The Brilliant Conference

18 brilliant speakers, trade displays, networking only 220 seats available




Sydney - Kolling Building,
Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards

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A one day conference
celebrating Brilliant Minds & Bright Ideas Impacting Patient Care

The former International Hospital IP Conference has evolved into the Brilliant Conference to become a more diverse celebration of the brilliant minds and bright ideas working in hospitals and in healthcare.

Brilliant Minds

The Brilliant Conference will be held (TBA) in the Kolling Building at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards.

Bright Ideas

Brilliant also hosts the Australian launch of two exciting healthcare innovations, BesRehab's ExoFlex Rehabilitation Glove and the health tech start-up, Health-Innovate.          

Who should attend:


The Speakers

a lineup of speakers from Australia & New Zealand working in healthcare, innovation and intellectual property

Mr Marcus

CEO, Health-Innovate Pty Ltd

Dr Christine

Hospital Intellectual Property Group

Paul Smith

Professor Paul

Orthopaedic Surgeon, ACT Health

Mr Jarrard

Patient Experience Manager Waitemata District Health Board, New Zealand

Dr Adam

Senior Retrieval Specialist, Careflight Clinician, Sydney Adventist Hospital

Dr Russell

Hospital Intellectual Property Group

Jacqueline Yee

Ms Jacqueline

Head of Investment Strategy at iQX

Mr Charles

Adjunct Professional The University of Canberra Director, Information Integrity, ACT Health

Ms Skye

Project Manager Corporate Programs, NSW Ambulance

Mr Philip

Principal, Spruson & Ferguson Intellectual Property

Dr Jill

Principle Research Scientist Health and Biosecurity, CSIRO

Barend ter Haar

Dr Barend
ter Haar

Managing Director, BES Rehab Ltd (UK) and Healthcare Innovations Australia Pty Ltd.

Neel Gobin

Mr Neel

Chairman, NSW Medical Students' Council

Deborah Kuchler

Dr Roxanne

Junior Medical Officer - Academic Director, 2014 Print Conference

Peter Franke

Mr Peter

Partner, Franke Hyland Patent Attorneys, NSW

Peter Franke

Dr Nick

CEO, MyHealthTest Pty Ltd

Deborah Kuchler

Dr Deborah

Hospital Intellectual Property Group

Deborah Kuchler

Dr Stephen

Anaesthetics and Intensive Care, Central Coast Local Health District

Deborah Kuchler

Ms Sarah

I Workforce Development Manager, Human Resources I Waitemata District Health Board, New Zealand

Deborah Kuchler

Dr Zoran

Acting Chief Executive, Chief Information Officer eHealth NSW

Conference Program

packed with high quality content, just for you.

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08:00 - 09:00

Registration and refreshments

09:00 - 09:05

Official Welcome

Dr Zoran Bolevich
Acting Chief Executive, Chief Information Officer eHealth NSW
Introduced by Adj. Assoc. Prof. Vicki Taylor
Chief Executive, Northern Sydney Local Health District

09:05 - 09:35

First Prototype Demonstration of Exoflex Hand Therapy
The Exoflex IP Development Journey - Technology and Therapy Working Hand-in-Hand

Dr Barend ter Haar
Managing Director, BES Rehab Ltd (UK) and Healthcare Innovations Australia Pty Ltd


At the conference, Dr Barend ter Haar will launch the Exoflex Hand Therapy & Assessment Device and share insights from the development journey, from brilliant idea to successfully commericialised medical innovation.

Dr Barend ter Haar is the Managing Director of Bes Rehab. The Brilliant Conference 2015 will host the launch of BES Rehab's Exoflex™Hand Therapy & Assessment Device. The Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) invention is licensed to BES Rehab for commercialisation.

09:35 - 10:00

I’ve Protected my IP… or have I?

Mr Philip Heuzenroeder
Principal, Spruson & Ferguson Intellectual Property

Mr Philip HeuzenroederMany different types of people and organizations’ protect their IP. A common misconception is that because they have protected their IP, they have secured it, and it is theirs forever. Spruson & Ferguson Principal Philip Heuzenroeder will debunk commonly held misconceptions about IP protection and identify common pitfalls when protecting your IP and ways to avoid them.

