SFT-19 keynote speakers announced.

The Australasian Telehealth Society and the Centre for Online Health are pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the Successes and Failures in Telehealth conference, to be held at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 21-23 October 2019.

They are:


Assistant Secretary, Diagnostic Imaging and Pathology Branch, Commonwealth Department of Health

Presentation Topic: Medicare funding for telehealth services in Australia – future directions

Celia Street is the Assistant Secretary of the Diagnostic Imaging and Pathology Branch at the Commonwealth Department of Health. Celia is responsible for providing high level policy advice and program management to support and improve access to primary care, diagnostic imaging and pathology services that are safe, cost effective and clinically effective – this also includes having oversight of Medicare- funded telehealth services.

Celia joined the Commonwealth Department of Health in 2012 During her time in the Department of Health she has worked in three distinct roles as Assistant Secretary of the Regulatory Policy Branch, Integrity Branch and the Office for Sport. Prior to joining the Department of Health, Celia held senior roles in policy and assurance across various Commonwealth Departments, including the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport and the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.


Vice President, Clinical Operations, Mercy Virtual, USA

Presentation Topic: Setting up and operating a virtual healthcare service

As part of the Mercy Virtual team, Mark Saxon is responsible for all Mercy Virtual services, overseeing operational leaders and working in tandem with clinical counterparts in support of one team as Mercy Virtual continues to grow.

Before joining this team in 2014, Mark served as both an administrator and physician assistant for a number of heart, vascular and cardiothoracic surgery practices.

Mark also has been an adjunct instructor for the Saint Louis University physician assistant program, an advanced cardiovascular life support trainer, and a paramedic crew chief.

As a member of the Army National Guard, Mark saw active duty as a nuclear biological chemical specialist in the Persian Gulf War and also provided relief for Mississippi River flood victims.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Truman University – Missouri, a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant from the Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston, and his master’s degree in business administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.


Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Presentation Topic: Tackling OPD waitlists with teleconsultations – experience in Brazil​

Roberto holds a medical degree (2002), a specialization in Public Health (2003) and a medical residency in Family and Community Medicine (2005). He holds a Master of Epidemiology, in Health Technology Assessment (2009). He was a consultant to United Nations for Primary Health Care (PHC) in 2005 and Coordinator of PHC in the Municipality of Charqueadas (2005-2007). He was a Family and Community Doctor of the Hospital Nossa Senhora da Conceição (GHC-POA / RS). He worked in the Home Care Program of this hospital and in a primary health care team, where he supervised the medical residency program in Family and Community Medicine between 2007 and 2012. He has been a member of the Brazilian Society of Family and Community Medicine (SBMFC) since 2001. He is currently a professor in the Department of Social Medicine, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He currently works in the Undergraduate and Medical Residency Program in Family and Community Medicine at Hospital de Clínicas de  Porto Alegre. He has worked for the Rio Grande do Sul Telehealth Centre which provides telehealth and telemedicine support to primary care in Rio Grande do Sul and Brazil since 2007 and now coordinates the work of the centre.