Keynote & Invited Speakers

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Keynote & Invited Speakers 2018-07-30T10:24:12+00:00


Stacey Copas is a resilience coach and female speaker with a backstory that could break your heart but instead leaves you invigorated. At the age of 12, a swimming pool accident left her a quadriplegic but she has never let that slow her down. Instead she has used her life experience and personal philosophies to become a highly sought after keynote speaker on resilience and turning adversity into an asset. With a “say yes and figure out how later” approach to life, Stacey has achieved some remarkable feats including starring in a feature film with no acting experience, volunteering in Solomon Islands and running for parliament. Stacey is a talented, compelling and enthusiastic speaker who brings diversity to events and workshops.

Her first book “How To Be Resilient” was published in 2015 and has been featured by Financial Review, ABC radio and The Australian. More recently this inspiring female speaker became the first women in her classification for athletics to compete in Australia, and is training to qualify for the Paralympic Games. Stacey is an Ambassador for the Layne Beachley Foundation Aim For the Stars and donates 5% of her speaker fees and from the sale of each book to support the foundation.


Professor Schuwirth obtained his MD from Maastricht University. In 1991, he joined the Department of Educational Development and Research there, taking up various roles in student assessment: Chairman of the Inter-university and the Local Progress Test Review Committee, the OSCE Review Committee and the Case-based Testing Committee. Since the early 2000s, he has been Chair of the overall Taskforce on Assessment.

He has been advisor on assessment to medical colleges in the Netherlands and the UK. In 2010, he chaired an international consensus group on educational research, the results of which were published in Medical Teacher.

Since 2007, he has been an Adjunct Professor for Innovative Assessment at Maastricht University. In 2011, he was made a Strategic Professor for Medical Education at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia and is also the Director of the Flinders University Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education.

Lambert is proudly supported by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.


Jane Burns is Professor of Innovation and Industry at the University of Sydney. She was the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an organisation that, over its five years, drove research and development to explore the role of new and emerging technology in improving mental health and wellbeing for children and young people.

Jane was a winner in the category of Social Enterprise for 2015’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence, and was a Victorian Finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service. She is a strategic advisor to the government, university and social enterprise sector and has served on numerous government working groups across Health, Communications and Veterans Affairs. Previous Directorships include the Cooperative Research Centres Association, the Bounceback and Thomas Kelly Foundations.

Jane was Deputy Executive Officer and led the youth and public health agenda for beyondblue in its initial start up, was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and was Director of International Partnerships at the Inspire Foundation. Jane has held a VicHealth fellowship, an NHMRC fellowship and an NHMRC scholarship. She has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide.


Trudy is an established business leader and human resource professional who specialises in empowering businesses to become great by maximising the performance of their people.  She is a multi-award winning speaker having being honoured as “Speaker of the Year” – Australia and New Zealand in 2015 & 2014 and Best New Speaker in 2013 by global CEO network – The Executive Connection (TEC). She has the unique ability to inspire people to think differently and delivers highly engaging and passionate presentations that deliver real results to business. Trudy is a regular speaker at Industry Associations, Conferences and Corporate Events.

Her career is founded on an education in Organisational Psychology and spans Australia, New Zealand, the USA and parts of Asia. She has co-founded or played a key executive role in four start-up technology and human resource consulting business, three of which have been acquired by international companies.

Trudy is a sought after conference speaker and executive coach having delivered over 150 workshops to CEOs and business leaders in the past three years.


Anh Do is an accomplished author, actor, producer and comedian, a man who went from being a starving refugee at the age of three to one of Australia’s bestloved entertainers, an incredible story detailed in his multi award-winning and enormously popular memoir The Happiest Refugee.

Anh completed degrees in Business and Law at the University of Technology, Sydney, but declined offers from several law firms in favour of what he knew to be his true passion: comedy. After bagging every comedy award in town, including Sydney Comedian of the Year, playing to sell-out crowds, and appearing on Rove Live, Spicks & Specks, Thank God You’re Here, Dancing with the Stars and The Footy Show, Anh turned his hand to acting, film producing, writing and the speaking world, where he has proven an incredibly popular MC, motivational keynote speaker and corporate entertainer.

