Speakers at HealthProcure 2016

Cathie Allenhealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Procurement Manager
Northern Territory Department of Health

I have been working for the Department of Health in the Northern Territory for 16 years in both Procurement and Inventory Management in Alice Springs.

In 2015 I moved to Darwin and into the Acting Procurement Managers role during a great change to the Department with the move towards eProcurement.  This includes the establishment of systems, procedures and processes that will allow Department of Health to work with our trading partners for greater efficient and effective Supply Chain Management.

Vikram Bhakoohealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Senior Lecturer Operations Management
University of Melbourne

Dr. Vikram Bhakoo is a Senior Lecturer within the Operations Management discipline in the Department of Management & Marketing at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current stream of research focuses on technology adoption and diffusion issues, buyer/supplier relationships and health care operations. His research specifically seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding around the institutional and contextual dynamics at play when organizations are embedded in different tiers of the supply chain. He has published his work in a variety of prestigious journals such as the Journal of Operations Management, Supply Chain Management and Production Planning & Control amongst others. He currently serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Supply Chain Management. His research agenda continues to draw support from the Australian Research Council and the University of Melbourne. Dr Bhakoo holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Delhi and a Masters in Information Systems and a PhD from Monash University. Prior to embarking on an academic career, he has worked in textile manufacturing, financial services and information technology sectors in business development and supply chain management roles.

Debra Birzniekshealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Procurement Project Manager
Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board

Debra currently works on a state-wide Procurement Project and on Procurement reform. Previously she worked for Melbourne health were she was the Clinical procurement manager for Melbourne Health the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and also had a Shared services role.

Debra has previously worked in multiple clinical and commercial roles including for a third party clinical consumables and pharmaceutical distributor and logistics provider. In addition Debra held the role of  Asia Pacific Manager for a supplier of medical devices and pharmaceutical products. She has also held a number of procurement roles most recently National Procurement Manager - for Healthscope Group, where she introduced process review and reform, category management and value for money changes. Debra has clinical, economics, business and project and procurement  qualifications.

Paul Broadbridgehealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Supply Chain Manager
National E-Health Transition Authority

Paul is the Manager Supply Chain with NEHTA, responsible for leading the supply chain stream in the uptake of eHealth solutions that enhance healthcare by enabling access to the right information, for the right person, at the right time and place. This is being delivered through initiatives like the operationalisation of the National Product Catalogue, Locatenet and Recallnet and utilisation of NEHTA eProcurement solution. Paul specialises in the integration of technology, people and data to deliver business and healthcare outcomes acquired through over 10 years’ experience at a state, national and international level specialising in organisation reform, strategy development and change management within the public sector.

Paul has been responsible for developing procurement savings strategies, fleet optimisation initiatives and implementation of robust procurement governance models that contribute to providing cost savings, efficiency gains and improved service quality. Recently Paul led an integral team in the implementation of a centralised procurement model, focused on procure to pay system and process standardisation across all public health sites within South Australia, in addition to expansion and automation design of a centralised distribution centre to support the initiative.

Natalie Budovskyhealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Head of Strategic Sourcing
Healthdirect Australia

Natalie Budovsky is the Head of Strategic Sourcing at Healthdirect Australia – the organisation established by the Council of Australian Governments with the purpose of providing all Australians with access to trusted professional health information without time or geographic restrictions. Natalie and her team are responsible for the design and delivery of commercially focused solutions that support Healthdirect Australia’s vision.

Healthdirect Australia’s sourcing objective – to have industry leading capabilities to deliver best value arrangement to the shareholders and stakeholders, is tailored to the company’s unique processes and requirements and brings Procurement, Contract Management and Business Intelligence into one continuous business management cycle.

Prior to joining Healthdirect in 2012, Natalie held executive operational, general management and procurement roles at American Express, Cisco and EnergyAustralia (now Ausgrid). Natalie’s varied generalist background is instrumental in ensuring that the Healthdirect Australia’s sourcing strategy is closely connected to the business strategy and is constantly evolving in support of the organisation’s changing needs.

Natalie holds an MBA in General Management and an MA in Linguistics and Pedagogical Sciences.

