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Keynote Speakers

The following invited speakers have confirmed their attendance at the Inaugural Wounds Australia Conference 2016.

Conference MC

Mr Gary Bain, The Wound Guy

International Speakers

Prof David Armstrong, Director, Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, USA

Prof Amit Gefen, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Dr David Keast, Chair of the International Wound Infection Institute, Canada

Prof David Margolis, Director Cutaneous Ulcer Program, Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Professor of Dermatology, USA

Dr Greg Schultz, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Florida, USA (sponsored by Smith & Nephew)

National Speakers

Dr Claire Campbell, Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne, VIC

Prof Keryln Carville, Lead Researcher, Silver Chain & Curtin University, WA

Prof Phillip Clarke, Chair in Health Economics, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, VIC

Dr John Crozier AM CSM, Chair at National Trauma Committee Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, NSW

Prof John Funder, Professor, Department of Medicine, Monash University, Professorial Associate, Centre for Neuroscience, The University of Melbourne, Honorary Professor, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland, QLD

Dr Mark Jackson, Griffith University, QLD

Suzanne Kapp, Researcher, The University of Melbourne, VIC

Dr Bill McGuiness,Head of School, School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University and Head of the La Trobe Alfred Clinical School, Alfred Health, VIC

Dr Rosana Norman, Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, QLD

Kylie Sandy-Hodgetts, Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

Professor Jonathan Shaw, Head, Clinical Diabetes and Epidemiology Group, Baker IDI, VIC

Assoc Prof Geoff Sussman OAM, Wound Consultant at Monash University, VIC

Terry Swanson, Nurse Practitioner, International Wound Infection Institute, VIC

Dr Geoff Tymms, Orthopaedic Surgeon OPSMC, VIC

Dr Carolina Weller, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Monash University, VIC

Prof Fiona Wood AM, Head of Unit/Professor, Burn Injury Research Unit, The University of Western Australia, Western Australia


Professor David Armstrong

Professor David Armstrong is Professor of Surgery (with Tenure) at The University of Arizona and Deputy Director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI). Dr Armstrong holds a Masters of Science in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University of Wales College of Medicine and a PhD from the University of Manchester College of Medicine, where he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine. He also co-founded the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA).

Prof Armstrong has produced more than 410 peer-reviewed research papers in dozens of scholarly medical journals as well as over 60 book chapters. He is co-Editor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, now entering its third edition.


Gary Bain

Gary Bain completed his undergraduate training at Avondale College, obtaining a Diploma of Applied Science. He completed his Bachelor of Nursing through the University of Technology Sydney, combining this with a Burns & Plastics Nursing Certificate from the Royal North Shore & Concord Hospitals. He completed his tertiary studies at the School of Medicine University of NSW with a Masters Degree in Clinical Education.

Currently in private practice, Gary provides education to medical, nursing, allied-health and product-industry personnel. He provides clinical support to patients and their health practitioners in the aged care, community, acute care and general practice settings.


Dr Claire Campbell

Dr Claire Campbell has nearly 20 years’ experience working in the Public Hospital System and nearly 10 years in Private Practice. Her core interests are Venous Disease, Vascular Imaging and Health Promotion. Claire has been performing modern venous interventions for the last 7 years and now has one of the largest experiences in modern venous practice in the country. She is a regular invited speaker at national conferences, trains doctors locally and interstate and the vascular trainees at their annual skills meeting in Brisbane. She is passionate about getting to the root cause of disease rather than just placating disease with a band-aid approach.



Professor Keryln Carville

Professor Keryln Carville has extensive clinical experience and is committed to research and education within the domains of wound and ostomy care. She is Chair of the Wounds Australia Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Australia Wound Standards Committee and Chairs the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. She was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Wound Management Association (now Wounds Australia) in 2006 and Life Membership of the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses in 2015. She is a lead researcher in the Silver Chain and Curtin University Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) projects.





