Keynote Speakers

Robbie Bedbrook, aka Nurse Robbie, is a primary health care nurse who believes in the power of curiosity, vulnerability and empathy to change our health and our lives.

Robbie works clinically in general practice and sexual health, and is passionate about providing equal access to healthcare for all people. Nurse Robbie also works independently as an international speaker, presenter and writer across topics including burnout, LGBTQI health, emotional intelligence, climate change, leadership, digital therapeutics and more.

In 2016 he founded the video channel Hot on Health and is passionate about creating entertaining, evidence-based content for his own and other businesses. Nurse Robbie is an Honorary Associate Lecturer at the University of Wollongong (Australia), a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, and a Board Director for Teen Clinic Australia


APNA President Karen Booth has worked as a primary health care nurse and nurse manager in general practice since 1998. Her roles include acute care, preventative health and chronic disease management, care coordination, data management, accreditation, administration, staff training and mentoring. Karen has recently moved into practice management.

Karen’s true passion is preventative health care and utilising surveillance and health checks to identify health problems so that care can be initiated early to prevent damage to a person’s health and wellbeing. Key to this is the development of systems to utilise skills of the whole general practice team to support health prevention activity and care.

Karen has participated in advisory groups for APNA, Australian Medicare Local Alliance, Nursing in General Practice Program, New South Wales Health, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Practice Nurse Clinical Education, and Sydney University, and Health Pathways Advisory Group for Inner West Sydney Medicare Local/Sydney Local Health District.

Karen holds several committee and advisory group positions at Australian Government Department of Health level including the General Practice Roundtable, the National Immunisation Committee, the Advisory Committee for Safety of Vaccine (Ministerial appointment). In 2014 Karen participated in several advisory groups for the RACGP including the Pandemic Taskforce and the review of the Pandemic Flu Kit, the Infection Control Standards and Quality Health Records.

Mark is the Global Chairman & Senior Partner for Healthcare, Government and Infrastructure at KPMG International. Mark oversees over $6 billion worth of revenue, 40,000 different staff members across 157 countries. Mark’s knowledge and experience in the healthcare sector makes him one of the foremost global experts on healthcare systems and has an inspiring global vision for health in both developed and developing.

Over the last 10 years Mark has worked in 79 countries on over 300 occasions, gaining a unique first-hand experience into global healthcare. In 2000 Mark was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham and oversaw the largest new hospital build in NHS history. He joined KPMG as Global Chairman and Senior Partner for Health in 2009.

Between 2014 and 2018 Mark sat as a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Health Sector for the World Economic Forum. Mark is also an author of “In Search of the Perfect Health System” which has been sold in over 109 countries. On a more personal note Mark has overcome prostate cancer at the age of 42, and all royalties obtained from the sale of his books have been donated to Prostate Cancer UK.

Rev Tim Costello directs Ethical Voice and is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. 

For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia (WVA). He then completed over 2 years as WVA’s Chief Advocate.

Currently Tim remains as Executive Director of Micah Australia and continues to place the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. He is also Senior Fellow for the Centre for Public Christianity. He remains spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.

Other positions he holds are: Chair of the Community Council of Australia, Chief Advocate of the Thriving Communities Partnership and Patron of the National Youth Commission.

In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures.

Professor Julie Leask is a social scientist in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery and visiting professorial fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. Her research focuses vaccination uptake, programs and policy, and health communication and she has 131 publications in the field. Julie is chair of the WHO Working Group on Measuring Behavioural and Social Drivers of Vaccination. She sits on the WHO Immunization and Vaccines related Implementation Research advisory committee and the South East Asia Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group. Julie was named overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Woman of Influence; won the Public Health Impact Award 2019 and the Sax Institute Research Action Award in 2015. Her team won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Engagement and Innovation for the package.

Greta is the Chief Executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in the UK. She qualified in England as a nurse in 1983 and a midwife in 1987. She worked in a French speaking hospital in Switzerland (but mostly skied)!

Greta completed an MSc in Health Psychology in 1996 and PhD in Nursing in 2010. The majority (1987-2007) of her clinical career was as a Specialist Nurse then a Principal Genetic Counsellor for a NHS Clinical Genetics Service.  

Following her PhD she established and led one of the national Clinical Research Networks. She then became the Director of Clinical Academic Practice for the University of Southampton and led the university’s clinical academic training programme for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Greta was promoted to Professor for this work. Great joined the Florence Nightingale Foundation as the Chief Operating Officer in 2017 and has been the Chief Executive since September 2019. Greta is a proud Registered Nurse and a Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumna (2012 Leadership Scholar).



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