Keynote Speakers - Cape Sounion 2013

Justice J Dyson Heydon AC

J Dyson Heydon

J Dyson Heydon AC was appointed to the High Court of Australia in 2003, after having been a judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal since 2000. He graduated in Arts from the University of Sydney, and, as the Rhodes Scholar for New South Wales in 1964, graduated as Master of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University.

He was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1973 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1987. At the age of 34, he was elected Dean of the University of Sydney Law School for 1978–79. He practised at the Bar from 1979 until his appointment to the Court of Appeal. He has published a number of legal texts, including his first book, The Restraint of Trade Doctrine, and joined Sir James Gobbo and David Byrne to co-author the second Australian edition of Cross on Evidence in 1980, becoming sole author of subsequent editions. Justice J Dyson Heydon AC was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2004 and will retire from the High Court in early 2013.

Mr Simon McKeon AO

Simon McKeon

Simon McKeon is a prominent investment banker and record breaking yachtsman, but it’s his efforts to support multiple Australian and international charities which has earned him great admiration and contributed to his being named as Australian of the Year for 2011 and an Officer of the Order of Australia in June 2012.

While enjoying a successful corporate career as Executive Chairman of Macquarie Group’s Melbourne office, Chairman of CSIRO, Business for Millennium Development and the Federal Government’s Panel conducting a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research, he is also seriously engaged within the community sector supporting a range of organisations. These include World Vision Australia, the Global Poverty Project and Red Dust Role Models, which works with remote Indigenous communities. Simon has held the World Speed Sailing Record for most of the last two decades and is Patron of the Australian Olympic Sailing Team. A leading social entrepreneur, Simon demonstrates how business and philanthropy go hand in hand, giving generously of his time and energy to many organisations.

Dr Gerard Vaughan AM

Gerard Vaughan

Gerard Vaughan, recently retired Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Victoria, is a museum administrator and art historian with extensive experience in the international art and museum worlds. He has a particular interest in the history of taste and art collecting, ranging from neo-classicism to post-impressionism.

A student and subsequently teacher of art history at both Melbourne and Oxford Universities, he has also served as the London-based adviser to the Felton Bequests Committee in Melbourne, been Private Secretary to the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Deputy Director of Campaign for Oxford University, one of the most successful fundraising programs undertaken in Europe, and Director of the British Museum Development Trust.
His many achievements whilst at the National Gallery of Victoria include the redevelopment program at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, and NGV International in St Kilda Road. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and the Australian Academy of Humanities and holds numerous national and international appointments. Dr Vaughan has now been appointed to the Higgins Professorial Fellowship in the new Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne.

Conference Speakers - Cape Sounion 2013

Hon Austin Asche A.C. QC

Austin Asche

was the first Judge appointed to the Family Court of Australia prior to moving to the Northern Territory, where, among other significant community contributions, he served as Administrator of the Northern Territory and Chancellor of the Northern Territory University. He is married to Dr Valerie Asche AM and together they have been regular attendees of our Conferences

Professor John Bertram

John Bertram

is currently Professor and Head of Anatomy and Developmental Biology in the School of Biomedical Sciences at Monash University. Having studied at University of Western Australia, Flinders University in South Australia and the University of Washington in Seattle and taught at The University of Melbourne he is well know through much of Australia and internationally for his work on kidney function and is currently the co-Chair of the Healthy Start to Life research initiative in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. This 350 member network supports and enhances research at Monash and its affiliated hospitals and research institutes, focused on embryonic, fetal and postnatal development, and the consequences of suboptimal development for adult health.

Mrs Joan Dwyer OAM

Joan Dwyer

is currently a Legal member of the Mental Health Review Board and was formerly Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Commonwealth). Over an extensive legal career she has also served on numerous health and welfare oriented boards, the Social Security Appeals Tribunal as well serving as Chairman of the Equal Opportunity Board of Victoria. Joan will be presenting with Jane Waddell who is a nurse with many years experience and also a recent law graduate.

The Honourable Justice Peter Garling

Peter Garling

is a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1979, he has been involved in a number of significant court cases, royal commissions and public inquiries, including hearings into the Thredbo landslide, the Waterfall and Glenbrook rail accidents, the Sydney bushfires in 1996 and the collapse of HIH. He will speak about an inquiry he headed into acute care services in NSW public hospitals following the death of schoolgirl Vanessa Anderson at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital in 2005. She was taken to the hospital after being hit in the head by a golf ball.

Dr Susan Ieraci

Susan Ieraci

is a specialist in emergency medicine with thirty years’ experience in the public hospital system.  In addition to clinical work, she has been active in policy development at both State and Federal levels. Having served a twelve-year term as a member of the NSW Medical Board (now a branch of the Medical Board of Australia), Sue is interested in the interface between medicine, the law and professional standards. In this session, she explores a trend in current society towards the anti science movement that holds disdain for orthodox professional training and its risks for the unprotected. In particular, she explores the mechanisms available for regulation of “alternative” practitioners and remedies.

Ms Katerina Kampitsi

is a graduate of the Law School of Athens and has completed post-graduate studies in Corporate Law at the Sorbonne University in Paris. With practices in both Athens and the USA, Katerina is well experienced in corporate and tax issues across international borders and the related issues for Greeks abroad.

Associate Professor Bruce Love

Bruce Love

Following training in Melbourne and London Bruce was appointed to the staff of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne in 1980 and appointed a Clinical Associated Professor in 2007 in the Department of surgery at St Vincent’s. His clinical and academic interest has been in the wear characteristics of joint arthroplasty and sophisticated methods of planning for joint replacement and has participated in Australian Government medical device approval committees in recent years and increased medico-legal work.