The Happiest Refugee: A memoir was published in 2010, winning numerous awards. It describes how his entire family came close to losing their lives at sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat, facing murderous pirates and the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease and dehydration, to Anh’s current status as one of Australia’s best-loved personalities.

Anh’s whole keynote is a motivational speech which has the audience ‘Thinking’ the whole way through about the message of ‘there’s now and there’s too late’. By ‘Thinking’ about their own challenges and goals in life Anh motivates the audience to ‘Have a crack’. His keynote has the audience thinking and relating and ultimately making changes in their lives to improve themselves and be better educators.


Professor Worley has had a distinguished career in rural health, both as a practitioner and an academic. He studied medicine at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1984 and has worked as a Rural Generalist in rural South Australia; first at Lameroo, and then in Clare, Barmera and currently at Yankalilla. He lives in South Australia with his wife, and has seven children (including three children in-law) and four grandchildren.From 2007 – 2017 he was Dean of Medicine at Flinders University in South Australia, where he established Rural Clinical Schools and University Departments of Rural Health in both South Australia and the Northern Territory and guided the conceptualisation and development of the Northern Territory Medical Program with a clear focus on recruiting and supporting Indigenous students and staff. While at Flinders University, Professor Worley developed and nurtured programs which are now recognised globally as models for the establishment of rural medical, nursing and allied health education.

Professor Worley has long been a leading figure internationally in the rural health and medical education sectors, has held senior positions in the Rural Doctors Association of South Australia and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, was instrumental in establishing rural Divisions of General Practice across South Australia, has served as a Board Director for the Adelaide PHN and for AGPT Regional Training Organisations in the Northern Territory and South Australia, is Editor in Chief of the international journal, Rural and Remote Health, and is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

As National Rural Health Commissioner, Professor Worley is passionate about quality, equity and fairness for all, especially the underserved. Australia’s rural and remote communities and the health professionals who serve them, deserve an evidence-based, sustainable, cost-effective and well supported rural health system, designed by rural clinicians, grown in rural regions, and serving all who live across our vast land. We must have the right health professionals delivering the right care, in the right place at the right time.


Ken is a married man with five children. He is an Aboriginal person from the Alice Springs Region with family connections on his mother’s side to the Hermannsburg Mission region, and Aranda is the language spoken by the people there. His father is an Anmatjere man with Austrian/ German heritage and his from the Mt Allan region were Anmatjere is spoken. Ken also speaks these four languages fluently; Aranda, Anmatjere, Warlpiri and English.

His cultural understanding of Aboriginal people within this local region is very close to his heart. He participates in maintaining the Aboriginal culture, as part of his own Two-ilpa Bi-Cultural Consultancy Business. He takes pride in participating in traditional cultural ceremonies and also feels very much a part of what is happening on issues surrounding Aboriginal people in all fronts of defining ones Aboriginality.

He has a sound cross-cultural understanding between the two worlds that allows him to stand firmly with one foot in each cultural society. The Aboriginal and mainstream cultural society. In transferring his knowledge of Aboriginal cultural, in its current space has allowed him to conduct research within this cultural space, and to further develop the cultural nuances needed to connect the two worlds without fiction.

He also prides himself as being part of the process in endeavoring to find ways to improve and advocate positive aspects for his fellow Aboriginal people, to becoming active participants in the mainstream world, by relearning own governance systems and then applying that knowledge to becoming independent. Then to effectively master it by creating this Bi-Cultural Tool to deal with issues to not only live, but to thrive as modern-day hunters and gatherers away from welfare constraints. To manage our own affairs, and all other things will fall into place, for us to truly celebrate our dual heritage and dual responsibility towards each other, in shaping our future together with us leading the way forward.

Kenneth is proudly supported by the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine.