NI 2020 BRISBANE 27 – 29 JULY

Keynotes discuss nurses and midwives in the digital age

Keynote speakers

Dr Suzanne B. Bakken

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Columbia University School of Nursing

Recipient of the 2019 IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI, is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University in New York. Dr Bakken’s program of research focuses on the use of informatics to advance health equity. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Dr Patricia Flatley Brennan

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National Library of Medicine

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, is the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and producer of digital information resources used by scientists, health professionals, and members of the public. Since becoming director in August 2016, Dr. Brennan has positioned the Library to be the epicenter for biomedical data science at NIH and across the biomedical research enterprise globally. Her leadership has led to the development of a new strategic plan that refocuses and enhances NLM’s research, development, training, and information systems. By leveraging NLM’s heavily used data and information resources and programs, Dr. Brennan is strengthening and advancing NLM’s data infrastructure to accelerate data-driven discovery and health, engage new users in new ways, and develop the workforce for a data-driven future.

Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Brennan was the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor in the School of Nursing and College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She also led the Living Environments Laboratory (now the Virtual Environments Group) at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, which develops new methods for the effective visualization of high-dimensional data.

Dr. Brennan is a pioneer in the development of innovative information systems and services, and her professional accomplishments reflect her background, which unites engineering, information technology, and clinical care to improve public health and ensure the best possible experience in patient care. Dr Brennan holds an appointment as Associate Investigator in the National Institute of Nursing Research Division of Intramural Research, where she directs the Advanced Visualization Laboratory.

Dr. Brennan received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, she held academic positions at Marquette University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

A past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, Dr. Brennan was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Prof Changrong Yuan

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Director of Research Center of Patient Experience

School of Nursing, Fudan University

Prof Changrong Yuan is Fellow of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), honorary professor of New York University (NYU), and she was appointed by PROMIS Health Organisation (PHO) as official representative in China.

Prof Yuan is Vice Chairman of the Chinese Association for Life Care, Humanity Nursing Society; Vice chairman of Chinese Health Information and Big Data Association, Committee of Nursing; Vice Chairman of Shanghai Anti-Cancer Association, Committee of Cancer Nursing. Yuan is an editorial board member of Cancer Nursing and co-editor-in-chief of TMR Integrative Nursing. In 2018, she was named by Elsevier as a High-citation Scholar in China.

Prof Dawn Dowding

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Professor in Clinical Decision Making

The University of Manchester

Dawn Dowding is Professor in Clinical Decision Making, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. She is a health services researcher, nurse and psychologist with expertise in the field of health care decision making and nursing informatics. Her particular interest is the development and evaluation of decision support tools, and more recently the application of Health Information Technology for assisting decision making in practice. She was previously Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Additional past appointments include Professor of Applied Health Research, University of Leeds UK and a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice from 2009-2010, working at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland CA. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr Dowding completed her registered nurse training at St Bartholomew’s College of Nursing and Midwifery, London, has a BSc(Hons) in Psychology with Nursing Studies from City University, London and a PhD in Psychology and Nursing from the University of Surrey, UK.
Dr Michelle Honey

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Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing

University of Auckland

Dr Michelle Honey is a nurse with 30 years’ experience, over half in nursing education. She has been involved with nursing informatics since the early 1990s, and has held leadership roles in nursing informatics in New Zealand. Her interest in nursing informatics has led to research in exploring how information technology can impact nursing and health care – from technology to support consumers, provision of health services and the use of technology for education. Michelle is the New Zealand country representative to the International Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics (IMIA-NI) group, and is also on the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) International Committee.
Prof Anne Moen

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Professor, Director Uio:ecolab

University of Oslo

Anne Moen is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, and director of UiO:eColab, Institute for health and society, a research lab supporting technology mediated complex patient interventions in primary care or home setting, and multidisciplinary teamwork of health professionals, patients and families to sustain health and wellbeing. She is founder & CEO of Appetitus AS, a start-up to develop, market and sustain the APPetitus nutrition app.
Prof Paula Procter

