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Thursday 1 June 2023
Uni Hill Conference Centre

Co-sponsored by:

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Dr Loren Sher, Clinical Director - Victoria's Virtual Emergency Department @ Northern Health, Epping

Dr Loren Sher is an Emergency specialist and Director of the new Victorian Virtual ED. She studied a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein (South Africa), from 1997 to 2002. In 2012 Loren studied Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine in Melbourne.


In Loren's previous role, she was the Director of the Northern Hospital's Paediatric Emergency Department. Loren's other career highlights include the development of a Paediatric HIV clinic in South Africa and the development of the Paediatric Emergency Department at The Northern Hospital.

Loren constantly seeks opportunities to deliver equitable, safe, and gold-standard care, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. Loren's recent medical adventures include exploring and creating efficiencies through the marriage of technology and medicine. Loren is enrolled in a PhD through La Trobe University, researching digital solutions in Emergency Departments.

Panel discussion with:

Dr Loren Sher, Clinical Director - Victoria's Virtual Emergency Department @ Northern Health, Epping

Dr Santosh Kaur, Founder & CEO of Smart Heal. SmartHeal was born out of the love for wound healing and frustration with the simple management of them by not only the patient but the connection of healthcare provider to patient.

Ms Shekila Ramalingam, General Manager Business - Channel Expansion, nbn co. Shekila oversees the national implementation of channel expansion, ensuring the network is expanding and remaining relevant to business and end users.

Ms Erika Hughes, Commercial Director, Integra Systems. Integra Systems was established in 1991 and offers low-volume, high-variability excellence in sheet metal product design, project management and advanced manufacturing using Industry 4.0 practices.

Seating Chart

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Seating Chart


City of Darebin


Merri-bek City Council

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Breakfast Program

  • Introduction by MC, Frances Coppolillo, CEO, Melbourne Polytechnic  

  • Welcome  - Linc Horton, NORTH Link Chair

  • Guest Speaker Dr Loren Sher, Clinical Director - Victoria's Virtual Emergency Department @ Northern Health, Epping

  • Women in Business Panel

  • Young Business Achievers Panel

  • Darebin City Council and Merri-bek City Council Nominee Panel

  • Thank you and close


Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Grilled tomato, Hash Brown with toast and condiments.

Served alongside a fresh food platter.

Gluten free and vegetarian substitutes available

Freshly brewed coffee, tea and cold juice selection

2023 NBAA Award Category Sponsors

  • Best Start-Up or Microbusiness Business Award sponsored by New Epping

  • Business of the Year Award sponsored by Victorian Government

  • Customer Service Award sponsored by MatchWorks

  • Exporter of the Year Award sponsored by Pitcher Partners

  • Human Resources Award sponsored by Macpherson Kelley

  • Industry Education Engagement Award sponsored by Kangan 

  • Innovation and Enterprise Award sponsored by OET - Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment

  • Outstanding Initiative in Manufacturing Award sponsored by Options Consulting Group

  • Philanthropy and Community Service Award sponsored by Inner North Community Foundation

  • Sustainability and Environment Award sponsored by Yarra Valley Water

  • Technology Award sponsored by Business nbn

  • Workplace Diversity Award sponsored by Melbourne Polytechnic

  • Young Business Achiever Award sponsored by La Trobe Business School

Breakfast Program
Award Category Sponsors


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