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Presentations with facilitated discussion organised by themes. We have provided lists of speakers by themes as their sessions are designed.

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Prof  Hugh Bradlow, Chief Scientist, Telstra

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Prof Hugh S. Bradlow is President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and Chief Scientist at Telstra Corporation. In the latter role he acts as a “forward scout” looking at the longer term technology directions and technology disruption that will impact Telstra and its customers.

Prior to becoming Chief Scientist he was Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation at Telstra, responsible for the introduction of new technologies into Telstra’s business.

Professor Bradlow is globally recognised as a thought leader in telecommunications and was elected as the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year, named by Global Telecom Business as one of the most 100 most influential telecommunications executives in the world and Smart Company designated him as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT.

Societal changes due to emerging technologies

New technologies are emerging that will change every aspect of society and lead to regional areas being transformed. This presentation will examine the emerging technologies and their opportunities.

Tim Kelsey, CEO Australian Digital Health Agency

Tim Kelsey’s Presentation

Tim Kelsey is Chief Executive of the Australian Digital Health Agency which is responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety.

He was formerly National Director for Patients and Information in NHS England – a role which combined the functions of chief technology and information officer with responsibility for patient and public participation. He took up the post in 2012 after serving as the British government’s first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data. He was also National Information Director for health and care in England and Chair of the National Information Board which advises the Secretary of State on national priorities for data and technology.

Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in health and care and, in 2000, was co-founder of Dr Foster, a company which pioneered publication of patient outcomes in healthcare

The Digital Health Strategy for Australia

Better use of data and technology can help people live healthier, happier and more productive lives. Digital health can make a real difference to people’s health by giving them greater control and better access to information.  Tasked with improving health outcomes for Australians through the delivery of digital healthcare systems and the national digital health strategy for Australia, the Australian Digital Health Agency is responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety.  

Charles Thomas, CEO, Manager, Rural Affairs, National Farmers Federation

Charlie Thomas Presentation 11 MB

A lesson in cooperation. RRRC for today and the future

Mark Harvey-Sutton joined NFF as Manager Rural Affairs in September 2016. Previous to NFF Mark was a/g CEO of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, as well as Policy Director of the Cattle Council of Australia. Both organisations are members of NFF. Before joining those organisations Mark worked for the Australian Government across a range of roles. Mark is also

admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

No matter where you live, you should have access to affordable, reliable internet and voice services. The Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition are seeking bipartisan support for policy reforms to ensure that regional Australians get access to the telecommunications services that they need for the 21st century. Reporting on progress, key issues on today’s agenda and a prediction about the next set of actions and policies.

Mia Garlick Facebook Australia, Director of Policy for Australia & New Zealand/ APAC Regional Co-Ordinator

Safe, secure, literate and prosperous – Facebook’s vision for a connected community

Mia’s Presentation  (8MB)

Before joining Facebook, Mia was the Assistant Secretary for Digital Economy and Convergence Strategy at the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Mia joined the Department shortly after returning from Silicon Valley for 5 years, where her experience included working as Product Counsel for YouTube and as the General Counsel for the non-profit Creative Commons. She has a Master of Laws from Stanford Law School and Bachelor of Law and Arts from the University of New South Wales.

Mia will outline Facebook’s work in regional Australia and ambition to create an online safety guide for indigenous communities. She will also discuss Facebook’s broader community engagement and digital capability-building initiatives.


Telehealth Interactive Panel Session: Telehealth – access and use in remote Australia – why isn’t it happening? Led by Tim Kelsey, CEO Australian Digital Health Agency and Marianne St Clair, Northern Institute CDU.

Education Interactive Panel Session: Demands on online services by students engaging in and building, new interactive technologies in learning. Led by Alister Campbell ECU

Technical Workshop 1: The nuts and bolts of providing technical services to connect remote communities. Led by Rongomai Bailey, NG Media.