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Professor of Nursing Informatics

Sheffield Hallam University

Paula has been a leader in the use of technology to support healthcare since 1979 when she implemented the Exeter Nursing System in England. Since that time she has led informatics developments in practice, education and management. Paula currently runs an open access online three-year module for all undergraduate nurses, midwives and allied health professionals covering e health from information security through language and systems to the future possibilities, in all some 2,5000 students have 24/7 access to this module. Paula is a member of the 5 Countries Chief Nursing Officer’s Digital Leadership Group, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society and Paula has just been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics.

Paula was made an honorary fellow of IMIA NI in 2012 and from 2013 she has been the Co-Chair of the IMIA NI Education Working Group. With Professor Walter Sermeus and Professor Patrick Weber, Paula was co-chair of the editorial committee for the World Congress on Nursing Informatics (NI 2016, Geneva).

Julian Ranger

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Executive Chairman & Founder

Julian is Exec Chairman and founder of, the decentralised personal data solution which empowers individuals to share more & better data to enable businesses to provide more & better value, with 100% privacy, full security and consent.

Initially an aeronautical engineer, Julian founded STASYS Ltd in 1987, specialising in interoperability and the military internet, and grew it to a staff of 230, with subsidiaries in the USA, Germany, Malaysia and Australia prior to sale to Lockheed Martin in 2005. Julian is an angel investor in more than 20 start-up businesses, including firms such as Hailo, DataSift and Astrobotic.

Julian is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMechE and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, and is also a Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut.

Liz Salmi

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Senior Strategist

OpenNotes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Liz Salmi is a former punk rock drummer turned cancer patient, who now works for an academic medical center on a research project called OpenNotes. She helps hospitals and health systems understand the changing nature of patient-clinician communication in the age of connectivity, and interpret and implement research emerging from the OpenNotes movement.

After being diagnosed with a life-limiting condition at age 29, Liz immediately put her digital communications skills to use by blogging, chronicling her daily symptoms, and seeing how much trouble she could get into with her online medical information. Today, she is passionate about empowering regular people to become more engaged in their own health care and improve their experience as patients.

In addition to her work with OpenNotes, Liz leads a palliative/neuro-oncology research network established by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and serves on the Board of Directors for National Brain Tumor Society. Her interests include clinical informatics, citizen science and human-centered design.

Dr Diane Skiba US Flag


IMIA NI Special Interest Group

Dr. Diane J. Skiba is Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. She was previously the Director for Healthcare Informatics Specialty in the College of Nursing for the last 25 years. She is currently the Chair of the International Medical Informatics Associate’s Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group. She has taught course for nurses about technology since 1982. She is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics and an honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing Education.
Caron Swinscoe

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Chief Nurse

NHS Digital

Caron Swinscoe is a registered nurse who works with NHS Digital. She is the organisation’s most senior nurse and supports several programmes across the organisation with a focus on clinical governance, clinical effectiveness, clinical safety and user centred design.

Caron has worked in the NHS since 1982 and has held a number of senior posts based in acute trusts and acute care. Prior to joining NHS Digital her role was Chief Nurse of Health Informatics and Head of Clinical Engagement at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Caron believes that the narrative about the ‘digital future’ and the accompanying changes in healthcare has a tendency to focus on technology advances and work processes, however, at the centre of those processes is people, as they are the ones living and experiencing this new care environment.

Caron’s goal is to ensure that the delivery of digital, data and technology in health and care and the associated ‘information revolution’ align with an understanding of the way nurses, midwives and wider clinical professionals prefer to work, identifying best practice which can be shared across the health and social care settings for the benefit of citizens, patients and staff.

