Clinical Ethics Forum 2018

Info-Ethics: Interoperability, Bioinformatics & Health Data Sharing

The healthcare landscape is being transformed with the rapid emergence of new technology.

Emerging innovations will impact every aspect of health care and it’s vital that organisations seek to understand emerging trends and risks to the security of private health data.

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney is at the frontline in responding to these emerging trends in health information systems and is actively seeking to meet the changing needs of our communities. This Forum aims to highlight the many issues arising from the application of digital technology and networking and ethical considerations of sharing private health information.

The forum is held in partnership with the NSW Ministry of Health and will be a mix of presentations, case studies and interactive panel discussions. Invitations are open to staff of St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney and partner institutions, other Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks across NSW, as well as members of the public.

Date: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

(refreshments served from 5.15pm)


Location: Auditorium
Garvan Institute of Medical Research
384 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW

Register by: Friday 7 September 2018


Facilitator: Professor Lynn Gillam

Lynn Gillam is an experienced clinical ethicist and the Academic Director of the Children’s Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. She is also Professor in Health Ethics at the University of Melbourne, in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Lynn is the Chair of the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee and a member of a number of state and federal advisory bodies, including the Victorian Independent Medical Advisory Committee on Medicinal Cannabis and the NHMRC Clinical Ethics Working Group.

Keynote speaker: Dr John Aloizos

Dr John Aloizos AM MBBS FRACGP FAICD, works with the Australian Digital Health Agency as a Senior Clinical Reference Lead and continues working as a GP principal in his Brisbane practice for 41 years.

He has driven safety and quality improvement across general practice and the wider healthcare system through his work in regional and national representative groups, including: Australian General Practice Accreditation Ltd (AGPAL), Quality in Practice (QIP), Australian Divisions of General Practice (ADGP), Australian Health Information Council (AHIC), Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council (APAC) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) – reflecting his significant experience in medicines policy, digital health policy, chronic disease management, professional standards, accreditation and clinical governance.

Prior to joining the Australian Digital Health Agency, he was the Senior Clinical Governance Advisor with the National eHealth Transition Authority (NeHTA), and a member of the Clinical Leadership team since 2008.

Professor Colin Thomson

Colin Thomson AM is a senior consultant with Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services Pty. Ltd. (AHRECS) and a former Professor and Academic Leader for Health Law and Ethics in the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong. He has held positions at the Faculty of Law, Australian National University and the Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong and has an honorary appointment at the University of Sydney.

He was a member of the Medical Research Ethics Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and a member and chair of the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC). He has also been Consultant in Health Ethics to the NHMRC.

As a consultant, he has conducted training for human research ethics committees (HRECs) in State Health departments in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania and in universities in all States and territories; certification assessments for the NHMRC Harmonisation of Multi-Site Ethical review (HoMER) initiative and advised government departments in the Commonwealth, NSW and Victoria.

He has been a member and chair of multiple HRECs in universities, local health districts, government departments and public sector agencies.

In 2018, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to medical research, particularly to research ethics, to education and to professional organisations.


Dr Rowan Thomas is an Anaesthetist at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Group Chief Medical Information Officer for St. Vincent’s Health Australia.

In Anaesthesia, he has been active in education, research and technology in clinical and non-clinical areas, holding the positions of Supervisor of Training and Deputy Director.

He has contributed to the work of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists ANZCA, holding positions of Chair of the Victorian Regional Committee, Convenor of the 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and Scientific Co-convenor of the 2013 ASM. He is on College Council (Board of Directors) of ANZCA and is chair of the ICT Governance Committee.

In his role as Group Chief Medical Information Officer, he leads clinical advocacy and engagement in the process of selecting and implementing an electronic medical record system across all St. Vincent’s Hospitals.

Mr Nicholas Curtis – AM, BA (Hons), FAICD

Nick’s career spans more than 30 years in the resources and finance industries.

Nick has always had a deep personal interest and commitment to the health care sector.

This is evident through Nick’s significant voluntary community involvement in health care. From 2004 until 2011 he was a Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. From 1999 he was a Director of St Vincent’s Health Australia Ltd, St Vincent’s Healthcare Ltd and was Chairman of the Board of St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney Limited from August 2004 to October 2009.

Nick is currently Chairman of the St Vincent’s Precinct Research Executive Council and is co-founder and Director of E-Nome Pty Ltd, a start-up based on blockchain technology for management of health data.

In 2011 Nick received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Australian Eastern Division. On 13 June 2011 Nick was awarded an AM (member of the Order of Australia) for his services to the community through executive roles supporting medical research and healthcare organisations and also for his work fostering Australia-China relations.

Ms Vivien Pollnow

Vivien Pollnow is a Consumer Representative at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney (SVHN). She started in this voluntary role in January 2017, and is a member of Clinical Council as well as participating in ward based activities, presentation of Patient Centred Care at Orientation and several projects such as Falls Working Group and Darlinghurst Campus Redevelopment Committee. Vivien’s architectural background motivated her to become involved in the Campus Redevelopment Committee, to help create a world-class facility for the benefit of the community.

Her experience as carer /advocate for family members during their hospital admissions influenced her decision to become a Consumer Representative and raise awareness of issues from a patient/carer perspective to facilitate changes to improve the quality and safety of healthcare services.

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