Dr Vineet Chopra

Dr Chopra is an Asst Prof of Medicine and Research Scientist at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center.

A career hospitalist, Dr Chopra’s research is dedicated to improving the safety of hospitalized patients through prevention of hospital-acquired complications. His work focuses on identifying and preventing complications such as infection and thrombosis associated with peripherally inserted central catheters. Dr. Chopra is funded by a Career Development Award from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality and has received grant support from the National Institute of Aging, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan and the American Heart Association. He is the recipient of numerous research awards including the 2016 Jerome W. Conn Award for Outstanding Research by Junior Faculty, 2016 Society of Hospital Medicine Excellence in Research Award, 2014 McDevitt Award for Research Excellence, and the 2014 Society of Hospital Medicine Young Investigator Award. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and is Associate Editor at the American Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Professor Adrian Esterman

Professor Adrian Esterman is one of Australia’s most experienced epidemiologists and biostatisticians. His career includes 7 years as a staff member of the World Health Organization based in Geneva and Copenhagen, and 16 years as Principal Epidemiologist for the South Australian Department of Health. He is currently Foundation Chair of Biostatistics at the University of South Australia, and Professor of Biostatistics and Population Health at James Cook University. In the last five years he has been a chief investigator on over $3 million of competitive grants. He is the author of 300 publications with an h-index of 47. Apart from his professional ability, Adrian has for many years taken part in amateur plays and operetta. It is these latter skills that he will use while chairing the Debate!

Nicole Gavin

Nicole Gavin has a clinical background in haematology and bone marrow transplantation. She is currently the acting Nurse Researcher in Cancer Care at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. She is soon to complete her PhD and has used a laboratory model to ask clinically focused research questions about the safety of prolonging the replacement of administration sets for parenteral nutrition beyond 24 hours.

Her post-doctoral studies will investigate the gut microbiome of patients undergoing treatment for haematological malignancies who require parenteral nutrition and the translocation of bacteria and fungi from the gut into the bloodstream. This work is supported by the RBWH Foundation Patricia Dukes Fellowship and the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

So much of what we do in nursing is based upon expert opinion or tradition. I want my research to improve infection outcomes for patients diagnosed with cancer and to provide and evidence base for policy and practice.

Professor Elizabeth Geelhoed

Professor Elizabeth Geelhoed is Health Economist within the School of Population Health (UWA) and has worked across education, research and policy development over the past 25 years. Dr Geelhoed is currently a chief investigator on several successful state or nationally competitive grants, in each case providing the health economic input which contributes to the assessment of feasibility of the project and hence the translation into practice. National committee roles include the MSAC Evaluation subcommittee (evaluating new medical technologies within the process of listing for Medicare subsidy), NHMRC research panels and interstate research projects.

Dr Kwok Ho

Dr Ho is an intensive care specialist with research interest in clinical epidemiology, venous thromboembolism and acute kidney injury. He holds an associate professorial appointment at University of Western Australia and Murdoch University and is currently a Raine Clinical Research Fellow funded by the Raine Medical Research Foundation and WA Health. He is the chief investigator for a multicentre study assessing the benefits and risks of early use of inferior vena cava filters for major trauma patients.

Jack LeDonne

Jack LeDonne hails from Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Fordham University and St. George’s University, School of Medicine, in Grenada.

Dr. LeDonne completed his surgical residency at the Wyckoff Heights Hospital, in Brooklyn, and fellowships at the Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass. He is presently the medical director at Chesapeake Vascular Access and a partner at Vascular Access Consultants.

Dr. LeDonne has ten publications, including two videos, to his credit. Jack is a strong believer in the power of video as an educational tool. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Vascular Access Board Certified and a past president of the Association for Vascular Access.

Anne McKenzie AM

Anne McKenzie AM has worked as a health consumer advocate since 1995 and is now the Head of the WA Consumer and Community Health Research Network. Her task is to implement a state-wide consumer and community involvement program in research organisations across the WA Health Translation Network.

Anne serves a consumer representative for Consumers Health Forum of Australia and former Chair of Health Consumers Council WA and serves on key state and national health committees. In 2015, Anne was appointed to the Order of Australia for service in the area of health consumer advocacy.

Cathryn Murphy

At Infection Control Plus Pty Ltd, Cathryn Murphy PhD provides independent consulting services to a range of clinical, public policy and commercial clients throughout the world. Over 25 years Cath’s career has covered senior infection prevention positions within the clinical, government, non-government and professional associations within her home country Australia and internationally.

She is a global advocate for improved Infection prevention with particular interest in capacity building within the Asia Pacific region. Career highlights include working in the USA at the CDC, consulting for the World Health Organization and serving the US-based Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) as a Board member for 7 years including the Presidency in 2010. For more than a decade Cath served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Infection Control and Healthcare Infection. Domestically she has been an invited member and Chair of several Australian Commission in Safety and Healthcare Committees related to infection prevention. She is a fellow of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists of America. In 2016 Cath became the first non-North American to be awarded APIC’s esteemed Carole de Mille Award for lifetime excellence in and dedication to the field of infection prevention. Cath is also a professional photographer having recently completed a Bachelor of Photography at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. She is currently enjoying building the creative side of her brain whilst reinvigorating the other analytical, clinical side and looks forward to sharing this new knowledge and applications with her clinical peers and clients.

Professor Claire Rickard

Professor Claire Rickard RN PhD from Griffith University, together with friends, founded the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR Group), a leading research group in its field. She was also a key instigator of the first Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Nursing and is affiliated with the Lady Cilento Children’s, Royal Brisbane and Women’s, Prince Charles, and Princess Alexandra Hospitals, as well as the University of Manchester in the UK.

Dr Rickard’s research articles appear regularly in the scientific literature. Her trial in The Lancet saw a global changes from time-based to clinical-based removal of peripheral intravenous catheters. Her work on tissue adhesive and other dressings and securements for IV devices is showing dramatic opportunities for improvement in this field also.

A Mum of two, Dr Rickard has been inducted into the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International (or STTI) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, and is one of only 2 nurses elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Important Dates

11 + 12 MAY 2017

10 MAY 2017

Closing 31 January 2017

10 March 2017 27 March 2017