David Wenban

David is the Managing Director of the Australian Health Industry Group, a customer centric human resources solutions business aimed at the health and community services sector delivering recruitment, remuneration, consulting, training, human resources, legal and corporate services to its clients across Australia. In addition to these activities the AHIG also owns and operates seven of its own medical clinics in Victoria, including a GP clinic within the Emergency Department at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

As a lawyer, David first commenced practice some 15 years ago where he specializes in employment, OH&S and industrial relations law, and he is well known for his understanding of the health & community services industry’s intricacies and his ability to deliver concise and pragmatic advice about most issues.

As a business consultant and mentor David is well known and valued for his capacity to “keep it simple” by focussing on your customers, your people, your business strategy and its execution.

Using his formal clinical, management and legal qualifications David has adopted his pragmatic approach to deliver presentations laced with humour, common sense and experience that have translated to him being in high demand as a presenter, coach and facilitator.  He regularly writes articles and commentary for various corporate and professional newsletters journals, magazines and websites.

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


Andrew Horabin

Andrew Horabin is a professional speaker, facilitator, author, comedian and award-winning singer/songwriter.

Over 22 years, he has worked with big and small business, Government departments, local councils, professional associations and NGO’s across Australia and overseas – with groups and audiences totaling hundreds of thousands of people.

He has trained state, federal and international police, including undercover officers, surveillance operatives, informant handlers, intel analysts and senior managers of serious crime – working with police from 40 countries.

Andrew is the author of three books including BULLSHIFT: How to get more honesty and straight talk at work.

Clients who’ve engaged keynotes or workshops on BULLSHIFT have included: ASIO, HBF, Metcash, Bankwest, Woodside, BHP Billiton, Department of Finance and Deregulation, Australian Federal Police, Australian Tax Office, Horizon Power, Corruption and Crime Commission, VICPOL, Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, Australian Commercial Lawyers Association, Australian Institute of Company Directors, KPMG, Water Corporation, Apache Energy and the councils of Franklin, Bendigo, Stirling, Gosnells and Roebourne.

Andrew has won state and national songwriting awards and wrote, directed and produced a sold-out musical called WHAT A MAN’S GOTTA DO. He has played two seasons of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and in 2012 took his one-man show on a national tour of 45 towns in five states.

He has worked with five of Australia’s state orchestras and with 60,000 students, parents and staff in 110 schools.

Andrew began his business at age 18 with no qualifications, experience, equipment or capital. He is now 42 years old and travels around Australia and overseas from his base in Fremantle.


Simon Thiessen

Simon is the founder and CEO of The Real Learning Experience.

He is an entrepreneur with a background in leadership and sales. He has trained thousands of exceptional leaders, teams, and sales people to produce outstanding results for their organisations.His ability to make learning relevant and engaging allows participants to apply what they learn to increase revenue, improve productivity and profitability, and develop more unified and effective teams.When Simon works with your people, he brings the practical skills and strategies that allowed him to transform a small local training business into a national network.

Simon is active on LinkedIn

Click on the links below to view the outlines on Simon’s sessions

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Managing Poor Performance

Miroslav Doncevic

Miroslav Doncevic, Founder and Managing Director Digital Medical Systems

Miroslav Doncevic has had extensive computer industry expertise since 1985 including national sales management roles and is the founder and Managing Director of Digital Medical Systems which has provided professional IT consulting, ICT systems as well as technical solutions and support services to medical practice clients across Australia since 1990.  He has worked closely with many medical and allied health professional organisations in training events to present on ICT in plain English including the Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM), RACGP and many Divisions of General Practice, Medicare Locals and Primary Health Networks.

Tim Wong

Tim is a Registered Psychologist with over 20 years experience in working with children and adults. He studied Psychology at the University of Western Australia but it was when he completed his Diploma in Ericksonian hypnotherapy that his interest in the area of mindfulness was piqued. He particularly enjoys talking with anyone who is interested about how our thought patterns and habits contribute to our mental and physical wellbeing. Lately, he has been interested in how using mindful practice can assist managers and leaders to create more clarity, focus, creativity, and compassion in their workplaces. When the need arises, Tim writes about himself in the third person.

Shane Morgan

BCom, CA, F.Fin, SSA™

Shane joined Cutcher & Neale in January 2005 and became a Partner in July 2012. He works within our Medical Division and also has a particular interest in Self Managed Superannuation for our Medical client base.

Shane is a noted presenter and commentator, regularly speaking at events for a range of industry organisations including the Australian Medical Association (AMA (NSW)), the Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM), Australian Dental Association (ADA), and the SMSF Association. 

He has extensive experience with Medical professionals and has assisted many practitioners in planning and structuring their businesses, improving their
financial performance and structuring for business succession.

Shane’s areas of expertise include:
• Services to Medical Practitioners and Dentists
• Surgery acquisition strategies
• Business reporting and KPI development
• Tax effective business structuring
• Tax advice and planning
• Self Managed Superannuation
• Succession Planning & Retirement strategies
• Tax and Pension strategies for SMSFs
• Estate Planning

Debra Smith


Debra is Business & Operations Manager of 4 private General Practices (owned by one GP) & is responsible for overseeing 33 GPs, 22 Nurses, 45 support staff, 20 Allied Health services & 10 specialists and several other tenants including physio, x-ray, pharmacy & pathology.

