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Allied Health Conference 2024 #StrongerTogether

Welcome to the Hunter New England Central Coast allied health conference #StongerTogether webpage. Here you will find the essential conference details for both in person and online attendees.

When and Where?

Day 1: Full day Conference

Thursday 9th May 2024

Cypress Lakes Resort  

15 Thompsons Rd (Corner of McDonalds and Thompsons Rd)  
Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, NSW 2320  
Front Desk (02) 4993 1555 – 24 hour reception  
The conference will be held in the Convention Centre

Complimentary parking bays are located next to each villa, reception, restaurant and function facilities. Please ensure valuables are not left in plain sight and your car is locked.  

Time: 09.00am to 4.30pm with optional canapes @ 4.30pm

Day 2: Business Accelerator Workshop

Friday 10th May 2024

The Business Accelerator, powerful 3-hour workshop

Time: 9 to 12 pm take-home lunch included
Location: Cypress Lakes Brokeback room


Embrace the power of Collaboration and Connection at the #StrongerTogether conference, dedicated to fostering stronger links within the Allied Health community and the PHN. The presentation themes include:

  • Embracing the digital revolution
  • Workforce for the future
  • Innovation that makes a difference
  • Building multidisciplinary teams
  • Equity of access to primary health care services


Keynote Speakers and Presenters

Master of Ceremonies

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Anna Moulder

ABC Radio Host

Since graduating from Southern Cross University in 2003, Anna has cultivated a rich career and renowned as a highly accomplish radio broadcaster, presenter, MC, and event host. Anna has forged invaluable connections across diverse industries, spanning the Australian music industry, education, health, Government, and beyond.

Welcome to Country

Aunty Cynthia Morris
Elder from Wonnarua Country

Keynote Presenters

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Andrew Davison

NSW Chief Allied Health Officer

He has 20 years of experience working in health care, as an allied health clinician, in health service management and in executive leadership roles. He has worked in inpatient, outpatient, community and primary care settings in metropolitan, rural and remote NSW, as well as in the UK. He also has experience working in the not-for profit sector as well as the private pharmaceutical and insurance industries.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics), a Master of Business Administration with Distinction and a Graduate Diploma of Health Management.

Andrew is passionate about growing the value-based healthcare provided by the multidisciplinary teams, through advancing allied health clinical practice to improve patient outcomes and their experience of receiving care and treatment, through research and data analytics, as well as strengthening allied health clinical and professional governance.

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Christie Dawes


After competing internationally for more than two decades, wheelchair racer Christie Dawes has rightfully earned a reputation for being one of the fiercest competitors in the game. She first became eligible to compete in Paralympic sport as a 10-year-old, when – just 11 months after her dad had taken his own life – she became a paraplegic in a car accident.

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Aunty Di Ball

Wahroonga Aboriginal Corporation

Dianne Ball, affectionately known as Aunty Di Ball, is an esteemed leader in the Port Stephens community. Aunty Di is the executive director of the Raymond Terrace-based Wahroonga Aboriginal Corporation, has been connecting local Indigenous families and individuals to the services and programs they need within the community.


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Chelsea Felkai

Pharmacist and Owner

PBPharm, MPS, MIPH, PhD Candidate

Chelsea is the immediate past president of the NSW Branch of Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), past chair of the NSW Early Career Pharmacist working group, and a previous representative on the NSW Poison’s Advisory Committee. She currently is working on a PhD looking at how pharmacists can support people with a disability with their medications, while working in her community pharmacies.

Chelsea is passionate about pharmacists’ roles being recognised and utilised to their full potential, had input to the development of online education in prescription medicine safety, harm minimisation, and disability, and had numerous peer reviewed journal articles published in clinical and industry areas of pharmacy.

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Chris Goward

Exercise Physiologist

Ex & Sport Sci, M Clin Ex Phys ESSAM, AEP

Chris, an Exercise and Sport Science graduate with a Master's in Clinical Exercise Physiology (ESSAM, AEP), and serves as the Clinic Manager of a multi-award-winning exercise physiology clinic, known for its focus on education and empowerment. Chris’ passion to facilitate movement and improve lives has seen him progress in his roles over time as his commitment to effective healthcare and rehabilitation propelled him this leadership role.

In his role, Chris oversees a team dedicated to providing high-quality, evidence-based care to all patients whilst also showing ongoing support and involvement with community programs. Beyond his professional endeavors, Chris finds joy in his roles as a dedicated father and husband. When he's not leading the clinic, Chris enjoys golf, rugby league, and spending too much time on his lawn.

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Deb Walter

Practice Owner/Manager

As the owner and Practice Manager of a GP practice, Deb advocates for equity care and access. Sanctuary Medical Practice Fletcher provides care for people living with a disability, employs a psychologist, social worker and looking for non-dispensing pharmacist to assist disability homes coordinate care. The practice sees the value of diversifying workforce for greater access and sharing the load with GPs.

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Richard Nankervis


Richard Nankervis commenced as Chief Executive position of HNECC PHN on 1 July 2015. Richard is a founding Director on the Board of the Centre of Innovation in Regional Health. Richard is the Australian PHN CEO lead for the National PHN Commissioning Review, for the development of PHN engagement with Allied Health, and for the development of PHN support for ex-service personnel. Richard has contributed on the Expert Advisory Group for the review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention services, and Integrated Team Care. Richard is also a member of the Commonwealth & NSW Mental Health Bilateral Meeting.

Richard’s university training includes a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), both at the University of Sydney, and a Master of Health Administration at the University of New South Wales. He is also a Graduate of the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Previously, Richard was CEO of Central Coast Medicare Local, and before that Central Coast Division of General Practice. Prior to that he worked in a range of clinical, management and divisional roles at Central Coast Local Health District. Richard initially trained and worked as a Physiotherapist, and worked clinically in public and private settings.

Thank you to our Supporting Organisations

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Paratus Clinical Research

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ILA Independent Living

Enhancing health and wellbeing by connecting the community with trusted knowledge and expertise.

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Diabetes Australia

Through leadership, prevention, management and research, Diabetes Australia is committed to reducing the impact of diabetes.We work in the spirit of collaboration and co-operation. We offer strong leadership, governance and finances for our programs and our member organisations.

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SimpliMove Health

SimpliMove empowers adults 40+ to overcome everyday pain, protect against injuries, and prevent or manage chronic disease through medical exercise programs.

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Diabetes Alliance

Improving care for people with diabetes in rural and regional areas.

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Lets Grow Together

A Place for Australian Paediatric Allied Health Professionals to Connect, Gain Inspiration, Learn and Grow.

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I am Awesome

The ultimate treasure map for your kids to learn courage and confidence.

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