Technical Workshop 2: Private Networks: Who, What, Where and How? Led by Graham Cover, URSYS.

Practical Workshop on your phone: Building an App with cultural information: Stories from Indigenous communities building apps and using cultural data, software designed for offline work. 2-3 examples. Build an app. Led by Warren Smith, and Ryan Garland Inyerpocket Software.


Other Key sessions

Indigenous Focus Day Address

Christine Ross, Indigenous and Diversity Manager for the Aroona Alliance

Christine Ross

Chrisine Ross presentation

Christine Ross is an Arrernte/Kaytetye desert woman who was born in Alice Springs and grew up in Darwin. She moved to Perth in 2002. Christine has always maintained a high profile in the NT  and WA and was an Inaugural Member of the Yilli Rreung Darwin ATSIC Regional Council in 1990 – 1993. She  held the positions of Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educators Support Unit, Dept of Education WA,  General Manager of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) in Alice Springs, Lecturer, School of Education at Murdoch University WA, Coordinator of the National Indigenous Consumer Working Party, NT,  Indigenous Employment Superintendent in 2011/2012 with Leighton Contractors Mining Division in WA and as the former Manager of Indigenous Relations Laing O’Rourke 2013 – 2015.  Whilst she continues with her Consultancy work Christine is also employed part time as the Indigenous and Diversity Manager for the Aroona Alliance in Perth WA.

The IFD resulted in a number of identified issues and action statements. The IFD Attendees are asking the main forum to consider their perspectives today. Christine will share the results of the Indigenous Focus Day discussions and remind the Forum delegates that regional and remote Indigenous Communities have specific agendas, and challenges yet to be met, before Indigenous Australians anywhere have equity of access to Broadband services and the opportunities this brings.

ACCAN Address

ACCAN Presentation

Therese Corbin


Therese Corbin

Teresa Corbin is a co-founder of ACCAN, Australia’s peak body for communications consumers. Ms Corbin worked in various roles at Consumers’ Telecommunications Network (CTN) before taking on the role there of CEO in 2003. She has 20 years of experience in telecommunications policy and her community sector work spans a 25-year period and includes strong ties with consumer groups both nationally and internationally. Teresa is a director on the International Telecommunications Users Group (INTUG). She was appointed to the role of ACCAN CEO in 2010 and currently sits on many industry and government bodies including the ACMA Consumer Consultative Forum and the NSW Information Privacy Advisory Committee. In 2015, she was awarded the Charles Todd Medal by the Telecommunications Society for having made an outstanding contribution in recent years. Teresa is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and she holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Linguistics from La Trobe University.

2017 is set to be a big year for telecommunications policy and consumer safeguards: the Productivity Commission is reviewing the Universal Service Obligation and arrangements for standard voice services, the Department of Communications and the Arts and the Communications Alliance are reviewing Codes and safeguards that have a potential impact on consumers, and the ACCC continues its investigation into domestic mobile roaming. This address will outline the key issues for consumers and what ACCAN is doing to advocate for the interests of Australian telecommunications consumers. 

nbn Sky MusterTM update

Gavin Williams

Executive General Manager –  New Developments, Wireless & Satellite

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Gavin Williams

Gavin has spent his career in the telecommunications industry in leadership roles spanning engineering, product management and marketing.  He currently has broad accountability in nbn for the segments that serve Australia’s more remote locations and new property developments. The nbn Fixed Wireless service has been delivering world class broadband to previously under-served communities for a number of years.  Gavin is now looking forward to rolling-out next generation satellite services using nbn’s state of the art satellites to help transform communications in the bush.

The new nbn Sky Muster™ satellite service is here. Designed to deliver a revolution in satellite broadband, the Sky Muster™ service is intended to be a game changer for the way you work, learn and live in regional and remote Australia. The service will cover mainland Australia and Tasmania, and remote islands such as Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. This session will provide an update on the nbn satellite programme, with a focus on the nbn Sky Muster™ service.

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