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Dr Nat Thurtle

Recently returned from the Jordan/Syria border Nat Thurtle is an Emergency Physician who has worked extensively with MSF on the ground in some of the worst humanitarian disasters of the 21st century. Based in Sydney when not abroad she has a fledgling research interest in toxicology, particularly in developing contexts. She also works for Doctors For Nepal, a small NGO sponsoring medical and nursing students from rural Nepal to study in Kathmandu and return to practice in remote areas of need.

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Dr Kathleen Thomas

Survivor of the 2015 US military attack on the MSF Kunduz Trauma Centre in Northern Afghanistan, Dr Thomas is a vocal advocate for the protection of medical staff in warfare. Australian-born, but raised in the USA, Kathleen is an advanced trainee with the College of Intensive Care Medicine, currently with St. George Hospital Sydney. Kathleen is also interested in improving FOAMed to allow access to education regardless of circumstance.

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Dr Daniel Kraft

Futurist. Innovator. Entrepreneur. Daniel Kraft is the chair of Medicine at Singularity University, Silicon Valley; the idea incubator of tech millionaires Peter Diamandis and Ray KursweilHe founded, and currently heads, the Exponential Medicine Conference, which brings together the big thinkers in the health industry to explore convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Educated at Brown, Harvard and Stanford, Daniel Kraft is a certified paediatrician and internist. Embodying his passion for innovation, Daniel has mutliple patents on medical device, immunology and stem cell related tech. His research has been published in Nature and Science. In his spare time, Daniel Kraft is an avid pilot servicing the California and Massachusetts Air National Guard as a flight surgeon with F-15 and F-16 fighter squadrons. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA. To top it all off, he was also a finalist for their astronaut program.

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Dr Ray Moynihan

Dr Ray Moynihan is an internationally respected researcher and author. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University. An award-winning journalist, Ray has worked at ABC TV’s Four Corners program, 7:30 Report, Triple J and the Australian Financial Review. He is the author of 4 books on the business of medicine, including “Selling Sickness” – translated into 12 languages. In 2016, Ray helped form the NHMRC-funded Wiser Healthcare Research Collaboration to reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment. In 2017 he went on to win a prestigious NHMRC Early Career Fellowship to investigate the problem of overdiagnosis. His key areas of research are too much medicine and conflicts of interest.

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Professor Alan Mackay-Sim

"Follow your nose". Professor Alan Mackay-Sim was named as the 2017 Australian of the Year due to his world-leading research in treatments for spinal cord injury using nasal olfactory cells. He has been recognised for his pioneering research on the regeneration and repair of olfactory mucosa, and how adult stem cells can be harnessed to repair neuronal injury. He led a team from Brisbane in a world-first clinical trial in which the patient’s olfactory cells were transplanted into their injured spinal cord to treat human paraplegia. He is the director of the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research and is considered a global authority on the human sense of smell and the biology of nasal cells.

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A/Professor Munjed Al-Muderis

Surgeon. Author. Boat person. A/Prof Al-Muderis is an Australian-trained orthopaedic surgeon and a Squadron Leader in the Australian Air Force Reserve. Munjed came to Australia by boat. Born in Baghdad, at the age of 27 Munjed was forced to flee Iraq as a young doctor for refusing the orders of Saddam Hussein to mutilate army deserters. After spending 10 months in Curtin Detention Centre, upon his release he embarked on a mission to become an orthopaedic surgeon. He is now one of three surgeons world-wide pioneering a revolutionary technology known as Osseointegration. Munjed has helped more than 270 amputees from around the world to improve mobility, reduce pain and enhance their quality of life.

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Dr Sam Bendall

Dr. Sam Bendall is an Emergency Physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. She is also a retrieval specialist and the Co-Director of Education for CareFlight. She has a strong interest in education - particularly simulation, human factors and pre-hospital and retrieval medicine.

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Professor Stephen Colagiuri

Professor Colagiuri is a world-leading expert in metabolic health and obesity. He is the Professor of Metabolic Health and Director of The Boden Institute at the University of Sydney. He is also Co-Director, of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity. His research interests include, among others, the economic factors related to our diabetes and obesity epidemic. He is a member of the Diabetes Expert Advisory Committee of the Commonwealth Department of Health and an advisor on diabetes to the World Health Organization.

