ANZSGM 2020 ASM Melbourne 27 - 29 May 2020

Invited Speakers

We are excited to announced the ANZSGM ASM 2020 invited speakers!

A/Prof Ann Maree Keenan

Safer Care Victoria

Adj. Associate Professor Ann Maree Keenan is the Deputy CEO of Safer Care Victoria and Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer for Victoria.

She is an accomplished healthcare executive who has combined senior nursing leadership with operational accountability. Her career includes 12 years as Executive Director of Ambulatory and Nursing Services at Austin Health.

Ann Maree believes nurses and midwives are in a key position to influence the safety and quality of healthcare as nurses and midwives are often the constant presence throughout a person’s healthcare experience. She is determined to continue to advance the professions of nursing and midwifery in the pursuit of outstanding care for all Victorians, always.

Brianna Walpole

Monash Health

Brianna Walpole is an Occupational Therapist who has predominantly worked in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Since moving from Perth to Melbourne in 2012 to fuel her coffee addiction she has fallen into the world of delirium and dementia and hasn’t looked back. Since completing her Masters of Health Administration in 2017 she has taken up the role of Cognition Clinical Lead at the largest health service in Victoria- Monash Health. The focus is to look at an innovative ways to improve the quality, recognition, management and experience of people that come through the hospital doors with a cognitive impairment. Brianna has highlighted the role that allied health can have as well as requiring a multidisciplinary approach to care with a strong framework to inform and change practice. Her lifelong mission is to get people using the word delirium not confusion!

Prof Chris Rowe

Austin Health

Professor Christopher Rowe BMBS, FRACP, MD, FAANMS is a nuclear medicine physician and neurologist, with over 20 years of experience in dementia research and patient care. He is the Director of Molecular Imaging Research at Austin Health, Melbourne, Professorial Fellow University of Melbourne, a NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and is the inaugural Director of the Australian Dementia Network. His research focus is molecular imaging of neurodegenerative diseases, particularly AD, for better understanding, earlier more accurate detection, and to facilitate development of early therapeutic interventions. He has over 300 publications and is in the 2018 Highly Cited Researcher list of the top 1% world-wide for neuroscience and has received the 2011 US Society of Nuclear Medicine Kuhl-Lassen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Brain Imaging and the 2016 Christopher Clark Award for advancing human amyloid imaging.

Dr Claire McKie

Barwon Health & Deakin University

Claire McKie is a Consultant Geriatrician at Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria and a Senior Lecturer in Clinical and Communication Skills in the School of Medicine at Deakin University. Clinically she is involved in the acute and perioperative care of older patients.

She is actively involved in medical education in both the undergraduate and postgraduate settings, with a focus on communication skills teaching. Her current role at Deakin University focuses on the design, development and delivery of the clinical communication curriculum. Her postgraduate communication skills teaching occurs through the Victorian Geriatric Medicine Training Program and Barwon Health’s iValidate programme (a clinical communication training programme focusing on shared decision-making for patients with life limiting illnesses).

Prof Colin Masters

The Florey Institute, The University of Melbourne

Colin Masters has focused his career on research in Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. His work over the last 35 years is widely acknowledged as having had a major influence on Alzheimer’s disease research world-wide, particularly the collaborative studies conducted with Konrad Beyreuther in which they discovered the proteolytic neuronal origin of the Aβ amyloid protein which causes Alzheimer’s disease. This work has led to the continued development of diagnostics and therapeutic strategies. More recently, his focus has been on describing the natural history of Alzheimer’s disease as a necessary preparatory step for therapeutic disease modification.

Professor Masters is a Laureate Professor of Dementia Research at the Florey Institute, University of Melbourne and a consultant at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. His achievements have been recognised by the receipt of many international awards.

A/Prof Gideon Caplan

Prince of Wales Hospital

Gideon Caplan is Director of Post Acute Care Services and Geriatric Medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital and Conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW.

His research interests include new health services, and the pathophysiology of delirium.

He is a consultant to Commonwealth and State governments.




Prof Malcolm Horne

St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne & Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Malcolm Horne has appointments as a consultant Neurologist specialising in Parkinson’s Disease at the St. Vincent’s Hospital, a Senior Principle Research Fellow at the Florey and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine University of Melbourne. His research interests relate to various facets of Parkinson's Disease, dopamine and Frontal Lobe function.

Past appointments have included Deputy Director and NHMRC Practitioner Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neurosciences and Mental Health, Founder, CSO and CEO of Global Kinetics, Professor in Department of Medicine Monash University and Director of Neurology Monash Medical Centre. Current research interest is in using machine learning and wearable sensors to better measure and understand various disorders of movement.

Dr Maria Tsanglis

Alfred Health

Maria has over 10 years’ experience as a consultant old age psychiatrist in public health in a variety of settings and is the Director of Caulfield Aged and Liaison Psychiatry at Alfred Health in Melbourne. She is the Chair of the Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and an Adjunct Lecturer with Monash University. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators and is committed to robust quality, governance and risk management processes. She is a passionate advocate for older people with mental illness, with a strong interest in ethics and respecting the rights and autonomy of older people and destigmatising mental illness. Her clinical interests are in older people with chronic mental illness and maximising functional capacity and optimising quality of life in this patient population. Research interests include neurostimulation with published papers in ECT, with additional publications in psychotropic prescribing to people with dementia in the acute hospital setting. 

Matiu Bush

RMIT University









Dr Melanie Benson

Peninsula Health

Dr Melanie Benson is a Palliative Medicine Physician. Following Physician/Chapter of Palliative Medicine training she undertook a NHMRC NICS/VQC Fellowship focussing of implementation and knowledge transfer - particularly in improving cancer pain management. She is currently !completing a Masters in Bioethics and currently works for Peninsula Health.


