Challenge #2: Endometriosis
Women with endometriosis do not have the required support and knowledge, and are mostly left to their own devices to treat their lifelong condition.
Continence and Women's Health
Joanna is a Continence and Womens Health Physiotherapist, graduating from Curtin University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy and in 2018 with a Masters of Clinical Physiotherapy in Continence and Womens Health. Joanna spent the early years of her Physiotherapy career working in both the public and private hospital sector before making the switch to private practice to solely treat pelvic health patients. Joanna specialises in the management of bladder and bowel dysfunction in both men and women, as well as the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, female sexual dysfunction, and antenatal and postnatal disorders. Her primary interest is in treating women diagnosed with endometriosis as she enjoys the holistic management and challenge of optimising symptoms of this chronic disease. Joanna currently works at Body Logic Pelvic Health in Subiaco.
Physiotherapist/ Codesign and Research
Physiotherapy, Research, Communication, Videography
Kevin is a physiotherapist and academic with a PhD in low back pain who is passionate about using technology to enable equitable, evidence-based, and effective healthcare. He has numerous publications in highly ranked research Journals, has presented at multiple international conferences, has run several free local and rural community events, produces and co-hosts the top-rated ‘Empowered Beyond Pain’ podcast, and has enjoyed various grant successes. Skilled in teaching, communication, and knowledge translation (by producing infographics, podcasts, and videos), he is an inquisitive, non-judgemental, solution-focused life-long learner.
Project Manager - Strategy and Governance, Department of Health
Start-ups, Healthcare, Innovation, Business development
Having worked in London, San Francisco and now Perth, Maggie has extensive experience leading healthcare innovation projects across a range of unmet clinical needs. She is skilled in business development, product management, marketing, data insights and strategic business planning. She has a proven track record for developing and leveraging partnerships, navigativing roadblocks and scaling growth in complex healthcare organisations. Maggie chooses to work with incredible people on game-changing, patient-centric projects in the healthcare environment.
Immunology, Respiratory and Computational Biology
Niamh is a passionate child-health researcher at the Wal-yan Respiratory Centre at the Telethon Kids Institute. She uses big data to study the immune system in babies who get lung infections and asthma with the ultimate goal of disease prevention. Niamh has ten years’ research experience and has led several successful projects to completion to attract further funding. She is a STEM Ambassador for WA, extending her leadership beyond her research and increasing STEM skills in WA through public engagement. Niamh is the co-winner of the WA Premier’s PhD Scientist of the Year 2021, awarded for her contribution to STEM in WA. She has recently completed her PhD and is actively seeking opportunities to engage with innovative and entrepreneurial leaders, to tackle new challenges and to positively impact health in WA.
Health Innovation Performance Consulting
Dr Carlo Bellini is a leadership, healthcare and innovation expert. He runs his own boutique consultancy, Health Innovation Performance (HIP) Consulting where he works with executives and leaders who seek to innovate and transform their organisations to deliver higher performance.
Carlo is a specialist in change in complex health systems, with deep experience in both large corporates and agile startups. He consulted for the Boston Consulting Group in Australia and Japan, was Chief Medical Officer at Chevron Australia, an early employee at a Silicon Valley based AI start-up, and was the first Western Australian to study at the Google and NASA-sponsored Singularity University. His global and multi-disciplinary career enables him to move fluently between clinical, business, and tech domains, encompassing both large corporations and startups.
Carlo graduated valedictorian of his University of Western Australia medical class. In 2016, Carlo was recognised as Australian Financial Review Young Executive of the Year and one of Western Australia's “40under40” leading entrepreneurs. He also holds an MBA from Oxford University, where he graduated on the Dean's Commendation List.
Executive Team, Senior Advisor Innovation and Commercialisation
Telethon Kids Institute
A visionary business and people leader with strong personal values, Renee brings experience across a range of industries and a track record spanning end-to-end operations, sales and marketing, consulting, technology, health and safety, innovation, research and development, portfolio management and executive leadership. Skilled in grass roots capability development and project delivery through to executive leadership Renee has a strong orientation to customer outcome and brings a unique mix of business astuteness with a growth mindset and deep care for the organisation and team she belongs to and the customers she serves.
Renee's professional experience includes senior leadership roles in not-for-profit, corporate and consulting. She has a track record in helping organisations achieve their potential, delivering great outcomes for members, shareholders and community. Renee has strong personal values and builds positive cultures, guiding strategy, navigating change and instilling governance and performance.
Robert is a creative, passionate, and dedicated IT think-tank with more than 15 years of experience on managing, planning, complex designing, development.
An out-of-the-box solution’s provider and a client-oriented creator with solid strengths on analysis, business, process re-engineering, and project and team management.
There is a niche group of people with multi-skills, noted photo memory, mental focus, and strives to hone them to perfection - Robert is one of them.
Glucose Republic Ltd.
Entrepreneur in Residence
A medical device innovator, entrepreneur and leader with over 20 years of research, development and operational experience, Dr Shapley was instrumental in the inception, development, formation, and financing of Cellnovo.
As a biochemist and mechanical design engineer, and following post-doctoral experience within university and commercial development, Julian developed the founding technologies within the Cellnovo system, led cross-functional teams from ideation through to regulatory approval, led the quality team and design-for-manufacture, and the setup of a prototype manufacturing line. In the role of Chief Science Officer, he then focused on the continued protection and expansion of Cellnovo’s IP portfolio, business development activities and the integration of external technologies.
More recently, Julian has founded Glucose Republic, a company combining biology and software to help people eat and live better. Glucose Republic is building a personalised intelligence system for measuring and predicting metabolic responses to the food we eat and the exercise we take.
Dr Shapley has recently relocated to Australia having been awarded an Australian Global Talent Visa and is the inaugural Biodesign Australia Entrepreneur in Residence.