2023 Australian Clinical Registry Annual Scientific Meeting “Innovation for Impact”

Topics:ACTA Registries

Please join us on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 October 2023 for the Australian Clinical Registry Annual Scientific Meeting. The theme for this year's event is Innovation for Impact leveraging innovation to increase the impact of clinical quality outcome data to continuously improve Australia’s health.


Day One - Thursday 19 October 2023
Conference Rooms, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road

1:30-5:30PMConference Workshop 1 – Data to Action: Leveraging automated interactive reporting for CQR
About the workshop
Dr Ahmad Reza Pourghaderi
Principal Data Science Lead, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
1:30-5:30PMConference Workshop 2 – Communication approaches to maximize CQR Impact
About the workshop
Ms Claudia Lassetter
Communications Manager, Registries, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
3:30 - 4:00PMAfternoon tea
5:30-8:00PMWelcome drinksThe View Hotel
562 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004
Phone (03) 9529 8888

Day Two - Friday 20 October 2023
Alfred Hospital Innovation & Edcucation Hub

8:00-9:00AMRegistration – Tea and coffee
Poster authors set up their posters
Alfred Hospital Innovation & Education Hub – Foyer
Note:  accessible via 75 Commercial Road
9:00-9:15AMAcknowledgement of Country
Opening of ASM
ACTA Welcome
Professor Sophia Zoungas
Head, School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Monash University
Professor Christopher Reid
Incoming Chair, Australian Clinical Trials Alliance
9:15-9:30AMWelcome and Introduction to ASMProfessors Susannah Ahern & Stephen McDonald
Co-Chairs, CQR Collaboration Hub and ACTA Registry SIG
9:30-9:45AMSecondary use of CQR data – linkage, quality and safety reporting, and future plansDr Lance Emerson
CEO, Victorian Agency for Health Information
9:45-10:00AMSurveillance systems as clinical registriesProfessor Allen Cheng
Director, Monash Infectious Diseases, Monash University
10:00-10:15AMImportance of using Standardised data collection tool to submit data for Quality Assurance and BenchmarkingShaila Chavan
ANZICS Adult Patient Database
10:15-10:30AMDigital Enablement : realising the vision and value of eCQRS in NSWMelissa Tinsley
Agency for Clinical Innovation NSW Health
10:30-10:45AMLeveraging Hospital data to inform RegistriesDeepa Kandasamy
Cabrini Health
10:45-11:10AMPanel Q&A with invited speakers
11.10-11.30AMMorning Tea and Poster ExhibitionAlfred Hospital Innovation & Education Hub Foyer
11:30-11:50AMUpdate on the Framework for Australian CQRs - ensuring CQRs achieve their aimsSuchit Handa
Director, Safety and Quality Improvement Systems
Dr Heather Buchan
Senior Medical Advisor

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
11:50-12:05PMFrom research projects to registries – adopting the ACSQHC Framework for Clinical Quality RegistriesMaggie Johnson
Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry (PCOR) & National Gynaecological Oncology Registry (NGOR)
12:05-12:20PMInnovative Value-based Victorian Lung Cancer Registry pilot study shows preference-based health related quality of life is significantly associated with receipt of guideline concordant careAssociate Professor Susan Harden
Victorian Lung Cancer Quality Registry (VLCR)
12:20-2:40PMAn opportunity for national linkage for CQRsCaitlin Szigetvari
Data Custodian, National Integrated Health Services Information (NIHSI)
Miriam Lum On
Head, Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Kidney Unit

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
12:40-1:00PMPanel Q&A with invited speakers
1.00-1.45PMLunch and Poster ExhibitionAlfred Hospital Innovation & Education Hub Foyer
Concurrent SessionsStream 1Stream 2
Venue: Main Auditorium
Alfred Health Innovation & Education Hub Access via 75 Commercial Road
Venue:  Seminar rooms 1&2 
Alfred Centre Level 5, 99 Commercial Road
1:45-1:57PMImplementation of rapid quarterly benchmarking of neonatal intensive care units in the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network
Prudence Creighton
Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network (ANZNN
Development and validation of a new Patient-Reported Outcome Measure for pain in women with pelvic floor disorders
Sheymonti Hoque
Monash University
1:57–2:09PMEvaluating the accuracy of outlier detection methods when benchmarking sites in clinical registries using a simulation study
Jessy Hansen
Monash University
YourIVFSuccess: A consumer tool using clinical quality registry data
Jade Newman
Australia and New Zealand Assisted Reproduction Database (ANZARD)
2:09-2:21PMLinking pre-hospital and hospital outcome data in STEMI cases
Karen Murdoch
Ambulance Victoria
A multi-pronged approach to improving Registry Trials education and awareness
Duncan Colyer
VCCC Alliance
2:21-2:33PMA self-sufficient model of support of a Clinical Qualities Registry by Pharmaceutical Companies (Pharma)
Dianna Raad
Save Sight Institute
Understanding consumer information needs for the reporting of ANZHFR data
Narelle Payne & Jamie Hallen
Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR)
2:33-2:45PMUsing REDCap to achieve real-time reporting and benchmarking for Clinical Quality Registries (CQRs): an example from the Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) Registry
Alan Tsui
Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) Registry
Evaluating the Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR) Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) program for
maximum impact

