APBEN 2021 Speakers

More confirmed speakers will be announced here shortly and the conference program will be coming soon. Please note that the Conference Organizing Committee is committed to delivering a diverse, inclusive and accessible program for all.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Jacinta Elston

Professor Jacinta Elston is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) at Monash University.

Professor Elston is a highly regarded higher education and public health advocate with a remarkable record of leadership spanning more than two decades in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement, education, and research.

Previous to Monash Professor Elston was Professor of Indigenous Health, and Associate Dean (Strategy and Engagement) in the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook
University (JCU). Over two decades she held various roles at JCU before relocating to Melbourne to join Monash University in 2018.


Professor Rowena L. Escolar-Chua

Professor Escolar-Chua is Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines. She holds a doctorate in development studies and a Master of Nursing. Her recent research has focused on experiences of moral distress, moral sensitive and moral courage among nursing students in the Philippines.


Mr Martin Fletcher

Mr Fletcher

Mr Fletcher is the inaugural chief executive officer of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). With more than 15 years’ experience in patient safety in Australia, the United Kingdom and internationally, he brings strong expertise in public protection and quality improvement to the work of establishing and leading AHPRA.

Before joining AHPRA in 2009, Mr Fletcher was chief executive of the National Patient Safety Agency, the leading National Health Service body for patient safety in England and Wales. From 2004 to 2007 he worked with the World Health Organisation in Geneva to establish a global program of work on patient safety. From 2000 to 2002, he worked with the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care to establish the first national program of work on patient safety in Australia.

Mr Fletcher holds a Master of Management degree in public sector management, an Honours degree in behavioural sciences and an undergraduate degree in social studies.


Professor Craig M. Klugman

Prof Klugman

Professor Klugman is a professor of bioethics and health humanities in the Department of Health Sciences at DePaul University in Chicago, the United States, where he co-directs the Bioethics & Society program.

Professor Klugman is the author of over 450 articles, book chapters, OpEds, and blog posts on such topics as bioethics, professionalism, digital medicine, end-of-life issues, public health ethics, research ethics, education, health/medical humanities, and health policy. He is the blog editor and frequent writer for bioethics.net as well as creator of the BioethicsTV column. Professor Klugman is the executive producer of the award winning film Advance Directives and has developed programs for using art and improvisational theater to teach health students. He serves as chair of ethics for the Illinois Crisis Standards of Care Task Force and is co-founder of the Health Humanities Consortium. Klugman is also the artist of the Graphic Bioethics comics series that appears at bioethics.net.


Dr Sanjay Nagral

Dr Sanjay Nagral

Dr Sanjay Nagral is a surgeon, writer and ethicist based in Mumbai, India. He trained in surgery at the Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai and was Associate Professor of Surgery at the KEM Hospital. He currently serves as Consultant Hepatobiliary Surgeon, Dept of Surgical Gastroenterology at Jaslok, Fortis & Shushrusha Hospitals, Mumbai and as Honorary Surgeon, KB Bhabha Municipal General Hospital. He is a member of the Council of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, devoted to combatting organ trafficking and transplant tourism, and is a founder member and current Chairperson of the Forum for Medical Ethics Society and is on the Editorial board of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. Among his recent publications, Dr Nagral co-edited Healers or Predators? Healthcare Corruption in India, published by Oxford University Press. Dr Nagral has also written extensively in the print media, with regular contributions to the Times of India, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Mirror and Deccan Herald.


Associate Professor Caroline Wright

Caroline Wright

A/Prof Caroline Wright is course convenor for the Master of Radiation Therapy at Monash University, Australia where she has developed innovative online and clinical curricula for the Master of Radiation Therapy and the Master of Advanced Radiation Therapy Practice programs. She completed her PhD in 2015 investigating fitness to practise in radiation therapy and has secured grant funding to continue this research investigating practitioner and student experiences of lapses in professionalism. She sits on numerous Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences committees/groups including the Clinical Fieldwork Placement Operations and Strategy committees, Faculty Learning and Teaching committee, Collaborative Care Curriculum working group, and is an Affiliate member of the Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education. A/Prof Wright has been the Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Medical Radiations Research Network since 2014 and is member of the editorial review board for the Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice. In 2018 A/Prof Wright was appointed by the Minister for Health to the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.


Confirmed speakers and panellists:

  • Australia

Ms Jane Duffy, Deakin University

Ms Mary Lawson, Deakin University

Dr Rosalind McDougall, University of Melbourne

Ms Candice McKenzie, Deakin University

Professor Gary Rogers, Deakin University

A/Prof Anna Ryan, University of Melbourne 

Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Stephen Tobin, Western Sydney University

Dr Emma Tumilty, Deakin University

Caitlyn Blaich, Western Sydney University *

Dr Cynthia Forlini, Deakin University *

Dr David Hunter, University of Adelaide *

A/Prof Andrew Stuart Lane, University of Sydney *

Dr Debbie Ling, Monash University *

John McInerney, Monash University *

Ms Alexandra Wakeley, Deakin University * 


  • China

Professor Yali Cong, Peking University

Professor Shekhar Kumta, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Mengfeng Li, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou

Professor Ho Keung Ng, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Olivia Ngan, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Ray Wai-Lok Cheung, Chinese University of Hong Kong *

Dr Wai-Tat Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong *

Xueying Zhang, Nanjing Medical University *


  • Indonesia

Dr Amalia Muhaimin, Universitas Jenderal Soedirman

Nabila Puspakesuma, Universitas Gadjah Mada *


  • Malaysia

Dr Mark Tan, MARA University of Technology

Dr Wee-Ming Lau, Monash University Malaysia

Dr Maude E. Phipps, Monash University Malaysia *

Mohd Hariz Bin Roslan, Monash University Malaysia *

A/Prof Suhaila Sanip, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia *

A/Prof Alex Tang, Monash University Malaysia *


  • New Zealand

Associate Professor Lynley Anderson, University of Otago

Ms Amanda B. Lees, Auckland University of Technology

Dr Mike Tweed, University of Otago


  • Pakistan

Professor Aamir M. Jafarey, Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, SIUT, Karachi 

A/Prof Kulsoon Ghias, Aga Khan University *


  • Philippines

Associate Professor Pacifico Calderon, St Luke’s Medical Centre College of Medicine

Dr Susan Pelea-Nagtalon, St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine *


  • Singapore

Dr Tamra Lysaght, National University of Singapore

Emeritus Professor Alastair V. Campbell, National University of Singapore

Associate Professor Roy Joseph, National University of Singapore

Dr Vicki Xafis and Tracey Anne Dunbrook, National University of Singapore *


  • United Kingdom

Associate Professor Michael Dunn, University of Oxford


  • United States

Associate Professor Jeffrey Farroni, University of Texas Medical Branch

Professor Robert Klitzman, Columbia University

Morris Fabri, Duke University * 

Michael L. J. Greer and Jenny Clark Schiff, The Graduate Centre of CUNY *

Steven T. Licardi, East Side Institute *

Tanner McGuire, Northeast Ohio Medical University *

Dr Nico Nortje, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center *

Prof Henry Silverman, University of Maryland *

Dina Siniora, Duquesne University *


  • Europe

Dr Hanna Klimovich, Belarusian State Medical University *


* indicates accepted abstract

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