BFD Conference 2019 – Brisbane

BFD 2019 | Brisbane | 31st May – 2nd June 2019

This event is the single biggest business education event of 2019 uniquely capturing the key concerns of all medical professionals.

BFD19 is an opportunity to network with business entrepreneurs, successful practice owners, visionary practice managers, emerging fellows, retiring business owners and newly graduated interns. A spectacular Gala Dinner with charity auction is available as a discounted add on for full delegate tickets. We have also included welcoming cocktails for our past attendees and sponsors.

Over 90 workshops across the weekend, 3 keynote speakers, 40 exhibitors, and 40 presenters over 3 days we offer streams to suit all career stages. 

Our new “Women in Medicine” workshops – “Thriving not just surviving” – offers life and career advice from four successful female surgeons who have survived the training of a male dominated specialty. These workshops are the essentials of good living for our junior doctors and female surgical trainees as well as our Panel Discussion which will be open to all attendees.

Our sponsors and presenters are hand selected with just 12 exhibitor’s opportunities on each conference day. We seek business sponsors that reflect the values of Business for Doctors.


Keynote Speakers:

Dr Steven Petterson

Steven speaks of his good fortune, as a recently injured cyclist and now quadrapalegic, and puts life and everyday woes in persepctive. Dr Peterson graduated from ANU in 2010 and has been working in rural general practice, emergency and drug withdrawal units. His life changed in an instant March 16, 2018 when he was hit by a car travelling at 80 km an hour whilst riding his bicycle to a shift at the emergency department. He suffered numerous injuries, the most severe being C4 complete quadriplegia. He spent the majority of 2018 in hospital, undergoing 12 operations and once stabilised intensive rehab. He has now returned to work and plans to continue as part of the Orange medical community. He is married with two young children, whom he credits with helping him get through the year. He plans to speak about the behind-the-scenes costs and challenges of becoming suddenly very sick and unable to work but with a family still requiring support.


Mr Keith Abraham – Leader, Author and Motivator

Including Keith as one of speakers was to address the issues of goal setting for health professionals and the steps of goal setting for patients – which will bring care plans to Medicare compliance. 
Establishing true goal alignment enables an individual to live their personal, and professional lives energised, and with direction. Inspiring audiences in 23 countries for more than 20 years, with a client base of over 300 companies, it is no wonder that Keith has won numerous awards including the highest honour for professional speaking, the Nevin Award, and Keynote Speaker of the Year by the Australian National Speakers Association. 


Dr April Armstrong – Founder and Director of Business for DoctorsMedical Practitioner & GP practice owner.

For those of you have met April you will know there is always something new to learn despite reading her hundreds of posts and blogs. April has grown the Business for Doctors group over three years into to a thriving community of like-minded medical professionals while simultaneously providing business workshops around Australia and growing the special offers for the Business for Doctors Members. Now providing valuable education on the MBS with her trusty team of 12 Doctors and Practice Managers, BFD has taken April to over 40 locations around Australia and overseas delivering workshops.


Workshops & Topics:

Final timetable will be made available 14 days before the event start date, with the ability to register a preference for sessions.

Topics at BFD19 include, among others:

Avoid the patient acquisition trap – market your own clinic Staff recruitment and retention
How to reduce stress of Managing staff Developing a personal wellbeing plan
Credit card applications and assessments Why thought speakership can amplify your practice
Branding and Marketing to build your practice Frequent Flyers for Beginners
Starting a medical practice Investing in Argyle Pink Diamonds
Superannuation – What are you really investing in? Benefits and challenges of working with the media
Kids of Doctors – how do they survive Culture + Team = Revenue
Bad Investments Renovating your practice for an improved ROI
Social Media and the Doctor Art Collecting – A perspective from the Macquarie Group Collection
Managing offset accounts to minimise interest and bank fees Real Estate Strategy for your Medical Business – Leasing and Purchasing
7 common mistakes running a medical practice Thriving not just surving
How to pass your MBS Audit Planning for success by defining business priorities
Expert Panel: Leading Perspectives on Digital transformation in health What is a SMSF. What are the pros and cons of setting up and administering a SMSF
The Value in a Practice – Identifying and Maximising the Business Value of your Practice Corporate Governance for Small Business 101: Why does it matter for your practice?
Insurance Masterclass – The finer points of personal Risk Protection for the Health Professional How digital tools can streamline your consults, save you time and increase your bottom line


Gala Dinner – Saturday 1st June from 6:30pm
Charity Auction – Beneficiary:
RFDS and Catherine Hamlin Fistula Hospital
(Additional Ticket Required)


Join us for an exclusive black-tie event on Saturday, an evening filled with speakers, entertainment, music and a charity auction in aid of a BFD member selected charity. Our evening starts at 6:30 pm with a drinks reception and canapes, once the Grand Ballroom doors open, take a seat and enjoy a lavish three-course meal.

Partners are also invited to attend this gala dinner.

Gala dinner tickets are available as an add-on.

Registration Categories Total Fee inc. GST
Full Weekend – GP or GP Registrar $1,675.00
Full Weekend – Non GP Specialist/Hospital Based Medical Doctors $1,675.00
Full Weekend – Practice Manager (include Non Doctor Owners, PHN Staff, Admin Support) $1,675.00
Full Weekend – Dentist $1,675.00
Day Ticket – Friday $660.00
Day Ticket – Saturday $770.00
Day Ticket – Sunday $550.00
Gala Dinner only – not attending conference. $137.50
Gala Dinner – with a Registration Ticket purchase* $88.00
Welcome Reception – Thursday   (ALL) *  
Included in Full weekend Registration. Or can be purchased separately $33.00

Advanced Life Support – CPD Points – 40 points

We are also able to provide an accredited ALS training course, bring your training up-to-date whilst at the conference.

The ALS course will run on Thursday and will require pre-training material to be completed.

ALS is an additional add-on, access can be purchased whilst purchasing conference tickets.


Focused Psychological Strategies Training with Cate Howell
Dr Cate Howell will be running a 2 day (Wednesday/Thursday) FPS training session for General Practitioners

Additional workshop pre-BFD19 –

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) workshop on 29th and 30th May is via Cate’s website

the direct link is

The fee is $720 plus $72 GST = $792.00