With a nursing background, she has worked in primary healthcare on Central Coast of NSW for more than 30 years

She has been an AAPM member since 1997 serving in executive positions at both a state & national level over a 15 year period and was the first ‘credentialed’ AAPM Fellow.

Debra was named NSW ACT Practice Manager of the Year in 2014 and was directly responsible for the implementation of both the State Practice Manager of the Year award in 2010 & the National Practice Manager of the Year award in 2012.

She has been an Accreditation surveyor for over 12 years

She has represented AAPM on numerous local & national stakeholder committees & working parties and has presented on various topics for many organisations including APNA, AAPM, Cutcher & Neale, Medicare Local & PHNs

She has been an Ambassador & Mentor with AAPM for 3 years.

Debra also owns Berkeley Healthcare Consulting (Practice Management Consultant business) offering tailored consultancy services in all areas of Practice Management.

Maralan Southern

Maralan has an extensive background in the health industry.  She has worked in the areas of practice management, community health and occupational health.

Maralan has a diploma in Practice Management, Diploma of Population Health and is completing her Diploma of Vocational Education and Training.

Maralan is currently the coordinator of Health Workforce Innovations, a program that delivers training in Medical Practice Assisting to administration staff in varied health environments.

Sonia Zahra

Regional Team Leader – West. 

Sonia Zahra has over 20 years’ extensive experience in the Primary Health Sector now working as a Regional Team Leader – West at the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network.

Sonia has experience working as a practice manager in general practice, accreditation surveyor, education sector teaching health administration, project work with divisions of general practice, medicare locals and now working for the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network.

Sonia is very passionate with supporting general practice on continuous quality improvement aiming to provide the best patient outcome.  She has worked on many quality improvement projects to support general practice to improve the management and prevention of many chronic diseases in general practice and achieved outstanding results.

In her current role, she supports general practice with providing mock accreditation visits, practice management, business development and more recently leading the practice support team in the west to continue to support general practices.

Lisa Taliana

Registered Nurse, Credentialed Diabetes Educator, Nursing Trainer and Data Quality in Practice Program Officer NWMPHN

Completed a Bachelor of Health Science-Nursing, Post Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management and a Certificate 1V in TAE.

Lisa has been a Practice Nurse for 16 years, a Nursing Trainer where she has taught the Diploma of Nursing, Cert 1V in Pathology, First Aid and Cert 1V in TAE, for 6.5 years, a CDE for 4 years and a Data Quality Program Officer at the NWMPHN for 8 months where she manages the PAT CAT/ PEN CAT Data Audit tool.

Lisa has presented at the APNA conference twice on Nurse Led Clinics in General Practice and has participated as a Mentor for APNA in the Mentor/Mentee Program for new Nurses in General Practice.

Lisa is an active member of the Nursing Advisory Committee for Practice Nurses with the NWMPHN as well as being part of a working group for Children in out of Care Health pathway, part of working group for the Suicide Prevention Program for the West, part of the implementation of the Stepping Up Study for Diabetes care in conjunction with Melbourne University. Lisa is also an active participant in the Health Care Homes Advisory Group, Refugee Health, Aboriginal Health and Hep C treatment programs.

She is very passionate about chronic disease management and prevention, which includes Diabetes, Cardiovascular Health, Asthma management and Mental health Lisa is also passionate about supporting and educating new students to Nursing and Pathology as well as nurses in General Practice. Lisa has been successful in her current General Practice in the establishment of 4 Nurse Led Clinics; The One Stop Shop for Diabetes patients, Asthma Clinic, Cardiovascular at Risk Clinic and Chronic Disease Management Clinic.

Karen Campbell

Like most of us, Karen has several careers under her belt from running the local cake shop to temping for Argentinean food importers and a terrifying medical patent agent.  After training as a speech pathologist, Karen worked both nationally and internationally before evolving into her most challenging (and joyful) role – the practice manager of the Brisbane Clinical Neuroscience Centre.  The BCNC is a multi-disciplinary specialist practice which aims to provide exceptional, holistic, patient-focused care for children and adults with brain and spine disease.  Karen’s team consists of six neurosurgeons, two neurologists, and an ENT surgeon, complemented by pain physicians, radiation oncology, physiotherapy, nurses and the most wonderful administration staff.  This medical “village” provides a collaborative environment which optimises a patient’s clinical pathway which occurs in the one location.   With ten outreach clinics throughout Queensland, backed by a busy telehealth service, the BCNC team proudly brings medicine to the people whilst supporting medical practitioners in rural and remote communities. Karen’s passion is providing patient-centred care and creating a joyful workplace for her colleagues.  Karen has been a member of AAPM for several years and proudly completed her UNEP Diploma of Professional Practice Leadership earlier this year. She is both overwhelmed and honoured to represent Queensland in the National Awards.

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