Webinar Series

A series of Webinars will be held in September, October and November 2020, featuring presentations from industry leaders and panel discussions to address the many challenges faced by the day hospital sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The webinars are being held in lieu of the Day Hospitals Australia National Conference, which was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, government travel restrictions and social distancing.

Our webinars will cover a range of topics including the role of Day Hospitals in response to COVID-19, International Speakers discussing obstacles being faced in their countries, a panel of representatives from Private Health Insurance Funds examining ways that the sector can work together and a PPE discussion with industry representatives and members.

Save the dates!

Members will be sent a link to register for these free webinars. 

Please email: aasta.thomson@dayhospitalsaustralia.net.au for further information.

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WEBINAR 1 – Response to COVID-19 in Australia

Wednesday 23 September 2020, 2:30pm – 3:30pm EST

In this webinar representatives from the Commonwealth and State Departments of Health and Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, will discuss lessons learnt during the pandemic, the viability agreement and contracting process, suggested plans for future pandemics, the impact on infection control practices and the future for day hospitals following the pandemic.

Moderator: Philip Truskett AM, Board Chairperson, Day Hospitals Australia


  • Bronwyn Field, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Portfolio Strategies Division, Australian Department of Health
  • Fifine Cahill, Long Term Health Reform Branch Head, Australian Department of Health
  • Brian Kelleher, Assistant Secretary PHI Branch, Department of Health
  • Susan Pearce, Deputy Secretary Patient Experience and System Performance, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Professor Marilyn Cruickshank, Past President, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
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WEBINAR 2 – An International Perspective

Wednesday 14 October 2020, 2:30pm – 3:30pm AEDT

Respected day hospital sector leaders from the US and UK will discuss the international COVID-19 experience, key learnings and obstacles being faced, how day hospitals are leading the recovery and recommendations for Australia.

Moderator: Jane Griffiths, CEO, Day Hospitals Australia


  • Dr Ian Jackson, Editor, International Association for Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS) Ambulatory Surgery Journal and President of IAAS Scientific Committee
  • Prof Doug McWhinnie, President, IAAS and Past President, British Association of Day Surgery
  • William Prentice, Chief Executive Officer, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
  • Prof Beverly Philip, Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Immediate Past President, IAAS
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WEBINAR 3 – Panel Discussion – Private Health Insurers and Industry Professionals

Wednesday 4 November 2020, 2:30pm – 3:30pm AEDT

A panel of representatives from Private Health Insurance Funds will examine the lessons learnt from COVID-19, the impact elective surgery suspensions have had on waiting lists, economic hardship caused by the pandemic and its impact on PHI membership, and ways that the day hospital sector can work with PHI Funds to ensure a viable private health sector.

Moderator: Jane Griffiths, CEO, Day Hospitals Australia


  • David Nowell, National Manager Hospital Relations, Australian Health Service Alliance
  • Andrea Caton, Head of Hospital and Medical Benefits, HCF
  • David Du Plessis, Head of Health Service Contracting, NIB
  • Dr Andrew Wilson, Group Executive, Healthcare and Strategy, Medibank
  • Scott Bell, NSW Director, Day Hospitals Australia and COO, Nexus Hospitals
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WEBINAR 4 – Discussion around PPE supplies with industry representatives and the day hospital sector

Wednesday 18 November 2020, 2:30pm – 3:30pm AEDT

In this webinar, industry representatives and members of the day hospital sector will discuss PPE supply and access issues, and infection control practices. Jane Whitelaw from the University of Wollongong will also speak about the Selection of Respiratory Protection – what type for what task, mask approvals and correct fitting.


  • Jane Whitelaw, Certified Occupational Hygienist, Coordinator of Occupational Hygiene Specialisation: WHS Academic Program, University of Wollongong
  • Paul Dale, Director, Policy, Medical Technology Association of Australia
  • Helen Bucknell, Quality Infection and Prevention Consultant
  • Squadron Leader Jessica Sutherland, Operations Support – International Freight Assistance Mechanism, Austrade
  • David Brand, CEO, The Wesley Pharmacy / Brands Surgical Supply
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