Inspire. Reflect. Connect. Action

  • 3 days
  • 8 keynote and panel sessions
  • 5 niche workshop breakouts
  • 4 group challenge breakouts

Download the PDF program here.


friday (inspire)

welcome and registration (5:00pm)

Welcome drinks, welcome to Inspire at #GIF15 and Fred Hollows acknowledgement


keynote address (7:00pm)

How might we re-imagine global health?
Lloyd Nash – Global Ideas Co-Founder and Chair

Global health in the age of globalisation
This session will explore the broader scope of global health by looking at a scenario that threatens the health and security of Australia. Panelists will draw on their own experiences to tease out the impacts and possible responses to the scenario.

Lloyd Nash – Global Ideas Co-Founder and Chair
Helen Evans – Expert in public health development and social policy, former deputy CEO at GAVI and deputy director at the Global Fund
Bill Costello – Assistant Secretary, Health and Environmental Safeguards Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia


reimagine time 1.0: inspire (8:45pm)

After watching the video ‘What is Design Thinking‘, you’ll split from the plenary hall and reconvene in your small Reimagine Time (RT) group with your allocated partner organisation.

Their representative will introduce their organisation, then pitch a real-world challenge they face in their work- and most importantly, the humans it relates to. RT #1 is about empathising with the people affected or driving this particular issue, then qualitatively defining a human-centred challenge that reflects who they are, their needs and the drivers of their current set of circumstances.

For more reading on the whole Human-centred design process, check out the Stanford dSchool PROCESS GUIDE.


global get together (9:30pm)

A low-key get-together to debrief on the opening night and to meet your fellow delegates at The Boatbuilder’s Yard.

saturday (reflect and connect)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals that expand on the MDGs and provide a framework for which public policies and government’s act on. In order to achieve our ambitions, we need transformative leadership across sectors.


find your niche (8:00am)

Now its time to find your niche. We have designed a range of smaller workshops based around 5 personas. This will allow you to further explore your passions and gain some tangible skills. Maybe you have a persona that suits you and you may wish to stick with this over the weekend. If you aren’t quite sure and wish to dabble in a few than this is fine too. Either way there will certainly be a range of workshops that will take your fancy!

Grassroots Greg (Balcony Area):
Dr Suman Majumdar and Dr Michelle Scoullar

(Researchers at The Burnet institute)
How might we utilise research as a tool for greater impact and innovation in global health?
Sponsored by The Burnet Institute


policy poh (Clarendon Auditorium):
Damien Bruce

(Partner at McKinsey & Co)

Peter Collins and Tim Smith

(The Human Variome Project)
How might we consider the impact of genomics on individuals and health systems?

Clara Gaff

(Executive Director for Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance)

Luke Fishley

(General Manager Product, Medibank Private)


carlos the campaigner (Workshop Room D)
Richard Dent

(Chief Executive, Leadership Victoria)


enterprising erin (Workshop Room E):
Stephanie Arrowsmith

(Start Some Good)
How might we  crowdfund for social innovation?


Insha the inventor (Workshop Room C):
Adam Ferrier

(Global Chief Strategy Officer / Partner Cummins & Partners)
How might we mobilise mass movement through consumer psychology?


keynote address (8:50am)

How might we be transformative agents of change?

This session will contain a variety of transformative leaders sharing and reflecting on their motivations, passions and lessons they have gained throughout their career. This will allow us to question and challenge our own perceptions at every step of the journey in achieving health equity.

Nicholas Gruen

(Economist , CEO of Lateral Economics and Chairman of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation and the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia))

Kon Karapanagiotidis

(CEO at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

Philip Wollen

(Philanthropic humanitarian, former vice-president of Citibank)

Adam Ferrier

(Global Chief Strategy Officer / Partner Cummins & Partners)

find your niche (11:10am)

Grassroots Greg (Balcony Area):
Tim France

(Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance / Managing Director, Inís Communication)

How might we harness artificial intelligence to improve communication and collaboration on global health initiatives? Computers and unicorns: The future of idea generation and foresight in global health


policy poh (Clarendon Auditorium):
Sue Matthews

(CEO of The Royal Women’s Hospital)
How might we design health care systems that cater to patients’ individualised needs?


carlos the campaigner (Workshop Room D)
Tony Milne

(Co-lead for the Campaign for Australian Aid, Executive Officer for Make Poverty History Australia)
How might we build effective campaigns in 10 easy steps?
Sponsored by Campaign for Australian Aid


enterprising erin (Workshop Room E):
Christian Stenta

(Principal Innovation Officer at VicHealth)
How might we use transformative innovation to collaborate for greater health outcomes?
Sponsored by HEAL (Health Education Australia Limited)


