Keynote Speaker

Gihan Perera

Futurist, speaker, author, and AI researcher

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Has disruption – from employee burnout, hybrid work, AI, global uncertainty, and more – shaken up your world? Are your people looking for clear leadership in this time of massive change? Do you want to be more confident in chaos and uncertainty? Gihan Perera is a business futurist, conference speaker, AI researcher, and author who shows you how to be fit for the future in a fast-changing world.

For more than 25 years, he has worked with organisations and leaders throughout Australia and the world, helping them to lead in uncertainty, act with clarity and confidence, and thrive in a fastchanging world.

He is the author of Disrupted, Disruption By Design, The Future of Leadership, and ten other books.

Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his
area of expertise.

Invited Speakers

Dr James Anderson

Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospital

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James is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals and Chair of the Green Theatres Network of Western Australia. He is active in several sustainability projects across South Metropolitan Health Service. When he is not at work he aims to be at the beach with his family.

Clinical Professor Gareth Baynam

Rare Care Centre

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Professor Gareth Baynam is the Medical Director of the Rare Care Centre and its state-wide clinical service based as the Perth Children’s Hospital; Head of the Western Australian Register of Developmental Anomalies (birth defects and cerebral palsy registers); Clinical Geneticist and Program Director of the Undiagnosed Diseases Program WA; Foundation Board Member of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network International; and Adjunct Genomics Policy Officer in the Western Australian Health Department. He is affiliated with the University of Western Australia; Curtin University; Murdoch University; Notre Dame University; Melbourne University; and Telethon Kids Institute. He is the Founder of an integrated suite of cross-sector and community engaging initiatives to improve the lives of people living with rare diseases including Project Y, Cliniface (3D facial analysis for rare diseases diagnosis, clinical trials and device design) and Lyfe Languages (Universal Indigenous Medical Translator). He has partnered with the Aboriginal health care leaders and communities in WA over more than a decade to implement a range of state-wide initiatives to improve the equity for Indigenous people living with rare diseases. He Chairs and/or is one of the Executive or Advisories of multiple international rare diseases initiatives; and multiple National Institutes of Health in Europe, North America and Asia. He has personal connections to rare diseases.

Link to Research Profile –  ‪Gareth Baynam – ‪Google Scholar

Professor Asha Bowen

Perth Children’s Hospital and Telethon Kids Institute

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Professor Asha Bowen is a clinician scientist working across the Perth Children’s Hospital as a paediatric infectious disease specialist and the Telethon Kids Institute as Head of the Healthy Skin and ARF Prevention Team. Asha and her team recently launched the second edition of the National Healthy Skin Guidelines to guide clinicians in the recognition and evidence-based treatment of skin infections. Asha has more than 10 years’ experience leading infectious diseases research and investigator-initiated clinical trials focused on issues significant to Aboriginal child health and ARF prevention.

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Dr Alex Buller

The Eye Surgery Hastings

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Dr Alex Buller trained as an ophthalmologist at Manchester Royal Eye hospital, UK and moved to New Zealand in 2008. Along with his wife Sophie he runs The Eye Surgery Hastings which is carbon neutral and has New Zealand’s only solar-powered operating theatre.

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Professor Sarah Dunlop

University of Western Australia

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Sarah Dunlop, PhD is Professor Emeritus (University of Western Australia). Her medical research career focused on brain development as well as recovery following chemical and physical injury to the adult brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system in animal models and humans, including a number of randomised controlled trials Publications. She joined Minderoo Foundation in 2020, to establish Plastics & Human Health. Our vision is to eliminate the harmful effects of plastic pollution by understanding the impact of plastic exposure during production use and disposal, on human health and inform policy, including the United Nations Global Plastic Treaty. She leads the Foundation’s scientific research on synthesising the evidence for harm, and delivery of world-leading research where critical evidence is lacking. This includes Minderoo Centre – Plastics & Human Health at the University of Queensland to ensure accurate and contamination-free measurement of nanoplastic particles and plastic-associated chemicals in human tissue matrices and the Plastics Exposure Reduction Transforms Health (PERTH) randomised controlled clinical trial  at UWA. Sarah has held a number of senior roles including: Accorded Status, Royal Perth Hospital; Director, Spinal Cord Injury Network; President, Australian Neuroscience Society; President, Federation of Australasian & Oceanian Neuroscience Societies.

Dr Haady Fallah

University of Sydney

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Dr Fallah is dermatologist based in Sydney. Since 2018, Dr Fallah has run a dedicated Acne Clinic at the Skin Hospital, Sydney, NSW. He is a published author on the subject of acne in several international peer reviewed journals. Dr Fallah is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and is Supervisor of Training at Concord Hospital. He holds a Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) degree from the University of Sydney and has served on the Editorial Board of the Australasian Journal of Dermatology since 2014.