Mr Heuzenroeder is an intellectual property lawyer providing specialist advice to clients in the consumer goods, retail, life sciences, ICT, manufacturing and other high technology and brand intensive industries. Mr Heuzenroeder has been a Principal of Spruson & Ferguson since 2005.

Mr Heuzenroeder has a unique background and experience in the practice of intellectual property law, including in private practice and as an in- house counsel and commercial manager. Philip’s broad experience enables him to provide his clients with practical and commercially useful advice across a range of disciplines, including commercial and regulatory legal advice, brand protection and trade mark law, and dispute resolution and litigation.

Mr Heuzenroeder’s clients include the Australian owner of one of the world’s most well-known brands, Group of Eight Australian universities, Australian Government and State departments and agencies, and major private sector entities in each of the life sciences, retail, manufacturing, resources, energy, clothing, food and entertainment sectors. Mr Heuzenroeder also provides advice to a range of smaller start-up and SME businesses with a technology or brand focus.

10:00 - 10:30

Commercialising IP through Early Stage Venture Capital

Ms Jacqueline Yee
Head of Investment Strategy at iQX

Jacqueline is Head of Investment Strategy at iQX Limited. She is a senior investment banker with 24 years professional experience across EMEA-US-APAC. She holds solid global transaction track record in landmark cross-border M&As, complex Structured Finance and bespoke Alternative Investments. Recently returning to Australia, Jacqueline was previously Senior Director at BNP Paribas-Fortis Europe as Global Head of M&A Advisory and Structured Alternatives where she spearheaded and developed the platform, growing the global portfolio to USD15+billion. Prior to Europe, Jacqueline was Senior Manager at Bankers Trust Alex. Brown Australia in Acquisitions and Structured Finance; and before that, she worked at Ernst & Young New Zealand and Hong Kong in Advisory, M&A and Restructuring where she was Head of Special Reviews.

Jacqueline holds a specialist Masters in International Finance and Economics - MIF degree awarded with Distinction (1st) conferred jointly by University of Amsterdam Graduate Business School and Graduate Faculty of Economics & Econometrics; and, a triple major Bachelors of Commerce in Management Science, Accountancy and Finance, with Distinction Honours in Commercial Law from University of Canterbury. Jacqueline is a C.A. Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, and an ASEAN Scholar.

10.30 - 11:00

Morning Refreshments Networking with Trade Displays

11:00 - 11:20

Fracture Management Database System

Professor Paul Smith
Orthopaedic Surgeon, ACT Health

For the past 5 years a team of scientists and clinicians at The Canberra Hospital have been working on a decision support system for Orthopaedic Surgeons. The result has been the Fracture Management Database System. Its development will be presented by Professor Paul Smith.

Professor Paul Smith is a full time clinician specialising in adult knee and hip arthroplasty. He is also Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the ANU Medical School, Clinical Director of Orthopaedics at the Canberra Hospital and Director of both the Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit and Bone Bank at the Canberra Hospital.

Professor Smith's particular clinical interests are in reconstruction and replacement surgery of the hip and knee, complex revision joint replacement surgery and management of pelvic and acetabular injuries.

11:20 - 11:40

eHealth Research at CSIRO

Dr Jill Freyne
Principle Research Scientist
Health and Biosecurity, CSIRO

The AeHRC has long standing reputation of applied research excellence in the areas of Health Informatics, Health Services and Biomedical Informatics. Our reputation and excellence is the result of strong engagement with partners in Australian healthcare communities. Our research develops and applies innovative tools and techniques for evidence-based solutions and strategies to support improved health outcomes. In this talk Jill will talk about two innovative projects,  a mobile platform for the delivery of cardiac rehabilitation (CAP) and a Patient Admission Prediction Tool (PAPT) enabling effective resource management in emergency departments.

Dr Jill Freyne is a Principle Research Scientist in the Australian eHealth Research Centre (AeHRC) at CSIRO. Jill is the Team leader of the Engagement and Effectiveness team in the Health Services Group. Jill’s research focusses on the delivery of innovative technologies to support health services.  Jill's expertise includes human computer interaction, mobile technology, home monitoring, telemedicine, wellbeing and behaviour change.

