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Digital Healthcare Showcase

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Mater and Cardihab in partnership with Smart Precinct NQ are working together with community to activate an innovation ecosystem. We aim to create opportunities from emerging digital healthcare by building a Centre of Excellence for Virtual Care based out of Townsville and North Queensland. Through our collaboration we hope to inspire a digital health innovation network that will support new ways of delivering healthcare, cultivate emerging ideas, and inspire regional innovators. We believe innovation can remain in regional settings and thrive.

Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland support for the Mater and Cardihab digital health pilot program – based out of Townsville –  has encouraged us to explore virtual services that deliver across Queensland and builds a thriving regional workforce.

To succeed in our ambition, we need forward-thinking contributors from all facets of the community: digital consumers, healthcare leaders, innovation champions, regional futurists and everything in between.

If you want to take a deep dive into how Townsville is leading the state in innovative digital health, we would love to host you at our first Digital Healthcare Showcase event on May 9 at Smart Precinct NQ.

During ticket selection please select if you will attend Session 1, Session 2 OR both Sessions 1 and 2.


Session 1 – Leveraging virtual care modalities for regional growth

This session will explore, how virtual care can be integrated into the Townsville and Far North Queensland healthcare sector to not only improve regional healthcare outcomes, but also grow the region.

  • 10am Welcome – Maree Knight, Director Innovation, Mater
  • Speaker 1 Ms Gabrielle Dockray, Mater Private Hospital Townsville. Gabrielle will speak about the recent Advance Queensland funded project to understand the opportunities and challenges of a virtual cardiac rehabilitation program centred in Townsville.
  • Speaker 2 Dr Helen Souris, CEO of Cardihab, will speak about the importance of Australia’s Digital Health Strategy and associated enablers and priorities, to the delivery of health in the regions. She will bring a view from her extensive engagement with government.
  • On the couch Q&A session hosted by Maree Knight, including Ms Vanessa Priday, from Palm island Community Company Health to inform exploring some of the unique challenges of healthcare in remote settings.
  • Networking with light lunch and refreshments 

Session 2 – Revolutionising Healthcare through Virtual Solutions and Human-Centered Design

  • 12.30pm Welcome – Cassandra Cazzulino, CEO Smart Precinct NQ
  • Speaker 1 Dr. Michael Young, Founder and CEO of Hospital in your Home. Dr Young will introduce their diverse virtual care models being deployed both here and, in the USA, (acute and subacute) using a variety of IOT sensors and platforms.
  • Speaker 2 Simon Lowe, People Tech Revolution. Simon will speak to Human-Centered Technology Design-The intersection of games design, VR, XR, AI in solving real-world problems, with a focus on virtual care, training, and the application in Mater Case study. (Live demonstration/ and available VR headset real world VR trials).
  • On the couch Q&A session hosted by Prof. Ian Atkinson acting Dean of Graduate Research James Cook University, Co-founder of LiXiA and Board member of SPNQ. The On the Couch session will include CEO Helen Souris from start-up Cardihab who will talk to start up challenges, and how they took their tech from a CSIRO discovery through to a commercialisation pathway (www.cardihab.com/)
  • Networking to continue the broader conversation


May 9
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Smart Precinct NQ
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Smart Precinct NQ
143 Walker St
Townsville City, QLD 4810 Australia
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1300 467 119