Speakers and program
Kelly has over 20 years experience in the media including presenting the inauguration of President Barack Obama from Washington DC for Channel 9, being anchor for The Ten Network during the Asian tsunami disaster, the 9/11 attacks and the 2004 Athens Olympics and covering the death of Princess Diana while working in London for Associated Press TV and ESPN.
In 2009 Kelly was entered into the Who’s Who of Australian Women and awarded Better Hearing Australia's Best Television Newsreader. Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism Studies from the University of South Australia and is a Golden Key International Honour Society member.
Growing up in the Outback town of Broken Hill, Kelly was taught to play straight, be brave and keep smiling. Up until 2010 Kelly combined being a broadcast presenter, producer, trainer and event compere. Now she’s in the biggest role of her life as a single mother of two children under eight.
As a proud born and bred Broken Hill girl she is an evergreen ambassador for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.
Professor David David
David David grew up in an inner Adelaide suburb. After gaining his medical degree (MB BS) in 1966 from the University of Adelaide he continued his studies in England and Europe where he became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (FRCS) in 1970 and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, England (FRCS) in 1971. He became a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1973 (FRACS).
In 1975 he set up the South Australian Craniofacial Unit, which later became the Australian Craniofacial Unit. As head of the Australian Craniofacial Unit he encourages and supports the development and provision of patient diagnostic and treatment services that are appropriate to people suffering from craniofacial deformities and injuries.
In the three decades since then he, with the help of his team of dedicated professionals, has helped restore dignity to thousands of patients. Over his extensive career Prof. David has built a network of medical centres and organisations, spanning the globe. He has dedicated his life to working with people, often from the poorest parts of the globe, to help rectify facial deformities and disfigurements, vastly improving their quality of life. In his hands, complex surgical procedures seem commonplace and he does indeed perform 'everyday miracles'.
In recognition of his work David David received the Companion of the Order of Australia in 1988 and was named South Australian of the Decade in 1990. In 1999 he was awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree for his thesis entitled 'The Australian Craniofacial Unit – 1975 to 1996 and in 2008 The Royal College of Surgeons Thailand awarded him an Honarary Fellowship of for his contribution to the health system in Thailand. Recently he was named 2018 South Australian of the Year as part of the Australian of the Year Awards.
Michael Crossland is an extraordinary young man who has defied the odds of a life-threatening cancer to build a life of exceptional achievements. He is at the forefront of today’s new generation of inspirational speakers and his first tell-all autobiography, released in January 2016, is now an international best seller across six different countries.
Diagnosed with an aggressive life threatening cancer before his first birthday, doctors told him school and sport were not options. However, despite spending nearly a quarter of his life in hospital, Michael has forged a highly successful career in the corporate world, represented Australia in his chosen sport and been presented with the Australia Day Ambassador role for seven consecutive years. He also runs a school and orphanage in Haiti.
Now an accomplished businessman, Australian of the Year finalist, National Ambassador for five different charities including Camp Quality, and international Hall of Fame inductee, Michael inspires people from all walks of life. His presentation is an interactive, extremely moving, emotional rollercoaster and is underpinned by the importance and power of courage, resilience, optimism and determination in achieving the impossible. He has an absolute passion and belief in people’s ability to change direction, achieve success and become who they truly want to be.
‘Success to me is about waking up each day knowing in my heart that today I will make a difference in someone else’s life. By living this way, we can all make this world a better place.’
Dr Francis Seow-Choen
Dr Seow-Choen is a colorectal surgeon in private practice in Singapore. He was variously Head of Department of Colorectal Surgery at Singapore General Hospital, Head of Surgical Oncology at the National Cancer Centre, as well as Adjunct Associate Professor at both National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore. He is visiting professor to several universities and hospitals overseas and is a well-known world-wide teacher and trainer in colorectal surgery. He received the Excellence for Singapore Award in 2000 for his contributions to international colorectal surgery.
Dr Seow-Choen was a member of the first international team to reach Aceh and help after the tsunami in December 2004. He was the founding chairman of Guide Dogs Association of the Blind in Singapore until 2015. Dr Seow-Choen is also an entomologist with seven books on stick-insects.
In the mid 1970’s Dan Allen helped pioneer the introduction of surgical stapling to a broad range of surgical procedures. A unique chain of events then led him to develop the first booted surgical leg holder, which is known as the Allen Stirrup.
The knowledge that there was a high prevalence of OR related patient positioning injuries was Dan's impetus to begin what has been a career-long study of ergonomics, anatomy and physiology relating to surgical patient positioning. He continues to be involved in the creation, development, pioneering and marketing of innovative surgical table accessory devices.
Dan's presentation addresses the continuing generational improvements of patient positioning devices and their relationship to innovations in surgical techniques. He will share his experiences, helpful techniques, knowledge and passion for reducing injuries related to patient positioning.
This presentation is brought to you with the cooperation and financial support of D. A. Surgical and Marlin Medical.
Without a doubt, Turia Pitt is one of Australia’s most admired and widely recognised people. Renowned for her pure grit, indomitable spirit and passion for humanitarian work, Australians have taken Turia into their hearts and are deeply inspired by her.
In 2011, age 24, Turia was an ex-model, fitness junkie and successful mining engineer when she was caught in a freak firestorm while competing in a 100km ultramarathon in Western Australia. She was choppered out of the remote desert barely alive, with full thickness burns to 64 per cent of her body.
Surviving against overwhelming odds is the least of her achievements. Turia has gone on to thrive in the ultimate story of triumph over adversity.
In 2016 alone, Turia competed in her first IRONMAN competition and released a new book and an online motivational program as well as walked the Kokoda trail to raise money for Interplast, a not for profit organisation that she is closely aligned to. Turia has raised close to $1 million since she began working with the organisation several years ago.
This engaging and refreshingly candid young woman will astonish you, inspire you and leave you in stitches. Her enthralling message of overcoming adversity and the need to never EVER give up will motivate you … out of your chair, and into life. The standing ovation Turia was given at her TED talk is a testament to her skills as an orator. Turia’s motto ‘never ever give up’ resonates with people from all walks of life – anyone, anywhere, who refuses to be limited by circumstance. She is a true and profound inspiration to all those she meets.