Dr Dilinie Herbert
Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR)
2:45-2:57PMEffect of aspirin vs enoxaparin on symptomatic venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing hip or knee arthroplasty: the CRISTAL randomised trial
Verinder Sidhu
Australian Orthopaedic National Joint Replacement RegistryAustralian Orthopaedic National Joint Replacement Registry
Patient perspectives of reporting of centre specific information in kidney failure care: A qualitative study
Professor Stephen McDonald
ANZDATA Registry
2:57-3:09PMEstablishing the Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry (UGICR) Liver Cancer Module: Expansion of a multi-modular Clinical Quality Registry
Eileen Lam
Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry (UGCR)
Response rates in clinical quality registries and databases that collect patient reported outcome measures: a scoping review.
Marisa Caruso
Senior Coordinator
Australian Cystic Fibrosis Data Registry (ACFDR)
3:09 - 3:35PMAfternoon tea and Poster ExhibitionAlfred Hospital Innovation & Education Hub Foyer
3:35-3:50PMTaking diabetes care to new heights: The Australian Diabetes Clinical Quality Registry (ADCQR) Dr Ella Zomer
Senior Research Fellow, Australian Diabetes Clinical Quality Registry (ADCQR)
3:50-4:30PMThe National CQR Program and the Digital Health Agenda
Including Q&A
Allyson Essex
Assistant Secretary
Jennifer Zacny
Director, Digital Health Branch, Medicare Benefits and Digital Health Division

Australian Department of Health and Aged Care
4:30-4:45PMVariation in acute stroke care: Insights and initiatives from the Australian Stroke Clinical RegistryJulie Morrison
Australian Stroke Clinical Registry (AuSCR)
4:25-4:40PMPanel Q&A with invited speakers
4:40-5:00PMPresentation of CQR Registry SIG Survey Results
Presentation of Poster Prize
Conference Wrap Up
Professors Susannah Ahern & Stephen McDonald
Co-chairs CQR Collaboration Hub and ACTA Registry SIG
Please note that the program is subject to change


ASM only200
ASM only$100 Full-time student rate
Workshops$200 each
ASM + one workshop attendance$400


Prof Stephen McDonald

Professor Stephen McDonald is Director of Dialysis at the Central Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplantation Service, Clinical Director of Renal Services for the SA Rural Support Service and Executive Officer of the ANZDATA Registry. He is chair of the South Australian Renal Community of Practice, and of the National Indigenous Kidney Transplant Taskforce. He co-chairs the Registry Special Interest Group of ACTA.

His research interests centre around the epidemiology of end-stage renal disease. Current areas of focus include how Registry data informs clinical practice; Registry based clinical trials; pregnancy among dialysis and transplant patients; and access to and outcomes of kidney transplantation among Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

Professor Susannah Ahern

Professor Susannah Ahern (MBBS (Hons), MBA, FRACMA, PhD) Professor Ahern is a medical administrator and academic in health services research and management at Monash University. As the Head of the Clinical Outcomes Reporting and Research Program, she is the Monash Academic Lead for six national clinical quality registries. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, thirty technical registry reports, and one book chapter. She is currently a member of a number of national committees regarding clinical quality registries and is co-Chair of the Australian Clinical Trial Alliance (ACTA) Registry Special Interest Group (SIG). She has hosted national Clinical Registries meetings in Australia since 2018, and her work informs national registry policy and practice, including the development and implementation of the National Clinical and Virtual Registry Strategy

Dr Heather Buchan

Dr Heather Buchan is a Senior Medical Advisor for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality of Health Care.  She is a public health physician who has worked in health policy and medical management roles in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. Her work at the Commission focuses on ways to increase the effectiveness and appropriateness of health care.

