Key Note Speakers & Presentations
  • Professor Kate Lorig

  • Professor Malcolm Battersby

  • Miss Susan Reid

  • Doctor Patrick McGowan

  • Doctor Saravana Kumar



Professor Kate Lorig RN, Dr P.H.

Director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center and Professor of Medicine in the Stanford School of Medicine

She earned her bachelors degree in nursing at Boston University, and her masters and doctorate of public health (Dr.P.H.) in health education at the University of California, Berkeley.

She came to Stanford in 1979 while a graduate student at Cal to develop and research an educational program that emphasized self-help skills for people with arthritis. This program became the Arthritis Self-Help Course, which is now offered to thousands of people with arthritis in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, South Africa, Scandinavia and elsewhere, and was the prototype for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, the Positive Self-Management Program for HIV/AIDS, the Back Pain Self-Management Program, and others.

She has authored several books and many articles about arthritis, chronic disease in general, health education and behavioral science. She travels extensively at the invitation of organizations concerned with patient care and academic research.

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Professor Malcolm Battersby PhD, FRANZCP, FAChAM, MBBS

Malcolm Battersby is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit, leader of the Mental Health Science programs at Flinders University and Director of the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service.

He is a Harkness Research Fellow having worked with Professor Ed Wagner, creator of the Chronic Care Model. He is known as the developer of the Flinders Program of chronic condition management, now provided across Australia and internationally.

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Miss Susan Reid

Consulting Services Manager, Workbase - The New Zealand Centre for Workforce Literacy Development

Susan, who has tribal affiliations to Te Rarawa, an indigenous tribe from the north of the North Island of New Zealand, holds a senior management position at Workbase, where she has worked for the past 19 years. She has been interested in health literacy for a number of years and was part of the impetus for the New Zealand Ministry of Health to purchase and publish the health literacy data from the 2006 Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey. Susan has provided advice on health literacy to the Ministry of Health and is working with organisations, including District Health Boards, to identify the impact of health literacy on their systems, workforce and clients.

Workbase has developed a health literacy website and is focused on raising awareness of health literacy within the health sector and the wider community. Susan's current work includes partnering with the University of Auckland on an international indigenous research proposal to investigate how developing the health literacy skills of Maori with cardiovascular disease impacts on management of their disease and health outcomes.

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Patrick McGowan, PhD

Patrick McGowan is an Associate Professor with the University of Victoria - Centre on Aging, and an Associate Professor of Sociology. He received a doctorate degree in Health Promotion Research at the University of British Columbia in 1996 under the supervision of Dr. Lawrence Green.  

Dr. McGowan’s research career over the last 30 years has mainly focused on several aspects of health education programs for persons experiencing chronic health conditions, especially self-management programs and strategies. He has been implementing and researching self-management programs relating to particular chronic health conditions such as: diabetes, arthritis, osteoarthritis, and tuberculosis. As well, he has been researching the feasibility, viability, acceptability and effectiveness of a variety of programs, namely: the Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain, and Diabetes Self-Management Programs, the A Matter of Balance and Active Choices Programs. This research is being conducted at the community level (including small aboriginal communities), and at provincial, national, and international levels.   Dr. McGowan also is involved in the training of health care professionals to be able to practice self-management support strategies with patients.

Dr. McGowan participates on provincial and federal committees and recently completed his responsibilities as the Chair of the BC Academic Health Council Self-Management Support Committee, and Lead of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Self-Management Support Guidelines Committee. He is based in Delta, BC, where he directs the University of Victoria, Centre on Aging – Ladner Office.

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Doctor Saravana Kumar, B.App.Sc (Physio) MPT (Manipulative&Sports) PhD

Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences
Deputy Director, The International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) University of South Australia

Dr. Kumar is a Senior Lecturer and the Deputy Director of the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE), School of Health Sciences, and University of South Australia. He was the NHMRC NICS-MAC Fellow from 2008-2010 and in 2010 was awarded a South Australian Tall Poppy Award.

Dr. Kumar, as a health services researcher, has keen interest in quality measurement and evaluation of health service delivery. His interests also include research into bridging the gap between research evidence and clinical practice. Underpinning this interest is identifying and breaking down of barriers in uptake of research evidence into clinical practice and its influence in the quality of health care service delivery. Dr. Kumar also teaches topics on evidence based practice, evidence implementation and knowledge transfer to students and health professionals nationally and internationally. He also acts as a consultant to several national and international agencies on issues pertinent to evidence implementation. Dr Kumar spearheads a number of iCAHE initiatives, aimed at facilitating evidence informed policy and practice. These include:

  • Development of evidence synthesis (such as rapid reviews and systematic reviews)
  • Development of consumer-centric evidence summaries
  • Development of resources targeted for evidence implementation
    (such as

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