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Seminar Two – Supplying to Health: The Changing Nature of Health Procurement in Victoria

June 21, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm AEST

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(Online tickets are still available)

Medtech Manufacturing Series

In partnership with the Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre (AMMC), BioMelbourne Network is excited to deliver a four-part seminar series for the Victorian medtech manufacturing sector.Victorian medtech manufacturers produce cutting-edge, high-quality products and have the capability and ambition to scale, backed by a strong R&D ecosystem. Through a series of keynote presentations, panel discussions and networking functions, the series will showcase local success stories, highlight the capabilities of Victoria-based manufacturers and explore the impact on the local economy.By providing access to industry experts, networks, and resources, the series aims to strengthen the growth and development of the local medtech sector, helping to bring new innovations to market and drive the future economic growth of Victoria.

Seminar Two – Supplying to Health: The Changing Nature of Health Procurement in Victoria

Local procurement has long been a subject of interest to the Healthtech Industry in Victoria. The event is designed to engage with industry and government about the key drivers and barriers to increased local procurement. The reasons for local procurement may be driven by increased bio-security, improved economic development, maintenance and improvement of our manufacturing skills and capabilities and support for start-ups to secure local sales in the early stages of their commercialisation journey.Join thought leaders and experts as they explore what can be done to strengthen local procurement related to healthtech, what is the status quo, what is needed and how do we get there.This event will provide insights into local health procurement policy and future needs of the healthcare system. Our expert panel will discuss opportunities for local suppliers in the health system including around sustainability and supply chain resilience. Key topics include access to information, regulatory compliance, cost considerations, and capacity constraints. Participants will gain practical strategies for navigating these barriers and learn about successful case studies of companies that have developed innovative solutions to address health system challenges.This event will inspire health technology companies to develop market ready solutions, promote networking with potential partners, and provide insights into how to navigate health procurement complexities while providing benefits for the organisation and the economy in a sustainable manner.

Who should attend?

  • Medtech manufacturers, supply chain partners, SMEs, startups and industry service providers
  • Medical technology executives developing and/or manufacturing products for market
  • Health services professionals seeking to improve knowledge and expertise in medical devices and diagnostics
  • CEOs, CSOs, CTOs, procurement leads, product developers, product designers, engineers, scientists and researchers.

Seminar Two details:

Date: Wednesday 21 June 2023
Time (AEST):
3:45pm: Guest arrival and registration
4:00pm – 5:30pm: Presentations and Q&A
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Networking (In person only)
Format: Hybrid – In person and online
Swinburne Studio, ACMI, Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000
Facilitator: Tracey Shearer, Managing Director, August Consulting
Guest speakers:
Paul Callahan, Manager, Supply Chain Surety, HealthShare Victoria
Dr Kean Kuan, Chief Medical Officer, Lucidus Health, Chief Medical Officer, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Helen Cameron, National Sales Manager, OPC Health
Closing remarks: Shelley Jackson, Director, Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre, Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
In-person: Members $85; Non Members $175
Online: Members $25; Non Members $45

This seminar series is delivered in partnership with AMMC– an initiative of the Victorian Government



Cancellation Policy

In-person registration:
Full refund given up to 7 days prior to the event
No refunds within 7 days of the event
Online registration:
Full refund given up to 3 days prior to the event
No refunds within 3 days of the event

Tracey Shearer, Managing Director, August Consulting

Tracey Shearer is an experienced procurement executive with a diverse, multinational background. Having held senior leadership roles in diverse industries, including healthcare, community services, IT and manufacturing, and worked in the public and private sectors, large global companies and not-for-profit organisations, Tracey has led, mentored and coached teams to deliver highly competitive procurement strategies.

Tracey now leads procurement specialist firm, August Consulting, where she helps organisations optimise their procurement and supply chain by providing practical and relevant advice, and demonstrating how to influence change in complex environments, leading to successful outcomes.

