Metro North Health Forum

The 2019 annual Metro North Health Forum hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Brisbane North PHN will be held on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at the Royal International Convention Centre in Bowen Hills. This year’s forum theme is 'Our way to wellbeing'.
The sixth annual forum will provide even greater opportunity for engagement, information sharing and collaboration amongst attendees. The focus of the event is networking, and will include an interactive exhibition complemented by short presentations on the main stage and two plenary sessions.

Wednesday 16 October | 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills

For any questions about the forum email or phone 07 3630 7309.

Please scroll down for further information about the 2019 Metro North Health Forum:


Early bird $169 - register and pay before 16 September 2019
Standard $199 - register and pay after 17 September 2019

CLICK HERE to download the manual registration form. 

Registration includes:

  • access to plenary forum sessions
  • access to the exhibition including stage presentations
  • forum program and name tag
  • all day catering (arrival tea/coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea).

Limited sponsored registrations are available for not-for-profit organisations and community consumer groups. To enquire, please email

Limited sponsored registrations are also available for Metro North Hospital and Health Service staff. Access to these registrations will be announced directly from Metro North in late June.  

Exhibition prospectus

Click here to download (PDF 230KB) and view the exhibition prospectus. This prospectus outlines the engagement and exhibition opportunities available at the forum. To discuss engagement and exhibition opportunities or for general forum information, please contact the forum organisers:

Phone: 07 3630 7309


CLICK HERE to download a draft forum program. 

Keynote Speakers

Professor Leonie Callaway
Topic: The hidden epidemic in maternity care and trauma informed care 

3023266.jpegProfessor Leonie Callaway MBBS (Hons I) FRACP PhD GCELead GAICD  is an Obstetric Physician, with a long track record in Obstetric Medicine Research.  She currently holds the position of Director of Research within Women’s and Newborn Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and holds professorial appointments at both the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. Her research has focussed on metabolism in pregnancy and the importance of the intrauterine and neonatal environment in influencing long term adult health.

Dr Bruce McCabe
Topic: Technology crossover to change healthcare

Dr Bruce McCabe is a futurist, writer and international keynote speaker who presents on ‘Technologies to Change the World.’ He brings stories to your audience from the future of medicine, computing, artificial intelligence, energy, genomics – wherever the game-changers happen to be.


Dr Toby Ford 
Topic: Who cares for the caregivers
3023267.jpg?1564094284126Dr Toby Ford has been a leader in corporate health for more than two decades and has helped organisations and their executives and staff - across countries and industries - through their unique executive and employee health checks and preventative methods, and on-going wellbeing programs. After graduating from the University of Queensland Medical School, Toby spent time as a Flying Doctor and in general practice. An interest in the prevention of illness, early screening and detection were pursued in the USA and the UK, giving a good grounding in many facets of worksite health.

GP breakfast briefing

Now in its third year as part of the Metro North Health Forum, the GP breakfast briefing is hosted by Brisbane North PHN and Metro North Hospital and Health Service. The GP breakfast briefing will be an opportunity to hear about the latest initiatives for general practice, and how both organisations are working together to support GPs and their patients to navigate the health system and improve their wellbeing. It also presents a networking opportunity for general practice staff.

When: Wednesday 16 October 2019

Time: 7.00 am – 9.00 am

Where: Royal International Convention Centre, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Hall A

Who should attend: GPs and practice managers

Keynote speaker topic: Who is minding you while you are minding them - Dr Toby Ford

There is no cost to attend and numbers are limited. At the conclusion of the breakfast, attendees are welcome to explore the exhibition in Hall B. The exhibition will feature local for-profit and not-for-profit health related organisations.

CLICK HERE to download a draft program.

CLICK HERE to download the manual registration form for the GP breakfast briefing. 

For further information, please email


2018 Metro North Health Forum

The fifth annual Metro North Health Forum was held on Tuesday 19 June 2018 at the Royal International Centre, Brisbane.

See below the keynote presentations, final program and highlight videos from the 2018 event.


Download the keynote presentations from the 2018 Metro North Health Forum. 


Download the 2018 Metro North Health Forum program.

2018 forum summary video

2018 forum GP Breakfast Briefing summary video

2017 Metro North Health Forum

The fourth annual Metro North Health Forum was held on 31 May 2017 at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane. 

Boasting an impressive line-up of presenters and arguably its most diverse program to date, the annual Metro North Health Forum was the place to be for the latest ideas in healthcare reform.

‘Evolution Or Revolution: A Journey to Better Health’ was the 2017 Forum theme, a concept eagerly embraced by the leading academics and program managers who contributed their learnings.

See below the highlighta from the 2017 forum.

2017 forum program

Download the 2017 Metro North Health Forum program.

2017 Metro North Health Forum GP Breakfast Briefing Summary Video

2017 Metro North Health Forum Summary Video

2016 Metro North Health Forum

Brisbane brought together the brightest minds in health policy on 1 June 2016 for the Metro North Health Forum, a joint initiative with the Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

This video includes snapshots from the presentations by keynote speakers.

Bringing the nation’s healthcare system together will require a greater focus on regional systems of management and only PHNs can achieve this in primary care, according to the Grattan Institute’s Dr Stephen Duckett.

Dr Duckett was key note speaker at the 2016 Metro North Health Forum, an annual event which showcases how Brisbane North PHN and the Metro North Hospital and Health Service (HHS) are working together to improve health.

He began by comparing the budget of a typical PHN (around $50 million) to that of the total health spend in their regions (around $5 billion), which Dr Duckett said was like “a pea trying to influence an elephant”.

“Now that’s not necessarily bad, but as a result of that you’ve got to think very carefully about what your influence strategy is,” he said.

Dr Duckett then proceeded to discuss some of the key findings of a recent Grattan Institute report into chronic disease management in Australia, within the context of integrated care.

He stressed the importance of regional systems management to effect change in chronic disease care. 

“We’ve got to have a regional system of management and in my view, PHNs are the only game in town in terms of a primary care system of management,” he said.

“If we are to transform the primary care system to actually be better placed to deal with chronic disease, there is not just one simple intervention…you’ve got to have multiple strategies.

“PHNs are the core…but there has to be multiple strategies and they all have to go in the same direction. 

“There’s no point saying to PHNs, for example, we want you to ensure greater continuity of chronic disease management in your area, if all the financial incentives of general practice are working in the opposite direction. 

“So you’ve got to have alignment of incentives, you’ve got to have alignment of rhetoric, you’ve got to have of alignment policies, all the way along, otherwise you’re doomed to failure,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Brisbane North PHN Chief Executive Abbe Anderson had spoken about the changes that came about with the arrival of PHNs and the priorities the government had given them.

Among them, Ms Anderson said potentially preventable hospitalisation was one of the main reasons for the creation of PHNs and it was a focus which aligned with Brisbane North PHN’s core goal of keeping people well and out of hospital.

Dozens more speakers were engaged at the 2016 forum across three concurrent streams covering the National Disability Insurance Scheme, mental health, and initiatives to help people access the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Among the other VIPs contributing to the program were Mental Health Australia’s CEO Frank Quinlan and Professor Nick Lennox from the Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability.

The event was held at the Royal International Convention Centre (Brisbane) on 1 June 2016 and attracted a grand total of 316 registered attendees from across the healthcare sector, making it the largest and most successful Metro North Health Forum to date.