01 Jan 2018

As Australia’s leading Consumer Healthcare Platform, HealthEngine believes the key to
helping patients through their healthcare journey’s lies in transforming the patient
experience. In keeping with our commitment to the ongoing improvement of our core
products and services, we are excited to announce the establishment of the
HealthEngine Advisory Group

The Advisory Group will provide independent industry guidance and counsel on
business strategy, product direction and services, strategic issues and risks
confronting not only our business, but the entire healthcare industry.

To ensure that all future products, services and features are informed by
consulting more widely — the Advisory Group will be the expert sounding board
that ensures industry voices across various specialties and areas of expertise
are represented. We want to ensure that everything HealthEngine does going
forward is informed by the industry and our patients.

This is just one of many initiatives that HealthEngine has implemented to ensure
that it’s meeting the ever-changing industry landscape and improving its overall
product offering to better serve healthcare professionals and their

What specific outcomes does the Advisory Group hope to achieve?

The Advisory Group will meet three times per year and provide independent
industry guidance and counsel on business strategy, products and services,
strategic issues and risks confronting not only our business, but the entire
healthcare industry.

As Australians are rapidly realising the benefits of a digital health system we
must continue to support patients in understanding how to embrace digital health
in a safe, secure way to support a more efficient and productive care

Patients and healthcare practices remain at the heart of what HealthEngine does,
and their trust in the business is of our highest priority. HealthEngine hopes
to build on its relationships with industry representatives to continue to
improve the healthcare experience of millions of Australians.

Who is in HealthEngine’s Advisory Group?

HealthEngine’s Advisory Group consists of medical professionals across a range of specialities. Group members include:


A specialist anaesthetist in private practice and legally qualified.  Andrew
is a Federal Councillor AMA, Immediate Past President AMA (WA) and a director
and honorary treasurer of The Australian Society of Anaesthetists. Andrew is
also a board member of MDA National, one of Australia’s largest Medical
Indemnity organisations. These organisations operate in the areas of medical
indemnity, policy and advocacy for the medical profession.  Andrew is also
a director of several commercial enterprises in the health and technology
sectors and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His
legal education has also led to involvement in governance and strategy for
national 'not for profits' organisations.

Jas Streten,  Australian Patients Association Representative

Jas is currently General Manager of APA (Australian Patients Association) and
previously held senior management positions in the private sector across a
number of business functions including Sales, Operations and Logistics. He is a
board member of two community organisations, Deputy Chair of the Community
Advisory Committee, The Innovation Committee and Specialist Clinics committees
at a Melbourne Public Hospital, membership of Consumer Health Forum and Health
Issues Centre. He has volunteered with Margaret Oates Soup Van, Oznam House,
Ruckers Hill Aged Care, Housing for the Aged Action Group and Migrant Tutoring
through Melbourne Polytechnic. He has Chaired and presented at conferences that
cover safety in hospitals, caring for older people, improving consumer
engagement in Healthcare.


John is an advocate for patient safety, quality improvement and equity of access
in healthcare and an active general practitioner at Upper Mt Gravatt, Brisbane
since 1977. His current roles include Australian Digital Health Agency –
Senior Clinical Reference Lead and Honorary Member NPS MedicineWise. In 2003,
John was honoured as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia
by the Australian Government for services to medicine, particularly medical
administration, and the Australian Divisions of General Practice. Fellow of the
RACGP and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He simultaneously holds
board positions as Chairman Garden City Medical Services Pty Ltd, Chairman Inala
Primary Care Ltd, Non-executive Director Attune Hearing Pty Ltd, Non-executive
Director Tonic Health Media Pty Ltd. John has also held previous positions such
as Heart Foundation, member Cardiovascular Health Advisory Committee (2007 –
2018), Chairman Best Doctors Australasian Medical Advisory Board (2009 –

Barry Nguyen

Barry is an experienced tech entrepreneur, advisor and physiotherapist by
profession with an interest in preventative health, physician-led team-based
care, and sports medicine. He is a long-term thinker and primarily involved in
industry-scale digital transformation projects and commercialising data-driven
emerging technologies with global potential.

He currently serves as an advisor to multiple organisations globally ranging from
high growth startups, non-for-profits to large corporations.

Barry is a co-founder and CEO of HealthAide (Phyto, Inc), specialist e-commerce
startup for health tech solutions with physical pop up shops, supported by
expert reviews and health coaching services. Phyto, Inc is a graduate of the
2017 MAP Velocity Program (University of Melbourne) and Melbourne Health
Accelerator (Royal Melbourne Hospital).

He is the Innovation Advisor for the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the
peak body of physiotherapy representing the interests of over 26, 000 members in
Australia. He is a Mentor at Health 2.0 and the Founder Institute, the world’s
premier startup launch program based in Silicon Valley for talented
entrepreneurs and promising startups across the world.

Dr Amanda Phoon-Nguyen (RACDS)

Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen is a final year registrar in Oral Medicine at the UWA
Dental School, University of Western Australia. Before undertaking specialist
training, Amanda graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of
Dental Science, served in the Royal Australian Navy as a Dental officer and
worked as a dentist in both public and private practice in Western

Amanda is Editor of the College News of the Royal Australasian College of Dental
Surgeons (General Stream), and serves as a mentor in the MRACDS program. In
2017, Amanda completed her Certificate of Advanced Dental Leadership. Amanda
holds positions on the ADA WA Dental Continuing Professional Development
committee, the Western Australia regional committee for the Royal Australasian
College of Dental Surgeons, the UWA Dental School research committee, and is
Treasurer and committee member of the WA local organizing committee of the
International Association for Dental Research. In her spare time, she volunteers
for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.