11:40 - 12:00

Rapid Development of the e-Time System

Ms Skye McKenzie
Project Manager Corporate Programs, Business Innovation and Planning, NSW Ambulance

Skye McKenzie Skye will talk about the rapid development of the NSW Ambulance eTime system which commenced with an RFQ in October 2014 and was fully implemented by June 2015. Skye will cover development (from the RFQ through to transition to Business as usual) including the arrangements we put in place to ensure that we owned and managed the IP, and crucially what we learned about managing contractors and the implementation along the way.

Skye McKenzie is a senior project manager at NSW Ambulance and manages the corporate programs portfolio. This currently includes the roll out of the eHealth human resource management system StaffLink and enhancements to the already live eTime system.  Skye is a qualified allied health worker and took up a role at ambulance in 2009 in an administrative role.  She has been working in project management at Ambulance since 2012.

12:00 - 12:15

Novel Credentialing Architecture for Clinical to Patient Data Transformation

Mr Charles Palmer
Adjunct Professional, The University of Canberra, Director Information Integrity, ACT Health

Mr_Charles_Palmer Charles Palmer will share insights from his work developing a novel system that determines the integrity of complex healthcare data. Providing insight into the level of integrity, or trust level of data, will enable consumers to make informed decisions when using a complex information set.

Charles Palmer is currently the Director of Information Integrity at the ACT Government and is completing his PHD, focusing his work in the information quality and integrity space. He has a background in software development, network engineering and IT management.

12:15 - 12:30

Understanding Risk in IP Commercialisation

Dr Deborah Kuchler
Hospital Intellectual Property Group LTD

At the Brilliant Conference, Dr Kuchler will present an outline of why risk management is one of the most significant factors determining IP commercialization success.

Dr Kuchler is the Chairman of the Hospital Intellectual Property Group LTD, a professional team that delivers intellectual property services to hospitals and their affiliated health service providers such as ambulance services. The team assists valuable hospital generated intellectual property (IP) attain market uptake.

She is a company director, technology entrepreneur and policy development strategist, working in technology transfer for over 30 years. With extensive experience in Managing Director and CEO roles in technology companies, including her own, she currently holds 5 company director positions spread across Australia and overseas. Served currently, she has 30 years experience as a Ministerial Advisor to Commonwealth and State Governments and has served on 43 Ministerial Advisory Councils and/or Government owned corporations/instrumentalities. She served concurrently as a member of both the IP Australia Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia. She is currently a member of the NSHRC Development Grants Assessment Panel and the Australian country representative on the Commercialization of IP Committee of AIPPI International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Geneva, Switzerland.

12:30 - 12:45

Case Studies of Hospital IP Commercialisation

Dr Russell Carrington and Dr Christine Davis
Hospital Intellectual Property NSW LTD

Dr_Christine_Davis Dr Christine Davis will outline some of the success stories and journeys in her experience as a Hospital IP Commercialization Professional.

Dr Christine Davis specializes in Hospital IP management and commercialization together with a background in medical research, business and project management. Dr Davis’ own research interests include cardiovascular health, immunization, and hemochromatosis disease.

Dr Davis previously represented the Hospital IP Group in the USA; was Research Assistant Professor at the State University of New York; Manager, Cardiovascular Health Clinical Support for the National Heart Foundation Australia; and, a research scientist at the University of Newcastle.


Dr Russell Carrington will outline some of the success stories and journeys in his experience as a Hospital IP Commercialization Professional.

Dr Russell Carrington is a Hospital IP management and commercialization professional experience with a background in medical research, biophysics, sports science and consulting project management. Dr Carrington's own research interests included cardiac arrest and heart failure models with the CRC for Cardiac Technology. His previous work experience was in biomechanics, sports science and medicine at the Australian Institute of Sport.

In addition to his current project management responsibilities, Dr Carrington gained project management experience in a Commercial Services company for clients including KPMG, and in an IT SME, Purruna Pty Ltd.

12:45 - 13:00

The Test for the Experimental Use Exception in Patent Law

Mr Peter Franke
Partner, Franke Hyland Patent Attorneys, NSW

Mr Peter Franke will present at the conference on the test for the experimental use exemption in patent law, a topic of interest to all.

