Activity Based Funding Conference

5 – 6 May 2022 | Virtual and free

Keynote speakers

Dr Amohia Boulton

Director, Whakauae Research Services and Adj Prof, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology

Dr Amohia Boulton (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Mutunga and Te Āti Awa o te Waka a Māui) is the Director of Whakauae Research Services, an Iwi-owned and mandated…

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Mr Martin Campbell

Deputy Director, Payment Development, National Health Service, England

Mr Martin Campbell has held a number of senior finance roles in the National Health Service (NHS), England and Department of Health. After starting out as an analyst, Mr Campbell led…

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Prof Paul Glasziou AO

Director, Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond University

Prof Paul Glasziou AO is the Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare at Bond University and previously the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford from 2003 to 2010…

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Plenary Speakers

Mr David Tune AO PSM

Chair, Pricing Authority

Mr David Tune AO PSM was appointed to Chair, Pricing Authority, with effect from 1 February 2022. Formerly, he held the position of Chair of the Aged Care Sector Committee, which provided…

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Prof Anne Duggan

Chief Medical Officer, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Prof Anne Duggan is the Chief Medical Officer at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), providing expert clinical advice for the wide range of programs managed…

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Prof Ruth Hubbard

Masonic Chair of Geriatric Medicine, University of Queensland

Prof Ruth Hubbard is a consultant geriatrician at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland, and in October 2020, she was appointed the Masonic Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland…

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Prof Kees van Gool

Executive Director, Pricing and Funding, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Prof Kees van Gool leads the team responsible for the pricing and funding functions undertaken by the agency.

Prof van Gool joins IHPA from the University of Technology Sydney, where he was Deputy Director, Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, and Chief Investigator of the Centre for Research Excellence on Value-Based Payments in Cancer Care.

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Dr Sarah Neville

Director, Analytics, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Dr Sarah Neville is a statistician with a strong interest in health, research and leadership. Dr Neville has been working in the Australian health system for seven years, setting the price of hospital services in order to make hospital funding more transparent and equitable.

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Prof Christine Bennett AO

Emeritus Professor

Emeritus Professor Christine Bennett AO is the former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Enterprise and Partnerships, and was Dean School of Medicine, Sydney for more than 10 years at the University…

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Prof Claire Jackson AM

Professor in General Practice and Primary Care Research and Director, Centre for Health System Reform and Integration, University of Queensland

Prof Claire Jackson AM has been active in integrated care innovation, education and research since the early 90s, and more recently, extensively involved in health services research and reform…

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A/Prof Alasdair MacDonald

Chair, Clinical Advisory Committee, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

A/Prof Alasdair MacDonald is a Director of Medicine in Tasmania and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania. As a physician, he has a small private practice, and is Chair of the Clinical Advisory…

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Ross Sinclair

Deputy Chief Financial Officer, New South Wales Health

Ross Sinclair is currently A/ Executive Director, System Financial Performance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for NSW Health.

Ross has extensive experience in private and public sector roles from banking, manufacturing, aerospace and health.

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Ehab Al-Atassi

Executive Director, National Casemix Center of Excellence

Ehab is the Executive Director of National Casemix Center of Excellence NCCoE in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi, having joined in August 2021.

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Martina Zorko Kodelja

Expert in the Field, Development and Analysis, Zavod za Zdravstveno Zavarovanje Slovenije - Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia

Martina is an Expert in the Field, Development and Analysis, Zavod za Zdravstveno Zavarovanje Slovenije (ZZZS or Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia)…

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Ms Pernille Rosling

Head of Department, Diagnosis Related Groups and Finance, Danish Health Data Authority

Pernille Rosling, Msc. Economics, Copenhagen University, has worked with casemix systems and different financing models in Denmark for more than 20 years.

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Mr Brian Donovan

Assistant Chief Finance Officer for Costing and Pricing, and Head of the Healthcare Pricing Office, Health Service Executive, Ireland

Brian Donovan is the Assistant Chief Finance Officer for Costing and Pricing and Head of the Healthcare Pricing Office in the Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland where he has overall responsibility for the management and development of the Activity Based Funding (ABF) programme. He has over 20 year’s experience of working in the ABF / Casemix area in Ireland.

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Mr Guðmann Ólafsson

Senior Advisor, Department of Finance and Administration, Icelandic Ministry of Health

Guðmann Ólafsson is a senior advisor at the Ministry of Health in Iceland. His background is in industrial and financial analysis, and he holds a Cand Merc degree from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

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Concurrent sessions

Ms Amanda Lieu

Technical Manager, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Amanda Lieu works in the Pricing & Analytics branch at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, with a focus on developing the costing and pricing models for the Australian Mental Health Care Classification as well as the block-funding model for small rural hospitals.

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Mr Andrew Partington

Research Fellow, Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute, Flinders University

Working within the National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability, Andrew leads projects that improve the use of economic evidence in the design, implementation and evaluation of health services.

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Ms Anne Elsworthy

Director, Acute Care Classifications, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Anne Elsworthy is a Health Information Manager and has held a variety of managerial positions in the public hospital system before moving into classification development.

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Mr Cameron Lee

Manager, Classifications, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Cameron Lee is a Classification Manager at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) working across the emergency care classification.

