Symposium Speakers

Be inspired by local, national and international speakers around the themes of Clinical Governance, Culture and Collaboration and Leadership.

Dr KT Waxman

Dr KT Waxman

Dr KT Waxman is a national nurse leader and executive with over 30 years of experience in healthcare and corporate settings. She is an Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco and is the Director of the Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. She is also the Director of the California Simulation Alliance (CSA) at HealthImpact. An internationally known speaker and author, Waxman is also a past president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) and past board member, serving as Treasurer, for the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). She is currently President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), a 4,000+ member international, inter-professional organization.

Dr Cameron Knott

Dr Cameron Knott


Cameron is an intensive care physician in intensive care units in Bendigo Health and the tertiary Austin Hospital, Heidelberg. His academic appointments are as a Senior Lecturer and the Academic Lead of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (CSSC), Monash Rural Health Bendigo honorary appointments at the University of Melbourne.

Cameron holds a Master of Clinical Education with a thesis in clinical simulation faculty development.

His research interests centre around person-centred healthcare system redesign, improved workplace inter-professional team performance, safe consumer-centred healthcare and improved system performance. He is also interested in the integration of digital health and collaborative data science in these areas.

Dr Louise Mahler

Dr Louise Mahler

PhD B.Econ M.App.Sc B.Mus Grad.Dip.Mus L.Mus.A MPNLP

Rarely does one find a powerhouse of academic insight, observational excellence and dynamic delivery to shed new light on a topic that’s critical to us all. Louise’s inimitable style and deep insight in her field are shared in keynotes and coaching internationally, where high-stake leadership beckons. A foremost expert in body language, voice and emotion, Louise has a PhD in Business, and degrees and masters in Organisational Psychology as well as Music.

Her skills as a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming pull together her academic study and years of professional performance on the European opera stage to put her in a league of her own. In the process of completing her award-winning PhD, Louise observed a ‘missing ingredient’ in corporate leadership around the unsung wisdom of the mind-body- voice connection she calls Vocal Intelligence. These blended skills bring powerful observation that elicits discernible, positive change and together with an understanding of the psychology behind high-stake engagements and the structures for handling emotion, combine to build the Mahler Method. The Mahler Method teaches you the vital techniques to ‘be heard’ in hostile environments.

Professor Harvey Newnham

Harvey Newnham is a General Physician and Endocrinologist. He is Professor and Director of General Medicine and Clinical Program Director of Emergency and Acute Medicine for Alfred Health, Melbourne, and is Professor of General Medicine with Monash University (Central Clinical School).

Harvey is passionate about improving the safety and quality of the delivery of healthcare to Australians and has always been interested in how the education of health workers contributes to this goal.

Early in his career Harvey made strong contributions to the establishment of medical undergraduate education for Monash University at Box Hill Hospital. More recently, Harvey has been interested in education in the area of multidisciplinary team work. His interest in the impact of team training on ward performance, particularly through implementation of Quality Interdisciplinary Communication (QuIC) ward rounds has transformed ward rounding in General Medicine at Alfred Health.

Harvey has a strong interest in the impact of health care governance on patient outcomes. Harvey was the clinician on the writing panel of “Targeting Zero” harm review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance in Victoria in 2016 led by Stephen Duckett of the Grattan Institute. In addition to chairing HEAL for several years, Harvey is a board member of Better Care Victoria, an independent board which advises the Victorian Minister for Health regarding health sector innovation. Harvey also joined the board of Melbourne Health in August 2017.

Dr Mary Seddon

Mary Seddon, a 1998-99 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, is a physician and fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Prior to accepting her Harkness Fellowship, Dr. Seddon was a research fellow at New Zealand’s National Heart Foundation (NHF).

Her work for the NHF involved a critical appraisal of the evidence for the NHF national nutritional guidelines, as well as assisting in the development and dissemination of guidelines for the management of heart failure. She recently completed her master's of public health degree. The thesis for this degree, included an overview of the rationing of health care, the various approaches to rationing, and the ethical implications of these. The focus was on the recently introduced priority scoring system for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery that is used in New Zealand to ration access.

Her current research interest focuses on methods of measuring quality of care, and ensuring quality in the face of funding constraints. She received a medical degree from Otago Medical School, Otago University. She is also currently completing a Masters of Public Health.

Tanya Edlington

Tanya is a trained actress, facilitator and coach who draws on a wide experience as a leader in health, community, higher education and government sectors to make learning real, relevant and credible. Her focus areas are leadership, communication, empathy and conflict.

Tanya is sought after as an educator and coach in healthcare, especially in simulation-based learning and has partnered with several notable universities, colleges and healthcare providers.

Her work includes designing simulations, portraying simulated participants, facilitating and designing learning, training simulated patients and educators working in simulation, as well as project managing simulation programs.

Tanya has several publications in the field of simulation and healthcare education, including as chapter co-author on simulated patient performance in the book “Simulated Patient Methodology” by Debra Nestel and Margaret Bearman (Wiley).