17 - 18 March, 2021 |
International Convention Centre, Sydney

Women In Leadership: Thursday, 1 October 2020

Kia Wallwork

Director PMO, Redesign & Innovation
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

10:30 am - 11:00 am Banishing the Imposter: Transitioning from Peer to Leader

Join Chief Executive, Carmen Rechbauer as she shares the lessons she has learned on her journey to becoming the head of HealthShare NSW – provider of services to NSW public hospitals and Australia’s largest shared services organisation.

Learn how to:
  • Adapt and redefine your leadership style throughout your career
  • Build trust and combat resistance in a complex and changing landscape
  • Get out of the weeds and leap into vision-led leadership
  • Banish imposter syndrome to become the leader you are meant to be
Carmen Rechbauer, Chief Executive at HealthShare NSW

Carmen Rechbauer

Chief Executive
HealthShare NSW

11:00 am - 11:30 am INTERACTIVE SESSION - Spotlight Interview: Leave a Leadership Legacy: How to Have a Positive Powerful Presence in the Room

How can you be an inspirational female leader who people notice when you walk into a room? As the first female superintendent for southwest Queensland Ambulance and named as the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network - Woman of the Year, Loretta is leaving a leadership legacy in Queensland by making the impossible possible.

Learn how to:
  • Find your passion and your purpose: Let it embody you and your journey
  • Leave a leadership legacy that is sustainable: It has to be able to continue without you
  • Never say never: You should be curious and agile about where your career takes you
  • Accept that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Loretta Johnson, Executive Manager Queensland Ambulance at Service South West Local Ambulance Service

Loretta Johnson

Executive Manager Queensland Ambulance
Service South West Local Ambulance Service

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Female Mentorship: The Secret to Building Sustainable Female Leadership

For women to be more empowered in the workplace, it is crucial to have structured mentorships where women can learn from each other. This is one of the best ways to build sustainable female leadership. Having a structured mentoring program at Danila Dilba Health Service, Sulal will reflect on the value of mentorship and how it helped Danila Dilba to help women achieve:

  • Self-recognition – celebrate the wins when pursuing a goal by identifying key measures for success and put them in achievable bitesized chunks
  • Self-awareness – identify your strengths and weaknesses to help you develop an action plan and ideate about what you will become
  • A strong network of like-minded people and inspirational leaders: It’s not what you know but who you know!
  • Gateway to increased confidence through improved skills and developed leadership competencies
Sulal Mathai, Senior Executive Officer – Workforce Strategy and Planning at Danila Dilba Health Service

Sulal Mathai

Senior Executive Officer – Workforce Strategy and Planning
Danila Dilba Health Service

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Be an Emotionally Engaged Leader to Shift Resistance and Create Momentum

Leaders who know when and how to connect with and emotionally engage individuals and teams not only earn loyalty and trust, they create an environment that supports creativity and innovation. Clare will speak about her personal journey in medical leadership and discuss how she overcame structural issues that women typically face in leadership roles.

Learn about:
  • The power of emotional intelligence for leaders to shift resistance and create momentum
  • How emotionally engaged leaders can build a positive workplace culture that encourages teamwork, open and honest communication and gender diversity in leadership
  • Overcoming common structural issues faced by women in leadership; including implicit bias, inequity in parenting and flexible work policy, and misconceptions about the gender pay gap

Dr Clare Skinner

Director of Emergency Medicine
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm The Unique Impact Women in Leadership has Had on Melissa's Personal Joruney

Melissa Pollard

Associate Director, Business Performance
HealthShare NSW

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm The Role Clinical Supervision Plays in Supporting Your Professional Development

Clinical supervision (CS) promotes reflective practice and professional development. Catherine will discuss the benefits of making it an integral part of your professional life.

Learn how to:
  • Build your resilience by increasing your selfknowledge and discovering that your own solutions will emerge
  • Improve patient care and staff retention by providing a space to reflect on behaviours and set goals for personal and professional development
  • Develop your confidence and creative problem solving abilities
Catherine Murray MACN, Clinical Director at National Home Nurse

Catherine Murray MACN

Clinical Director
National Home Nurse

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm What Does Innovation and Change Mean to a Leader?

Innovation is often underestimated in health. Creating the environment for change will inevitably impact on organisational capability to innovate, create and improve.

Prachi gets you asking the right questions:
  • What does innovation mean to me?
  • The potential contribution of innovation to everyday practice and to quality improvement efforts
  • A leader’s key role in creating environments conductive to innovation, spread and improvement
Prachi Javalekar MACN, ENL, Evidence Generation & Dissemination at Agency for Clinical Innovation

Prachi Javalekar MACN

ENL, Evidence Generation & Dissemination
Agency for Clinical Innovation

Healthcare at its core remains rigid, hierarchical and male-dominated, which drastically needs to change if it is to support the next generation of female leaders. Greater opportunity, respect, diversity are key elements for improving workplace culture.

This panel will discuss each in turn and the important role female leaders play to drive this shift:
  • Opportunity: How can you promote greater opportunity in the workplace?
  • Respect: Everyone is deserving of respect, no matter their age or level of experience
  • Diversity: Greater diversity in age, culture and gender is important for varied opinions and a richer team and culture
Dr Sarah Dalton, Clinical Executive Director NSW at Agency for Clinical Innovation

Dr Sarah Dalton

Clinical Executive Director NSW
Agency for Clinical Innovation

Kate McCormack, Executive Director People, Learning & Culture at Mercy Health

Kate McCormack

Executive Director People, Learning & Culture
Mercy Health

Dr Clare Skinner

Director of Emergency Medicine
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital

Carmen Rechbauer, Chief Executive at HealthShare NSW

Carmen Rechbauer

Chief Executive
HealthShare NSW

Sulal Mathai, Senior Executive Officer – Workforce Strategy and Planning at Danila Dilba Health Service

Sulal Mathai

Senior Executive Officer – Workforce Strategy and Planning
Danila Dilba Health Service

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Addressing the Issue of Age, Culture and Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Everyone has something to contribute, no matter their age, culture of gender. Claire will share her personal experiences with a recount of what the workplace was like in the “dark ages”, and discuss:

  • How far we’ve come in terms of equality in the field of oral health
  • Intergenerational acceptance, respect and collaboration
  • Mentoring the next generation of leaders
Claire Phelan, Director Oral Health Services at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Claire Phelan

Director Oral Health Services
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm How To Be A Politically Savvy Leader

If not prepared and ready, a competent leader can be undone publically. This creates a domino effect that in turn affects their business and personal reputation.

Learn how you can spot the signs, plan ahead and respond appropriately to minimise risk by:
  • Understanding the political environment that you are working in
  • Being able to quickly assess a situation that may represent a reputational risk
  • Having the appropriate systems and tools in place to be able to respond without delay, and minimising risk
  • Acknowledging that the best executed strategies do not always go to plan, and there is always remedial action you can take after the event
Jennifer Van Cleef, Executive Director, Clinical Support Services at HealthShare NSW

Jennifer Van Cleef

Executive Director, Clinical Support Services
HealthShare NSW

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Leading through Emergencies

When emergencies happen, women often take a back seat and feel they don’t have an important role to play in incident control and emergency management. Leading through emergencies can be chaotic and frightening, and requires strong leadership skills to support organisations through it.

Some of the insights Leani will share include:
  • Know your strengths and play to them
  • Communication is essential
  • Speak the same language or find common ground
Leani Viljoen, Executive Director People & Culture at South West Healthcare

Leani Viljoen

Executive Director People & Culture
South West Healthcare