Monday, 28th March 2022

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ABAC (the Australian Broadband Advisory Council) was established by the Australian Government in 2020 to provide advice to the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts on ways to maximise the benefits of high-speed networks in key sectors of the economy. The Council is made up of eminent Australians with expertise in innovation, connectivity and key sectors of the economy.

ABAC has taken a sector-by-sector approach to its work, and has established expert working groups to address the challenges and opportunities in a number of sectors. The report of the Health Expert Working Group (HEWG) was published in January 2022. The full report may be accessed at:

TelSoc is very pleased that the Chair of ABAC, Deena Shiff, and the co-convenor of the HEWG, Luke Baxby, have agreed to present the Health Expert Working Group report as one in a series of TelSoc forums on broadband challenges and opportunities, and to engage in discussion on the important issues involved with TelSoc members and guests.


Jim Holmes, President, TelSoc and member of the TelSoc Broadband Futures Group


Deena Shiff, Chair of ABAC: Deena will outline ABAC’s charter and work to date on a number of fronts, as well as introduce the work on the sector.

Luke Baxby, Co-Convenor of the Health Expert Working Group will present the report and its key findings.

This will be followed by a discussion and question and answer session, including consideration of next steps and anticipated developments.


The event has now passed, but the recording is available below.


Date and Time

Mon, 28 Mar 2022

12:30 - 14:00 AEDT


Online Event Only
Melbourne VIC 3000


Deena Shiff

Deena Shiff, Chair, Australian Broadband Advisory Council

Deena Shiff was a senior executive in the telecommunications industry for over twenty-five years. As Group Managing Director at Telstra, she ran Telstra Wholesale, set up and managed Telstra Business and established Telstra’s corporate venture capital arm, Telstra Ventures.

In her legal career, Deena has acted as government adviser, in-house Counsel and as a Partner at law firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques.

Deena is a full time non executive director with a portfolio that has focussed largely on growth stage technology companies listed on the ASX. She is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board of e-commerce company, Marley Spoon AG (ASX: MMM) and is a non executive director on the boards of AI services company, Appen (ASX: APX) and health software companies, Pro Medicus (ASX: PME) and Genie Solutions Pty Ltd. She is also on the board of Opera Australia.

In 2015, Deena chaired the Australian Government’s Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee. She has also served on the NSW Government Digital Economy Task Force.

Luke Baxby

Luke Baxby – Partner and National Healthcare Leader, Deloitte

Luke leads Deloitte's Health and Human Services practice in Australia. He has over 20 years’ experience in the health industry focusing on virtual health, health service planning, health service commissioning, government advisory, funding models, business case development, workforce modelling, commercial analysis, infrastructure and capital planning, costing and affordability analysis as well as casemix and financial management.

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