Insha the inventor (Workshop Room C):
Ange Barry

(CEO at Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation)
How might we teach food education to foster healthy lifestyles?

lunch (12:50pm)


a touch of mindfulness (1:40pm)

Lama Samten Bryn Dawson

(Tibetan Lama in Dzogochen Buddhism)


keynote address (1:50pm)

The pace of technological evolution has disrupted the health and technology landscape and given us an unprecedented capacity to connect and collaborate on a vast scale. We stand at a point where at a touch of a button we can reach out to people from throughout the world and promote healthier living. This also provides us with the exciting opportunity to more accurately measure the impacts of our interventions as we move forward with the SDGs.


How might we disrupt health systems through technology?

Digital healthcare has the potential to revolutionize the way that we think about health. An increase in global population poses an increased demand for health care services that are adaptable to the needs of the community it serves. Disruption in the traditional way of approaching health care challenges will allow us to provide personalized healthcare from the touch of a button.

Mackenzie Kosut

(Technology Disruptor at Oscar Health Insurance)


How might we harness technology in a low resource setting for a greater impact on health?

Technology is growing exponentially and is revolutionising how we function, interact and deliver services. It will be therefore essential to understand technology and how we can steer and influence its direction. This panel discussion will focus on the complexity of utilizing technology for greater health outcomes.

pete saunders

(Director of Communications, Global Ideas)

Mackenzie Kosut

(Technology Disruptor at Oscar Health Insurance)

Peter Williams

(E-health Policy expert at the Department of Health, Victoria)

Jonathan Harris

(Digital Artist)

Luke Giuliani

(Technology Entrepreneur)

megan verry

(Global Lead – Partnerships Program, The Fred Hollows Foundation)

find your niche (3:50pm)


Grassroots Greg (Balcony Area):
Richard Osbourne

(Chair of Public Health at Deakin)
How might we use co-creation and innovation for community level change?


policy poh (Clarendon Auditorium):
Julie Reilly

(CEO of Australian Women Donors Network)
How might we use the power of gender lens philanthropy to address gender inequity and improve global health?


carlos the campaigner (Workshop Room D)
Michael Sheldrick

(Head of Global Policy and Advocacy at The Global Poverty Project)
How might we catalyse social movements?


enterprising erin (Workshop Room E):

Robbie Gillies, Nick Pearce, marcus crook

(Co-founders of HoMie)
How might we create sustainable social enterprises for good?


Lama Samten Bryn Dawson (workshop room c)

(Tibetan Lama in Dzogochen Buddhism)
How might we incorporate buddhist teachings and meditation into our practice?


keynote address (5:30pm – 6:30pm)

How might we reimagine our relationship with technology to be beautiful, poetic, and healthy?

New technologies are shaping our sense of reality — dazzling us with their seemingly boundless potential, and at the same time, hypnotizing our minds into numbness and addiction.  How can we navigate the promise and perils of this exciting frontier?  This talk will explore the artistic potentials of data, and the personal pitfalls of a life enmeshed with technology, where the boundaries between user and tool become blurry.  As we relinquish more and more of ourselves to the network, how can we remember who we really are?

jonathan harris

(Digital Artist, New York)

global gathering (7pm)

Now’s the time to unwind at The Mill House and connect with your fellow delegates. After a long day of having your mind blown, at the Global Gathering you can let your hair down a little and enjoy the party. We’ve got you covered too, with drinks, food and entertainment all provided.

sunday (action)

Global governance for health requires us to shed our identities as citizens of nations and assume a global responsibility and accountability. Global citizens consider their role and the impacts of their actions with a focus that is not limited by national borders. This focus extends from daily lifestyle decisions to questions of public policy and governance.

keynote address (9:00am)

How might we act as effective Global Citizens to create meaningful impact?

In order to be an effective agent of change, we must build inclusive, social movements that empower an individual to be part of a global community. Whether we are passionate about eradicating poverty or tackling health challenges faced in the Asia-Pacific region, we challenge the status quo and we act for a more fair and equitable society.This session will provide you with key tools to have collective and individual agency to empower others to join us in the cause for greater good.

Michael Sheldrick

(Head of Global Policy and Advocacy at The Global Poverty Project)

find your niche (9:40am)


Grassroots Greg (Balcony Area):
Dr Jennifer Dawson

How might we rebuild communities affected by trauma?


policy poh (Clarendon Auditorium):
Bruce Neal

(Senior Director at The George Institute for Global Health, Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney and Chair of the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health.)

