Ernie Dingo

Ernie Dingo has earned enormous respect as a performer capable of extraordinary versatility. His talents as an actor, television host, reporter and comedian have made him one of Australia’s best known and most loved performers, recently starring in the successful feature film BRAN NUE DAE.

His numerous credits include The Cowra Breakout (1984), Dirtwater Dynasty (1987), Clowning Around (1991), A Waltz Through the Hills (1987), for which he won an AFI Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama, the comedy series Fast Forward (1989), The Flying Doctors (1992), Heartland (1994) and the lavish Barron Entertainment production of Kings in Grass Castles (1996) based on the novel by Dame Mary Durack. Ernie’s film credits include Dead Heart (1996), The Fringe Dwellers (1985), Crocodile Dundee II (1987), Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller (1987), Capuccino (1988), Wim Winder’s Until the End of the World (1990) and Mr Electric (1993). He was with the top rating Seven Network program THE GREAT OUTDOORS since it began in 1992.

Ernie is a passionate advocate for his people and is vigilant about the portrayal of Aboriginals in film and television. He has won numerous awards and accolades and in 1997 was declared one of Australia’s Top 100 “national living treasures”.

In 1990, Ernie was awarded the General Division of the Order of Australia by Her Majesty the Queen. In 1994, he was voted “Aboriginal of the Year” by the NAIDOC Committee and “Personality of the Year” by the Australian Caption Centre. In 2004 he was again recognised for his work when he was awarded the Deadly Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television’. He was awarded the 1999 People’s Choice Award for ‘Favourite TV presenter’ – his fellow nominee’s in the category were Ray Martin; Daryl Somers and Bert Newton.

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Steven Bradbury

Olympic Champion, Champion Speaker and genuine onstage Motivator and Entertainer is a unique skill set.

Transitioning from being an expert speed skater to an expert motivational speaker, MC and after dinner entertainer has been an interesting ride over the last 10 years. Steven Bradbury has presented at over 800 conferences and events in 15 countries and still loves it. He loves the adrenalin before going onstage and loves that his strategies for success in business and in life are able to inspire and help people.

Gihan Perera

Gihan Perera is a futurist, conference speaker, author and consultant who gives business leaders a glimpse into what’s ahead – and how they can become fit for the future.

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.

Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world in his area of expertise.

Gihan is active on LinkedIn & Twitter  

Danny Haydon

Danny has been a business consultant to the medical and allied health industry since 2008, advising on all areas of practice management including business planning, infrastructure development, HR management, and service development. He heads up the Practice Management services of Brentnalls SA which is focussed on supporting medical and allied health practices to achieve their goals.

Danny also undertakes the following roles:

  • National President of the Australia Association of Practice Management (AAPM)
  • Board Director of the Northern Health Network (NHN)
  • Executive officer at Clare Medical Centre


Cosentino has been called “a supercharged showman” by News Corp, “the most dominant figure currently in Australian entertainment” by the Macquarie Radio Network, “a national treasure” by Southern Cross Austereo and is said to “mirror the legendary Harry Houdini” by the LA Times.

A true entertainment trailblazer, Cosentino was the winner of Dancing With The Stars Australia in 2013, runner up on the highest rating show in 2011 – Australia’s Got Talent, a three times Australian Award Winning magician and a Guinness World Record holder.

Cosentino was the first Australian magician to have his own TV shows. These prime-time specials were a ratings bonanza, averaging 1.3 million viewers per episode (source: Oztam). They have now been broadcast in over 40 countries across the globe and seen by over 350 million people. Fairfax Media said “he understands the visual medium of television and that is rare thing – an overnight natural

Regarded as “this country’s most successful magician, illusionist and escapologist” by the Sunday Night program (Network Seven), Cosentino has single handedly “revolutionised the art of magic in Australia, making it one of the hottest genres in primetime” as stated on The Today Show (Nine Network). He has appeared on every major television show and print publication across the country making him a household name and one of the countries most recognisable people. The Sunday Telegraph says “Cosentino is the most successful entertainer to emerge from reality television in Australia”. 

Cosentino continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible both here in Australia and internationally. He is quickly becoming an international phenomenon, racking up an impressive list of achievements. He has been awarded the prestigious Merlin Award, acknowledging him as the ‘International Magician of the Year’ (previous winners include David Copperfield, Penn & Teller and Criss Angel) and has recently been announced as the ‘International Escape Artist of the Year’.

Peter Sharp

Peter Sharp is an ex-accountant turned social entrepreneur, viral media specialist & altruistic explorer who unites humanity with revolutionary global events. His global happenings have gone on to receive more than 100 million views world-wide.

Fiercely optimistic, Peter combines heart-warming life stories with explosive insight that inspires authentic trust & respect to flourish in and outside of the workplace. He passionately travels the world, redefining the cultural narrative while demonstrating how simple shifts in perspective can lead to powerful global influence.