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Dr Marianne Jauncey

Dr Marianne Jauncey is the Medical Director at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre. She is a leading figure in the drug and alcohol field, having worked in Kings Cross for years. Her primary focus has been on drug users, sex workers and youth at risk. She has also worked at a number of Area Health Services around NSW, at the NSW Deptartment of Health, and at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research. She is committed to pursuing research with real world impacts for the participants. She holds a Masters in Public Health and is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre UNSW, and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include access to Hepatitis C treatment, drug overdose and physiological changes of intravenous drug use.

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Dr Lisa Pryor

Lisa Pryor is a junior doctor and author of A Small Book About Drugs. Before studying medicine at the University of Sydney, Lisa completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws and became an accomplished journalist. Working for The Sydney Morning Herald she made her name as an investigative reporter and opinion page editor. She published her first book in 2008, The Pin Striped Prison – How Overachievers Get Trapped in Corporate Jobs They Hate, which took a light-hearted but searing look at the ways in which high-achieving students get stuck in careers and lfiestyles they may never have wanted.

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Dr Mary Ellen Harrod

Dr Mary Ellen Harrod is the CEO of the NSW Users and Aids Association. Working at UNSW, she is a Conjoint Associate Lecturer and coordinator of the Research Excellence in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health (REACCH) project at the Kirby Institute. Her research interests include collaboration and capacity development in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector, sexually transmitted infections in Indigenous populations and research processes.

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Dr Bethan Richards

Dr Richards is a Staff Specialist and the head of Rheumatology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She was the winner of the AMA award for Teacher of the Year 2016. Dr Richards has worked as the Director of Physician Training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for five years. In three of her five years as Director, one of her trainees won the college medal for the best overall performance in the RACP combined examination – a testament to her well designed teaching program. She is a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney, and is currently completing her PhD. She is passionate about medical education, junior doctor welfare and health innovation. Dr Richards is currently an investigator on more than 10 randomised controlled trials, including an NHMRC-funded trial and has published 4 Cochrane Systematic reviews with another two in progress.

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Dr Ruth Mitchell

Ruth Mitchell is a Neurosurgery Trainee at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, investigating brain tumour biology. She is currently the Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trainees’ Association and was the 2016 Doctor-in-Training of the Year by the AMA. Ruth is part of the new generation of surgeons advocating for a positive cultural shift in the surgical profession. Boasting a background in Zoology and Political Science, experience working with roma children in Slovakia, and having previously delivered an address to the United Nations, it's clear that Dr Mitchell doesn't do things by halves.

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Dr James Edwards

Dr James Edwards is the founder and CEO of the medical podcast On The Wards. James is the NSW Prevocational Training Council Chair at the Health and Education and Training Institute (HETI). He works clinically as an Emergency Physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and took on the role of Co-Director of the department in 2016. He was also the Chair of the Sydney University Pre-internship (PRINT) block in 2012. James has a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Sydney. He is also a husband and father to two beautiful girls.

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Rosalie Martin

Criminologist. Speech Pathologist. 2017 Tasmanian of the Year. Rosalie Martin is a determined woman with an unfailing belief that words can overcome even the biggest barriers. She founded the charity Chatter Matters, a program teaching prisoners in Tasmania's Risdon Prison to read and write. Rosalie believes that where people can't speak out, they'll act out, and that we ‘learn not from experience but from reflecting on our experience’. Her program teaches prisoners basic communications skills including how to read and to write and has had remarkable results. Rosalie completed Criminology Honours in 2016 and is now preparing to undertake a PhD in Criminology. Rosalie was awarded 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year for the work she began at the prison. She is grateful for the platform this recognition has afforded her to speak, raise awareness, educate and champion the cause of literacy for all; and to promote the value of kindness in evidence-based service delivery.

