Australia and the Northern Territory and guided the conceptualisation and development of the Northern Territory Medical Program with a clear focus on recruiting and supporting Indigenous students and staff. While at Flinders University, Professor Worley developed and nurtured programs which are now recognised globally as models for the establishment of rural medical, nursing and allied health education.

Professor Worley has long been a leading figure internationally in the rural health and medical education sectors, has held senior positions in the Rural Doctors Association of South Australia and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, was instrumental in establishing rural Divisions of General Practice across South Australia, has served as a Board Director for the Adelaide PHN and for AGPT Regional Training Organisations in the Northern Territory and South Australia, is Editor in Chief of the international journal, Rural and Remote Health, and is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

As National Rural Health Commissioner, Professor Worley is passionate about quality, equity and fairness for all, especially the underserved. Australia’s rural and remote communities and the health professionals who serve them, deserve an evidence-based, sustainable, cost-effective and well supported rural health system, designed by rural clinicians, grown in rural regions, and serving all who live across our vast land. We must have the right health professionals delivering the right care, in the right place at the right time.


Lynn E. Webb, PhD.

Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, School of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Medical Education and Administration

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Webb is Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He serves on the faculty of Vanderbilt’s Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy and leads the Center’s Coworker Observation Reporting System and medical student Professionalism in Learning program. He coordinates the teaching of communication skills in the medical school curriculum and provides individual coaching to practicing physicians who want to improve their communication skills with patients and colleagues. Dr. Webb came to Vanderbilt in 1993 as chief operating officer for the Vanderbilt Medical Group. He has served as chief executive officer of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and chief of staff to the Dean of the School of Medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and higher education from Southern Illinois University and masters in business administration from the University of Illinois.

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Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Tue 1 May 2018 Registrations Tue 1 May 2018 Close of Abstracts Mon 2 July 2018 Author Notifications Fri 10 August 2018 Early Bird Registration Deadline Fri 24 August 2018 Forum Dates 11 - 14 Nov 2018