After living and working in The Netherlands & Spain he decided to hitch-hike 1500km’s solo in a business suit from Barcelona to Croatia, during his journey into the unknown, Peter uncovered the life changing strategies on how to build an authentic sense of respect in social situations. He came back feeling more capable than ever and went on to start two social movements for peace that continue to create global culture ripples. He is currently touring Australia while building city infrastructure to promote an increase of social connection between citizens.

Pete’s an inspiring powerhouse of game-changing creative thought, certain to shake up and wake up your life. Prepare to step outside your comfort-zone.

Kris Cole

Kris holds a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Psychology, a Graduate Diploma in Manufacturing Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education. She has extensive and diverse experience working with people from all levels across a range of industries including finance, food and beverages, mining and manufacturing.

With academic and business books in nine languages, Kris is recognised internationally as a leading authority on workplace and individual productivity, performance management, leadership and effective communication. Her training programs, workshops and keynote speeches give a new depth of understanding and more powerful skills to audiences across the Pacific Rim.

Always practical and based on the latest research, Kris doesn’t just talk theory – she brings it to life and shows people how to apply it personally. Her successful, down-to-earth approach and clear grasp of bottom line issues has helped her become a sought-after consultant and facilitator as well as Australia’s leading business author.

Fiona Wood

Fiona Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher for the past 20 years and is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA). She is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, co-founder of the first skin cell laboratory in WA, Professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia, and co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation.

Professor Wood’s greatest contribution and enduring legacy is her work pioneering the innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique (Recell), which greatly reduces permanent scarring in burns victims.

Fiona was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003. In 2005 she won the Western Australia Citizen of the Year award for her contribution to Medicine in the field of burns research. That same year her contribution to burns care was recognised through Australia’s highest accolade when she was named Australian of the Year for 2005.  Fiona is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science

Fiona is married to fellow surgeon Tony Kierath and is mother to four boys and two girls.

Dr David Joske

Dr David Joske, Medical Co-Director, Medical Specialties Division, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, founded the SolarisCare Foundation in September 2001 for the specific purpose of providing “a soft place to land” for West Australian cancer patients and their carers.

SolarisCare Cancer Support Centres are integrated with mainstream medical care and aim to provide patients with practical skills to cope with the emotional and physical side effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. SolarisCare offers support and information to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and is receiving treatment, regardless of age, gender, type of cancer, or socio economic status. It is the first of its kind Australia.

SolarisCare has provided, more than 50,000 free complementary treatments have been provided by a dedicated team of over 250 SolarisCare volunteers. It is now evident with the positive response and ongoing heavy demand for complementary therapies, plus the support from nurses, doctors and hospital administrations, that SolarisCare Cancer Support Centres are changing the face of cancer care in Western Australia.

All SolarisCare services are free of charge to cancer patients and their carers.

Tracey Johnson

Tracey Johnson is the CEO of Inala Primary Care, a charitable general practice on Brisbane’s western outskirts.  The practice was recognized as the AGPAL QIP Practice of the Year in May 2016.

Inala is catchment of extreme disadvantage with above national rates of patients with complex care needs.  The team of over 40 people has piloted and transferred models of care for diabetes and renal disease which take patients off hospital out-patient waiting lists.  The practice is also Brisbane’s largest provider of care to refugees.  This context means the team strives to find ways to deliver affordable access to care for patients with chronic disease.

The patient centred medical home model is one of a number of ways of organizing care which has attracted Inala’s interest.  The practice has been assessing its ongoing transformation against this model for some time.  This direction was informed by Tracey’s 2015 Churchill Fellowship which took her to five countries over three months and many PCMH Accredited Practices.

Tracey was appointed to the Healthcare Home Evaluation Working Group by the Department of Health in July 2016.  She has also been contracted by AAPM to deliver webinars and seminars on the healthcare home model over the last two years.  Her keynotes at conferences and forums on the model have become stimulants for change amongst a variety of PHNs and practices.

Tracey is an experienced trainer, facilitator, author, health services researcher and speaker.  She has held senior executive roles in Queensland Health and offices of the Queensland Government supporting biotechnology, medical devices and therapeutic medicines as well as run her own women’s health centre.

Marina Fulcher

Marina Fulcher has extensive experience in health care management, gained from managing her own practice management consultancy business, working with and managing a wide range of medical organisations across health care

In the role of Primary Health Care Manager for WentWest, Western Sydney PHN she was responsible for management of the Patient Centred Medical Home project, gaining considerable insight into the benefits of the Health Care Home model of care, particularly for patients with chronic and complex health care needs and how a connected health care system can support improved patient health outcomes.

A Senior Clinical Reference Lead with the Australian Digital Health Agency, Marina has worked extensively in a practice management advisory capacity on various aspects of the national digital agenda since 2008.

Marina is a past Australian Association of Practice Management National President, Fellow and Certified Practice Manager and holds Diplomas in Leadership and Management, Practice Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.  She has published many articles on Practice Management, and is an experienced presenter and trainer.

Gary Smith

Gary has been involved in the management of health care practices for over 30 years.