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Professor Kerryn Phelps AM

Doctor. Health & civil rights advocate. Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney. Professor Phelps is one of Australia's best-known doctors, health communicators and civil rights advocates. Prof. Phelps has become a familiar face to many Australians appearing on TV, radio and in the print media to inform the public about important health issues. She is a passionate advocate for human rights, particularly equality for the LGBTIA+ community and the rights of children. Prof. Phelps has practiced as a GP for over thirty years and during that time was Australia's first female President of the AMA. Last year Prof Phelps was elected as Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney and was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review.

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Dr Sam Prince

Medicine + Mexican. Dr Sam Prince is a medical doctor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. While studying medicine at age 21 Dr Sam Prince established his first business, Zambrero, a fresh Mexican grill and socially responsible organisation. Zambrero now has over 135 stores across Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Ireland. With its Plate 4 Plate program, the national chain of restaurants helped to feed people suffering from malnutrition in developing nations over 4.5 million high protein, high vitamin meals. In 2010 Sam established One Disease, a non-profit organisation with a simple but ground-breaking vision: to systematically eliminate one disease at a time; to make a tangible difference to Australian health.

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Kate Swaffer

Kate Swaffer is an academic and advocate for people with dementia. Diagnosed at the young age of 49 Kate's doctors told her to get her affairs in order and prepare for her future in aged-care. Eight years on, Kate is a world reknowned dementia advocate, picking up two university degrees along the way and paving the way for a different approach to dementia ensuring patient experience is at the forefront of the agenda. Kate won the 2017 Australian Of The Year Award in South Australia. Kate also won the University of Wollongong’s 2016 Alumni Social Impact Award for her global work in dementia, and was amongst the Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence in 2016. Kate is also an honorary member of the Southern Dementia Advisory Group, having helped set up the Kiama Dementia Friendly Communities pilot project; the only Dementia Friendly Community project in the world to have been recognised by the World Health Organisation.

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Stan Grant

"What sort of country do we want to be?” Stan Grant is a multi-award winning media veteran, author and adventurer. His career in journalism spans more than 30 years and over 70 countries. He has covered stories ranging from the release of Nelson Mandela, the war in Iraq to the rise of China. Stan has hosted major news and current affairs programs and is currently the Indigenous Affairs Editor and host of the Friday 7.30 program on the ABC. Having returned to Australia in 2013, Stan reignited his passion for telling the stories of his own indigenous people. He released his second book 'Talking To My Country' last year and has published numerous articles for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. In 2016 Stan gave an impassioned speech on the topic ‘Is racism destroying the Australian Dream?’ that went viral with over 2 million views. Stan is currently the special advisor to the Prime Minister on Indigenous constitutional recognition.

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Carly Findlay

When Carly Findlay was a baby her parents were told by doctors she would not live past the age of one. Today she is a 35 year old woman who's not just surviving but thriving. Born with the chronic skin condition Ichthyosis that leaves her skin itchy and raw, Carly has dedicated her life to advocating for those with what she calls ‘visible difference’. Carly writes about her condition, Ichthyosis, and broader issues around disability and appearance. She’s written for many publications including The Guardian, Daily Life, The ABC, Mamamia, Frankie magazine and BlogHer. Carly was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014 and is a mulitipe-award winning blogger.

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Professor Paul Komesaroff

Paul Komesaroff is a physician, medical researcher and philosopher at Monash University, where he is Professor of Medicine. He is a practising clinician, specialising in the field of endocrinology. He has been a member of a number of human research ethics committees continuously for over twenty years. His activities in relation to ethics in medicine and society cover a broad scope including new technologies on health and society, consent in research, the experience of illness and palliative care and end of life issues. He is the author of more than 400 articles in science and ethics, and currently Chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and Ethics Editor of the Internal Medicine Journal.

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Dr Rodney Syme

"It's a rare man who breaks the law in full public view, risking his liberty, in order to help those the law leaves to suffer. Rodney Syme is that man."" - Andrew Denton.Rodney Syme became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1964, and over the last twenty-five years has counselled patients about their end of life concerns. He is a high-profile campaigner in the debate around legalising assisted dying for the terminally ill. Dr Syme is not one to shy away from controversy and has successfully appealed against the Medical Board of Australia last year after he was barred from advising patients. He is the current Vice-President of Dying With Dignity Victoria and has just published his second book Time to Die in which he considers not only the ordeals experienced at the end of life, but also the suffering endured by those who are not dying but are in incurable pain.

