|Panel Session 1|
Exploring Some of the 'Big' Public Sector Policy Issues
Dr Christine Bennett was appointed as Chief Medical Officer of Bupa Australia in June 2008.Prior to that she was MBF’s Group Executive, Health and Financial Solutions and Chief Medical Officer since 1 May 2006.
Dr Bennett has over 25 years of health industry experience in clinical care, strategic planning and senior management. Prior to joining MBF Dr Bennett was the CEO of Research Australia and she has held chief executive positions in public, private and social enterprises including Chief Executive at Westmead – Australia’s largest teaching hospital.
Dr Bennett also has experience as a commercial consultant and advisor in health and biotech industries for KPMG Australia, is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and on the board of HeartWare, a publicly listed medical device company.
Prior to that appointment, he worked in Deputy Secretary positions in the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Health and Ageing and the Treasury. David has also served as Australia's Ambassador to the OECD.
Prior to this appointment he served as Coordinator-General and Direcor-General of the Department of Infrastructure formed on 15 January 2007. From the 21 November 2008, Ken was also appointed Chair of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).
As a senior bureaucrat in Queensland for more than 15 years, Ken has taken a lead role in many of the fundamental reforms that have shaped the State. These have included the roll out of the $9 billion water grid, coordination of the south-east Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program and groundbreaking policy advice in the area of urban development and community renewal.
His six-year stint as Director-General of Education and Employment and Training was highlighted by the landmark Education and Training Reforms for the Future which drove the implementation of the Queensland Government’s fundamental changes to early, middle and senior phases of schooling. He has also led major organisational change in a range of government departments, statutory authorities and companies.
Ken is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Queensland, Griffith University and University of Sydney and has previously held the position of Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Queensland. Ken has served as a CEO reporting to a number of Ministerial Councils, as a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Pathways Taskforce, Financial Literacy Foundation, University Councils, and chaired a number of national Companies and Boards in the education, training, community services and housing portfolios.
Dr Keith Suter is one of the world's great thinkers and communicators.
A foremost speaker on global issues, as well as a highly regarded economic and social commentator, strategic planner, conference speaker, author and broadcaster.
As a broadcaster, Dr Suter appears on radio an average of once per day. He is Channel 7's "Sunrise" program foreign affairs editor appearing on weekday mornings. He is also a foreign policy analyst for Sky TV and Radio 4BC (Brisbane).
Dr Suter was also a Keynote speaker at this conference click here for his full biography.