The Centre holds symposiums, workshops and service visits throughout the year and invites no less than 20 scholars to the North Coast.

Events are open to Community Members, General Practice, Primary Health Networks, Local Health Districts, Social Services, Community Services, Aboriginal Medical Services, Allied Health, Tertiary Education, Non-Government Organisations, Council, Socially Responsible Investors and Media.


On Wednesday 15 June 2016, The Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation (The Centre) was launched at Elements of Byron. The launch was facilitated by knowledge partner Dr Nick Goodwin, Co-founder and CEO, International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC). His presentation focused on commissioning integrated care services effectively, implementing integrated care, and developing softer skills to build trust and relationships.

The presentation explored international models and the core role of ‘integrators’, the essential steps to managing transformational change, sustainability, and promoting collaborative practice.

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TRANSFORMERS - November 2016

29 November – 2 December 2016

The Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation’s TRANSFORMERS SPECIAL EVENT SERIES celebrated the movement to change healthcare for the better. It brought together researchers, clinicians, managers, consumers and service providers who are engaged in the design and delivery of health and social care.

The Transformers Special Event Series brought five scholars from the International Federation for Integrated Care to the North Coast. Dr Richard Antonelli, Dr Robin Miller, Prof Anne Hendry, Dr Nick Goodwin, and Dr K Viktoria Stein shared their experience to help our local health providers explore the essentials for transformation of the health system.

The Transformers Special Event Series added an additional day for Port Macquarie, which was held on February 20, 2017.

508 people attended the series.

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The Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation (The Centre) invited clinicians, leaders and planners from primary health care and local health districts to hear about recent developments in integrated care and risk stratification.

Participants were updated on the current state of risk stratification in Integrated Care in NSW, particularly as it relates to person centred care. They were also shown how to use predictive risk modelling to measure performance for high risk populations.

The well attended March 24 event was held at the Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina. The presenters were Dr Arianne Ellissen, Dr Tracy L Johnson, and Ms Erin Lilley.

46 people were in attendance.


29 May 2017

The Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation (The Centre) invited expected users of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to come together at Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour on 29 May 2017. Participants explored ways in which to work together to reach the promise of the soon-to-be-rolled-out scheme.

Participants worked together in groups with a range of NDIS experts to design a region-ready plan to ensure best outcomes for North Coast communities. Discussions included strategy and design, how to deliver cross-agency care, and how to puzzle out the implications of the roll out from a local, cross-agency perspective.

Additional topics included: psychosocial disabilities, legal decision-making guidelines, plan reviewing, and addressing rural populations with minimal outposts.

National scholars presenting at the event included:

Steven Davison, Director, Social Policy Implementation | Government Relations Branch, NSW Ministry of Health 

Sean Lomas, Senior Policy Officer at NSW Health

Karen Stace, NSW Sector Operation Manager, National Disability Services

Susan Jennings, Director, NDIA,

Local experience was shared by:

Sue Attwood, Community Engagement Coordinator, Northern New South Wales Service Area, NDIS (LAC)

Clayton Dunn, Local Area Coordinator, Social Futures

David King, Senior Manager Access & Accommodation, FACS NSW | Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Robert Curry, Director, North Coast Allied Health Association

Paula Dowd, Community Engagement Manager, NSW Mid North Coast, National Disability Insurance Scheme LAC Partner

Linda Kay, Health Reforms, Opportunities & Transition Manager| Mid North Coast Local Health District 

Paul Todoroski, NDIS Transition Manager | NNSWLHD

Kristy Morrow, Mother/Carer, User of NDIS

107 people were in attendance.

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13-14 June 2017

The Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation (The Centre) partnered with the Murrumbidgee PHN and Western NSW PHN to welcome Dr Robert McCarron (USA), Dr Peter McGeorge (Sydney), and Prof David Perkins (Orange) to present at Whole Person Mental Health Care Model Joining Up Psychiatry, General Practice, Psychotherapy and Social Services.

The two-day symposium, held at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour, explored national and international models for access to psychiatry, with particular focus to under-serviced communities. The aim of the symposium was to develop a model relevant to the Australian context and culture and the critical pathway for implementation of the model.

The material from the two-day symposium has since been used to collaboratively develop three pilot models that will bolster psychiatry, general practice and allied psychological services.

The North Coast pilot is being rolled out in Lismore. Its focus is around looking at how to support the GP in the management of their patients by joining up social and psychiatric services. The pilot will establish a model of what types of training and support the GP would need in order to support their patient and their care in the community, avoiding unnecessary hospitalisation.

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TRANSFORMERS II - November 2017

6-10 November 2017

The Transformers Special Event Series returned to the North Coast in November 2017 and featured five distinct sessions held at The Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina. The event offered the opportunity to build on the previous year’s momentum and advance on programs and services currently being implemented on the North Coast.

Transformers II welcomed seven international scholars to the North Coast to serve as our region’s ‘critical friends’. Representatives from the North Coast health workforce presented their programs to the international panel, who then compared the work with best international and national evidence. Attendees from all five sessions were provided with many tools in which to advance their programs and services.

The intensive three-day program explored how the “Healthy Towns” movement can benefit the North Coast and focused on the engagement and empowerment of people. Discussions were held around the impact of social determinants of health and the need for narratives and stories that turn patients into people and care into better care. Other focus areas included seasonal pressures, intermediate care, Patient Centred Medical Home and accountable care organisations.

Local programs critiqued by the international panel included the Northern NSW Health Literacy Program, the LinkMe Mental Health Program, and the North Coast’s own, recently implemented, Healthy Towns Program.

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Transformers III will be held in November 2018.

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