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Professor Margaret Somerville

Professor Margaret Somerville is the ultimate dual diagnosis: a Professor of both Medicine and Law (and the first woman in Canada to hold a named Chair in Law) as well as the Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University where she taught from 1978 to 2016. She plays an active role in the world-wide development of applied ethics, in particular, the study of the wider ethical and legal aspects of medicine and science. Professor Somerville consults nationally and internationally to a wide variety of bodies including governments, NGO’s, UN agencies and private corporations. She has received many honours and awards including the Order of Australia, eight honorary doctorates and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She recently appeared on the ABC's Q&A program discussing assissted dying, which she strongly opposses.

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Colleen Lavelle

Colleen Lavelle is a Wakka Wakka woman from Hervey Bay QLD, whose personal experience with an inoperable brain cancer has pushed her to lead the way in talking about racism in the health system. She is the author of the blog ProudBlackSista.wordpress.com where she writes abou the experience of being an Indigenous Australian with cancer, and encourages others to share there stories.

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Dr Nate Reid

Dr Nate Reid is a GP from Melbourne where he specializes in mental health, sexual health, addiction medicine and palliative care. He is also a transgender man and a proud advocate for LGBTQIA+ health. He was the President of Switchboard Victoria for 4 years, a community organization that offers telephone and web counseling, referral and information services for LGBTQIA+ individuals in Victoria and Tasmania. Nate graduated with an MBBS from Monash University.

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Dr Rachel Hawker

Dr Rachel Hawker is a South Australian General Practitioner who spent twelve months as the resident doctor on Casey Station, one of the Australian Antarctic Division’s four permanent research stations on Antarctica. Her blog Eat Sleep Freeze Repeat chronicles her time at the station including medical and non-medical adventures at the farthest reaches of civilization.

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Dr Penelope Burns

Dr Penelope Burns takes general practice to the next level. She is a disaster medicine expert who has worked for over 20 years in general practice across rural and urban Australia, Paupa New Guinea, Colombia and the USA. She has also worked for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Cairns, the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern and in far north Queensland. She is the Chair of the Oceania Chapter of the World Association for Disaster & Emergency Medicine, as well as being on the committee of the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma Loss and Grief Network at ANU, and an instructor in Major Incident Medical Management Support training for Medical Command and Emergo training.

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Dr Angela Jay

Dr Angela Jay is a 3rd year Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar working in the Royal North Shore Hospital network in Sydney. She graduated from The University of Newcastle in 2011 and completed her internship and residency in the Central Coast network. While on rural secondment in Port Macquarie in November 2016, Angela was violently assaulted by her ex-partner—sustaining 11 stab wounds and being doused in petrol before fleeing for her life. The subsequent media coverage gained international attention. Dr Jay is now a White Ribbon advocate and is working with RANZCOG to put an end to violence against women. She has pledged to hike the Larapinta Trail for White Ribbon’s “Trek for Respect” in September 2017 and aims to raise $100,000 in the lead-up to fund domestic violence prevention programs.

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Vanessa Marian

Vanessa Marian is a Sydney based art director, performance artist and choreographer whose passion has taken her all over the world. She has danced in Japanese b-boy crew in Tokyo, trained Afrobreats in France, London and Berlin, and learned street dance in New York. She is the founder of GrooveTherapy 101 a hip-hop dance class for anyone who needs the restorative power of a good fun dance. She has designed and offered classes for diverse groups, from dementia suffers to young migrants- helping old people reconnect with old memories, and young people to build self-awareness and confidence. Groove Therapy is a community all of its own making and its out to prove that anybody can dance.

