Plenary speakers

We are proud to introduce the following speakers

Professor Tony Dowell

Tony is Professor of Primary Health Care and General Practice at the University of Otago in Wellington and a GP in Wellington. He has worked in primary care in New Zealand the UK and Central Africa. His current research interests include primary mental health care, communication between patients and health providers and the application of complexity and implementation science in health care settings.

He is a member of the WHO working group on primary mental health involved in the production of the revised international classification of disease (ICD-11 and co-director of the Applied Research on Communication in Health (ARCH) research group, exploring communication and patient / provider interactions in clinical areas including diabetes and chronic pain.

Tony Fernando

Tony is a consultant psychiatrist and sleep specialist, who trained at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is in the final stages of his PhD on medical compassion at the University of Auckland. His more recent publications are on insomnia and compassion. He has won multiple teaching awards from medical students and the faculty. In 2012, he was awarded by the President of the Philippines for his work on medical education and sleep medicine. In 2015, he received the Chair's Award, highest award given by the NZ Medical Association to any doctor in NZ. In 2017, he received temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk in Myanmar.

Professor Paul Glasziou FRACGP, PhD

Paul is a Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University was a part-time General Practitioner for many years, and the Professor and Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University from 2003-2010. His key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice.

Paul has authored over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles and seven books related to evidence based practice: Systematic Reviews in Health Care; Decision Making in Health Care and Medicine: integrating evidence and values; An Evidence-Based Medicine Workbook; Clinical Thinking: Evidence, Communication and Decision-making; Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM; and Evidence-Based Medical Monitoring: Principles and Practice. He is Chair of the RACGP's Handbook of Non-Drug Interventions Project Team.

Ben Hudson

Ben graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and completed GP training in the North East of England. He has worked as a GP in Lyttelton since 2005, and is Head of the Department of General Practice, University of Otago Christchurch. His research interests are in pain management in osteoarthritis, and risk communication. In addition to his academic and clinical roles, Ben is a board member of Pegasus Health, and chairs the Pegasus Clinical Quality Advisory Board.

Rae Lamb

Rae has been an active observer of and participant in New Zealand and overseas health systems in a variety of roles. She is currently the chief executive officer of Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui and Blueprint for Learning, non-governmental organisations focused on information, training, and evidence based mental health, addiction, and disability workforce development. Rae is also the Deputy Chair of the NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission and a trustee on the international governing board for Cochrane. Previously Rae was the Australian Government's Aged Care and Aged Care Complaints Commissioner (8 years), New Zealand's Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner (5 years). She has an extensive background in journalism, including as Radio NZ's specialist health correspondent. Rae was a Harkness Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in 2001–02.

Dr Nikki Turner

Nikki is an academic General Practitioner and Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre, University of Auckland. Nikki's interests are in immunisation, equity and primary health care. She works part time as a General Practitioner at NUHS Broadway Clinic in Wellington.

She has been a member of the World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and Chair of the SAGE Working Group on Measles and Rubella elimination. She represents the RNZCGP (College of General Practitioners) in child health interests, and is a health spokesperson for the Child Poverty Action Group.