He was once reported in a medical magazine as “the guru” in Practice Management.

He has been the National President of the Australian Association of Practice Managers and President of NSW Branch. Gary has been awarded a Life Membership to AAPM in recognition of his exceptional commitment to AAPM and outstanding contribution to AAPM both at State and National level.

Gary represents his Association on a number of Commonwealth Government health related advisory boards, task groups and expert standing committees in the health care sector.

He holds an Academic position with University of New England Partnerships where he also presents in their Professional Practice Management Program. He holds Board Directorships with the Australian Association of Practice Management, General Practice Workforce Tasmania, Australian General Practice Accreditation Ltd (AGPAL) and is Chairman of Quality Innovation Performance (QIP), Australia’s largest accrediting body for primary healthcare and community. He has been appointed by the New South Wales Government as a Board member to the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Board.

He has been described as a practice management maven, as he has a passion for Practice Management that is why he is a sought after speaker in Australia and Internationally

Walid Jammal

Avant Mutual Group, Senior Medical Advisor 


GP, Clinical Lecturer University of Sydney

Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University

Wally is currently the principal GP in a family practice in Sydney, as well a Senior Medical Advisor for Avant Mutual Group. He supervises GP registrars and medical students in this practice. His interests include paediatrics, men’s health, ethics, health law, and quality and safety in health care.  He has experience acting as an independent GP expert in civil and disciplinary matters, and has a Masters of Health Law.  He has a keen interest in health economics and models of care in general practice, including the Health Care Home framework. He sits on various MBS review committees, is a member of the evaluation subcommittee of the Medicare Services Advisory Committee, and sits on review committees for Therapeutic Guidelines.

Marianna Kelly

Avant Mutual Group, Senior Risk Advisor 

Marianna has worked within the medical industry for over 30 years. Her experience includes general and midwifery nursing, managing large medical practices, consulting to medical practices including general practice, varying medical specialties, universities, developing dispute systems, mediation services and lecturing in practice management. Marianna has a Masters in Risk Management so she is able to support the theory of risk management with the practical experience of developing strategies to manage the medico-legal road blocks. She is a Fellow member of the Australian Association of Practice Management.

Chad Edwards-Smith

Avant Mutual Group, Head of Medical Defence WA

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Bachelor of Nursing (B. Nurs)

Chad is the Head of Medical Defence Services in Western Australia.  His team are responsible for assisting members who have need of medico-legal advice or assistance; be it facing a claim, a complaint or simply requiring general medico-legal advice.

Chad holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree and specialty qualifications in Mental Health Nursing.  He spent his nursing career specialising in the area of forensic psychiatry.  This fostered an interest in the law, which in turn led him to complete his law degree at the University of WA.  Chad began his legal career working for a plaintiff based law firm, before moving into medical defence litigation; and ultimately moving into medico- legal claims management in 2006.

Steven Johnston

Steven has been the CEO of ProVision Eyecare since 2011 and is responsible for leading a team to help grow the sales and profitability of almost 450 independently owned and operated optometry practices across Australia.

Prior to joining ProVision he was the Executive General Manager of Repco Australia, National Retail Operations Manager with John Danks (Home Timber & Hardware),  and Commercial Manager for Power Tools with Black & Decker.

Often described as a “hearts and minds leader”, Steven is highly skilled in building and engaging teams, sales, marketing, store operations, merchandise and store development. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Monash University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Renaye Lucchese


Ingrid Cumming is a Whadjuk Noongar woman from Fremantle, Western Australia. A graduate of Murdoch University and Melbourne Business School, she
has during her career, presented and published an article with the United Nations Women Leaders Collective in Israel, represented Indigenous Australian
Business at the Supply Diversity forum in San Antonio Texas, presented at TedXPerth 2014 (, has been a
keynote at various conferences and leadership forums about Indigenous knowledge, leadership and reconciliation and won Indigenous Business of the
Year at the Belmont Small Business Awards in 2014.

She has recently become a board member of the National Indigenous Women in Business Group this year.

Mrs Cumming is the founder and CEO of Kart Koort Wiern (Head Heart and Spirit), founded in 2010, is a Perth based Indigenous consultancy that offers
consultancy, training and workshops across Australia promoting reconciliation and increasing awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strengths and
strategy. She has recently joined the team as a Director and Chief of Engagement with The Cultural Connection Code.

Her commitment and passion for her community, leadership, youth and reconciliation is the driver behind the work Kart Koort Wiern have done and
continue to achieve with the long list of clients from both the Corporate, Public and Not for Profit Sector. For more on Kart Koort Wiern go to or find Kart Koort Wiern on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

The name Kart Koort Wiern or ‘Head’​, ‘Heart’​ and ‘Spirit’ is based on the local Whadjuk Nyungar language and follows our 3 core principles that is utilise knowledge, compassion and culture.

In 2016 Ingrid joined forces with Kia Dowell and Chantal Harris to create the new company Codeswitch. The trilogy brings together of 20 years of experience and innovation

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