With a focus in knowledge transfer and bioethics, Melanie is interested in the experience of patients and service provision at the interface of Palliative Care - with other specialties medical specialties, primary health care (particularly in the regional setting) and now the experience in the setting of Voluntary Assisted Dying implementation.

Dr Mervyn Kyi

Northern Health & Melbourne Health

Dr Mervyn Kyi is an endocrinologist and general physician at the Northern Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He graduated from the University of Melbourne and completed physician training at the Royal Melbourne, Austin and Northern Hospitals. He completed his PhD on early intervention models of diabetes care in hospital. Through his research and clinical practice, he continues to focus on improving the care of people with diabetes across all stages of life, in the community and acute care settings



A/Prof Michael Murray AM

Austin Health

As the Divisional Medical Director of Continued Care, Head of Geriatric Medicine and Medical Lead of Patient Flow at Austin Health, Associate Professor Michael Murray brings extensive experience in the health and aged care industry.

With nearly 30 years involvement in geriatric care, Michael’s career highlights include extensive research in continence, public health and public policy, as well as working in education and service development and most recently, his appointment as the interim Chief Clinical Advisor to the first Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner. 

He was recently awarded a Queen’s Birthday Honour award of Member (AM) in the General Division for significant service to geriatric medicine as a clinician and educator.


Dr Michelle Gold

Alfred Health

Michelle Gold is a Palliative Care Physician and Director of Palliative Care at Alfred Health. In this capacity, she has had broad experience caring for patients with malignant and non-malignant diseases, including burns, respiratory disease and trauma. She leads a dedicated team of specialist nurses, allied health and medical and staff, including junior doctors. Michelle is an integral part of Alfred Health’s Improving End of Life Care Committee and the Voluntary Assisted Dying Working Group.

Michelle has roles in teaching at both Alfred Health and Monash University, mentors junior medical staff and participates in research. She is an RACP Approved Supervisor, a tutor for the Medical Law Program (Monash University) and has an interest in Clinical Ethics, particularly at the interface with Palliative Care. Michelle has spoken widely to community groups on topics related to Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying.

Prof Mike Reid

RMIT University

Mike Reid is Professor of Marketing, and a member of the Consumer Wellbeing Research Group, at RMIT University. Mike is a mixed methods researcher employing both qualitative and quantitative approaches. His academic and industry research encompasses consumer health and behaviour change, product innovation management and new product adoption, and integrated marketing communications management.

His current research projects include, healthy middle aging in men, healthy eating in young adults, and reducing economic abuse in adult relationships. His research has appeared in a wide range of journals, including Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Journal of Medical Internet Research, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Appetite, European Journal of Marketing, Information and Management, Research-Technology Management, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, and Journal of Marketing Management amongst others.

Dr Siobhan Lockwood

Monash Heart, Monash Health

Siobhan graduated from Monash University with MBBS (Hons) in 2001 and completed her Basic and Advanced Clinical training through Monash Health, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2010. Siobhan has trained in the areas of General Cardiology, Structural Heart Disease (percutaneous therapies) and Cardiac Imaging – Echocardiography and Cardiac CT. As the Head of MonashHeart Heart Failure, Cardio-Obstetrics and Cardio-Oncology, Siobhan works closely in collaboration with General Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Medical Oncology teams at Monash Health, as well as the Monash Womens program as part of the high-risk, Cardio-Obstetric team. Furthermore, Siobhan is the Deputy Director of Physician Training at Monash Health, a current member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians National Examiner Panel and is an alumni of the Leadership Victoria Williamson Community Leadership program.

Dr Stephanie Ward

Prince of Wales Hospital & Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, the University of New South Wales

Dr Stephanie Ward is a geriatrician at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, the University of New South Wales. She was the Menzies Scholar to Harvard University, graduating with a Master of Public Health in 2010. She is passionate about initiatives that drive improvements in the quality of care for persons living with dementia, and is thrilled by the opportunity to be involved as Clinical Lead in the development of the first Clinical Quality Registry for dementia in Australia, that is being established through the NHMRC-funded Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT). She is a chief investigator on a number of other studies assessing interventions in older adults, with total NHMRC funding exceeding $28m. More recently she has become an advocate for the benefits of intergenerational contact, inspired by her role as the onscreen geriatrician for the award winning documentary series, “Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds”, that aired on ABC television in 2019.

Prof Steve McFarlane

Dementia Support Australia

Steve graduated from Monash University in 1991, and spent the next 17 years at Peninsula Health in Melbourne, completing his psychiatry training there and becoming Director of Aged Psychiatry in 2005. He moved to Alfred Health in 2008 as Associate Professor and Director of Aged Psychiatry, before accepting as position as Head of Clinical Services with Dementia Support Australia in 2016.

His work with DSA has him overseeing a group of geriatricians and old-age psychiatrists working around the country, and he has been intimately involved with the development of the proposed new Commonwealth Special Dementia Care Programme and with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality.

Dr William Browne

Eastern Health

Will Browne trained in Auckland New Zealand and Newcastle, NSW. He has worked as a consultant Geriatrician with Eastern Health in Melbourne since 2007. His interests include the teaching of clinical exam skills, cognitive disorders and medical history.

Important Dates

ANZSGM Annual Scientific Meeting 2020
27-29 May 2020

November 2019
Call for Abstracts opens
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November 2019
Early bird registration opens
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February 2020
Call for Abstracts closes

March 2020
Early bird registration closes


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