Keynote speakers

Dr Anne-marie Boxall

Dr Anne-marie Boxall
Chief Allied Health Officer
Australian Government, Department of Health and Aged Care

Dr Anne-marie Boxall, who is trained as a physiotherapist, has worked in the public and private sectors for more than 10 years. She holds a Master of Public Health (Hons) and PhD in health policy, and recently completed a Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy and Practice in the United States.

For more than a decade, Dr Boxall has worked in high-level policy roles in the Australian Public Service and non-government organisations, most recently as a senior executive in the Department of Health.

Her role as Chief Allied Health Officer includes supporting the Australian Government’s:

  • Primary Health Care 10-Year Plan
  • Health workforce reforms
  • Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

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Olivia Millgate BAppScOT

Olivia Millgate BAppScOT
Capability Manager
The Rehabilitation Company

Olivia is a leader known for her warmth, energy and big picture thinking. She is an Occupational Therapist with 25 years’ experience in the Workplace Rehabilitation, Disability and Workplace Health Industries.

Olivia currently holds an Executive position of Capability Manager within her organisation, a wellness company providing allied health services under the multiple brands of RehabCo, Thrive Psychology and KidSkillsOT. Olivia was a pioneering leader within the company, building the Albury team from the ground up.

Olivia is passionate about aligning the development of health professionals to best practice. She takes particular care to ensure early career health professionals develop their skills within a supportive environment. Olivia is committed to making sure every person, every day is able to leave their workplace with an even greater sense of achievement and meaning through contribution to purpose.

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Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski

Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski
Director – Micro-credentialing and Professional Development
Griffith Health, Griffith University

Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski is a registered physiotherapist and academic leader. She is currently the Director – Micro-credentialing and Professional Development in Griffith Health where she leads the development and implementation of Health-related micro-credentials. Andrea has substantial expertise in learning and teaching, which is focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative learning and teaching solutions in areas such as micro-credentials and professional development, online and interprofessional learning, and simulated and work-integrated learning, in the field of Health. Her current research focuses on university students’ work-study balance, and student placements. Andrea also retains an interest in physiotherapy, particularly in outcome measurement development and the rehabilitation of upper limb injuries, through her industry connections, such as the Australian Hand Therapy Association, and student projects.

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Professor Esther May

Professor Esther May
Executive Dean, Clinical and Health Sciences and Dean of Clinical Education and Equity
UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences, UniSA

Professor May is the Executive Dean (Interim) UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences and Dean of Clinical Education and Equity. The role has a strategic focus on the student experience and quality of the future healthcare workforce, clinical education, equity and excellence and partnerships.

Originally trained as an occupational therapist, Esther obtained a PhD in medical sciences from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) in 1992 and has been an active educator and researcher with achievements that include 18 PhD and Master by Research student completions. Esther has been the Australian delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and is an honorary and founding member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Esther has a keen interest in health workforce matters and the role of education in producing the health workforce of the future. Esther currently oversees government funded grants targeting better rural clinical training, simulated learning and clinical supervision. Esther’s experience in management and leadership is extensive, including 7 years as Head of the School of Health Sciences and before that 7 years as Head of the School of Occupational Therapy. Esther is currently Chair of the Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences (ACDHS).

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Invited speakers

Dr Elyce Green

Dr Elyce Green
Lead, Rural Health Education
Three Rivers Department of Rural Health, Charles Sturt University

Dr Elyce Green is a Senior Lecturer in Rural Health and the Rural Health Education Lead at Three Rivers Department of Rural Health, Charles Sturt University.

She has worked as a nurse across rural Australia for 14 years and for the past 10 years has been conducting research focused on rural health, rural workforce and work-integrated learning in rural areas. She has a passion for empowering the rural health workforce through education, mentorship, and research.

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Kathryn Fitzgerald

Kathryn Fitzgerald
Senior Lecturer
Western Australian Centre for Rural Health

Kathryn is currently a Senior Lecturer at the WA Centre for Rural Health. She is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and educator with thirty-five years of rural and remote experience. Prior to her role at WACRH, she worked in rural health policy roles and clinical practice, including public, private and not-for-profit organisations. 

Kathryn currently works with final-year allied health students, developing new program opportunities and facilitating clinical placements to ensure that students graduate with clinical capability and resilience to work in rural and remote areas. In her role at WACRH she has recently established a new aged care nursing and allied health clinical placement program in the Gascoyne region of WA. 

Kathryn has extensive experience in health service development, including models of service delivery for rural and remote areas, quality improvement and strategic planning in health, and community consultation. She is a strong advocate for the contribution of allied health professionals in rural and remote communities and has in the past, served as the National President for Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH). Her research interests include the impact of long rural clinical placements on rural recruitment and the development of clinical reasoning capability of allied health students during their clinical placements.

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Dr James Debenham

Dr James Debenham
Academic Lead Allied Health
Majarlin Kimberley Centre for Remote Health

James is the Academic Lead of Allied Health at ‘Majarlin Kimberley Centre for Remote Health’. Majarlin is the Kimberley regions UDRH, based out of the University of Notre Dame’s Broome Campus, in northern Western Australia.

James originates from the UK and has been a clinical and academic Physiotherapist in Western Australia since 2006. He completed his PhD at Curtin University in 2017, and prior to joining Majarlin in 2022 was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus for over a decade. Whilst James is relatively new to Majarlin, he has a long history with interest in the professional issues facing allied health practitioners; he has published work exploring issues contributing to career satisfaction within Physiotherapy in Australia. Furthermore, James has served the profession as a senior leader within the ‘Australian Physiotherapy Association’ and as National Chair of ‘Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia’.

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