Jane Martin

(Executive Manager Obesity Policy Coalition.)
How might we collaboratively tackle NCDs through policy, two approaches?


carlos the campaigner (Workshop Room D)
Anna O’Halloran

(CEO of Step Back, Think)

Michael Sheldrick

(Head of Global Policy and Advocacy at The Global Poverty Project)
How might we change people’s behaviour through campaigns?

Tony Milne

(Co-lead for the Campaign for Australian Aid, Executive Officer for Make Poverty History Australia)


enterprising erin (Workshop Room E):
Will Dayble

(Founder of Fitzroy Academy of Getting Shit Done)
How might we build things that don’t exist yet?


Insha the inventor (Workshop Room C):
Lucinda Hartley

(Co-Founder and CEO, CoDesign)
How might we design better for social sustainability and wellbeing?

keynote address (10:50am)


How might we innovate technology for sustainable healthcare systems?

Health care priorities are constantly changing. Some of today’s largest challenges to health include the ageing population, non-communicable diseases and climate change. What will the future challenges hold? This session will explore how innovative technology and information change the way we reform health care systems to ensure better health for all.

Louise Schaper

(CEO at Health Informatics Society of Australia)


How might we create healthy and sustainable cities?

Creating healthy and sustainable cities requires a true multidisciplinary approach. We ask our panel how we can work together to build more sustainable, inclusive and healthy cities.

Melanie Lowe

(PHD candidate, Place, Health and Liveability Research Program, University of Melbourne)

Janie Maxwell

(Researcher at the Nossal Institute of Global Health, General Practice Registrar, climate change and sustainability advocate)

Lucinda Hartley

(Co-Founder and CEO, CoDesign)

Iain Butterworth

(Manager of Liveability and Sustainability for the Eastern and Southern Metropolitan Health Regions of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services)

lunch (1:00pm)


keynote address (1:40pm)

Burnet Institute Sponsor Acknowledgement

Deliberations on the SDGs will be coming to a close over the following months. Achieving a unified, consensus driven set of goals is a landmark achievement, but it is only the start. The next question is one of implementation. True collaboration across sectors, public and private, is necessary for the success of the SDGs.

How might we collaborate across disciplines to implement the Sustainable Development Goals?
This session will focus on the importance of collaboration between sectors and provide us with tangible examples and methods in order for the SDGs to be achieved by 2030.

Rangi De Silva

(Director of Programs, Global Ideas, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trainee)

Tim France

(Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance / Managing Director, Inís Communication)

Marc Purcell

(Executive Director at Australian Council for International Development)

John Thwaites

(Chair, ClimateWorks and Monash Sustainability Institute, Member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network)

Travers McLeod

(CEO at the Centre for Policy Development)

Sponsored by Burnet Institute.

find your niche (3:00pm)


Grassroots Greg (Balcony Area):
Deborah Rhodes

(Consultant for International Development, Leadership Strategies)
How might we deliver aid more effectively using a cross-cultural approach?


policy poh (Clarendon Auditorium):
lloyd nash

(Co-Founder and Chair, Global Ideas)

Bruce Neal

(Senior Director at The George Institute for Global Health, Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney and Chair of the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health.)
How might we consider the most effective health care delivery to communities?

Dr Jennifer Dawson

Sponsored by Therapeutic Guidelines


carlos the campaigner (Workshop Room D)
Bronwyn King

(Radiation Oncologist, CEO Tobacco Free Portfolios)
How might we advocate for the finance sector to contribute to public health?


enterprising erin (Workshop Room E):
Lukas Berk and Scott Watkins

(Pollinate Energy)
How might we use social enterprise to empower communities to create economic sustainability?


Insha the inventor (Workshop Room C):
Mackenzie Kosut

(Technology Disruptor Oscar Health)
How might we transform healthcare with wearable technology?
Supported by Oscar Health

keynote address (4:30pm)

Knowledge is power. This is applicable to knowledge that is objective and scientifically driven, as well as that which is designed to deceive. Good health outcomes require readily available, factual information that is accessible by practitioners and public alike. The ready availability of unedited information on online platforms coupled with the aggressive nature of advertising and social media, provides us with increasing opportunities to to be exposed to conflicting and confounding information.


How might we utilise power and knowledge as building blocks to achieve equitable health?

This session will focus on how non-scientific citizens can evaluate evidence-based information to reclaim power and knowledge in domains such as anti-vaccination movements and ‘natural medicine’.

Peter Doherty

(Nobel Laureate)

thank you and where to from here (5:10pm)