Professor Philip Clarke

Professor Philip Clarke is Chair in Health Economics at the Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Previously Prof Clarke was the A/Prof at the Sydney School of Public Health. His health economic research interests include developing methods to value the benefits of improving access to health care, health inequalities and the use of simulation models in health economic evaluation. He has also undertaken policy relevant research for the World Bank, OECD, AusAID and DoHA.

He has over 100 peered review publications and has recently contributed to books on cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis published by Oxford University Press.



Dr John Crozier AM CSM, is a vascular and trauma surgeon on staff of Liverpool hospital, south-west Sydney. He is Chair of the National Trauma Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and vascular surgical specialty elected councillor of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. As a reserve medical specialist he has deployed operationally with Australian Defence Forces on a number of occasions to man-made and natural disasters. He is an Early Management of Severe Trauma director and teaches regularly on Definitive Surgical Trauma Care courses.



Professor John Funder

Professor John Funder in the late 1960s, after graduating in medicine and basic clinical training, wrote his MD thesis on “The control of aldosterone secretion” and his PhD thesis on “Corticosteroid hormones and hypertension”. Over the past 40 years, he has published more than 500 scientific papers in the field, and given over 200 invited presentations at international meetings. In the wake of the 1999 RALES Trial, he has pioneered a reconsideration of the pathophysiological roles of mineralocorticoid receptors in cardiovascular medicine, and of the roles of aldosterone, cortisol and spironolactone as mineralocorticoid receptor ligands. In 2008 he chaired the Endocrine Society Task Force which published Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Primary Aldosteronism; these guidelines are currently in revision, with a second edition due to be published in early 2016.

In 2008 he received the prestigious Novartis Award for his contributions to hypertension, in 2013 the Robert Williams Award for Outstanding Leadership in Endocrinology from the Endocrine Society, and in 2014 the Lifetime Achievement in Hypertension Award from the International Society for Hypertension. Most recently, in 2016 he was awarded the Ipsen Prize, for his contributions to Cardiovascular Endocrinology.


Professor Amit Gefen

Professor Amit Gefen received the B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Tel Aviv University in 1994, 1997 and 2001, respectively. During 2002-2003 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is currently a Full Professor with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of Tel Aviv University. The research interests of Professor Gefen are in studying normal and pathological effects of biomechanical factors on the structure and function of cells, tissues and organs, with emphasis on applications in chronic wound research. In 2007-2008 he was a visiting scientist at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he developed tissue-engineered model systems to study pressure ulcers. To date, Professor Gefen published more than 180 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, many of which on mechanobiology, cell and tissue biomechanics, with applications that are mostly in chronic wound prevention.


Dr Mark Jackson

Dr Mark Jackson works as a specialist Vascular Surgeon across both Public and Private Sectors across the Gold Coast Health Service District. He is Director of Vascular Surgery at Gold Coast University Hospital, The Tweed Hospital (VMO), Gold Coast Private Hospital, Pindara Private Hospital and John Flynn Private Hospitals and runs a his own wound-care clinic for all comers in the community.



Suzanne Kapp

Suzanne Kapp is a researcher at The University of Melbourne, a wound nurse consultant at the Austin Health Wound Clinic and an independent contractor. Her recent clinical and research activities have focused on chronic wound prevention and management, implementation of clinical practice guidelines, e-learning client education and tele-wound care. Her PhD study investigated self-treatment of chronic wounds and her current research activities include the development and evaluation of resources to assist people to self-treat.




Dr David Keast

Dr David Keast is the Medical Director of the Chronic Wound Management Clinic at the Parkwood Institute in London Canada. He is Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University (London). Dr Keast is an Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute, Parkwood Institute Research. He is Co-director of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework and President of the World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care.



Prof David Margolis

David J. Margolis, MD, PhD is currently Professor of Dermatology, Professor of Epidemiology, and a Senior Scholar (core faculty member) in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Margolis' training in epidemiology includes an MSCE degree and PhD. He is the founder and current director of the Center for DermatoEpidemiology and Translation (CDET) in the Department of Dermatology. He was the founder and director of the Cutaneous Ulcer Center. Dr. Margolis' research awards have been focused on the treatment and prognosis of patients with chronic cutaneous wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers, the treatment of atopic dermatitis, the genetic variants of atopic dermatitis, cardiovascular disease and psoriasis, and the effect of chronic antibiotic exposure in patients with acne. He has published over 300 manuscripts or book chapters that have been cited more than 25,031 times (per google scholar).