Peter Franke is an Australian and New Zealand Patent and Trade Mark attorney with 25 years of experience in assisting Australian technology based companies to project their IP internationally.  He holds a BSc(physics) and LLB from the University of Melbourne. His clients span start-ups through to listed companies, many of whom he has represented along their whole business journey. He has worked with a wide range of technologies, with a particular focus on medical devices and software. Peter was formerly the chairman of a large national firm, and is the co-founder of Franke Hyland.  He is the past president of the Australian group of AIPPI, an international group focussed on the international development of IP laws.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch And Networking with Trade Displays

14:00 - 14:20

The Tech Startup Journey

Dr Nick Cerneaz
CEO, MyHealthTest Pty Ltd

Dr Nick Cerneaz is the CEO of the new startup, MyHealthTest Pty Ltd. In his presentation, he will outline the startup journey that is typical for most tech companies and draw on his latest experience with MyHealthTest.

Dr Cerneaz has extensive experience in the development and commercialisation of new and advanced technologies, especially in the healthcare sector. From 2012 to 2014 Nick was Executive Director of The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering – a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to foster excellence and innovation in advanced engineering throughout Australia. Previous to this appointment he was Chief Executive Officer of Seeing Machines Limited – a publically listed computer vision technology company creating a wide range of applications based on their core real-time face and facial feature tracking technology. He has previously held senior management and technology roles at CTI Molecular Imaging, Mirada Solutions Limited and Amcor Limited.

14:20 - 14:40

Learning from Experience - Using Patient Feedback to Improve Organisational Performance

Mr Jarrard O’Brien
Patient Experience Manager, Waitemata District Health Board, New Zealand
Sarah McLeod
I Workforce Development Manager Human Resources I Waitemata District Health Board, New Zealand

Jarrard O’Brien Jarrard’s and Sarah's presentation will focus on understanding and learning from patient and staff experience. In addition to technological developments for collecting and reporting feedback, they will describe work to map qualitative feedback from patients and families against behavioural standards to give a public measure of organisational performance.

Jarrard is a social anthropologist with a passion for putting people’s experience at the heart of public healthcare. He has worked to improve experience in complex healthcare organisations for over a decade, both in New Zealand and the UK. He implemented the UK’s largest electronic patient feedback system before returning home to New Zealand where he took on a national role to improve engagement and experience in the mental health sector.

Jarrard now leads the patient experience programme at Waitemata District Health Board and is completing his PhD looking at the engagement of indigenous Maori with the health system. He is currently working to use patient and staff experience to measure and improve performance against organisational values.

Sarah McLeod Sarah is an experienced organisational development practitioner with over 15 years’ experience in  the health sector. She has a particular interest in organisational change at a systems level. She has been central to the development of strategies that affect value-led behaviours embedded in clinical work through multi-disciplinary teams and building capability across the workforce to meet clinical priorities.  

Sarah leads the programme of work that is designed to hardwire Waitemata DHB’s Values, standards and behaviours into all its systems and process. A significant piece of current work is to use patient and staff experience to measure and improve performance against organisational values.

14:40 - 14:55

The Google Glass Wearable Technology Project

Dr Adam Osomanski
Senior Retrieval Specialist, Careflight Clinician, Sydney Adventist Hospital

Dr Osomanski Dr Adam Osomanski will speak on the Google Glass Wearable Technology Project as a communication tool and its tests in a simulated clinical environment. The technology is used to enforce existing work practices and has a suite of supporting technologies such as Apps. The Project explores the use of wearable technology in a simulated clinical environment. A wearable computing device was used as a communication tool, to display procedural and safety checks and as a learning resource for both technical and non technical skills. A patient journey scenario beginning with pre-hospital management of a motor vehicle trauma and ending with surgical management in an operating theatre and including emergency department management was written.

14:55 - 15:10

Innovative Software for Cardiovascular Regulation in Human Ageing

Dr Stephen Woodford
Anaesthetics and Intensive Care, Central Coast Local Health District

For 1600 years, Western medicine believed the teachings of the Greek physician Galen, that blood is continuously produced in the heart and liver, and flows to the limbs where it is consumed. In 1628, William Harvey, the physician of King Charles I of England, proved by observation that blood moves in a circular motion around the body, relying on the heart as a pump. The pressure generated by the heart is the basis for modern diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.

