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HealthTech Talks - Lumina Podcast Series

HealthTech Talks, the perfect space to innovate, collaborate and grow in health, science and tech.

HealthTech Talks, places the interesting world of HealthTech under the microscope. Listen to HealthTech experts tell their stories and share what drives them to succeed in the world of health, science, and technology.

Within the development Lumina, located in the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, a collaborative hub of HealthTech businesses is growing on the Gold Coast. The HealthTech Talks Lumina Podcast Series showcases the talent within this hub. Take a journey of discovery as you hear from innovation leaders in HealthTech sharing their life’s work, insights, and expertise. Whether you’re a patient, founder, investor or simply interested in HealthTech, HealthTech Talks has it covered.

HealthTech Entrepreneurship

Episode 8

About this episode: When Eloise Keefe began her career as a research scientist for the sugar industry, she could not have predicted where it would take her. Now, some 15 years later, her in-depth knowledge and experience combined with her business acumen from managing multi-million dollar research projects has taken her career in a new direction. As the commercial business manager for the Institute of Glycomics at Griffith University and a coach for the LuminaX Health Accelerator program, Eloise is helping to shape the future of healthcare research and startups right here on the Gold Coast.

Episode 7

About this episode: When Dr Hal Rice began his medical career he was planning on being an orthopaedic surgeon. That was until the advent of MRI opened his eyes to a whole new world of medical imaging. Now, as a neurointerventional radiologist, Dr Hal and his team are available around the clock to treat patients who have had a stroke. When the co-founder of the Gold Coast University Hospital Interventional Neuroradiology Service isn’t in the operating theatre, he divides his time between Qscan Radiology Clinics, which he also founded, and showcasing the Gold Coast to medical professionals around the world. It’s no wonder he was named Gold Coast Australian of the Year.

Episode 6

About this episode: More than 30 years after starting his career in software engineering and IT, Dr Kelvin Ross is still passionate about what he does. He says it’s not only because of the problems technology can solve but because you never know where it can lead you. Dr Kelvin has used technology to help solve problems in finance, defence and Indigenous heritage, to name a few, but his focus is now on healthcare and bringing artificial intelligence to the patient bedside.

Episode 5

About this episode: Dervla Loughnane is on a mission to save lives by making mental health support more accessible. Dervla is disrupting the way mental health services are delivered, turning the traditional face-to-face psychology session on its head and reaching more people in the process. As the Founder and CEO of Virtual Psychologist and Mental Health Warrior, Dervla talked to us about how she took an idea and turned it into a multi-national health care provider.

Warning:  Domestic violence and suicide is mentioned in this interview. If this raises any issues for you, please phone Lifeline on 131 114.

Episode 4

About this episode: A cancer diagnoses at just 32 changed Makala Castelli’s perspective on life. She now makes every day count and fits more into one day than most people would fit in a week. Makala is an entrepreneur and business woman driven to help people live well with, and beyond cancer. In this interview, we talk to Makala about how this illness changed her and led to the creation of limonata and Oncana, an integrated digital platform offering a network of allied and complementary health providers dedicated to support people living with cancer.

Episode 3

About this episode: You won’t need to listen to this episode for long to understand why Scott Chapman is ranked in the country’s top 100 entrepreneurs! From starting his career in radio, to owning a restaurant on the side – which then grew to 8 restaurants – to most recently stepping into the digital world to create a wellness program for people living with disability (including his nephew), Scott Chapman is a man on a mission. We spoke with Scott about his journey as an entrepreneur and what drives him.

Warning: Sexual abuse is mentioned in this interview. If this raises any issues for you, please phone the confidential sexual assault support service ‘1800 RESPECT’ on 1800 737 732 or Lifeline on 131 114.

Episode 2

About this episode: Dren Xerxa found his passion for entrepreneurship in his early twenties. After his first taste of success, he turned his attention to helping other entrepreneurs to connect and thrive by building communities of like-minded people around the world. We spoke with Dren about the community he’s building within the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct as Program Manager at Cohort, the Gold Coast’s tech start-up launchpad and incubator, and find out about LuminaX, the accelerator program he created for Australian HealthTech Startups.

Episode 1

About this episode: Dr Jon Field has been described as a medico revolutionising the health industry. As the Chief Executive Officer of DOCTO, Australia’s online hospital, Dr Jon is changing the way people access care from medical specialists. We talk to Jon, an intensive care physician at Gold Coast University Hospital, about DOCTO – why he started the service, how his team got it up and running and his vision for the ground-breaking telehealth platform.



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