Neville Daffyhealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Procurement Systems Project Manager
Barwon Health

I have been involved in the implementation of the first PeopleSoft purchasing/inventory software in an Australian site, have been a project team member for many major building programs and other projects at Barwon Health over the past 18 years. In October 2011 I had a 6 month secondment at Health Purchasing Victoria to lead a greenfield statewide tender into equipment and led a procurement review at Barwon Health that has seen a restructure to enable Barwon Health to position itself for the next generation of Procurement and Supply Chain activity, appointed to a new role of Procurement Manager at Barwon Health, also led the functional procurement/warehouse team in implementing Epicor / ARM ERP software here in 12 weeks and since February 2015 is Project Manager of Procurement Systems deployment to over 500 users.

Anton DonkerAnton Donker
Chief Information Officer
Healthdirect Australia

Anton Donker is General Manager Digital Services and CIO for Healthdirect Australia.  His experience includes six years with whole-of-government responsibilities for procurement and ICT in Queensland, including reform of the Queensland Purchasing Policy and introduction of GITC arrangements.  He then spent six years as CIO for Queensland Health where strategic sourcing, procurement, contracting and ICT improvements were a key part of enabling better health services.  Anton has consulted widely in the private sector, concentrating in health related areas.  At Healthdirect Australia, Anton is always seeking to leverage technology and innovation and this often requires different approaches to solution design, sourcing, procurement and contracting.

Jonathan Duttonhealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Managing Director
JD Consultancy

Jonathon Dutton was the founding Managing Director of CIPS Australasia for over eight years up until February 2013. He was responsible for all aspects of CIPS activities as the global peak body for professional procurement & supply management in the region. He represented the profession and its standards to the highest levels of business and government. As a former qualified procurement manager himself, as well as sales manager turned marketing director, Jonathan can easily draw on experiences from both sides of the negotiating table. Jonathan has worked in senior positions for British Airways, QANTAS, Regus & CHUBB, and is a fellow of four institutes covering procurement, marketing, management and the royal society of arts. He is also a graduate diploma member of the institute of company directors, and has a degree in economics with accountancy and business law.

Jonathan is married with two young children and lives in Melbourne, and can be reached easily through LinkedIn or his website. www.jdconsultancy.com.au

Zdenka Fuller
Procurement Manager
HealthShare NSW

Zdenka is responsible for providing support and help drive innovation on matters concerning packaging, purchasing and supply of food. She works closely with Strategic Access, Arthritis Australia and manufacturers to make packaging of single serve food products easier to open. Zdenka holds a Diploma of Business in Health Management and has been working in Health for over 25 years in both regional and large metropolitan hospitals, in the areas of Dietary Supervision, Food Service Supervision, Food Service Management, Purchasing and Project Management.

Colin Huihealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Head Medical & Pharmaceutical Sourcing
Health Purchasing Victoria

Colin joined HPV in May 2011 as Pharmaceutical Tender Advisor through a secondment arrangement with Alfred Health. He is a hospital trained pharmacist. His professional experience ranges from financial management, commercial business negotiations, procurement strategy development and direct line management responsibilities. He is currently assisting in the strategic evaluation and implementation of the pharmaceutical tender at HPV. Colin completed his Bachelor of Pharmacy at Monash University and Master of Business Administration at Melbourne Business School. He also holds a joint position at Monash University as a sessional lecturer and examiner for undergraduate pharmacy students.

Kathleen Labrumhealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
General Manager
CCI Group Purchasing

Kathleen Labrum is General Manager of Combined Charities Incorporate (CCI) a not for profit procurement group. Her career spans over 25 years working within both the private and public sector.

Kathleen is an experienced speaker, sharing many of her experiences of working with centralised and decentralised procurement, across a broad range of industries including aged care,disability, childcare and local government. She strongly believes that thinking strategically, being motivated and ready to take a chance on new ideas has driven her career.

James Piplioshealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Executive Director Procurement and Facilities
Epworth HealthCare

James Piplios was appointed Executive Director of Procurement and Facilities in 2008. He has extensive commercial experience gained within the health industry over 15 years. His career has also seen him work within the oil/gas, aviation and power generation industries. Prior to joining Epworth, he held key roles at medical supply companies including director of sales and marketing and director of operations.

healthcare procurement conference 2016 AustraliaRussell Purchase
Contracts Manager
Uniting AgeWell

Russell has been the Contracts Manager at Uniting AgeWell since 2009. In his current role he has transformed the Contracts Department into professional department.  Working with key internal stakeholders and key suppliers to the strategically procure are range of products and services to enhance the delivery of services provided to our agewell clients both in residential and community environments.

Russell’s focus has been aggregating spend in all commodities from medical supplies to agencing nursing, across 21 aged care facilities, reducing  the basket of goods,  creating tailored  contracts and driving  robust quantifiable KPI’s are regularly measured with key preferred suppliers.

“Communicating the strategic direction and having buy in from internal stakeholders, then partnering with innovative key suppliers who add value, and share our vision for our clients, is key to our procurement success”.

Uniting AgeWell have introduced a number of exciting and innovative projects to their residents and community clients including the ‘ListenWell’ program, the “DineWell’ program and the highly successful ‘WishingWell’ program, which relies on fundraising to support the dreams of at least 10 people per year.

Russell believes the hard work setting up and reviewing these partnerships takes time and effort, but the outcomes for improved client care is well worth it.

Margaret Reidhealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Strategic Procurement Manager
RSL Care

Margaret Reid has been the Strategic Procurement Manager at RSL Care since January 2013. RSL Care is a not for profit aged care provider, with 24 sites located across Qld and northern NSW – stretching as far west as Longreach, north to Cairns and down to Lake Macquarie. RSL Care recently merged with RDNS which will further expand the portfolio across all states.

In this role Margaret is responsible for the procurement policy and governance and   direct and indirect spend categories across the organisation. Margaret’s procurement focus is in challenging the status quo for improvement, utilising focussed procurement process to ensure outcomes are favourable for our customers and RSL Care.
She is currently in the process of transforming the procurement function at RSL Care – with the introduction of an end to end P2P solution which will begin roll out in March 2016. Margaret has spent the past 17 years in the FMCG sector before moving into Aged Care procurement.

Rahul Sharmahealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Procurement Manager
Austin Health

Rahul is the Procurement Manager for Pharmaceuticals category at Austin Health.  Since joining Austin Health in January 2015, Rahul has implemented a Category Management framework for Pharmaceuticals which includes creating strategic vision for Pharmacy Department, establishing Supplier Relationship Management framework and uplifting capability of purchasing and logistics staff.

Prior to joining Austin Health, Rahul worked in multiple Indirect Procurement categories like, Fleet, Telecom, Print and IT at a global organisation and held the position of Strategic Sourcing Manager- Technology at Telstra. Rahul brings to Austin a Procurement perspective and experience from various non-health related industries.

Dharam Singhhealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Pharmacy Procurement Manager - Pharmacy Department
Eastern Health

Dharam is a supply chain professional in the pharmaceutical space for over twenty years across various roles in procurement at three major organisations.  Eastern health for the last two years as pharmacy network procurement manager and procurement  positions at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Monash Health.He has contributed in education at Chisholm Institute and RMIT  tafe  in supply Chain logistics  and marketing .He has delivered papers, posters at various conferences and was a speaker at Monash university for supply chain logistics students- a theory versus application challenges .His qualification include masters in marketing specialised in supply Chain Logistics from Monash University and certificate IV in workplace assessment and training.His research interests include cold chain management, sustainability of pharmaceutical supply chain, procurement reform, global sourcing of unknown products for pharmaceutical care and application of lean thinking in health.

He is passionate about providing an exceptional customer service in a demanding hospital environment.

Linda Slater
National Procurement Manager
Regis Aged Care Group

Linda is an experienced procurement professional with over 10 years experience in FMCG, Engineering and Healthcare throughout Europe and Australia.

Linda began her career in the beverage industry in a technical role before transferring into procurement. Moving to the UK she worked in the multinational procurement teams within United Biscuits and then Avon cosmetics. Both businesses provided valuable experience in low cost country and strategic sourcing across different markets such as the USA, South America and Europe. She states a particular highlight of this period was experiencing the unusual practises to ensure continuity of supply in a rapidly developing Russian market.

