Professor Richard Hays

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University.
Richard Hays began his medical career as a procedural rural general practitioner in northern Australia. After 10 years of full-time clinical practice, he almost accidentally entered academic life to pursue a career in teaching and education research at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.In the early stages of his career he pioneered the development of a model of remote supervision for postgraduate rural practice training. From 1999 to 2005 he guided the development of the School of Medicine at James Cook University, where there is a strong focus on regional and rural health and workforce development. He then spent four years developing a new School of Medicine at Keele University in rural United Kingdom. His current position is Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine at Bond University, where there is some development of rural health education. He has also acted as a consultant to the development of several other new medical school developments in Australia, Canada and Asia, and is an experienced medical education quality assurance surveyor in Australasia, the United Kingdom and Europe. This interest in educational development and its relationship with health care service delivery, built on academic qualifications in medicine, educational psychology and medical education, has led to a strong research and publishing record, resulting in about 40 research grants, 90 research papers, about 100 other academic papers and several books.


Professor Jim Barber

Vice-Chancellor & CEO, University of New England.
Before taking up his current position at the University of New England, Professor Barber was Deputy-Vice Chancellor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University.

Professor Barber is a distinguished academic. After completing his PhD in experimental psychology, his research shifted into the applied fields of drug addiction and child welfare.  His research record includes minimal interventions in the secondary prevention of drug addiction, and evidence-based social policy and child welfare. He is a winner of North America's Pro Humanitate Medal for his research in child welfare and a winner of the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from Flinders University.

Prior to moving to university senior executive positions in the higher education sector, Professor Barber's roles included that of Reader and then Professor of Social Work (La Trobe University and the University of Tasmania), Professor of Social Administration (Flinders University) and Dean at the University of Toronto. Professor Barber’s experience includes roles of Company Director on a number of national bodies, including Open Universities Australia (Australia's leading provider of fee-paying online degree programs), Jesuit Social Services Australia and Graduate Careers Australia.

Professor Barber has significant international education experience, most significantly taking on the additional role of interim President of RMIT International University of Vietnam. He has worked in regional universities and has a commitment to their important contribution in providing access to education, and also in driving economic prosperity and enhancing the morale, culture and identity of their regions.


Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver

Professor Jackson Pulver, a Koori woman born and bred on the Lands of the Eora, is the inaugural chair of Indigenous Health, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales. She co-founded the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program, is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and visiting consultant at the Ageing Research Centre. Lisa is a Squadron Leader in the RAAF Specialist Reserve, has been the recipient of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and the Ministry of Science and Medical Research awards and is a member of the permanent board of the Lowitja Institue.

Professor Jackson Pulver is internationally and nationally recognised for her academic leadership and expertise in public health, epidemiology and addressing quality and use of data to guide policy and practice to improve Aboriginal health. Her research and teaching interests focus on social, emotional and physical wellbeing across the lifespan – from birth to Elder. Lisa’s primary role in her research and competitive tenders has been to bring community, key stakeholders, services and researchers together in partnership to develop ways of working that embrace social, cultural and ethical principles and people’s aspirations. Her input has enabled projects to achieve sustainability while simultaneously enhancing positive impact and methodological rigour.