The Centre for Health Analytics Symposium

The Centre for Health Analytics is proud to announce its inaugural Symposium will be held on Monday, March 27 2023.


In this symposium, we will provide an overview of the Centre for Health Analytics, how it came to be, and how it strives to achieve its mission to unleash the power of data to improve health.

Join us as we:

We will soon be releasing the Symposium program, which will be available for download.

If you are interested in joining us for this event, please register your interest here.

Guest speakers

The Health Analytics team is extremely honoured to offer the below esteemed guest presenters:

Christopher Longhurst, MD, MS

Chief Medical Officer, Chief Digital Officer, Associate Dean, UC San Diego School of Medicine

Christopher Longhurst MD, MS, is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at UC San Diego Health. This dual, complementary role provides leadership to medical staff, ensuring that standards and protocols are in place to provide the highest quality of care to patients. He also serves as an associate dean at the School of Medicine, overseeing and aligning our education and research missions within the clinical environment, and leading our journey to become a highly reliable, learning health system.

As CMO, Dr. Longhurst is responsible for maintaining excellence in clinical care, including regulatory, patient and clinician satisfaction, quality and safety, and medical affairs. He works alongside leaders at UC San Diego Health, the School of Medicine, and UC Health to improve care delivery and oversees UC San Diego Health’s reputation for delivering safe, innovative, patient-centred care.

Dr. Longhurst is passionate about implementing innovative digital solutions that help improve the patient experience. As the CDO, he leads UC San Diego Health’s technology strategy, overseeing initiatives that advance the infrastructure across UC San Diego and the UC Health system.

Bernadette McDonald RN (Registered Nurse), MHA, GAICD

Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Children’s Hospital

Bernadette McDonald was appointed to the role of CEO of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in September 2021.

Bernadette was previously the CEO of Canberra Health Services at a time of great change in the ACT’s health service system. Prior that appointment, she was the Deputy CEO and then Interim CEO of Austin Health, having previously been the CEO of the Orbost Regional Health Service.

Bernadette is a highly experienced leader with a track record of delivery in the Australian health sector. Known for her strategic vision, strong relationships, inspirational leadership and commitment to exceptional patient care, she demonstrates authentic leadership, and positions organisations for success by strategically assessing the environment and providing foresight to maximise impact and reputation.

Bernadette has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Masters of Health Administration, post graduate diplomas in Health Services and Health Systems Management, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sue Hunt

Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation

Sue has been the CEO of The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation since July 2010. Prior to this Sue was Founding Chief Executive Officer of contemporary arts space and arts business hub, CarriageWorks, Sydney; Director of Performing Arts for the Sydney Opera House; General Manager of the Queensland Theatre Company and General Manager of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

Sue has held Board memberships across a variety of arts and government organisations. She is currently Chair of Auspicious Arts Projects and a Trustee of the Penguin Foundation on Phillip Island.  She held the position of Deputy Chair of Melbourne’s newest arts Festival, Rising). She is an alumna of the Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management course at Harvard Business School, the AICD Company Directors’ Course, the Williamson Community Leadership Program, Leadership Victoria  and the Harvard Club Fellowship Program.

Sue Hunt

Professor Kathryn North AC BSc(Med) MBBS MD DMedSc FRACP FAHMS

Director Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Professor Kathryn North AC is Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne.

Professor North trained as a paediatrician, neurologist and clinical geneticist and was awarded a research doctorate in neurogenetics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Harvard Genetics Program. At MCRI, Professor North leads a diverse team of over 1500 researchers focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of children and their families.

Professor North is a national and global leader in genomic medicine. In 2022 Professor North was appointed by the Australian government as the inaugural Chair of Genomics Australia, a new health agency established to support and accelerate genomic technologies into clinical practice.

Kathryn North

Professor Sarath Ranganathan

Stevenson Chair and Head, Department of Paediatrics University of Melbourne

Prof Sarath Ranganathan MBChB MRCP FRCPCH FRACP PhD ATSF is Stevenson Chair and Head, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Consultant and ex-Director, Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and Head of Respiratory Diseases Research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne.

Sarath was born in India but raised in the United Kingdom. He undertook specialist training at the Royal Brompton and Great Ormond Street Hospitals in London and completed his PhD at University College, University of London.

In 2004, Sarath emigrated to Australia to practice paediatric respiratory medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne, Australia). He served as its Director of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine for seven years before becoming Head of the University Department. In 2019 Sarath was elected Fellow of the American Thoracic Society for his international leadership in this field. He collaborates globally with researchers, including active projects with partners in the US, Europe, India and Vietnam.

Sarath Ranganathan

Kate Lucas

Director, Centre for Health Analytics

Kate is the inaugural Director of the Centre for Health Analytics, appointed in 2020 to build and lead the Centre. Kate specialises in digital health strategy and delivery. She has worked across the clinical and research sector and consulted to the health industry with Deloitte. Kate has led digital transformation projects, has executive level experience in the clinical research sector, and has an extensive working knowledge of hospital and medical research technology requirements, barriers, and opportunities.

Kate has a Bachelor of Science (Honours), a Masters in Information Systems, a Global Executive MBA and is a Certified Health Informatician (Australasia).

Joanna Lawrence

Medical Lead, Choosing Wisely Campaign

Joanna is a general paediatrician with a strong interest in healthcare system sustainability.  She works clinically in Hospital-In-The-Home and the Complex Asthma Service, helping to keep children out of hospital as much as possible. She works as a medical advisor and educator for the EMR team, champions the Choosing Wisely movement at RCH and is the Medical Lead of the Virtual Care project.

