On Thursday, 17 February 2022 we celebrated our 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health award recipients at events in Sydney and Melbourne, featuring a panel discussion on gender diversity in digital health.
Our 25 inaugural award winners (and one team entry) were formally honoured for their contribution to digital health through a digital campaign and at a virtual event in November 2021.
However, the in-person event, which had been postponed due to covid restrictions, was the first opportunity in a long time to connect face-to-face with fellow award recipients and the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health Network.
Award recipients Emma Hossack (CEO, MSIA) and Dorota Gertig (Medical Director, Population Health Solutions, Telstra Health) were joined by judges Dr Louise Schaper (CEO, AIDH) and Michael Walsh (Partner, Powerhouse Partners) in an engaging panel discussion on the preliminary results from the Understanding Gender Diversity in Digital Health survey.
A joint initiative between Telstra Health, the Digital Health CRC, CSIRO eHealth Research Institute, and Australasian Institute of Digital Health, the survey provided some insights into differing views on clear pathways for career progression and women are more likely to think organisations need to do more to encourage women to work in digital health.
The panel discussion, which was also streamed online, highlighted the value experience in healthcare can bring to the digital health sector, and a need to disrupt the misperception digital health is “just for IT geeks”.
When asked what organisations can do to attract and retain women in digital health, the audience rated flexible work options highest, mentoring and sponsorship (non-financial) scored a close second, followed by training and education.
Considered less important were networking groups, and policies on pay equity, corporate diversity and to eliminate discrimination, as well as parental leave for women and men.
Click here to watch a full recording of the panel discussion.
The final survey report will be available at the end of March. To receive a copy, and to hear about how to nominate someone for the 2022 awards when they open in May, simply click here to join the Brilliant Women in Digital Health network.