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WA Government Tech Investment Update

Tuesday, 14 March 2023

} 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (AWST)

Parmelia Hilton Hotel
14 Mill Street, Perth, WA, 6000


The Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Department of Finance, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and Australian Information Industry Association have organised this event to inform industry on the $900 million Digital Capability Fund and the new ICT Procurement framework. The Department of Health will provide and update on the EMR project financed through the Fund.

Opening address

The Hon. Stephen N Dawson, MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and the Digital Economy; Medical Research; Volunteering


Stephen was born in Dublin and first came to Australia in 1986 on a family holiday.

In 1989 he and his family migrated to Australia to escape the struggling economy in Ireland.

Stephen studied to be a French and Drama teacher at Edith Cowan University and in 1995 he joined the Labor party at the University orientation day.

Stephen was elected to represent the Mining & Pastoral Region at the 2013 state election. He served as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne and Goldfields-Esperance regions before being promoted to the position of Shadow Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services and Child Protection in September 2013.

Stephen has been a Chief of Staff to a number of Government Ministers in Western Australia and Victoria and immediately prior to his election to Parliament, he worked as the WA State Manager for Essential Media Communications.


Greg Italiano

Government Chief Information Officer for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet


Greg was appointed to the role of Government Chief Information Officer in December 2018. Prior to taking up the appointment he was the Executive Director of Corporate Services in the Department of Justice.

Greg has over 15 years of public sector experience and has worked in several senior executive roles, including in the WA Police and the Departments of Health, Justice and Treasury. He has planned and delivered on a range of reforms, including those for which ICT was a key enabling component.

Greg has a Bachelor of Business and a BA Hons in Politics and Government and is an alumnus of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows Program.

Guest speaker

Dr Hannah Seymour

Geriatrician and Clinical Lead EMR Program

Department of Health


Dr Hannah Seymour is a Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Lead for the EMR Program in WA Health.

Dr Seymour has been a Consultant Geriatrician since completing her training in Western Australia in 2005. She has worked in Acute Orthogeriatrics at Fiona Stanley Hospital since 2015 where she shares the care of older people with orthopaedic surgeons. Hannah is passionate about using data to improve the care of older people with fractures across the world by working on the Steering Committee of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry and as Past President of the Fragility Fracture Network. She has presented internationally on the care of older people with fractures.

Hannah has held a number of leadership positions in Western Australia. Most recently she was the Clinical Nominee on the Sustainable Health Review which was published in April 2019 and Medical Director at FSFHG. Hannah is striving to improve the health of West Australians by obtaining funding for an Electronic Medical Record across WA Health.


Lucy Cordone

Executive Director

Digital Health, Department of Health

Lucy commenced as Executive Director, Digital Health at the Western Australian Department of Health in October 2022.

Lucy leads the system coordination of the WA Health Digital Strategy 2020-2030 including initiation of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Program. The EMR program is the digital keystone to modernising and improving healthcare in WA by the transformation of the clinical information management system. She is passionate about digital transformation as an enabler to change in frontline healthcare services and the vital role technology and information technology plays in improving the consumer, carer and clinical experience and ultimately, patient outcomes.

Lucy is a strategically minded healthcare specialist with in-depth experience in healthcare roles, senior legal, operational, and executive leadership in a range of public, not-for-profit and private healthcare, resources, public housing and Defence sectors. Lucy graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Laws as well as a Master’s Degree in Health and Medical Law. Lucy is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Peter Sprivulis

Chief Clinical Information Officer

WACHS Emergency Telehealth Service

Peter is an emergency physician, health informatician and clinical epidemiologist, perhaps best known for his work on patient harm associated with hospital and emergency department overcrowding.

Following his Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and Harvard University in the early 2000s he has held a variety of state and national roles leading eHealth strategy development and clinical information system development and implementation.

In addition to his role as CCIO, Peter continues clinical practice with the WA Country Health Services Command Centre Emergency Telehealth Service.

Kate Ingham

Deputy Director General

Department of Finance

Kate Ingham was appointed Deputy Director General, Advisory Services in October 2020, having held the role of Director Strategic Advisory Services since April 2014.

She has extensive procurement and policy experience across the Western Australian public sector having worked at the State Supply Commission, been a member of the State Tender Review Committee and conducted targeted reviews for the Office of the Auditor General, Department of Health and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. She started her public sector career as a Graduate Officer with the then Department of Treasury and Finance and is a member of the Finance Alumni Network. Kate is passionate about championing diversity and elevating performance by focusing on people. She cultivates talent by developing cohesive work environments that empower and unite teams. Kate has a Bachelor of Commerce, Economics and Finance, and Master of Business Administration, from Curtin University and is an Alumni of Leadership WA. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John O’Hare

Executive Director

Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

John is Executive Director, Industry Development Division, in the Western Australian Government’s Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

His Division is responsible for the implementation and delivery of the WA Industry Link initiative. The initiative is designed to assist local businesses secure more Government contracts and create more local jobs. The WA Industry Link initiative comprises the development and/or implementation of the Western Australian Jobs Act 2017, the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy, the Industry Link Advisory Service and the WA Industry Link portal.

His Division is also responsible for the implementation and delivery of the Western Australian Buy Local Policy 2022 (WABLP). The WABLP has a strong regional focus and is also focussed on creating opportunities for WA businesses. John’s Division is responsible for delivering the Government’s commitment to manufacture critical iron ore railcar wagon parts, the development of wind turbine manufacture, support the development of stand-alone power systems and building METRONET railcar locally.

John is a member of the Iron Ore Railcar Wagon Manufacturing and Maintenance Action Group, the Wind Farm Manufacturing Action Group, the LNG Taskforce Business Development and Diversification Working Group, the METRONET Railcar Procurement Steering Committee, Subsea Energy Australia, Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia and the AOG Energy Organising Committee.

He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University.

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