Steven McPhail

National Keynote Speaker, Gerontology

Professor, Queensland University of Technology, QLD

    While working as a recently graduated physiotherapist (The University of Queensland) in a large teaching hospital, Steve first began to critically consider the extent to which common healthcare interventions and clinical care models genuinely impact the quality and length of patients’ lives, as well as the roles of individual and health system factors that may mediate benefits and risk of harm to patients.

    His journey of inquiry to try to improve outcomes for vulnerable patients’ access to healthcare services since those early days has been long and winding – although always full of discovery and accompanied by great travelling companions. Steve is now an internationally renowned health service innovator, clinician, health economist and speaker, who also leads the health management discipline at the Queensland University of Technology.

    Along the way, Steve has found some research success with more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals including The Lancet, JAMA Internal Medicine, Pain, Medical Care, Journals of Gerontology, Spinal Cord, The Gerontologist, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, among others. He has been awarded more than $13 million in research funding as a chief investigator in the past 10 years, and received consecutive NHMRC administered fellowships for the duration of his research career to date. His work has also been cited in international policy-related documents, including from the World Bank and World Health Organisation.