MSIA 2020 Summit

Hear what the Minister wants, what the Australian of the Year needs, and what the new ADHA CEO is doing

2020 and a Zoom Summit. But we promise it will hit the spot.
We will provide inspiration from the Australian of the Year. Practical valuable advice about what the Government and the ADHA are planning for 2021 from Minister Hunt and ADHA CEO Amanda Cattermole. International perspectives from Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang.

We are also sending everyone who registers before 10 November a special care pack i.e. a cocktail to sip on at the end of the year AGM on 24 November with your friends. Do come!
Exclusively MSIA members only and free as usual for you.


10AM AEDT – Summit Welcome & Open – MSIA President & CEO MIMS Australia & MIMS New Zealand Robert Best

10:05 - 10:35 – Dr James Muecke – Australian of the Year - " What Drives The Australian of the Year - & His Challenge for Health Software"

10:35 - 10:45 – MSIA Member Q+A with Dr Muecke

10:45 - 11:15 – The Hon Greg Hunt Commonwealth  Minister for Health & Minister Assisting the Prime Minister with Public Service and Cabinet

11:15 - 11:30  BREAK

11:30 - 12:15 – Audrey Tang – Taiwan’s Digital Minister

12:15 - 12:45 – Amanda Cattermole – CEO Australian Digital Health Agency

12:45 - 12:55 – Q+ A with Amanda Cattermole

12:55 – Summit Close & Reminder of MSIA 2020 AGM Tuesday 24 November

Speakers and Panellists

Minister Greg Hunt


Greg was born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula where he currently resides with his wife Paula and their two children.

Greg graduated from Melbourne University with First Class Honours in Law and subsequently won a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a Masters of International Relations at Yale University.After university, Greg worked with Mallesons Stephen Jacques before becoming Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court. Between 1994 and 1998, Greg worked as a Senior Adviser to the then Opposition Leader and subsequent Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer. He then headed Australia’s electoral mission to Cambodia in 1998. Greg then worked with McKinsey and Co for almost three years, during which time he became an Engagement Manager and specialised in telecommunications, start-ups, government reform and the banking sector.

Greg’s achievements include being named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, being a runner up in the World Debating Championships and being selected as Australia’s debating captain. Greg was elected as the Federal Member for Flinders in 2001, and became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage and then Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs as a young MP in the Howard Government.

Greg was Shadow Minister for the Environment from 2007-2013, and was Minister for the Environment between September 2013 and July 2016. As Environment Minister, Greg counts his key achievements as establishing Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund, developing the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and $1 billion Reef Fund. In 2016 he was selected as the inaugural Best Minister in the World recipient at the World Government Summit.

Greg was appointed Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science in July 2016 and was responsible for implementing the Government’s innovation agenda and ensuring support for Australian jobs today, tomorrow and the jobs of the future.

In January 2017, Greg was appointed Minister for Health and Sport. In May 2019, Greg was appointed Minister for Health and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Cabinet. Greg is incredibly passionate about the health portfolio and his vision is to ensure that Australia has the best health care system in the world.

Greg is guaranteeing Australians’ access to health services and affordable medicines with the establishment of the Medicare Guarantee Fund to secure the ongoing funding of Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Greg has struck partnerships with the nation’s GPs, specialists, pharmacists and the medicines sector. This is historic; as it is the first time a Government has achieved simultaneous partnerships with all sectors and underscores the Government’s rock solid commitment to Medicare and delivering the health care people need.

Mental health is an issue that is particularly important to Greg. Mental health touches nearly every family in Australia and he is making this a focus of his role as Health Minister to improve mental health services.

Greg is a keen sportsman and has competed in seven marathons as well as numerous local events such as the Arthurs Seat Challenge fun run, the Mount Martha Australia Day Swim and the Dromana Life Saving Club swim.

As the Member for Flinders, Greg has completed five 500km walks around his electorate – in 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2018 – to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Amanda Cattermole PSM

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Amanda Cattermole is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Health Agency, a role she commenced in September 2020.

Prior to this Amanda was the Chief Operating Officer at Services Australia (formerly the Department of Human Services).

Amanda served as interim Chief Executive Officer during the 2019/20 bushfires season.

Amanda held several other senior roles at Services Australia, including an extended period as Deputy Secretary, Health and Aged Care, responsible for the delivery of more than $60 billion in annual payments and services to Australians under Medicare, the PBS and in the aged care sector.

Amanda has also held senior roles in the Commonwealth Departments of Treasury, Prime Minister and Cabinet and Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs.

In her earlier career Amanda worked as a lawyer in Victoria, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce, a Master of Laws and a Master of Business Administration.

Amanda received the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service leading reform in providing housing for Indigenous people in remote communities and the National Gambling Reform laws.


Dr James Muecke

Dr James Muecke AM graduated with Honors from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1987. Following his internship, James lived and worked as a doctor in Africa and subsequently as an eye surgeon in the Middle East, battling malaria, wild animals, and rebel soldiers. He founded Sight For All in 2008, turning his boundless energy into a fight against blindness in the Aboriginal and mainstream communities of Australia and some of the poorest countries of Asia and Africa. Sight For All’s comprehensive and sustainable projects are now impacting on the lives of over one million people each year.

His commitment to social impact and humanitarian endeavors has earnt him a number of awards including an Order of Australia in 2012, the Australian Medical Association’s President’s Leadership Award in 2013, and Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur for Australia in 2015. James is Australian of the Year for 2020.

James is a researcher, a teacher, an author, a musician, a photographer, and a film producer, and uses his many skills to deliver passionate, fascinating, and at times confronting presentations about his life, his work, philanthropy, resilience and social entrepreneurship. A neurological condition impacting on his dexterity has forced James into a premature retirement from surgery. Not letting his disability slow him down, James has redirected his vigor to crafting films, and has a number of powerful documentaries under his belt and several compelling projects in production.

Minister Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang, a civic hacker and Taiwan’s Digital Minister in charge of Social Innovation, known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell and for building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin.

She served on Taiwan's National Development Council's Open Data committee and K-12 curriculum committee, and she led the country's first e-Rulemaking project. She has also worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography and with Socialtext on social interaction design. She actively contributes to g0v ("gov zero"), a vibrant community that focuses on creating tools for the civil society with the call to "fork the government."