Women have transformed digital health so all of us can access better care

Women have transformed digital health enabling all of us to access better care. Let’s celebrate them

Women’s Agenda is sharing the below thanks to our partnership supporting the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health Awards, by Telstra Health. Get nominating! Telstra Health is celebrating the women who are evolving this sector.

Last year, the inaugural Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health awards demonstrated how women in digital health have led us through a period of vast uncertainty in recent times, and while we may be turning a corner on the COVID-19 pandemic there remains considerable scope for women in this sector to lead a new frontier.

Professor Mary Foley AM, Managing Director at Telstra Health notes for example a big opportunity to minimise the gender gap in the ICT sector as more women rise in digital health.

“Digital health has enormous potential to lead the ICT sector in the representation of women in influential roles, securing the benefits of gender diversity in improving technology and improving patient outcomes,” she says.

However, one of the most pressing issues facing the digital health sector in Australia remains attracting and retaining the best talent. To ensure the sector is continually evolving and innovating, it’s critical that women are afforded the right pathways from clinical roles and supported holistically to stay.

Part of this lies in recognising women for their achievements and providing a platform for further career growth.

That’s why Telstra Health is once again running its Brilliant Women in Digital Health Awards, with nominations now open to recognise 25 women from across Australia and their contributions in the health and aged care sectors.

First launched in 2021, the awards aim to support the purpose of the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health Network – to connect, share, inspire and celebrate – while raising awareness about the opportunities in the sector.

“Honouring the contributions of brilliant innovators, aspiring visionaries and exceptional entrepreneurs, the Awards aim to inspire women in their ambitions and to foster future leaders”, says Emeritus Professor Christine Bennett AO who will serve as one of the program’s judges in 2022.

Professor Jane Halton AO PSM agrees, noting that too often women’s achievements–particularly in industries like tech and health are overlooked. “This is an opportunity to promote our successes”, she says adding that the program aims to “embrace gender diversity in Australia’s health and aged care sectors.” 

“Recognising the contribution of these change makers in a relatively young sector sends a positive message to the next generation,” echoes Dr Louise Schaper, CEO, Australian Institute of Digital Health.

Nomination criteria for the awards include:

  • Technical expertise or contribution, with significant impact, in the health sector, aged care sector, or health and medical research sector.
  • Emerging leaders influencing or being accountable for digital transformation.
  • Making a positive impact supporting other women in the sector through mentorship or upskilling.
  • Nominee has demonstrated innovation in developing unique solution/s to address problems or opportunities.
  • Impact and influence in the digital industry – we want to hear about the work you do within your organisation and in the broader digital community
  • success in establishing and / or championing a digital vision or innovation

People are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate another person by Monday 13 June at 5pm AEST, with successful recipients asked to share their story to inspire others and raise awareness of the opportunities in digital health in a report launched in October.

The network will celebrate award recipients at events in October. There will also be other events and associated activities, for recipients to participate in as well as learning and development opportunities. 

Don’t miss out! If you know a woman blazing a trail in digital health or if that best describes you, get your online nomination in now.

About the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health networkThis award initiative is driven by the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health Network, which Telstra Health launched in October 2020 and has since grown to more than 1,000 women and men who work in or have an interest in digital health. The awards aim to support the purpose of the network – to connect, share, inspire and celebrate – while raising awareness about the opportunities in the sector.

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