Finding Value: A Nudge Toward Normal

Inequitable access within healthcare not only disadvantages those delivering care but also our patients. 2020 saw the exponential rise of digital accessibility. Tutorials, work activities and health appointments were suddenly possible via all forms of digital platforms. We rejoiced at the convenience of seeing our GP via telehealth, lamented at the clunkiness of systems and raged at why this wasn’t possible before. Now on the back of the explosive results of the ongoing Disability Royal Commission and COVID-19, join us as we explore disability, accessibility and how you can make your practice more inclusive.

Jessica Stokes-Parish

Jessica is a Registered Nurse and experienced teacher and educator, in undergraduate and post-graduate settings, using interactive methods to achieve optimal learning outcomes. She has over 10 years’ experience in a range of industry sectors, complex domains and occupational settings. Jessica is active in clinical practice in Intensive Care Nursing and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Bond University.


Gillian Mason

Gillian Mason (she/her), has gained insight into and lost patience with inflexible healthcare systems, managing the demands of two complex chronic diseases and a 15-year career as a physiotherapist, rehabilitation researcher and science communicator. She was born with the genetic connective tissue disorder Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome and developed Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy a decade ago. She is a consumer representative on the Australian Government’s Medical Services Advisory Committee and Health Technology Assessment Consumer Consultative Committee and a passionate advocate for access and inclusion in healthcare. For the University of Newcastle, at Hunter Medical Research Institute, she manages the Stroke Research Register and provides training and mentorship in the involvement of consumers and the community in research. As a clinical research assistant for the Centre for Rehab Innovations, her focus is on developing solutions for delivering individualised, accessible rehabilitation, supported by telehealth and digital health applications.


Jonathan Tang

Jonathan Tang is an early career researcher and clinician with a passion in the field of spinal medicine. Recognised for the ability to contribute thought leadership to the translation of research into clinical practice and the development of patient centred care from the perspective of the person with lived experience. He is currently an Intern at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. In 2012, Jonathan broke his neck at a trampoline accident resulting in an incomplete C5 tetraplegia. Ironically, he was working as a physiotherapist in rehab at the time.

Jean-Frédéric Levesque

Jean-Frédéric has a Medical Degree, a Masters in Community Health and a Doctorate in Public Health from the Université de Montréal, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He is a member of the Strategic Analytic Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Health Information and a member of the HealthShare NSW Board.