Abstract submission deadline: September 6th, 2019. September 19th,2019

Essay submission deadline: September 30th, 2019 October 6th,2019

Confirmation of abstract acceptance: September 27th, 2019. October 3rd,2019


Emeritus Professor Paul Worley

Emeritus Professor Paul Worley was appointed as Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner on 11 November 2017.

Professor Worley has had a distinguished career in rural health, both as a practitioner and an academic. He studied medicine at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1984 and has worked as a Rural Generalist in rural South Australia; first at Lameroo, and then in Clare, Barmera and currently at Yankalilla. He lives in South Australia with his wife, and has seven children (including three children in-law) and six grandchildren.

From 2007 – 2017 he was Dean of Medicine at Flinders University in South Australia, where he established Rural Clinical Schools and University Departments of Rural Health in both South Australia and the Northern Territory and guided the conceptualisation and development of the Northern Territory Medical Program with a clear focus on recruiting and supporting Indigenous students and staff. While at Flinders University, Professor Worley developed and nurtured programs which are now recognised globally as models for the establishment of rural medical, nursing and allied health education.

Professor Worley has long been a leading figure internationally in the rural health and medical education sectors, has held senior positions in the Rural Doctors Association of South Australia and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, was instrumental in establishing rural Divisions of General Practice across South Australia, has served as a Board Director for the Adelaide PHN and for AGPT Regional Training Organisations in the Northern Territory and South Australia, is Editor in Chief of the international journal, Rural and Remote Health, and is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

As National Rural Health Commissioner, Professor Worley is passionate about quality, equity and fairness for all, especially the underserved. Australia’s rural and remote communities and the health professionals who serve them, deserve an evidence-based, sustainable, cost-effective and well supported rural health system, designed by rural clinicians, grown in rural regions, and serving all who live across our vast land. We must have the right health professionals delivering the right care, in the right place at the right time.

Yoon-seong Lee, MD

Director, Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute, Seoul, Korea


Dr. Yoon-seong Lee is Director of Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute (KHPLEI), which manages national examinations for license or certificate of 26 kinds of health personnel in Korea.

A pathologists and medical educator, Dr. Lee has a variety of experiences on medical education and medical sciences. He has served as the member and president of Committee for Licensing Examination for MD since 1994. He took great effort for the establishment of Skill Examination for MD Licensing Examination in Korea, 2009. As well as he was the chair of the board committee of Korean Institute of Medical Education and Evaluation (KIMEE), which is the main organization of the accreditation of medical schools, Otherwise, he was the president of Korean Society of Medical Education (KSME), and the president of Korean Academy of Medical Sciences (KAMS) with more than 160 academic societies of medical and related sciences.

Dr. Lee got his MD degree from Seoul National University, and was a professor of forensic medicine, Sep. 1986 – Feb. 2018. 

Prof. Pongsak Wannakrairot

Director of Institute for Medical Education Accreditation (IMEAc)

Senior Advisor to the Laboratory Accreditation Committee (of Royal College of Pathologists of Thailand).


Pongsak Wannakrairot is Professor in Pathology. He finished his medical degree and certified Board of Anatomic Pathologist from Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. He has served as faculty member in the Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University since 1983. His interests are in the fields of hematopathology, pathology laboratory, laboratory accreditation, medical education and quality accreditation. During his career, apart from working as hematopathologist, he also encourages general pathologists to be able to deal with lymphoma and leukemia specimens. Together with the group of Thai hematopathologists under his leadership, he carried out many bone marrow and lymphoma workshops. In addition to hematopathology, he also involves in laboratory accreditation. He served as chairman of Laboratory Accreditation Committee of Royal College of Pathologists for many years.

He has also been interested in education. He is the one who introduced the use of virtual microscopy in learning pathology in Thailand. He conducted faculty development program for Chulalongkorn University for almost 10 years. In collaboration with members of Consortium of Thai Medical Schools, he has engaged in medical education accreditation employing international standards (WFME Global Standards). He served as Chairman of Department of Pathology for 8 years and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Ex-Director of Medical Education Unit, Ex-Director of WHO Collaborating Center for Medical Education, South East Asia Region, Ex-President of Royal College of Pathologists of Thailand, Ex-President of International Academy of Pathology, Thailand Division and Ex-President of Asia Pacific Society for Molecular Immunohistology. He is now serving as Director of Institute for Medical Education Accreditation (IMEAc) and Senior Advisor to the Laboratory Accreditation Committee (of Royal College of Pathologists of Thailand).