Healthy Australia Forum

Transformation strategies for health system change

Health Workforce Australia        The Hawke Centre logo

Tuesday 18 October  2011

Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Street, Adelaide

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 The Healthy Australia Forum series is jointly presented in South Australia by Health Workforce Australia and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at UniSA

Two international experts will traverse the important territory of major service transformation in health systems at this innovative forum.

Dr Helen Bevan, Chief of Service Transformation at the UK National Health Service Institute and Dr Joshua Tepper, a Canadian leader of the HealthForceOntario health human resources strategy and Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre will tackle the big questions - "how do we engineer broad systemic change and what are the 'people' strategies needed in the process?"

If our health future is important to you please register for this FREE event.


Dr Helen Bevan OBE
Chief of Service Transformation, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, UK

Helen BevanHelen Bevan is Chief of Service Transformation at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. This is an organisation that supports the 1.3 million staff of the English NHS to accelerate the delivery of world-class health and healthcare by encouraging innovation and developing capability at the frontline of patient care.

Over the past 15 years Helen has led change initiatives at local and national level which have created improvements for millions of patients. Her current role is to keep NHS improvement knowledge fresh, relevant, and impactful at the leading edge. In 2008, the 60th Anniversary of the NHS, Helen was named as one of the 60 most influential people in the history of the NHS.

Helen is currently leading efforts across the NHS to mobilise and organise NHS staff and service users to deliver cost and quality improvement goals at scale.

Dr Joshua Tepper
Vice President, Education, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Joshua Tepper is a family physician and currently the inaugural Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is responsible for educational strategy and programming for learners, physicians and staff, patients with their families and the community.

He spent five and a half years as the first Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Human Resources Strategy Division. As the Assistant Deputy Minister he led the HealthForceOntario health human resources strategy. In this role, he also reported to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as well as to the Premier's health results table on the "Family Health Care for All" agenda.

With a degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard, he has been involved in health policy and research at both provincial and national levels. He was a senior medical officer for Health Canada, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and a research consultant for the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). He has received several provincial and national leadership awards. Joshua completed his executive MBA in June 2011 at the Richard Ivey School of Business and was nominated the class valedictorian. Most important of all is that he has an awesome five year old son named Ishai.


Health Workforce Australia (HWA) was established to address the challenges of providing a skilled, flexible and innovative health workforce that meets the needs of the Australian community. It was set up as a Commonwealth statutory authority by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) which identified the need for a national, coordinated approach to health workforce reform. One of HWA's aims is to devise solutions that integrate workforce planning, policy and programs with the necessary and complementary reforms in education and training. Engaging the public in conversations and dialogue about responding to critical health workforce reform issues is a critical part of this work, hence the Healthy Australia lecture series.

The Hawke Centre and its charter reflect the University of South Australia's key strategic commitment to engage communities. The Centre attracts national and international speakers and offers informed viewpoints on key concerns for the 21st century, including sustainable societies and international challenges. Further, UniSA has a strong public health, nursing and allied health professions teaching focus through the Division of Health Sciences and is working to introduce a School of Medicine that will concentrate on healthcare for the disadvantaged. The Sansom Institute for Health Research unites UniSA's internationally-recognised research strengths in molecular medicine, pharmaceutical science, and the quality use of medicines and pharmacy practice.

While the views presented by speakers within the Hawke Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia or The Hawke Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: strengthening our democracy - valuing our diversity - and building our future.

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