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Dr Cath Cosgrave

Keynote: Unleashing the power of Attract-Connect-Stay to build a strong rural health workforce
Friday 5 April at 4.30pm

Cath is one of Australia’s leading experts in rural health workforce. Her research on how the rural health workforce can be fundamentally strengthened has informed the practice and approaches of peak rural health agencies, government departments, rural health services, and rural communities.

Her innovative 'Whole-of-Person Retention Improvement Framework' and 'Attract Connect Stay' solution, particularly the Community Connector Program, have gained international recognition for generating new understandings of, and solutions for rural health workforce. Cath currently operates a management consultancy business that offers training and support to rural health and social care services.

Her business helps services and communities to establish and implement the Attract Connect Stay solution, which improves their ability to attract and retain healthcare professionals in rural areas.

Cath is deeply passionate about addressing rural access inequities and resource challenges and dedicated to supporting rural communities in becoming thriving and sustainable places to live and work.

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John Macaskill-Smith

Keynote: A technological future for rural health
Saturday 6 April at 9.15am

John is CEO of Spark Health – focused on supporting and spring boarding clinical digital innovation across the sector: Connecting people and systems.

John has a broad background and many success stories leading change and transformation in the health sector. John has experience across the spectrum – Government, MoH/HFA NGO: leading one of New Zealand’s largest PHO over 5 DHBs with a massive rural/regional high need population; Clinical start-ups – Tend and Equine Health, and internationally in the UK, US and the Middle East. He has been responsible for major innovations introducing business, technology and clinical changes that have spread to national and international adoption.

John is also involved in governance roles across New Zealand and in a number of international settings across health, animal health, IT and education.

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A/Prof Matire Harwood

Keynote: Health leadership from a Te Ao Māori perspective
Friday 5 April at 11.00am

MBChB (University of Auckland), PhD Medicine (University of Otago), Ngāpuhi.

Matire is a Māori health academic based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She divides her time between the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, where she is Deputy Dean; and Papakura Marae Health Clinic working as a General Practitioner.

She has served on several national Boards and Advisory Committees including Waitematā District Health Board, Health Research Council, COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group at the Ministry of Health and the Hauora Māori Advisory Committee to the Minister.

Matire has been recognised for her work with numerous awards across research, teaching and leadership roles. These include the 2017 L’Oréal UNESCO New Zealand ‘For Women In Science Fellowship’ for research in Indigenous health, the Health Research Council’s Te Tohu Rapuora award in 2019 for leadership in research to improve Māori health, the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Community Service Medal in 2022 and the Butland Award in 2023 for Excellence in Research Supervision.

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Dr Ratu Mataira

Keynote: Solving global climate change from the Ngauranga Gorge
Saturday 6 April at 4.30pm

Physicist Dr Ratu Mataira is on a mission to harness the power of the sun; right here in Te Whanganui-a-tara Wellington.

Ratu Mataira completed his PhD in Applied Superconductivity, specialising in No-Insulation HTS Coils and Superconducting Power Supply Technologies. By the end of his PhD he had set the bar as the most prodigious student to graduate Robinson Research Institute, the world leader in such technologies.

The 31-year-old leads OpenStar Technologies, a Wellington based start-up building a 'levitated dipole' fusion reactor prototype. Fusion is the process that happens inside the sun and other stars, when hydrogen atoms "fuse" to make helium, releasing tremendous amounts of energy.