The 2022 Brilliant Women in Digital Health Awards recognise 25 women from across Australia for their achievements in the health and aged care sectors
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A diversity of talent was celebrated at the 2022 Brilliant Women in Digital Health Awards as 25 women were honoured for their contributions to and achievements in digital health across the health and aged care sectors Australia-wide and abroad.
In congratulating the award recipients, Telstra Health Managing Director, Elizabeth Koff AM, said these women highlight the rewarding careers on offer in digital health for talented and dedicated professionals.
“This year’s award recipients come from a diversity of fields including medical research, academia, health and aged care, in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors from almost every state in Australia with their work extending to the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
“As an emerging sector, digital health is characterised by non-linear career pathways. These awards aim to raise awareness of how gender diversity as well as different skill-sets and experiences contribute to a growing and innovative health and aged care sector,” Elizabeth said.
Some key achievements by award recipients include improving the way children with speech difficulties can access affordable and engaging speech therapy; new virtual care solutions; improving rehabilitation through data analysis; patient and clinician education; digital health interventions that address chronic diseases; workforce staffing solutions; improving health outcomes through geonomics; invitro fertilisation innovation using artificial intelligence; mental, social and emotional health solutions; electronic medical record initiatives; advancing clinical IT system safety; and enabling improved pain care as well as mentoring others in the sector.
In Australia, women are significantly under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), making up 28% of the workforce in 2021. Whereas most of Australia’s health care sector workforce is female (2.5 times that of men)¹.
The awards are an initiative of the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health Network which sees an opportunity for the digital health sector to pave the way for greater gender diversity in the typically male dominated fields of STEM.
“Our sincere gratitude to our awards judges Professor Jane Halton AO PSM, Dr Louise Schaper, Dr Steve Hambleton AM, Professor Ngiare Brown AM and Emeritus Professor Christine Bennett AO for the enormous task of choosing only 25 award recipients from almost 100 nominations,” Elizabeth Koff added.
Congraulations to the 2022 Brilliant Women in Digital Health
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