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Dr Bronwyn King

Bronwyn King is a Radiation Oncologist at The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Founder/CEO of Tobacco Free Portfolios. Bronwyn has convinced 32 Australian super funds to divest from tobacco stocks worth ~$1.5 billion AUD and inspired the development of the Global Task Force for Tobacco Free Portfolios, an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control and the WHO. Bronwyn is the Tobacco Control Ambassador for Cancer Council Australia. She represented Australia in swimming and was a team doctor for the Australian Swimming Team. She is an Australia Day Ambassador, actively involved in the Big Brother Big Sister mentoring program and a fellow of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program. In 2014 she was one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence.

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Heather Swan

Heather Swan used to be a corporate executive with no taste for extreme sports. She began adventuring later in life and is now one of Australia's most accomplished adventurers holding three world records and two Australian records in extreme sports, including highest wingsuit BASEjump (from a 6604m peak) and the first and only wingsuit crossing of the Grand Canyon. She is the only woman in the world to successfully combine high altitude mountaineering and wingsuit flying. She rockclimbs, mountaineers, skydives, BASEjumps, wingsuit skydives and wingsuit BASEjumps. When not adventuring, Heather works in her other careers as an award-winning writer and professional photographer. She has been published in SkyDivingMag and Renegade Collective Magazine.

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Dr Sally Cockburn

A Convention favourite, Dr Sally Cockburn is a GP and health advocate - with a twist - while she practices part-time in suburban Melbourne she is also known around Australia as Dr Feelgood, a high profile media presenter who has worked on every television channel and Australia's top radio networks. She spent 10 years as health presenter on Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton and her national radio sex and relationships program Pillowtalk was a trailblazing phenomenon in the 1990s. She is willing to stand up against bullies and ensures sensitive issues are not brushed under the carpet.

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Dr Tom Cross

Dr Tom Cross is the team doctor for the Sydney Swans AFL team. He has practised sports medicine for the past 20 years including working with high profile teams such as Sydney FC Soccer, the Australian Swimming Championships, Harvard College American Football team, ACT Brumbies, and Sydney Kings Basketball. He has also worked with touring acts such as Cirque Du Soleil and Les Miserables. Prior to specializing in Sports Medicine, Dr Cross gained a broad medical experience working as a Resident Doctor for 3 years in the NSW public hospitals, including 1 year specialising in paediatrics at Westmead Children's Hospital where he gained a Diploma in Child Health. Dr Cross has broad sports medicine experience caring for recreational athletes, professional athletes as well as military personnel.

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Dr Diana Robinson

Dr Diana Robinson has more than 20 years of clinical experience as a Sport and Exercise Physician. She has most recently been involved with the A-League football series in athlete and on-field care. She has been the Australian Team Doctor for the Commonwealth Games and Medical Director of Triathlon at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. She has also worked with Rugby, Women’s Hockey, Rowing, Tennis, Ballet and Modern Dance at an elite level. Dr Robsinson has even been the Medical Director for So You Think You Can Dance. She has a strong interest in anti-doping regulation and was appointed to the World Organising Committee for Aquatic Sports Doping Control Board in 2016, and achieved a career highlight last year being honoured by the College of Sports and Exercise Physicians with a Distinguished Service Citation.

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Dr Lily Peng

"The machine will see you now". Dr Lily Peng is a physician-scientist whose work focuses on translating scientific technological advances to clinical medicine. She is currently the Product Manager for the Medical Imaging team at Google. Her team’s work recently showed AI diagnostic skills on-par with those of human doctors and was published in JAMA. Before Google, Lily was a product manager at Doximity, the "Linkedin" for physicians, and a co-founder of Nano Precision Medical (NPM), a medical device start up that is developing a small implantable continuous drug delivery device. She completed her M.D. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of California and received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford.

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Osher Gunsberg

Osher Gunsberg and his illustrious hair have been part of our cultural conciousness since Shannon Noll was robbed. Osher is one of Australia's most recognisable faces, most recently as host of the hit show the Bachelor/Bachelorette for Channel Ten. He has worked extensively on TV and radio and runs his own podcast 'The Osher Gunsberg Podcast' which is now in its third year and has over 6000 subscribers. Osher is also the co-creator and host of Movember Radio for the Movember Foundation.