Jo Lawrence

Elle Cartmill

Workforce Development Lead, Centre for Health Analytics

Elle is a passionate Workforce Development Lead for the Centre for Health Analytics. Their projects include developing and extending the capabilities for our clinicians and data experts across Campus. Elle devotes much of their extra time to co-design and initiatives like the Gender Equity SAGE accreditation, the D&I EMR roll-out, data governance culture and literacy processes, and groups on campus that support the wellbeing and inclusion of LGBTIQ+ workers.

Elle Cartmill

Professor Andrew Davidson

Medical Director, Melbourne Children’s Trials Centre

Professor Davidson is a Senior Staff Anaesthetist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, head of Anaesthesia Research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and a Professor in the Departments of Paediatrics and Critical Care, University of Melbourne. Andrew is also the Medical Director of the Melbourne Children’s Trials Centre, and Chair of the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network. He trained in anaesthesia in Melbourne, Nottingham, Rotterdam and Boston. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science. He is also Editor in Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia and an Executive Editor for Anesthesiology.

Andrew Davidson

A/Professor Catherine Quinlan, MB BAO BCh CHIA MSc(MedEd) MD(Res) ExecMBA MRCPI FRACP

Paediatric Nephrologist | Clinical Lead in Renal Genetics and co-lead in Peritoneal Dialysis

A/Prof Quinlan is a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, Clinician scientist and Principal Fellow at The Royal Children’s Hospital, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne with a career focus on genetic kidney disease.

Cathy has established an international reputation for collaborative translational research in genetic kidney disease. She established the state-wide renal genetics service in Victoria and established the Kidney Flagship at MCRI, delivering the first multidisciplinary kidney genetics service in Australia. Current projects focus on the identification of novel genes for kidney disease, the implementation of genomics into clinical practice, health economic analysis of genomic sequencing, school screening and the use of data in the electronic medical record for early recognition of kidney disease.

She gained her undergraduate medical qualifications from the National University of Ireland (MB BAO BCh) and her post-graduate degrees in education, medical research and business from Queens University Belfast (MScMedEd), University College London (MDRes) and Monash University (ExecMBA). She is a dual trained paediatrician and nephrologist, member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (MRCPI) and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP).

Cathy blogs at DontForgetTheBubbles, AJKDBlog and NephJC while publishing educational movies on YouTube and leading the NephJC COVID-Kids living literature review. You can follow her on twitter @KidneyCathy where she tweets exclusively about nephrology, genetics and intersectional feminism.

Cathy Quinlan

Gráinne Butler

PhD student Centre for Health Analytics

Dr Gráinne Butler is a PhD Student at the University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is an Irish trained paediatrician and current honorary fellow at RCH with the Department of Nephrology. Her PhD project entitled ‘Early detection of renal disease using the electronic medical record’ is one of the exemplar projects in the Centre for Health Analytics.

Sana Satkumaran

EMR Analyst, Centre for Health Analytics

Saravanan Satkumaran is an EMR analyst for the Centre of Health Analytics. He has previously worked for the Commonwealth Department of Health and the EMR team at the Royal Children’s Hospital. As an EMR analyst he provides insights through data allowing clinicians to make decisions to improve patient care.

Professor Jim Buttery

Professor Child Health Informatics

Jim is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and vaccinologist. He is the inaugural Professor of Child Health Informatics at the University of Melbourne.

Jim is the Head of Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Signal detection at SAEFVIC (MCRI) and Chief Clinical Research Information Officer & Infectious Diseases Physician at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). Prof Buttery also serves as a member of the TGA Advisory Committee on Vaccines.

Gerardo Ikee Dimaguila

Health Informatics Officer, Centre for Health Analytics

Ikee is a qualified specialist in digital health & informatics with a computer science background.  Ikee can critically analyse challenges in implementing innovative health information technologies and develop efficient, evidence-based solutions.

Currently, Ikee is working in a constantly evolving role within the Research stream of the Centre for Health Analytics, providing key data and informatics expertise and team leadership for vaccine safety in the state of Victoria. Ikee continually drives and supports key initiatives that respond to short- and long-term public health service activities and child health informatics research.

Ella Borello

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Vascular Access

Eloise (Ella) is the Clinical Nurse Consultant for Vascular Access and works in the Quality and Improvement team. In this role, Ella contributes to vascular access related governance, education, research and clinical care. Ella is passionate about preventing harm associated with all vascular access devices.  Working in the Quality and Improvement team has taught Ella that ‘understanding the problem’ is the most important step in the pathway to improvement. Ella is incredibly grateful for the role the Centre of Health Analytics has played in helping the RCH to quantify complications associated with vascular access devices.

Lavan Ramesh

EMR Analyst, Centre for Health Analytics

Sailavan is a EMR reporting analyst currently working with the Centre for Health Analytics. Prior to working at CHA, he completed a MBBS degree from Monash University after which he spent a year working as a medical intern in Echuca and Bendigo. He subsequently transitioned into the world of health informatics, working for the RCH EMR team, specifically as a EMR Clinical Documentation analyst with special interest and involvement in patient movement and PAS systems. He is interested in continuing work in this area that will allow both health and medical professionals to improve health data documentation and reporting and incorporate data in their practice, as well as the potential to improve patient health with Data science solutions.

Ben Gelbart

Paediatric Intensivist, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

Ben Gelbart is an intensive care specialist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, and clinical senior lecturer with the Departments of Critical Care and Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne and MCRI. Ben is a clinician researcher who has led and collaborated on binational trials on behalf of RCH and the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Paediatric Study Group. Since the inception of the EMR, Ben has utilised electronic health data for several local research projects and is currently a PhD candidate focusing on fluid accumulation in children during critical illness.

Ben Gelbart