Thursday 1 October


Format: Simulation Hypothetical

A diverse panel of experts, 3 simulated cases, and audience involvement will weave us through refusal of treatment based on cultural beliefs, machine learning diagnostic opportunities, and treatment persistence in the face of medical futility.

  1. Refusal of care due to healthcare provider gender & cultural beliefs
  2. Diagnostic error and AI opportunities
  3. Health providers disagreement on futility of medical therapy

Liz Crowe

Liz Crowe is a Paediatric Social Worker who specialises in grief, loss, crisis, end of life and bereavement in critical care environments. She is still trying to complete her PhD examining risk and protective factors for staff wellbeing in critical care to inform interventions of support and education. Liz is a passionate and humorous educator who regularly speaks internationally. Liz is the successful author of ‘The Little Book of Loss and Grief You Can Read While You Cry’. She is a proud member of the St Emlyn’s education team and an active member of #FOAMed.


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 near-adult daughter, and best friend and co-navigator of life to his young son living with autism and ADHD.


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.


Nemat Alsaba

Dr Nemat Alsaba is an Emergency Physician at the Gold Coast University Hospital with a passion for Geriatric Emergency Medicine, interprofessional education, medical education and simulation. She is also Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Simulation and the Deputy Director of the simulation program at Bond University. When she is not busy working or teaching, she enjoys the company of her three adult kids and taking photos of the sky and cloud formations.

Marie Bismark

Marie loves weaving threads of ideas together, moving back and forth between research, clinical care, leadership, and advocacy. A typical week might involve caring for patients as a psycho-oncology registrar with Melbourne Health, sitting around the board table of NZ’s fastest growing aged care company, teaching health law at Melbourne Law School, mentoring young doctors through Wahine Connect, and leading research on sexual misconduct in medicine. To keep all these threads from unravelling, Marie does yoga every day at dawn, hangs out with her three teenage kids, and belongs to the best book club in town.