• Date: Thursday, 17 February 2022
  • Time: 7:15pm - 8pm AEDT
  • Location: Online – streaming from the Telstra Customer Insight Centres in Sydney and Melbourne

Register to watch the panel discussion

Join us on Thursday, 17 February to tune into a live panel discussion and Q&A facilitated by Sophie Scott, ABC’s National Medical Reporter. We will also be joined by the judges and award recipients of the inaugural 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health award initiative.

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Why attend?

The discussion will be an opportunity to recognise the significance of the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health award initiative, as well as the impact of the winners’ contributions and achievements on the sector. 

The panellists will also explore the findings of the ‘Understanding Gender Diversity in Digital Health’ survey, developed in collaboration between Telstra Health, the  Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH), CSIRO’s Australian e-Health Research Centre and the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (DHCRC).

The aim of this first of its kind survey has been to understand the current state of gender diversity, career progression and equity within digital health, and to be reflective of all perspectives of those working in the sector, no matter their gender. The findings will help to inform decision makers on what actions may be needed to create change and achieve progress for gender equity and career advancement in digital health.

Introducing our panellists

National Medical Reporter, ABC

Sophie Scott

Sophie Scott is a highly respected and sought-after health presenter, with two critically acclaimed books and numerous awards, including the Australian Museum Eureka prize for medical journalism. Thousands of readers regularly respond to her blog about the science of positive psychology. Sophie is a board member of the AMA (NSW) Charitable Foundation, an ambassador for Bowel Cancer and Pain Australia, on the advisory board for the Australian Mental Health Prize and appointed an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at the University of Notre Dame Medical School.

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Chair, Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has a passion for organisational excellence and leading value-based teams achieving outcomes that improve the lives of all Australians. In addition to his role as Chair of the Digital Health CRC, he currently provides strategic advisory services to large organisations with a focus on leadership, digital health, governance, strategy, planning and transformation. Over the past 20 years, Mr Walsh has held senior executive positions, including as Director-General of Queensland Health, Chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council, Board Member of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Chief Executive of HealthShare NSW and Chief Executive of eHealth NSW.

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CEO, Australasian Institute of Digital Health

Dr Louise Schaper

As a leader of Australia’s peak body for digital health, Dr Schaper is a passionate advocate for the transformation of healthcare, enabled by technology. As CEO and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, she brings together world-class clinicians, researchers, innovators and organisations from across the biomedical, health and technology spectrum. Dr Schaper has a background as an occupational therapist, a PhD in technology acceptance among health professionals, is a graduate of Stanford’s Executive Leadership Program, a Certified Health Informatician, a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and a Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics.

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Medical Director, Population Health Solutions and the National Cancer Screening Register, Telstra Health

Professor Dorota Gertig

Since 2016, Professor Gertig has been the Medical Director of the National Cancer Screening Register at Telstra Health, playing a key role in the implementation of the register. She is a public health physician and senior epidemiologist, who completed her medical training at Monash University and has a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Professor Gertig has an international profile in cancer research, including the epidemiology of cervical, breast and ovarian cancers. With more than 100 scientific publications, her primary research focus is on policy relevant research and impact of the HPV vaccine, as well as improving participation in cancer screening.

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National Medical Reporter, ABC

Sophie Scott

Sophie Scott is a highly respected and sought-after health presenter, with two critically acclaimed books and numerous awards, including the Australian Museum Eureka prize for medical journalism. Thousands of readers regularly respond to her blog about the science of positive psychology. Sophie is a board member of the AMA (NSW) Charitable Foundation, an ambassador for Bowel Cancer and Pain Australia, on the advisory board for the Australian Mental Health Prize and appointed an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at the University of Notre Dame Medical School.

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Chair, Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has a passion for organisational excellence and leading value-based teams achieving outcomes that improve the lives of all Australians. In addition to his role as Chair of the Digital Health CRC, he currently provides strategic advisory services to large organisations with a focus on leadership, digital health, governance, strategy, planning and transformation. Over the past 20 years, Mr Walsh has held senior executive positions, including as Director-General of Queensland Health, Chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council, Board Member of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Chief Executive of HealthShare NSW and Chief Executive of eHealth NSW.

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CEO, Australasian Institute of Digital Health

Dr Louise Schaper

As a leader of Australia’s peak body for digital health, Dr Schaper is a passionate advocate for the transformation of healthcare, enabled by technology. As CEO and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, she brings together world-class clinicians, researchers, innovators and organisations from across the biomedical, health and technology spectrum. Dr Schaper has a background as an occupational therapist, a PhD in technology acceptance among health professionals, is a graduate of Stanford’s Executive Leadership Program, a Certified Health Informatician, a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and a Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics.

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Medical Director, Population Health Solutions and the National Cancer Screening Register, Telstra Health

Professor Dorota Gertig

Since 2016, Professor Gertig has been the Medical Director of the National Cancer Screening Register at Telstra Health, playing a key role in the implementation of the register. She is a public health physician and senior epidemiologist, who completed her medical training at Monash University and has a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Professor Gertig has an international profile in cancer research, including the epidemiology of cervical, breast and ovarian cancers. With more than 100 scientific publications, her primary research focus is on policy relevant research and impact of the HPV vaccine, as well as improving participation in cancer screening.

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Our vision for the network is to bring together a community of likeminded individuals, both women and men, who work in or have an interest in digital health, and for them to share ideas, create new connections, inspire opportunities and celebrate the successes and outstanding activity of women in the sector.

By delivering regular events (virtual and in-person) with inspiring world-class digital health speakers, we aim to educate the broader community about the opportunities of digital in health and aged care, as well as explore the challenges women may face and how to be advocates for change.

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