Sean Birgan

Sean Birgan

Director of Nursing

Princess Alexandra Hospital

A Registered Nurse with over 35 years experience, Sean Birgan is Director of Nursing of Division of Surgery, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Deputy Stream Lead Surgical Services Metro South Hospital and Health Service. He holds post graduate qualifications in Critical Care Nursing and Masters in Health Management. Sean is currently an Executive member of the Queensland Clinical Senate. Sean has a keen interest in the development of nursing staff into leadership roles and the promotion of new models of nursing care. Sean played a major role in the Surgical Service transition to the integrated electronic medical record at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2016.
A/Prof Annabel Digance

A/Prof Annabel Digance

Associate Professor

Flinders University

Annabel Digance passionately advocates for equitable and best health care for all Australians. She champions dialogue on the future directions of our pressured health care system. After an extensive board director career including SA Water and what is now People’s Choice Credit Union she was elected as a Member of Parliament, South Australia (2014-18) and held positions including, Assistant Minister to the Premier; Chair, Public Works Committee and Deputy Whip to the Government. She has a highly developed political acumen and has continually facilitated ‘ordinary’ Australians having their voices heard. While in Parliament she achieved what fondly became known as Gayle’s Law – Legislation to strengthen the safety for remote and rurally practicing nurses in SA. Annabel’s current position as Associate Professor, Flinders University lecturing in Master Health Administration teaching in Australia, China and Singapore, sees her at the forefront of educating our future health care leaders. She holds a Master of Health Administration, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma of Counselling, is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with a specialist Certificate in Infant Welfare. She is a Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member, Australasian College of Health Service Management, a Member, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and is a Rotary International Alumni.
Prof Len Gray

Prof Leonard Gray


Centre for Health Services Research

Len Gray is Director of the Centre for Health Services Research and Professor in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland. He is trained in health management and is a specialist in geriatric medicine. He leads the international development of hospital assessment systems within the interRAI research collaborative to capture and interpret information related to functional and psychosocial status. His research interests focus on aged care, telehealth and informatics.
Ben Hanna

Ben Hanna

General Manager Australia

Soul Machines

Over the last 20 years Ben has been responsible for delivering rapid growth within start-ups & large enterprise organisations within in NZ, Australia and the USA. Ben is currently GM Australia for Soul Machines, a ground-breaking high-tech company of AI researchers, neuroscientists, psychologists, artists and innovative thinkers who are re-imagining how we connect with machines.

Cherrie Lowe


Trend Care Systems

Cherrie Lowe is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, an Honorary Lecturer and Associate of Monash University for the Faculty of Nursing. Cherrie is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife and the Co-owner and CEO of Trend Care Systems and Trend Care Systems UK. She was a Senior Quality Surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards for 25 years and is an experienced executive health service manager having been Director of Nursing and Director of Clinical Services in numerous Australian hospitals for over two decades.

Cherrie is a member of the Australian Information Industry Association, Health Informatics Society of Australia, New Zealand Health I.T. Cluster, Queensland Leaders, and the Australian College of Nursing.

Cherrie has received many awards including; Royal College of Nursing – Distinguished Nursing Service Award, Freehills Breakthrough Award from the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore. Queensland State iAward for e-Health, the Australian National Microsoft iAward for innovation in e-Health, the Australian ICT Exporter of the Year, the Asia Pacific ICT e-Heath Award and an award from the Australian Computer Society for Service Delivery and Training.Cherrie is currently living in Manchester, UK setting up a TrendCare team to service the growing number of TrendCare user sites in UK and Ireland.

Monique Murphy

Monique Murphy


Australian Paralympian

After a tragic accident in 2014 Monique woke from a coma to numerous injuries including the amputation of her right leg. It was through hydrotherapy that she rediscovered her love of swimming and just one year after her accident she was named on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team. In 2016 she won her first Paralympic Silver Medal. As a member of the Swimming Leadership team she also manages her Endometriosis calling for better education surrounding women’s health in sport. Monique is currently training with hopes of competing in Tokyo 2020.