Dr Marjia Johns

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Dr Johns graduated from Western Sydney University as a Deans Merit List Recipient in 2015 before going on to undertake General Practice training, obtaining her fellowship of the RACGP in 2022. She currently works in Sydney as a General Practitioner with a special interest in Skin Cancer Medicine. Dr Johns has also undertaken additional training in paediatrics, sexual and reproductive health, as well as mental health. Dr Johns also enjoys teaching, and is a clinical examiner for GP Academy. 


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Johannes Kern


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Prof Johannes Kern is a conjoint Professor of Dermatology, Monash University and Deputy Director Dermatology, Alfred Health. He is a clinical academic Dermatologist conducting treatment trials, translational research and investigator initiated trials in autoimmune and inflammatory skin disease and non-melanoma skin cancers.

Professor Veronica Kinsler

Great Ormond St Hospital for Children and UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

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Veronica Kinsler is Professor of Paediatric Dermatology and Dermatogenetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital for children and UCL, and Principal Group Leader of the Mosaicism and Precision Medicine laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute in London. She also holds a UK National Institute of Health Research Research Professorship.  She trained in medicine at Cambridge, paediatrics and paediatric dermatology in London, molecular genetics at UCL, and worked part-time for 15 years to look after her family. Clinical work is focused on rare paediatric skin conditions, in particular mosaic and/or pigmentary disorders. Laboratory research is focused on identifying the genetic causes, and design or repurposing of targeted therapies. In parallel, the lab extrapolates findings to gain valuable insights into common conditions such as melanoma, and into normal human embryology.  She is the past President of the ESPD, senior editor of the Harper textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, and director of Paediatric Dermatology Online Courses www.paediatric-dermatology.com

Dr Russell Knudsen

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Russell Knudsen has been practicing hair replacement surgery for 40 years. He practices in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne in Australia, and in Auckland New Zealand.

He is a Past-President of both the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine (ACCSM) and of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). He has been awarded the Gold Follicle Award from the ISHRS for clinical and teaching contributions and the Manfred Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award from the ISHRS.


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Associate Professor David Orchard

Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

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Assoc Professor David Orchard is a Paediatric Dermatologist, graduating from medicine at the University of Melbourne and then completing FACD in Victoria in 1998. He then completed a Fellowship of Paediatric Dermatology in Denver, USA in 2000.

Assoc Professor Orchard is the Head of the Dermatology Department at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, and has private rooms at The Royal Children’s Hospital and in Kew. Assoc Professor Orchard is on the Paediatric Committee of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and is an Associate editor of the Australasian Journal of Dermatology.

He has a pivotal role in teaching paediatric Dermatology to both Paediatricians and Dermatology trainees and has authored over 40 papers. Specific interests include eczema management, allergy testing, vascular birthmarks, laser therapy and genodermatoses.

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Associate Professor Charlotte Oskam

Harry Butler Institute & College of Environmental and Life Sciences

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Dr Jiun Yit Pan

National Skin Centre, Singapore

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Dr Pan Jiun Yit is a Senior Consultant Dermatologist from the National Skin Centre, Singapore and the Chief of the Cutaneous Infections Clinic. He completed his fellowship in Cutaneous Infections, Photodermatology and Psoriasis at King’s College Hospital and St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London. He is the dermatology undergraduate director for Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School


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Dr Pooja Sharma


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Dr Pooja Sharma is a Melbourne based Dermatologist and Hair Specialist, who has more than 19 years of experience in treating skin and hair disorders.
Dr Sharma is a highly accomplished Dermatologist who obtained her degrees in India and Australia. She has been a part of Specialist Hair Clinic at the prestigious Skin Health Institute Victoria, one of its kind, treating difficult to manage hair loss cases. Working with Professor Rodney Sinclair she continues her research into hair loss and is involved in various clinical trials. Dr Sharma is a co-author of numerous articles in medline- indexed journals.
She treats a variety of hair loss cases and is one of the very few dermatologists who perform Hair Transplants. Dr Sharma is also a Consultant Dermatologist at the prestigious Austin Repatriation Hospital in Victoria.

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Dr Ben Wood

PathWest and The University of Western Australia

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Benjamin Wood is a Dermatopathologist and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine with PathWest and The University of Western Australia in Perth, WA. In 2010 he established the PathWest Dermatopathology Group, which now provides a State-Wide public Dermatopathology service in Western Australia, serving all three major teaching hospitals, as well as numerous smaller hospitals and community practitioners.  Professor Wood has over 150 publications in peer reviewed journals, with research interests in melanocytic tumours, cutaneous adnexal tumours, cutaneous lymphoproliferative disease and inflammatory dermatopathology.  He has written multiple textbook chapters, is an author for the WHO Classification of Skin Tumours, a board member of the Australasian Dermatopathology Society and an examiner for the RCPA Post-Fellowship Diploma in Dermatopathology.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Australasian College of Dermatologists acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where PCEC stands and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.