Professor Allen Cheng

Professor Allen Cheng is Professor/Director of Monash Infectious Diseases at Monash Health and the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University. He has research interests in clinical infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, influenza and other vaccine preventable diseases and communicable diseases control. He was previously Co-Chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation and the Chair of the Advisory Committee for Vaccines, and during the COVID-19 pandemic was Acting Victorian Chief Health Officer. He is the lead investigator for FluCAN, a sentinel hospital-based surveillance system for influenza and COVID-19.

Dr Lance Emerson

Dr Lance Emerson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI), based within the Victorian Department of Health. Lance works with the VAHI team to drive improvements in safety and quality in Victorian health services through the provision of analytics and high quality health service performance information. Lance has a passion for development and maintenance of information systems to improve consumer care and has a PhD in the use of clinical indicators to guide better care and improve health outcomes. He has extensive experience in running specialist health organisations, having most recently been CEO of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and prior to that, CEO of the Australian Research and Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). Lance is also a Board Director for Bicycles for Humanity, and the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (formally Red Cross Blood Service).

Suchit Handa

Suchit Handa is the Director of Safety and Quality Improvement Systems for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Suchit has extensive experience working as a professional rural and metropolitan hospital executive, with a focus on using data to drive quality improvement

Professor Sophia Zoungas

Professor Sophia Zoungas is the Head of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, a Professor of Diabetes, Vascular Health and Ageing, and the Director of the Monash University Clinical Trials Centre. She is also a consultant Endocrinologist and Physician with clinical appointments at both Monash Health, including the Victorian Heart Hospital, and Alfred Health, Melbourne.
Professor Zoungas is internationally recognised for her expertise in the design and conduct of large multicentre, multinational clinical trials and cohort studies which have impacted directly on public health and clinical care. She has assembled international and national teams in diabetes, cardiovascular and kidney health, including investigator lead projects and large-scale clinical trials. Her significant contribution to the advancement of diabetes research has been recognised through the Kellion Diabetes Award 2022 and induction into the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2022.
Professor Zoungas has over 290 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal, and Nature Reviews and she is recognised as the most cited researcher in the field of diabetes.

Allyson Essex

Allyson Essex is the Assistant Secretary, Health Modelling, Partnerships and Evaluation Branch, Department of Health and Aged Care. Allyson has worked at the Department of Health and Aged Care since 2019. Her current role is Assistant Secretary for the Health Modelling, Partnerships and Evaluation Branch in the Health Economics and Research Division. Allyson is responsible for developing a strategic economic outlook across Australia's health system, including medium to long term sustainability, and identifying ways to improve value from health care and identify opportunities to minimise waste.

Claudia Lassetter

Claudia Lassetter is a communications professional with over 20 years of international experience, working for Deloitte, Commonwealth Bank, Procter and Gamble as well the Not for Profit Sector. She has several qualifications at graduate and post graduate level and previously taught at a business school.

Dr Ahmad Reza Pourghaderi

Dr Ahmad Reza Pourghaderi (Reza) is a PhD in Heath Service Systems Engineering and a Principal Data Science Lead at Monash University, specialising in AI-driven care optimisation and automated data processes. He led significant initiatives like the Virtual Singapore Emergency Response project and contributed to the award-winning Singaporean COVID-SOS platform.


2023 Australian Clinical Registry ASM Hotels Partners

Preferred and closest hotel:

View Hotel, 562 St Kilda Road
Book using promo code CQR
Enter via Roy Street. Queen $165 per night (Room Only), City View King Room at $185 per night (room only). Healthy breakfast $22 per person, $19 per night per car (advanced booking recommended).  4-star View Hotel Melbourne is located on leafy St Kilda Road with easy access to the CBD, Chapel Street, St Kilda, Southbank and the Alfred Hospital. Perfectly positioned to enjoy the best of the city with many of Melbourne’s entertainment, lifestyle and dining precincts just a short walk or quick tram ride away, easily connected to Melbourne International Airport, 25 minutes away by taxi.
Phone (03) 95298888
Ovolo South Yarra, 234 Toorak Road, South Yarrawww.ovolohotels.com
Book using promo code Monash
A 15-minute walk from the Alfred Hospital. Contemporary, stylish boutique hotel in the heart of the Chapel Street District with a Good Food Guide 2023 One Hat vegan restaurant. Breakfast is an additional $20, per person. Note the more economical rooms are snug.
Phone (03) 9116 2000
Cullen Hotel, 164 Commercial Rd, Prahranhttp://www.mghotels.com.au
Book using promo code CQR
Bold and brash art hotel inspired and named after the late Australian Artist Adam Cullen. Located in the lively party district of Prahran, a 10-minute walk from the Alfred Hospital.
Phone (03) 90981555