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DIF2021 Pearcey Institute Roundtable – The Future of Work

Wednesday 25 August 2021; 4:00pm – 6:00pm AEST
Online Event
Free to attend!

Please join us online on Wednesday 25 August 2021, for the DIF2021 Pearcey Institute Roundtable – The Future of Work, part of the Digital Innovation Festival, generously supported by the Victorian Government. Our economic and social resilience has been challenged during the past year and although many talk about a return to ‘normal’ there can only be a new way to work that comes out of this period. With this comes many challenges that we must be up for. The recently published report from Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for the New Workforce; National Survey Report: Peak Human Workplace, Innovation in the unprecedented era will be featured, along with the learned and experienced opinions of a panel of speakers who are actively engaged in the transformation of the way we work. Such structural changes present opportunities for us to increase our level of collaboration, ideation and innovation but they will also present challenges for policy makers, industry, employers and families that need investment in resources, support and training to succeed. The DIF2021 Roundtable, hosted by the Pearcey Institute, will question:
  • How will Ideation and Innovation be managed?
  • Is this an opportunity to build a more resilient economy?
  • What will the post pandemic business look like?
  • How do we transform the culture of what work is?
  • What are the social and health considerations?
Contributors include:
Cost: Free to attend!

The DIF2021 Pearcey Institute Roundtable is part of the Digital Innovation Festival, generously supported by the Victorian Government.


Setting the Scene…

The challenges are many and impact every aspect of what we know our cities to be, the place of work and what it looks like, the social structure of work and where we conduct it daily. Can management and their workforces cope with the impending changes without education and support on how the new workplace operates? Our Health service has been front and centre; immediately we saw changes to the expectation of what a consultation is and where it takes place, technology was critical to enabling efficient and effective changes that for a long time were resisted by the industry and its funders. Australian technology saved the day, but has this spawned an acceptance of transforming the delivery of healthcare rather than simply mechanising the process we had in place? Australia has always had a competent technology workforce across all domains of research and development, but, constrained and frustrated by the cultural impediment to trust foreign capability in preference to investing in local commercialisation. Will the opportunity presented by the pandemic change this and help us move into a more resilient economy? If the place of work is to change then what are the challenges of transformation that we must all face and engage in? What will the business of the future look like? With our island isolation from the rest of the world during the pandemic we have seen the growth of our technology talent stagnate and frustrate the businesses that continue to grow worldwide. However, is this an opportunity to revitalise and grow our internal talent to meet the demands? What role do professional associations play in this challenge with closer industry and policy collaboration? Will the new model of work be the same for everyone or is there a hybrid level of attendance and collaboration that will evolve to support the personal differences for our workers? The speed of disruption and its challenges have been difficult for many to cope with and continued change will only fuel the fire that is burning for new resources and services to put out the flames. We do hope you will join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion!


Peter Brooks

Professor Peter Brooks AM MD FRACP

Research Lead, Northern Health Melbourne
Professor Peter Brooks AM MD FRACP is Research Lead, Northern Health Melbourne and has Professorial appointments in the Centre for Health Policy, School of Population and Global Health and the School of Medicine University of Melbourne. He is a frequent commentator on health policy and the importance of developing an evidence base in this area and will provide insights to the renewed challenges in transforming the structure and delivery of healthcare services.
Jane Burns

Professor Jane Burns

Acting CEO, Well and Productive Cooperative Research Centre

Professor Jane Burns is a health strategist passionate about mental health, wellbeing and innovation. She is Chair of Open Arms, Veterans Families Counselling Service and a Board Member of the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Jane has over twenty years’ experience as a C-Suite Executive with high profile organisations, beyondblue: the national depression initiative and and was the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre raising over $100M in capital.

She is the Founder of InnoWell and a Non-Executive Director with the Applied Positive Psychology Learning Institute and Mind Medicines Australia.
Jane was a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy at the University of California, San Francisco, a VicHealth Fellow in Health Promotion at Orygen Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health and an NHMRC Fellow in Suicide Prevention at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, University of Melbourne. Professor Burns has a PhD in medicine from the University of Adelaide.

In recognition for her achievements in entrepreneurship she won the category of Social Enterprise for 2015’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence, and was a Victorian Finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Jane is currently the acting CEO of the Well and Productive CRC and an enterprise professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Sean Gallagher

Dr Sean Gallagher

Director, Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University of Technology
Dr. Sean Gallagher is one of Australia’s leading experts on the future of work. He works with leaders to help their businesses effectively leverage their workers in the digital economy and disrupted environments. This leads to improved complex problem solving, new idea generation and enhanced growth and impact. Based on national surveys of Australian workers, the twin reports “Peak Human Potential” (2019) and “Peak Human Workplace” (2021) set out how organisations can create value in the digital economy through reimagining work as a pathway to innovation. Both reports have been widely endorsed, including by APEC, Engineers Australia, TAFE Directors Australia. His research helps shape policy outcomes, including the Victorian Government Inquiry into the On-Demand Economy. Sean holds a PhD in chemistry.
Ian Opperman

Dr Ian Oppermann

President, Australian Computer Society; Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre

Dr. Ian Oppermann is the Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre. Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organisations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3200 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and the incoming president of the JTC1.
Ian Opperman
Sarah Rogers
Partner, Deloitte Consulting
Sarah Rogers works with business leaders to design and build the workforce they need to deliver their strategy. This involves understanding disruptive changes to industry, technology, markets and demographics and how they shape business, and people requirements. Sarah’s consulting focuses on workforce strategy, Future of Work, strategic workforce planning, business and HR strategy, organisation design, talent management and capability development. She has previously led the Future of Work initiative for Human Capital in the Netherlands and Deloitte’s Global Talent offering. Sarah joined Deloitte Consulting in 2007. Prior to that she was the General Manager of a management consulting company which provided advice concerning skill shortages, HR strategy, change and talent management. Sarah’s focus is on public sector workforces however her experience includes working with large private sector clients within FSI, TMT, MER and consumer business industries. She has consulted to multiple Australian government departments and not-for-profit organisations, with a career spanning across APAC, Europe and the US. Sarah has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in psychology from The University of Melbourne and an MBA from The Australian School of Business (formerly AGSM).
Ian Opperman
Adele Seymon
Director, Deep Green R&D Solutions
With 25 years of diverse experience in the not-for-profit, exploration, government and finance sectors, Adele Seymon has developed substantial networks with people in many countries, all of whom share her passion for improving exploration and mining operations, through application of best practice R&D. It excites Adele to have insight into the challenges faced across the whole of the mining value chain, extending out into the broader ecosystems in which we operate. Prior to recently founding Deep Green R&D Solutions, which offers technical and strategic solutions to the challenges faced by the minerals and related sectors, Adele was Program Director Future Resources at Amira Global, an independent global not-for-profit organisation representing members from the resources industry seeking to enhance, sustain and deliver transformational research and development, innovation and implementation to the benefit of society. Adele is a strong advocate for diversity in the workplace and works to establish networks that support more inclusive communities

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