Tracey is the former Chief Procurement Officer at Queensland Health, where she led the implementation of a new procurement operating model, transforming it from an operational to strategic service offering, with a focus on category management, benefits delivery and building strong relationships with their customers. As part of the transformation, she implemented key enablers, including capability, governance frameworks, communications, reporting and data analytical tools to provide a platform for success.

Tracey is passionate about the strategic shift in procurement, and believes that by investing in the right people and technology, procurement will be vital to the competitive advantage of every organisation. She is focussed on helping organisations address procurement and supply chain challenges and turn them into opportunities.

Tracey has held diverse roles with Queensland Health, Ramsay Health Care, Mars, Unilever, Department of Health UK, UnitingCare Queensland, The Benevolent Society, Barclays Wealth, and The Nuffield Group.

Paul Callahan, Manager, Supply Chain Surety, HealthShare Victoria

Paul Callahan has 37 Years in Healthcare including 14 years in healthcare procurement and supply chain. His previous roles in the Private health sector include Head of Supply Operations – Procurement at Healthscope. He is also a registered nurse. Paul enjoys problem solving and having a positive impact on patient outcomes.

Dr Kean Kuan, Chief Medical Officer, Lucidus Health, Chief Medical Officer, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

Dr Kuan is a medical practitioner and specialist medical administrator, with dual Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (FRACMA) and Australasian College of Health Service Management (FCHSM). He also holds two Master’s degrees in health management and healthcare research. He brings with him a wealth of health executive experience across metro and regional Australia to ensure the medical services delivered by the institute are of the highest quality and delivered efficiently and effectively.

Dr Kuan is also an expert consultant in healthcare clinical governance systems. He has experience navigating the complex labyrinth of public and private healthcare systems to implement practical and achievable solutions for accreditation, credentialing and integration of new health technologies and products.

Helen Cameron, National Sales Manager, OPC Health

Helen Cameron is a high-performing and enthusiastic team leader with extensive expertise in sales management and commercial roles within the healthcare industry. With a dynamic and positive attitude, Helen consistently delivers exceptional results by leveraging her business acumen, strategic planning abilities, customer dedication, technical proficiency, and strong leadership skills.

Helen's professional journey exemplifies her diverse experience and progression in the healthcare sector. Currently, she holds the position of National Sales Manager at OPC Health, where she leads a team responsible for driving sales strategies and achieving remarkable outcomes in the Allied health Market. Prior to joining OPC Health, Helen held pivotal roles at renowned companies such as Johnson & Johnson Vision, ABBOTT Medical Optics, Daniels Health, SteriHealth Laboratory products, and Baxter Healthcare. Her career in healthcare sales began over 30 years ago at Smith & Nephew, where she spent 14 years in various capacities within the wound care market. Helen also started her professional journey in the healthcare field as a Registered Nurse and Infection Control Practitioner.

Throughout her career, Helen has consistently pursued training and development opportunities to enhance her skills and remain abreast of industry trends. She has actively engaged in a variety of programs and earned certifications in coaching, leadership, negotiation, marketing, business strategy, communication, and sales management.

Helen's commitment to continuous improvement, her ability to think creatively when confronted with challenges, and her passion for sharing knowledge and expertise have contributed to her well-deserved reputation as a respected leader in the healthcare industry.

Shelley Jackson, Director, Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Shelley is the Director of the Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre (AMMC) a $20 million Victorian Government initiative that will support the growth of medtech manufacturing in Victoria. The AMMC is operating as a unit within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions working with government and industry partners to deliver targeted programs to support the growth of the sector, leveraging government as a customer.

Previously Shelley led the International Health team with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission with responsibility for global trade and investment promotion of Australia’s health and medtech sectors. She has held multiple leadership roles with Austrade in including as Assistant General Manager for Health, Digital Technologies and Landing Pads, State Director and as Trade Commissioner Austrade San Francisco and New York.


June 21, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
$25 - $45
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