Laureate Professor

Nicholas Talley

Honoured with the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2018, Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley is a man who needs no introduction. Having a hand in the revolutionary “Talley and O’Connor’s Clinical Examination” he is a pioneer, educator, and international authority. Trust your gut on this one and get ready as this modern icon takes us on a journey into our past and helps guide us all to make a better tomorrow.

her Excellency Professor the Honourable

Kate Warner

AC, Governor of Tasmania

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania, has a prestigious list of achievements. She has worked with the Tasmania Law Reform Institute, been involved in providing advice and submissions on rape law reform, drug and mental health diversion programs, and abortion law reform. In January 2017, in addition to her long list of awards and fellowships, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for her eminent service to the people of Tasmania. Her Excellency has also been nominated as a finalist in the Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards. In her opening address, she will surely help you to ‘Unlock your Potential’.

Emeritus Professor

Alan Mackay-Sim

2017 Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim is a neuroscientist and stem cell scientist, regarded as a world leader in spinal cord injury research. His research career has focused on how the sensory neurons in the nose are replaced and regenerated from stem cells. Hear from one of the greatest scientific minds in Australia as he challenges you to bring curiosity and persistence in a scientific life.


Charlie Teo

Professor Charlie Teo is an expert in the neurosurgery field, taking on the cases other doctors shield away from. He has spearheaded the technique of minimally invasive keyhole neurosurgery and made it his mission to highlight that a surgeon’s responsibility does not end after surgery. Not content with just saving lives on his table, he has raised over $20 million for research and runs a fellowship program attracting 600 applicants yearly. On top of his work in medicine, he is a father to four beautiful daughters! We welcome Professor Teo to inspire us to better ourselves today.

Narelle Fraser

Narelle was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years, 15 of those as a Detective with Homicide, Rape, Sex Crimes, Missing Persons & Child Exploitation Squads, specialising in sex offences & child abuse. In 2012 Narelle was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) & was never able to return to Policing, however she overcame many adversities to become an ‘accidental’ mental health advocate & keynote speaker/presenter on the challenges of first responders who face trauma & grief on a daily basis. Narelle has lectured in Investigative Techniques & Human Rights @ NMIT (now Melbourne Polytechnic), Criminology & Specialist Interviewer Program @ Monash, is a trainer with Investigator Upgrade, has appeared on television, in print, social media & radio & is a regular guest on Australian True Crimepodcast series with Meshel Laurie & Emily Webb.


Bob Brown

Acclaimed author, photographer, lifelong activist and former doctor, Bob Brown rose to prominence when he led the campaign to save the Franklin River in the 1980s.

After 10 years in the Tasmanian Parliament, Bob was elected to the Senate in 1996 where he served for 16 years. He was leader of the Australian Greens from 2005 to 2012, when he retired from the parliament to establish the Bob Brown Foundation. Bob’s talk labelled ‘Optimism and Defiance in the Face of Armageddon’, will include his evolution to full-time preventative medicine, his journey being a prime example of how a career in medicine can unlock your potential.


Steve Robson

Professor Steve Robson is immediate Past-President of RANZCOG and Professor at the Australian National University Medical School. His medical career is one that has spanned a myriad of accomplishments which include co-founding Send Hope Not Flowers: a global charity helping mothers survive childbirth in developing countries and receiving a citation for serving in the first Gulf War. Steve found the transition from medical student to junior doctor the most challenging experience of his life and attempted to kill himself during his intern year in 1988. He survived only by chance. Join Steve at HB19 as he encourages delegates to end the silence around mental health.

More speakers to be announced soon!

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