The 2022 Brilliant Women in Digital Health Awards seek to recognise 25 women from across Australia for their achievements in the health and aged care sectors. 

Nominations are now open to recognise women at all stages of their careers for their contributions in mentoring, medical research, technology development, improving health outcomes using digital health or introducing a new digital process.

Professor Mary Foley AM, Managing Director, Telstra Health said:

“Digital health has enormous potential to lead the ICT sector in the representation of women in influential roles, securing the benefits of gender diversity in improving technology and improving patient outcomes. I am proud the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health Awards bring prominence to women who are significantly impacting the industry and their communities.”

We are proud once again to have such eminent judges from across the health and aged care sectors who will select the 25 award recipients, which will be recognised at events in capital cities in October.

Emeritus Professor Christine Bennett AO said: “Honouring the contributions of brilliant innovators, aspiring visionaries and exceptional entrepreneurs, the Awards aim to inspire women in their ambitions and to foster future leaders. It is a privilege as a judge in the second year of this initiative to once again discover and highlight so many impressive stories of women from around the country and celebrate their achievements in many dimensions of digital health.”

Dr Steve Hambleton, Board Director, Digital Health CRC said: “There has been an accelerated embrace of digital health innovations in the health and aged care sectors in the past few years. We know this hasn’t been easy and these awards provide an opportunity to spotlight the women driving a digitally enabled and connected future in the sector.”
Professor Jane Halton AO PSM said: “Women from a variety of fields who have played a key role in influencing digital innovations in health and aged care or who mentor and upskill others are encouraged to nominate regardless of career stage. This is an opportunity to promote our successes which can so often be overlooked, as well as embrace gender diversity in Australia’s health and aged care sectors.”

Dr Louise Schaper, CEO, Australian Institute of Digital Health said: “One of the most pressing issues facing our digital health sector is attracting and retaining talent. Women make-up a significant proportion of the digital health sector often via pathways from clinical roles. Recognising the contribution of these change makers in a relatively young sector sends a positive message to the next generation.”

Nomination criteria includes: 

  • technical expertise or contribution, with significant impact, in the health sector, aged care sector, or health and medical research sector
  • Emerging leaders influencing or being accountable for digital transformation.
  • Making a positive impact supporting other women in the sector through mentorship or upskilling.
  • Nominee has demonstrated innovation in developing unique solution/s to address problems or opportunities.
  • impact and influence in the digital industry – we want to hear about the work you do within your organisation and in the broader digital community
  • success in establishing and / or championing a digital vision or innovation

People are welcome to self-nominate or nominate another person by Monday 20 June at 5pm AEST.

Visit the BCW webpage for further information and to complete the online nomination.

Recipients will be asked to share their story to inspire others and raise awareness of the opportunities in digital health in a report launched in October.

As well as being involved in the various events and associated activities, the recipients will have the opportunity to participate in learning and development opportunities.

Award recipients will be connected to a network of people within digital health and ideally become part of the alumni.

There will also be many ongoing opportunities as part of the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health network, in terms of events, publications, speaking occasions and overall profiling.

We look forward to recognising our 2022 Brilliant Women in Digital Health!

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For all media enquiries: Please contact Alex White Head of Corporate Affairs Telstra Health

Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health network 

This award initiative is driven by the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health network, which Telstra Health launched in October 2020 and has since grown to more than 1,000 women and men who work in or have an interest in digital health. The awards aim to support the purpose of the network – to connect, share, inspire and celebrate – while raising awareness about the opportunities in the sector.

About Telstra Health 

Telstra Health works to improve lives through digitally-enabled care for the community.  Our purpose is to realise a connected and improved digital health experience for all. By providing software products, solutions and platforms, Telstra Health works with care providers in the hospital, health service, pharmacy, and aged and disability care sectors to connect health information, clinicians and consumers. Telstra Health’s clinical and administrative systems, health data analytics, population health solutions, and information exchange platforms help providers to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of the healthcare they deliver. Telstra Health also helps enable clinicians to deliver care in new ways through virtual care solutions.

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