Past Events



Tom Calma - National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking

Tom Calma is a big deal in Indigenous health in Australia! Tom is former co-chair and founding chair of the Close the Gap campaign. National Close the Gap Day was established by the campaign and is now celebrated annually. He also held the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.  Tom's work in advocating for improvements in Indigenous Health has now seen him be appointed the inaugural National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking.  For more information click here.


Claire Austin - CEO, Australian Medicare Local Alliance

Claire Austin commenced as the Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Medicare Local Alliance (AML Alliance) in March 2013. AML Alliance is a national, government funded not-for-profit company.  It has been set up to spearhead an organised system for primary health care across the country through a network of independent companies called 'Medicare Locals' (MLs) – regional primary health care organisations which will play a key role in planning and  coordinating primary health care services for their respective populations. For more information, click here.


John Harper - Mental health advocate and Former Finalist for Local Hero of the Year, NSW.

John is the quintessential Aussie bloke - a dryland wheat and sheep farmer from Stockinbingal in NSW, he is passionate about the health of farmers in Australia.  Following suffering from depression himself and realising how hard many farmers were hit with the effects of the drought, John started Mate helping Mate events in 2006 to raise awareness of mental illness.  John's work in this field has seen him become a finalist for Local Hero of the Year in 2009.  His personal story is one which will inspire you and will let you know first hand the power of the Aussie Spirit.  From more info click here.


Dan Mahony - Co-Chair, Future Health Leaders

Daniel is a true leader in the field of rural health.  As a young Senior Physiotherapist in rural Western Australia, Daniel is a strong advocate for physiotherapy, allied health and better health outcomes through the health system more broadly. He is currently Co-Chair of Future Health Leaders, a Board Member of Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) and the Rural Representative on the Australian Physiotherapy Association National Advisory Council.