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Advancing Women in Medical Leadership Conference

NSLHD played host to a powerhouse of women at the Advancing Women in Medical Leadership Conference.

Women from health and other sectors attended the inaugural event which celebrated the achievements of women and provided insight into how some of our country’s most successful female leaders have navigated their careers.

Keynote speaker was NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant AO who has been working in NSW Health since 1991 in the areas of virus infections, communicable disease prevention and Indigenous health.

Well-known across New South Wales for delivering the 11am COVID-19 updates during the pandemic, Kerry delivered a candid insight into her career.

She was joined by other guest speakers including Dr Marlene Kanga AO, Non-Executive Director, Endeavour Energy; Professor Emma Johnson AO, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, University of Sydney; Associate Professor Nada Hamad, Haematologist, Co-Chair Women in Medicine St Vincent’s Health Australia; Professor Clara Chow, Professor of Medicine, Academic Director Westmead Applied Research Centre, University of Sydney and Deb Willcox AM, Deputy Secretary NSW Health Strategy and Patient Experience.

Interim Chief Executive Lee Gregory said the district wanted to build on the momentum for change and was working with senior medical leaders to support more women advancing in their medical careers.

This is driven by women who are senior leaders in their field, joined by management to bring ideas to life and importantly make some real change
Interim Chief Executive Lee Gregory

“Having a day like the conference is important because it not only brings many people together to share ideas, but it inspires us all.”

NSLHD has made a priority to support senior women in medicine to advance their careers, with fewer than 50 per cent of senior medical leadership positions held by women.

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