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Action Stage: Stage One – Identify


Technology in medicine is advancing at pace, providing unparalleled opportunities to process information and to improve both outcomes and safety for healthcare. But with this good comes many challenges and even dangers. How can we better share information and distribute the opportunities equitably? What are the safety mechanisms and who is providing the oversight?


This episode of CodaZero is the first under the Educate pillar. It is the perfect opportunity to start examining the benefits and risks posed by rapidly changing technology within healthcare. The Educate pillar remains at the ‘identify’ stage of our staged action-plan development process. At this stage the conversations are just beginning and are designed to highlight possible area for further action.


Join us for this fascinating first session, divided into four concise but richly revealing conversations. Conversation one examines the role of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare. What are the opportunities as we push the boundaries and where are the challenges? Are there inherent biases in the algorithms and could these cause harm? Will healthcare workers be replaced by AI or will it be that healthcare workers using AI will replace those that don’t? In conversation two the tables are turned, and we move from discussing speed as the main goal to focussing in on Indigenous methods of learning. Perhaps slowing down is the answer? What might an Indigenous AI algorithm look like? Conversation three examines what have we learnt from the pandemic and what learning processes can be evolved. Finally, conversation four highlights the demise of public interest journalism as a result of media power being concentrated in the hands of a few tech giants. The echo-chamber of our own media feeds is a dangerous proposition.


Perhaps the solutions to these early discussions lie in greater connections and breaking free of the echo-chamber by challenging ourselves to listen more to others with differing experiences and opinions.


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Simon Carley

Professor Simon Carley MB ChB, PGDip, DipIMC (RCS Ed), FRCS (Ed)(1998), FHEA, FAcadMed, FRCEM, MPhil, MD, PhD is Creator, Webmaster, owner and Editor in Chief of the St Emlyn’s blog and podcast. He is visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Consultant in adult and paediatric Emergency Medicine at Manchester Foundation Trust. He is co-founder of the BestBets website, St.Emlyn’s social media learning platforms and the MSc in emergency medicine at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an Education Associate with the General Medical Council and is an Associate Editor for the Emergency Medicine Journal. He is the lead for CPD at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. His research interests include diagnostics, Medical Education, Major incident management & Evidence based Emergency Medicine. He is verified on twitter as @EMManchester



Natalie May

Natalie trained in Emergency Medicine and subspecialty Paediatric EM in the UK, where she worked for just over a year as a consultant before moving to Sydney where she now works as locally as a Specialist in Emergency Medicine, as a Specialist in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine with Sydney HEMS and occasionally in Neonatal and Pediatric Transport (NETS).

She has a long-held interest in medical education and holds a postgraduate certificate in workplace-based medical education. Natalie is a proud contributor to the St. Emlyn’s blog and podcast.

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Melissa Sweet

Dr Melissa Sweet is Managing Editor of and a founding director of the non-profit public interest journalism organisation, Croakey Health Media. Melissa is a public health journalist and the author/co-author of several health-related books. She holds an honorary position as adjunct senior lecturer in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. More info:


Megan Williams

Associate Professor Megan Williams is the Research Lead and Assistant Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence at The University of Sydney. From 2017 to early 2020 she was Head of Girra Maa, the Indigenous Health Discipline at the Graduate School of Health, UTS. Megan is Wiradjuri through her father’s family and has over 20 years’ experience working on programs and research to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people engaged in the criminal justice system. Megan has government and industry funding and collaborations for research, including about health service delivery, workforce development and facilitation of community driven research. Megan is an Aboriginal Family Wellbeing Program trainer, has contributed to defining pillars of government policy, and for program evaluation uses her Ngaa-bi-nya (said naa-bin-ya) Aboriginal framework published in the Evaluation Journal of Australasia. Megan is a commissioning editor of health media organisation, and is recognised for her commitment to conveying Indigenous people’s research, stories and expertise to professional bodies, communities, parliamentarians, students and the media. Megan is the parent of two teenagers, a dog and three rats, and spends as much time as possible on Wiradjuri country in central NSW.


Martin Seneviratne

Martin is an Australian doctor now working as a research scientist in the AI research team at Google Health (formerly DeepMind), based in London. His work focuses on applications of machine learning to electronic health record data. Prior to Google, Martin did a masters in biomedical informatics at Stanford, and before that was a junior doctor in Sydney.


Jesse Spurr

For his paid work, Jesse is a critical care nurse. Much to the dismay of his ever-patient (and infinitely more successful) wife, Jesse likes to use his “spare” time doing “volunteer” work in the form of conference organising, co-producing free, open-access healthcare simulation podcast Simulcast, producing nursing practice development blog and podcast Injectable Orange, and all manner of other healthcare, research and education pseudo-academic activities. An exercise science graduate, sport and functional fitness tragic, Jesse classes himself a lifelong student of teaching, learning, health and human performance. Jesse’s proudest roles are head cheerleader for his wife, and their adult daughter, and best friend and co-navigator of life to his young son living with autism and ADHD.


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