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Ms Catherine Chan

Principal Economics Adviser, New South Wales Health

Catherine Chan is the Principal Economic Adviser in the Economics and Analysis Unit at New South Wales Health. Prior to joining New South Wales Health Catherine worked at New South Wales Treasury in various health related roles.

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Ms Claire Neilson

Senior Health Planner, Central Coast Local Health District

Claire has more than 20 years' experience as a clinician and manager at Central Coast Local Health District.

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Ms Deniza Mazevska

Director, Health Policy Analysis

Deniza Mazevska is a Director of Health Policy Analysis, an Australia-based consulting firm focused on evidence to inform policy. Deniza leads projects in health care involving activity based funding, safety and quality and evaluations of major government programs.

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Ms Eileen Roberston

Senior Manager, Health Policy Analysis

Eileen Roberston is a health economist with extensive experience in health and social care policy development and implementation in the United Kingdom.

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Ms Emma Watson

Healthcare Improvement Partner and Activity Based Management Specialist, Central Coast Local Health District

Emma Watson is the Healthcare Improvement Partner and Activity Based Management Specialist at Central Coast Local Health District.

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Mr Garth Barnett

Activity Based Funding Advisory Consultant, Power Health

Garth Barnett is a Certified Practicing Accountant with over three decades experience in accounting, accounting systems, financial management, and reporting, including 27 in the health industry.

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Mr Ian Manovel

Head of Health, Fujitsu

Ian Manovel has spent 30 years working in healthcare, including 12 years as a hospital and community pharmacist.

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Mr James Katte

Manager, Classifications, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

James Katte is a certified health information manager with experience across public and private sector hospitals and has worked in national and international classification development over the past six years.

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Mr John Pilla

Director, Uneek Consulting

John Pilla has worked extensively in the health and human services sectors for over 30 years. His roles include program performance manager, information systems manager and executive level responsibility for service performance monitoring, and evaluation and financial policy.

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Mr Joshua Jaroudy

Director, Taylor Fry

Josh Jaroudy is an actuary at Taylor Fry, an actuarial and analytics consultancy. Josh specialises in data analytics and predictive modelling, working with clients across a range of domains including health, insurance and aviation.

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Ms Julia Conway

Director, Aged Care Policy, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Julia is currently the Director of Aged Care Policy at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). Prior to this, she was a Technical Manager in IHPA’s Pricing team, working predominantly on the development of pricing for mental health care services under the Australian Mental Health Care Classification Version 1.0.

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Ms Julia Heberle

Manager, Research and Innovation, New South Wales Health

Julia Heberle has extensive experience and knowledge in patient costing having worked in numerous costing roles and across multiple New South Wales Health sites since 1998.

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Ms Julie Sturgess

Ms Julie Sturgess

Julie has over 30 years’ experience in the health care sector as a clinician, and senior management executive. Her experience encompasses roles such as chief executive officer of a primary care provider, Director of clinical service design and innovation and Senior Director for strategy and governance in Queensland Government and Principal Health Specialist for Telstra Health.

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Ms Kanika Dhamija

Accounting Lecturer, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Kanika Dhamija is currently a PhD candidate at School of Accounting, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology working with Associate Professor Gillian Vesty.

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Dr Kathryn Antioch

Chief Executive Officer, Guidelines and Economists Network International

Dr Kathryn Antioch GAICD, PhD (Health Economics), MSc, BA (Hons), AFCHSM, CHM, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Guidelines and Economists Network International (GENI); Principal Management Consultant, Health Economics and Funding Reforms; and Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.

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Dr Karolina Kalanj

Company Director, Karol Consulting

Dr Karolina Kalanj is a health systems educator and consultant with a specialty in diagnosis related groups (DRG) development.

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Ms Liz Hay

Director, Economics & Analysis, New South Wales Health

Liz Hay is the Director of Economics and Analysis at the NSW Ministry of Health. Prior to that Liz was the Manager of Health Economics and Evaluation at the NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation and previously spent over 15 years working in inter-government relation teams.

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Dr Ning Ding

A/g Senior Technical Advisor, Acute Care Classifications, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Dr Ning Ding is the A/g Senior Technical Advisor, Acute Care Classifications at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority. She has been working on the analytics and evolving statistical methodologies in the development of the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups classification since 2017.

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Prof Ross Crawford

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Queensland University of Technology

Prof Ross Crawford is an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in lower limb joint replacement; his principal interests are hip and knee replacement, and knee arthroscopy.

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Dr Shankar Prinja

Executive Director, National Health Authority, Government of India

Dr Shankar Prinja is Professor of Health Economics at the Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India.

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Ms Sharon Naidoo

Head of Healthcare Funding, Medibank

As a healthcare strategy and analytics professional with over 21 years’ service in the healthcare sector both from a corporate and consulting perspective…

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Ms Susan Dunn

Director, Activity Based Management, Activity Based Management, New South Wales Health

Susan is the Director, Activity Based Management for New South Wales Health but is an ICU Nurse at heart. She now enjoys translating activity based management (ABM)/ activity based funding to clinicians and managers and negotiating the funding model with the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and Administrator.

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Ms Veronica Man

Technical Manager, Classifications, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Veronica Man is the Technical Manager, Acute Care Classifications at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority. As the Technical Manager, she has worked extensively on the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups classification development.

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Janice Petersen


Janice Petersen has worked as a cross platform journalist and news presenter for two decades and currently presents SBS World News five nights a week.

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