Since returning to Australia, Linda has worked on leading and developing procurement teams from a transactional mindset into a more strategic category management approach. This includes developing procurement strategies and implementing risk management policies.  Her most recent move was into Regis Healthcare (aged care) in September 2014. This highly regulated industry has brought Linda a new set of challenges including ensuring appropriate processes are in place to deal with the exponential growth in residential aged care.

Ming Tanghealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Director Data and Information Management Systems
NHS England

Ming has over 20 years experience in managing and delivering large scale change involving implementation of new operating models in complex and challenging environments.  She joined NHS October 2009, initially leading commissioning support services in the West Midlands as the Managing Director for Healthcare Commissioning Services and then as the Managing Director for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit.  Ming is currently the Director of Data and Information Management Systems for NHS England responsible for defining the service provision of data and intelligence services to commissioners.

Prior to joining the NHS, Ming was a Partner with Accenture specialising in Strategy and Supply Chain work.  She has worked in Europe, North America, and SE Asia where she led the Supply Chain Practice for 3years.  Her experience spans global clients in Consumer Goods, Retail, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing and Utility sectors.  Ming holds a first degree in Pharmacy and a MBA from Warwick University.

Melinda Tippetthealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia

Although having a background in law, for the last decade Melinda has headed up procurement teams in hospital, aged care and professional service organisations - managing spend ranges from $20M to $800M. She has experience in everything from band-aids to bar stools, scissors to high end surgical instrumentation. Melinda also has a passion for data analytics and is a firm believer in the motto: "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it."

Charlie Wayhealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Group Manager Property, Assets & Procurement
Southern Cross Care

Charlie Way is Group Manager – Property, Assets and Procurement of one of South Australia’s largest providers of Aged care and Retirement Living services. He also chairs the National Southern Cross Cares Procurement program, consisting of over 80 nursing homes and over $800MIL in turnover.

His 17 years procurement experience within 5 star hotels and healthcare has enabled him to bring a more strategic person centred care model on how healthcare providers purchase goods and services.

Since 2007, Charlie has developed an impressive reputation in South Australia, driving procurement change for numerous aged care providers. He has a high level of experience not just in procurement, but also capital works, property management and contract management.

Charlie continues to break barriers within the healthcare industry introducing several P2P initiatives around de-centralised procurement models and believes communication with key internal and external stakeholders to gain support and endorsement with procurement plans and initiatives is the main reason for his success.

“Anyone within the aged care and retirement sector from CEO/Director/Management level of finance, procurement, contract management, risk, WHS and compliance should attend this event to see the success and implementation of Southern Cross Cares new e-procurement system”

Mark Younghealthcare procurement conference 2016 Australia
Group Procurement Manager
Mercy Health

Mark is currently the Group Manager Procurement for Mercy Health. His experience has seen him working in the Health sector for nearly 20 years in various administrate and clinical roles. His roles have included Anaesthetic Team Leader, Clinical Products advisor, and Procurement Manager to name a few.

Mark has also worked in the sales side of Healthcare for GE Healthcare and Mayo Healthcare now part of Teleflex. In recent years Mark was involved with a Greenfield development and the implementation of the Pyxis Supply Inventory system and worked with others in the hospital to achieve accreditation. He has presented at National conferences previously and has a keen focus on vendor relationships and the importance of this to delivering a successful procurement strategy

Ways to engage at HealthProcure 2016 - speaking opportunities are available

Present your company, showcase your leadership and demonstrate how you can help the healthcare sector by speaking to this senior gathering of procurement professionals from private and public hospitals, aged care operators, government departments and agencies and all other stakeholders in Australia’s healthcare sector.

Use this unique forum to demonstrate your value to the biggest players in the healthcare sector. Speakers will assert themselves as leading suppliers and solution providers to the sector.

Call Jon Treherne on  +61 (0)2 8188 7536 or email jont@questevents.com.au to discuss how we can put you in front of a highly engaged and receptive audience.