Adj/Prof Shelley Nowlan

NI 2020 Chair and Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Clinical Excellence Queensland

Queensland Health

Shelley Nowlan is the appointed Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for Queensland. Shelley has over 30 years’ experience in a range of health settings and of these, 17 years’ experience working closely and within metropolitan, regional and rural public sector executive clinical and health administrative leadership roles.

Shelley is currently focused on early career pathways for graduate Nurses and Midwives by producing operational programs that produce effective Nursing and Midwifery outcomes for Queensland.

Caleb Rixon

Caleb Rixon


Genyus Network

Caleb is a major stroke survivor, storyteller and the founder/CEO of ‘genyus network’ – a global community and story-sharing platform for survivors of brain injury and other life changing trauma. Caleb is a graduate of The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (B.A.) and completed his masters (MA) of film and television at the Victorian College of the Arts Film School. A passionate champion of lived experience storytelling, Caleb has worked across country giving talks and keynote presentations plus hosted events and facilitated forums for peak health, research, and education organisations including NDIA, Latrobe University, ACU, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) plus international conferences STROKE 2018 and Australasian Society for the Study of Brain impairment (ASSBI).

Angela Ryan

Chief Clinical Information Officer

Australian Digital Health Agency

Angela Ryan is the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Acting Chief Clinical Information Officer.

Angela is a clinical leadership and health informatics professional with 30 years’ experience in hospitals and public sector organisations, with more than two decade’s experience as a paediatric and adult intensive care Nurse.

Angela is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and serves as President of the ACHI Council. In 2017, Angela was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study methods to prevent patient harm through national digital health safety governance and has recently completed travel to the UK, USA and Canada as part of the Churchill Fellowship research.

Adj/Prof Isabelle Skinner

Dr Isabelle Skinner

Managing Director

Decision Support Analytics

Isabelle Skinner is a Registered Nurse and Midwife. She is the former CEO for the International Council of Nurses. Isabelle is an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University and has held academic roles at Charles Darwin University, University of Tasmania, La Trobe University and University of Western Australia. Isabelle’s PhD study looked into how a remote region in Australia could address its high amputation rates for people with diabetes using store and forward telehealth wound care solutions. Her partners in this early project went on to develop Wounds West to serve the whole of Western Australia. She is also one of the developers of the app Emojifit® Diabetes, which uses the pictorial language of emojis to help users manage their lifestyle to reduce their risk factors for diabetes complications.
Dr Chrstine Slade

Dr Christine Slade

Senior Lecturer in Higher Education

The University of Queensland

Dr Christine Slade is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) at the University of Queensland, where she is an active researcher in digital nursing and midwifery curriculum. Since 2004, Christine has advanced her career while living with chronic illness. She is a member of Health Consumers Queensland and regularly contributes to digital healthcare initiatives, such as the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s My Health Record in Emergency Departments’ Oversight Committee. Recently, she participated in the Queensland Department of Health’s Digital Simulation and Workshop for the Nursing and Midwifery Digital Strategy.
David Wang

David Wang

Medical student

University of Melbourne

David Wang is a Medical Student at the University of Melbourne, based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has a long-standing interest in Health Informatics and is passionate about empowering the future generation of digital health leaders and promoting health informatics to the young talent of Australia.

In 2018, David and HISA started the HISA Student Network, a new community of practice group designed to support and enable health informatics student around Australia to achieve their career aspirations. He is currently the chair of the HISA Student Network and is a HISA VIC State Committee Member. David has a special interest in Radiology Informatics and conducts a research project in Machine Learning.

Dr Leanna Woods

Dr Leanna Woods

Clinical Nurse Specialist

University of Tasmania

Leanna is a dynamic thinker and development-focused PhD student and Fellowship by Training candidate with the Australasian College of Health Informatics. She’s also a senior cardiac nursing team member with highly developed clinical leadership expertise. Leanna led a team to co-design a mHealth intervention to promote heart failure self-management and advance consumer informatics.