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Jeremy Scott

Jeremy wasn’t only born with a huge hole in his heart, but with adventure and a love of the great outdoors pulsing through his veins. In October 2011, he set off for what turned out to be a 2 1/2 year 51,916km solo bike ride around the globe. At the completion of that life-changing journey, Jeremy wrote his first book “The Long Road From A Broken Heart”. During his epic ride and beyond, Jeremy raised over $30,000 for the New Zealand, Australian and British Heart Foundations and continues to support these charities through speaking engagements sharing what he learned on his journey. In March 2016 Jeremy was awarded the Australian Heart Foundation 'Heart Hero' Award.

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Dr Dinesh Palipana

Dinesh Palipana is a freshly minted junior doctor with a difference. He is the first quadriplegic medical intern in QLD and only the second person with quadriplegia ever to graduate as a doctor in Australia. He is also a legal professional and inspiring disability advocate especially for medical students.

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Michael Gorton AM

Michael Gorton AM is an experienced commercial lawyer with a focus on the health sector. He is the Chair of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). He has worked for both the Australian College of Emergency medicine, Melbourne Health and most recently consulted for RACS during the bullying and sexual harassment scandal for which he recieved an award for Outstanding Service and was made an Honorary Fellow. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists He has served on the Board for Ambulance Victoria, as well as Chair of the Ministerial Patient Safety Advisory Committee.

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Fiona Krautil

Fiona Krautil is one of Australia’s most experienced diversity professionals. She is the CEO of Diversity Know How which consults on projects to accelerate diversity and high performance for financial services and mining organisations. She has also provided diversity and inclusion education workshops to myriad industry associations including ANZ, Westpac and the University of Sydney. She has worked as the CEO of the Federal Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) from 1999 to 2004 and founded the EOWA Business Achievement Awards, the EOWA Employer of Choice Citation and the Australian Women in Leadership Census.

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Jordan Raskopoulos

Jordan Raskopoulos is an Australian comedian, actress and singer best known as the co-creator and front woman for award-winning comedy rock group The Axis of Awesome, whose '4 Chords Song' is one of the highest rated comedy videos ever. The Axis of Awesome’s social media outlets reach hundreds of millions of hits and hundreds of thousands of subscribers internationally. Jordan is an Australian National Theatresports champion, and currently hosts This is About, a narrative non-fiction podcast on ABC RN. In 2016 she came out as transgender in a viral video called ‘What’s Happened to Jordan’s Beard’. Since then Jordan has become an inspiration to young LGBTQIA+ people.

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Professor Henry Woo

Henry Woo is a Urological Surgeon sub-specialising in Prostate Surgery. He is the Director of Uro-Oncology and Professor of Robotic Cancer Surgery at Lifehouse. He is also Professor of Surgery at the University of Sydney. He has been a pioneer in the development of minimally invasive therapies for benign prostate disease. He has been a regular contributor at both National and International Meetings and has published extensively in major urological journals. He feels privileged to be part of the foundation staff of the new Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School (Sydney Medical School) of the University of Sydney which will play a pivotal role in teaching future doctors.

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Councillor Dai Le

Diversity advocate and politcal trailblaizer, Dai Le came to Australia as a Vietnamese refugee. She is the founder and CEO of DAWN, an organization aiming to develop culturally diverse leadership. She is an award-winning journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with the ABC. She is also Community Commissioner of Multicultural NSW and a Board Member for STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors). Dai stepped into the world of politics in 2008 standing as a candidate in the NSW State seat of Cabramatta where she achieved historic results, shocking the media and political pundits. Dai is a breast cancer survivor and currently serves as a Councillor on Fairfield City Council, one of the most culturally diverse councils in Australia. In 2016 Dai was named as one of the Top 100 Influential Women in Australia according to the Australian Financial Review.

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Libby Lyons

Libby Lyons is the Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency appointed by the Australian Governor-General. Previously Libby was a top executive at BHP Billiton and the General Manager of External Relations at Atlas Iron. SHe has also held senior public affairs roles at CITIC Pacific Mining, Alcoa Australia and the Western Power Corporation and as Executive Chairman of the Perth-based disability charity Kalparrin.

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