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BioBreakfast: Back to the Future: Patient Healthcare in the Digital Era

December 4, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am AEDT

BioMelbourne Network are hosting a series of quarterly events in 2019, sponsored by the Victorian State Government (DJPR), with the theme ‘shaping the future of health’ with a view to align industry and economic development in Victoria with future healthcare needs.  This event is the 4th in the series.

Has technology in healthcare improved the customer experience? Join industry leaders as they discuss whether advances in technology are translating into better care.

Moving information and services online has helped healthcare companies deliver products and services faster, boost industry innovation and reduce costs. More health enterprises are integrating new technologies into business models, IT systems and clinical settings to improve service.

What does all this mean for the health consumer? Has their care and experience improved and what might it look like in the future?

This informative BioMelbourne Network breakfast will see Medtronic Australasia’s Senior Director, Market Access, Public Affairs & Policy Andrew Wiltshire speaking about the challenges industry is facing in delivering new and innovative technologies in the Australian market – particularly in telehealth and remote patient monitoring. Andrew will talk about the role industry is playing in ensuring technology that can help address some of biggest health challenges across Australia is supported through regulatory and reimbursement mechanisms.  He will be joined CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Business Unit Director Dr Rob Grenfell  and Dr Elaine Saunders on recent developments what digitisation means for the customer experience.

Presentations will be followed by a panel Q&A session.

Event Details:

Date:      Wednesday 4th December 2019
Time:      7:20am – Registration,  7:30am – Networking Breakfast, 8:00am to 9:00am – Presentation and Panel Discussion
Venue:    Swanston Hall, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000



Andrew Wiltshire – Senior Director, Market Access, Public Affairs & Policy, Medtronic Australasia

Andrew is Senior Director, Market Access, Public Affairs & Policy for both Australia and New Zealand. for both Australia and New Zealand.  Andrew’s Career with Medtronic spans 23 years. In his current role Andrew has responsibility for Health Economics, Market Access, Policy and Government and Stakeholder Relations in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Andrew coordinates Government Affairs for the APAC region.

Previously Andrew has had a variety of roles within Medtronic across business and functional leadership. Andrew started his career as a Registered Nurse and has worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry as well as a brief stint in the Hospitality Industry. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Media. He holds several Directorships including the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Dr Rob Grenfell, Director of CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity Business Unit

Dr Rob Grenfell, a Public Health Physician, is the Director of CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity Business Unit. Leading a broad portfolio covering Nutrition, eHealth, Medtech and Diagnostics and Biosecurity from weeds to Ebola.

Rob has broad ranging public health experience including;
National Medical Director at BUPA Australia New Zealand
National Director Cardiovascular Health at the Heart Foundation
Strategic Health Advisor to Parks Victoria
Senior Medical Advisor at the Department of Health Victoria
Physician in charge of travel health BHP
General Practice

He was a member of the Safety and Quality Outcomes Committee of the Hospital Innovation Reform Council, a member of the Victorian Quality Council, Chair of General Practice Victoria, and Member of the Health Advisory Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Dr Elaine Saunders, Entrepreneur in Residence, Bionics Institute; Independent Chairman, Innovation Precinct Industry Advisory Board, Swinburne University and Co-Founder Blamey Saunders Hears

Elaine has worked in hearing research and technology for forty years. She is Co-founder, Blamey Saunders hears, a company which supplies affordable, discrete and highly effective hearing aids through an innovative online telehealth service and clinic based in Melbourne.

She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University, and a clinical supervisor and mentor to many other students.

She is former Chief Executive of Dynamic Hearing a company which supplied award winning digital signal processing for ultra-low power chips for the hearing aid and telephony industry.

Elaine also led the Cooperative Research Centre team that developed anew electrode for Cochlear Ltd, leading to the company gaining the Australian Design award in 2000.


This event is sponsored by


December 4, 2019
7:30 am - 9:00 am
$75 - $150


BioMelbourne Network
+61 3 9667 8181


Swanston Hall
Swanston Hall, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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