Dr Bill McGuiness

Dr Bill McGuiness has been involved in wound management since 2000 as both an educator and a clinician. During this time he has focused on improving patient outcomes through the use of enabling technologies and varied health care models. Bill is particularly passionate about systems that enable the patient to be actively involved in their care by telecommunication technology and patient education information.

Bill was invited to Singapore in September 2014 by Singapore’s Ministry of Health under their Manpower Development Visiting Scholar Program. Bill delivered lectures and workshops in wound care at Singapore General and Changi Hospitals.

Throughout his career Bill has sought to develop his expertise in education, research and practice as evidenced by his current roles of Head of School, Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University and a Wound Clinical Nurse Consultant at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.


Dr Rosana Norman

Dr Rosana Norman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI), at the Queensland University of Technology. She currently leads a large health economics project to reveal the social and economic benefits of optimal wound care across Australia. She also provides health economics expertise for WMI CRC funded projects assessing the cost-effectiveness of wound management innovations. She is widely recognized for her leading role in burden of disease assessments in several developing countries carried out over the last 16 years including Malaysia, Vietnam and South Africa. Previously, Dr Norman held an academic appointment at the Centre for Burden of Disease and Cost-Effectiveness studies in the School of Public Health at The University of Queensland where she managed the UQ activities of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project. She continues to serve as an expert advisor to the GBD Collaboration and the Australian and South African National Burden of Disease Studies. She has played an important role in Australia, and internationally, in building capacity in burden of disease assessments among researchers who are employed or contracted by governments. She has more recently expanded her interests to building capacity in health services research and cost-effectiveness analysis. She has published widely in leading international journals including the Lancet and PLOS Medicine.


Kylie Sandy-Hodgetts

Kylie began her career in health sciences working as a Researcher at UWA’s Department of Anatomy and Human Biology in small biotech start-ups specialising in diagnostic tools for GP’s and surgical training programmes. Following this she spent over 10 years in the commercial sector working with organisations such as Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (Pfizer), Convatec and KCI (Acelity) in areas of customer relational selling, product launches and evaluation, business development and education. Kylie is currently President of the Wound Management Innovation CRC Student Association, Deputy Chair of Wounds Australia and Board Member, Cooperating Organisations, European Wound Management Association (EWMA). She is currently completing her PhD in the area of surgical wounds. Her research experience includes clinical trials management, ethics and governance, key stakeholder relationship management, study design, methodology and implementation, data management, analysis and dissemination of findings. Her focus is on translational research and her interests include prevalence of surgical wound complications, development of diagnostic tools for clinical use, post-operative management of breast cancer patients and wound healing.


Dr Greg Schultz

Dr Greg Schultz is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Director of the Institute for Wound Research at the University of Florida. Dr Schultz completed a PhD in Biochemistry from Oklahoma State University and Postdoctoral training in Cell Biology at Yale University. Dr. Schultz's research focuses on the molecular regulation of wound healing, with an emphasis on anti-scarring therapies and the roles of elevated proteases and bacterial biofilms in chronic wounds. Dr. Schultz has authored over 330 scientific publications that have been cited more than 15,000 times, is PI or Co-investigator on grants totaling over $35 million, is an inventor on 27 patents and a co-founder of two biotech companies. He was recognized by TIME magazine as an Innovation Leader in 2006. He served as a member of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel from 2007 to 2010, and served as President of the Wound Healing Society from 1999-2001 and was designated as a Silver Fellow of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in 2010.


