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MedTech 2019 Sneak Peek

With less than a week to go before MTAA’s annual MedTech conference, get to know some of the key speakers who will be presenting at the conference this year.

Marene Allison, Chief Information Security Officer, Johnson & Johnson, Worldwide Vice President Information Security & Risk Management

Marene Allison is responsible for protecting Johnson & Johnson’s Information Technology (IT) systems and data worldwide through elimination and mitigation of cyber security risk. This includes ensuring that the information security posture supports business growth objectives, protects public trust in the Johnson & Johnson brand, and meets legal/regulatory requirements. With 265 companies in over 60 countries, Johnson & Johnson is a leader in consumer health, pharmaceutical products, and medical devices worldwide.

Marene will provide an overview of the global landscape for cyber security and also the impacts on healthcare more specifically, focusing on where it relates to medical devices and more importantly on software for medical devices.

Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary for Health Products Regulation, Department of Health

Adjunct Professor John Skerritt joined the Department of Health in May 2012 and is currently the Deputy Secretary, Health Products Regulation Group. As a Deputy Secretary, he contributes to the stewardship of Australia’s health system, as well as having direct responsibility for both the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Office of Drug Control.

TGA’s 2019 Action Plan released earlier this year articulates the Australian national regulator’s strategy to strengthen and improve the regulatory regime for medical devices in Australia. Public consultations on proposed changes to regulations and regulatory guidelines have progressed at a sustained pace, making these the most significant changes to the medical devices regulations since the introduction of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. Adjunct Prof John Skerritt will provide an overview of the regulatory changes and explain the implications for sponsors, manufacturers, patients and users of medical devices.

The Hon Chris Bowen, Shadow Minister for Health

Chris Bowen entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios including serving as Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Immigration, Minister for Financial Services, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Competition Policy, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Tertiary Education. Chris has been responsible for a range of significant policy reform programs in these portfolios. He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party and Acting Leader of the Opposition following the 2013 Federal election and served as Shadow Treasurer. He is now the Shadow Minister for Health.

The political landscape has changed dramatically over the past twelve months. Healthcare was a key battleground for the 2019 election with both parties going to the polls with significant health commitments. With the election over and the 47th Parliament now underway, Federal Shadow Health Minister Chris Bowen will join us to discuss the ALP’s priorities for health and how they plan to hold the Government to account.

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