Dr John Mathews

John Mathews

is a graduate of Science and Medicine from the University of Melbourne, with a significant career in epidemiological research and public health. After early work in PNG, the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute and in Oxford, he established genetic epidemiology in Melbourne before moving to Darwin as Foundation Director of the Menzies School of Health Research and the CRC for Aboriginal Health. He has also been a senior adviser in public health to the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. As a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, he leads NHMRC-supported research on pandemic influenza, ionizing radiation and computerised linkage of de-identified medical records.

Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith

Joan Ozane-Smith

is a Research Professor in the Monash University Department of Forensic Medicine and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, where she heads the Prevention Research Unit. This multidisciplinary unit focuses principally on injury prevention research and data systems interfacing the methods of epidemiology and public health with those of other disciplines. Until July 2012 she was also the Director of the National Coronial Information System. Her current research interests include injury prevention in low and middle income countries, occupational injury, safe design, drowning prevention and injury data systems. Her other interests include translation of research to prevention and building intellectual capacity in injury prevention.

Mr John Paolacci

John Paolacci

is a partner at Moore Stephens, specialising in Professional Services and Health & Aged Care Consulting. He has practised as a Chartered Accountant for over 20 years including the position of Senior Tax Manager for an international firm and subsequently partner at PKF Melbourne. His experience also includes providing business and taxation advice with specialist skills in salary packaging, superannuation, litigation support, business valuations and loss of profits, business succession planning, and exit strategies.

The Hon Anthony Puckeridge QC

Anthony Puckeridge

is now a largely retired Judge of the District Court of N.S.W and was Deputy Chairperson of the Medical Tribunal of N.S.W. Admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1964, he was appointed Queens Counsel in 1984 and has appeared for the plaintiff in numerous personal injuries cases including: Watson v Haines, the first million dollar damages award in N.S.W, damages cases resulting from Atomic testing at Maralinga and McLean v the Commonwealth from the Melbourne/Voyager Collision. He will speak about liability for sports injuries.

Mr Rowan Story AM, RFD

Rowan Story

is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who holds degrees in science, dentistry and law. In addition to his clinical practice, he is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and Director General Health Reserves - Air Force with the rank of Air Commodore. He is also part of a Cleft Team that provides voluntary services to help Vietnamese oral surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and orthodontists. This contribution, amongst others, was recognised when he was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2002

Professor Doreen Thomas

Doreen Thomas

is Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne and also the Associate Dean (Research) for the Melbourne School of Engineering. She is part of the team at Bionic Vision Australia - a national consortium of researchers working together to develop a bionic eye that can restore sight to people with vision impairment due to retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration.

The Honourable Anthony Whealy QC

Anthony Whealy

retired recently as a judge of the Court of Appeal, in the Supreme Court of N.S.W. He is currently the Chairman of a C.O.A.G. committee, involved in the preparation of a report on the effectiveness or otherwise of Australia’s Counter-Terrorism laws. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal, he presided over a number of significant trials. These included the Rene Rivkin trial, and two of Australia’s major Terrorism trials. His final criminal trial was that of Keli Lane- a young woman convicted of the murder of her new-born baby daughter. It is this trial that will be the subject of his paper at the conference.

Associate Professor Dr Yannis Zervas

Yannis Zervas

was born and educated in Greece. On completing his medical, course, he trained in Psychiatry at the State University of New York and specialized in consultation-liaison psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and psychotherapy. He then returned to Greece to join the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Athens, and currently directs the Women’s Mental Health Clinic and the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Unit.


Award Winners

The Dontas Family Travelling Fellowships

Since 2001 this Conference has awarded travelling fellowships to two young Australians in recognition of excellence achieved in post graduate study in the fields of either Law or Medicine.

We are delighted to announce that the winners for this Conference are:

Dr Vincent Ho

Vincent Ho

the Winner of the 2013 Professor Anastasios Dontas Travelling Fellowship – Medical. Vincent completed his medical qualification at The University of New South Wales, and has completed his Fellowship of the Australasian College of Physicians, in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, in addition to qualifications in Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Education. He is currently completing an MD postgraduate research programme and lecturing at the University of Western Sydney.

Miss Vanessa White

Vanessa White

the Winner of the 2013 John Harber Phillips - Dontas Family Travelling Fellowships – Legal. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Bachelor of Laws at The University of Otago she is currently teaching at the University of Adelaide and where she is also working towards a Doctor of Philosophy degree within the Faculty of Law.

Exceptional Circumstances Awards

In addition to these Fellowships we are delighted to announce that in 2013 we will also be making two special awards to Greek students undertaking post graduate study in the fields of either Law or Medicine, to enable those students to attend the Conference and also to assist with their studies. These awards are made as a gesture of support for Greece in difficult times by Australian friends and colleagues. The awards will be known as the Dr Eugenia Dontas Award for Medicine and the John Pasias Award for Law and Business in recognition of two long time contributors to the Conference. Winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of the Conference.

The President’s Prize

This new award commencing at this Conference is in recognition of an outstanding abstract submitted by a practitioner in response to the call for papers.

Professor Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell

has been selected as the winner of The President’s Prize for the 2013 Conference for his abstract entitled “Trade and Investment Law’s Impact on Public Health Measures- The Aegis for the Unprotected or the Trident Used Against Them?” Andrew is currently a Professor at the Melbourne School of Law and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School and a certificate of Public International Law from The Hague Academy.