Professor Jonathan Shaw

Professor Jonathan Shaw underwent his clinical and research training in the UK. At Melbourne’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, his research focuses on epidemiology and clinical research in diabetes, and he is also a consultant physician in the diabetes services. He has authored over 350 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 35 book chapters. He is the Chair of the Diabetes Expert Advisory Group to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Council member of the Australian Diabetes Society, and Past-President of the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group. His awards include the global Novartis Diabetes Award (for research) (2006), the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group Peter Bennett award (2011), and the Australian Diabetes Society's Jeff Flack Diabetes Data award (2015). In 2014, he was included in the Thomson Reuters The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, which listed the 1% most highly cited scientists in the world since 2002.


Terry Swanson

Terry Swanson was endorsed in 2004 as a nurse practitioner in wound management as one of the first in her state and specialty. She has been an active member in the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA) state and national by holding positions of responsibility and working on subcommittees. Terry was admitted as a Fellow of AWMA in 2010 for her significant contribution to wound management at a state, national and international level. She is the Immediate past Chair of the International Wound Infection Institute.

Terry is a Founding Member of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioner (Vic Branch) and has experience in presenting at local, state, national, and international levels. She has published articles and book chapters and her most recent project was co-editing a book that was published in Australia in 2014 by IP Communications titled: Wound Management for the Advanced Practitioner.


Assoc Prof Geoff Sussman OAM

Associate Professor Geoff Sussman holds a position in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University and he has been a faculty member at St Anne’s College Oxford University and Auckland University. He has been involved in wound management for over 30 years in clinical research and clinical practice and teaching and has over 100 publications including 24 book chapters. He is a board member of Wounds Australia, an executive board member of the Australasian Wound and Tissue Repair Society and The International Wound Infection Institute. He was the inaugural Secretary of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies and is President elect of the Asia Pacific Association for Diabetic Limb Problems. He is associate editor of the International Wound Journal, a member of the editorial board of Wound Practice and Research, Chronic Wound Care Management and Research and is a member of the advisory committee for Post Graduate Wound Care education at Monash University. He was awarded an OAM in the Queens birthday Honours in 2006 for his work in wound care as a researcher, educator and clinician. He was recognised at the 2008 World Wound Healing Congress in Toronto with a life time achievement award for his work in wound management.


Dr Geoff Tymms

Dr Geoff Tymms is a Melbourne orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon. He completed his medical training at the University of Melbourne in 1995 and then underwent orthopaedic surgery training in Melbourne and obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Geoff has worked as a consultant surgeon in a number of Melbourne's hospitals. He obtained further foot and ankle surgery experience during visits and training in the United States and Europe, and now practices solely in foot and ankle surgery.

Geoff's interests are in all sporting and non-sporting foot and ankle injuries. Particular interests are in sporting ankle and foot injuries, ankle ligament reconstruction surgery, ankle arthritis and ankle replacement surgery, ankle arthroscopy and cartilage injuries, Achilles tendon injuries, flatfoot and deformity reconstructive surgery. He works at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and in private at the Epworth hospital Richmond. Geoff helps care for many diabetic foot patients at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.


Dr Carolina Weller

Dr Carolina Weller is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian Public Health Senior Research Fellow in the School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Monash University. Carolina is leading the NHMRC Aspirin in Venous Leg Ulcer (ASPiVLU) clinical trial examine if Aspirin as an adjunct to compression has a disease modifying role in venous leg ulcer healing. Carolina’s research interests include examining novel biomarkers and therapeutic interventions to improve healing outcomes and facilitating translation of research to clinical practice. Dr Weller is the recipient of the Monash University Public Health and Preventive Medicine Excellence in Research prize and the Australian Wound Management Association Fellowship Award for significant contribution to wound research at a national and international level.


Professor Fiona Wood AM

Professor Fiona Wood AM has been a burns surgeon and researcher for the past 20 years and is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA). She is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, co-founder of the first skin cell laboratory in WA, Professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia, and co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation.

Professor Wood’s greatest contribution and enduring legacy is her work pioneering the innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique (Recell), which greatly reduces permanent scarring in burns victims.

Fiona was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003. In 2005 she won the Western Australia Citizen of the Year award for her contribution to Medicine in the field of burns research. That same year her contribution to burns care was recognised through Australia’s highest accolade when she was named Australian of the Year for 2005.