2016 Summit

7th National Health Reform Summit

The 7th National Health Reform Summit will be held on 9 February 2016 at the Pavilion Hotel, 242 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra.

Download the 2016 Summit flyer here

Download the 2016 Summit program here

Summit Program


Matilda House

Matilda House
Ngambri-Ngunnawal Elder
Welcome to Country
Audio (MP3)

Tony McBride

Tony McBride Chair, Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA)
Audio (MP3)

Ken Wyatt

Ken Wyatt MP Assistant Minister for Health
Opening remarks


Key thinking in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health reform

Chair: Vanessa Lee, AHCRA Executive Member

Carmen Parter

Carmen Parter Vice President: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Public Health Association of Australia
Overview of issues
Audio (MP3)

Adele Cox

Adele Cox Member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health
Youth and mental health issues
Audio (MP3)


Priorities in mental health reform

Chair: Tony McBride, Chair, AHCRA

Ian Hickie

Ian Hickie National Mental Health Commissioner, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, and a member of the national Mental Health Commission
An expert view on the latest Commonwealth mental health reforms. What are the real goals? What do these changes mean for service providers, health professionals, consumers, carers and the community?
Audio (MP3)

Julie Porritt

Julie Porritt Executive Director Service Improvement and Coordination, Capital Health responsible for implementing national mental health reforms in the ACT.
What are the prospects that Primary Health Networks can lead this process effectively and deliver better regional mental health care?
Audio (MP3)


Stephanie Ewart Consumer Researcher, SYNERGY: Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, University of Canberra and ACT Health
Lives lost too early: Mental health consumer experiences of seeking physical healthcare

Key priorities for change

Chair: Tony McBride, Chair, AHCRA

Tim Woodruff

Tim Woodruff Vice-Chair, AHCRA
Overview of AHCRA’s current priorities and positions
Members’ soapbox
Opportunity for ACHRA members to present their priorities and perspectives (3 mins each)
Identification of 2016 priorities
The opportunity for participants to influence the priority issues more generally for AHCRA’s policy and advocacy work in 2016
Senator Richard Di Natale Leader of the Australian Greens
Emerging priorities in health reform
Audio (MP3)

Tony McBride

Tony McBride Chair, AHCRA
Closing remarks