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A synchro-what? Gaining government’s attention for infrastructure projects

Posted 21 June 2018

Discover how the Australian Synchrotron gained the attention of state and federal ministers, along with other important stakeholders, resulting in more than $500 million in funding to secure its future.

In a special presentation at the 2018 VHA Annual Conference: Rethink, reset, reimagine, Professor Andrew Peele, Director of the Australian Synchrotron at ANSTO, will shine a light on the stakeholder engagement campaign that secured the long-term future of this important national infrastructure.

Professor Peele will also explain the role of the Australian Synchrotron, particularly how researchers and industry from across the country are using the Clayton-based facility to enable some of the biggest advances in health.

The VHA’s Director of Policy and Strategy, Emma Liepa, who was a member of the Australian Synchrotron’s leadership team during the campaign, said this is an excellent opportunity for the VHA community to learn more about this important piece of research infrastructure and reimagine how those in the Victorian health system can gain stakeholder support for their own projects.

‘The Australian Synchrotron provides an excellent example of how an organisation can work with its stakeholders and drive awareness to highlight the important role it plays, building a case for investment in new infrastructure,’ said Ms Liepa.

As Director of the Australian Synchrotron since 2013, Professor Peele has overseen the transfer of the facility from the Victorian Government into ANSTO and a major capital campaign focused on increasing the number of beamlines from ten to 18. He is an Adjunct Professor of physics at La Trobe University and President of the Australian Institute of Physics.

Professor Peele’s research improves the versatility and quality of x-ray imaging. He previously led the x-ray science group at La Trobe University, was a Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow and a post-doctoral research fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre. Prior to undertaking PhD studies, Professor Peele was a practicing solicitor.

Attendees at the conference will hear from a broad range of speakers including:

  • Melbourne School of Population and Global Health’s Professor Rob Moodie
  • Emmy award-winning journalist Sara James
  • newly appointed CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), Ian Hamm
  • Director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration and the Growing Brimbank project, Rosemary Calder AM.

The two-day program will include a mix of panel discussions, keynote presentations, and networking opportunities, as well as the chance to hear from Victoria’s major parliamentary parties. Each session will provide delegates the chance to rethink, reset and reimagine core focus areas outlined in the VHA’s 2018 Victorian election positions. The conference will connect innovative thinking with practical case studies in areas including workforce, infrastructure, funding, digital health and demand management on 16 and 17 August at the MCG.

The program will also include a networking event on the first evening and a Digital Health Breakfast at the start of the second day.

VHA voting members receive a complimentary conference ticket by using the code RETHINK18 at registration. VHA voting members can also access a 2 for 1 offer for additional registrants when purchasing a ticket.

For more information and to register for the conference, click here

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