Steve Woodford is an anaesthetist and intensivist on the Central Coast, with a particular interest in diseases of the circulation. He believes that the “fundamental relationship” between the heart and circulation has been misunderstood, and when the error is corrected, there is a more accurate foundation for diagnosis and treatment of the circulation. He has developed a software based model for continuously tracking changes in the circulation that could profoundly change how we diagnose and treat the circulation.

15:10 - 15:30

Training better clinicians: innovating & taking risks to improve healthcare

Mr Neel Gobin
Chairman, NSW Medical Students' Council
Dr Roxanne Chenn
Junior Medical Officer, Academic Director, 2014 Print Conference

Neel Gobin Neel is a final year medical student and is currently serving as Chair of the NSW Medical Student’s Council – an organization representing over 4,500 medical students in 7 medical schools. In 2014, he was the President of the UWS Medical Society (UWSMS) and the Convenor of the Pre-Internship (PRINT) Conference. In the same year he received ascholarship to attend the Hospital IP Conference in Sydney. Neel’s interests include improving healthcare and medical education.  

At the Brilliant Conference 2015, Neel will provide a medical student perspective of his journey in the field of innovation and leadership, leading to the establishment of a state-level event with over 300 delegates. He will present alongside Dr Roxanne Chenn, who was the PRINT Conference 2014 Academic Director.

Roxanne Chenn As a final year student in 2014, Roxanne represented her medical student cohort as the Year 5 Management Committee Representative at the UWS School of Medicine and was also in charge of organising the mock clinical examinations (OSCEs) for students in Years 1, 2 and 3. She currently works as an intern (first year doctor) in Sydney and is also passionate about improving medical education for students and junior doctors.

15:30 - 16:00

Afternoon Refreshments Networking with Trade Displays

16:00 - 16:30

Australian Launch of the Health Horizon Marketplace

Mr Marcus Dawe
CEO, Health-Innovate Pty Ltd

Marcus DaweAt the conference, Marcus will launch Australian health start-up, Health Horizon. Health Horizon's mission is to improve the commercialisation journey for healthcare innovations by connecting innovators to investors and collaborators. Potential investors and collaborators can search the platform's global collection based on innovation categories or stages of development.

Based in the "Global Village" of Canberra, Marcus is a serial entrepreneur who employs passion and strategy for the ventures he leads, with a focus on providing an innovation edge for Australia.

Marcus is a data informatics specialist who developed many key Australian government and health information systems. He was a pioneer of the Internet in Australia, establishing communications strategies and websites for the Prime Minister and high profile portfolios such as Defence, and the Electoral Commission.

Marcus has a keen interest in health, innovation and science as CEO of successful green energy startup Mineral Carbonation International, and board member of several health groups that focus on commercialising health IP globally.


Closing remarks


I walked out of the conference feeling inspired and well-informed on the latest innovations in the health space. It was great to hear from thought a diverse range of thought leaders and experts – and to be able to network with them, and likeminded professionals, in the breaks. Neel Gobin
Medical Student
Congratulations on bringing together experts from such diverse disciplines with those industry, hospital and research stakeholders who grapple with the daily challenges and opportunities of medical research in Australia. It was a uniquely valuable discussion of the IP, legal and commercial aspects involved in progressing the industry. The opportunity for networking was also invaluable and has already borne fruit in establishing what is hoped will be some long-term relationships. Many thanks to all involved. Freeman Wyllie
Academic (Business) and Investor
The 2014 conference was very inspiring, answered questions I had for while and got me to finally take action and do something about my IP situation. I met some interesting people during the networking breaks and lunch was fantastic. Peer Bremer
IT professional

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Location and Venue

Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital

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Royal North Shore Hospital

Kolling Building

St Leonards, Sydney, NSW 2065

Contact us

Ms Tina Croker

Hospital IP NSW Ltd t/a Hospital IP Events

PO Box 4040

Royal North Shore Hospital LPO

St Leonards, Sydney, NSW 2065

Phone: 0408 165 062 - Fax: 02 9225 9424
Additional information

Parking is limited, so we recommend public transport to the conference.

There are three taxi ranks within 500 metres of the venue and St Leonard’s train station is a 10 minute walk away, with trains running regularly throughout the day.

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