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Women in Healthcare Leadership Summit 2024


19th - 23rd, August 2024 / Sydney, AU
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Overview


Unleash your strengths to take your career to the next level!

• Be inspired by influential senior leaders committed to making a difference
• Learn critical skills to navigate change with resilience and adaptability
• Essential insights into emerging technology and trends shaping the future of healthcare
• Make powerful connections to advance your career

Speakers


  • Jacqui Cross

    Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer PSM

    NSW Health
  • Tat Garwood

    Chief Nursing & Midwifery Information Officer

    South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Anna McFadgen

    Chief Executive Officer

    St Vincents Healthcare
  • Rachel Argaman

    Chief Executive Officer

    Opal Healthcare
  • Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan PSM

    Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer

    Department of Health & Aged Care
  • Fiona Renshaw

    Executive Director, Operations

    Southern NSW Local Health District
  • Jenelle Matic

    General Manager

    Westmead Hospital
  • Viv Allanson

    Chief Executive Officer

    Maroba
  • Nicole Waldron

    Chief Operations Officer

    HealthScope
  • Maria Lingam

    Executive Director, Nursing & Midwifery

    Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Sue Fitzpatrick

    A/Chief Allied Health Officer

    ACT Health
  • Kathryn Zeitz

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer

    Central Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Rose Lougheed

    General Manager, Primary Care

    Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network
  • Jennifer Van Cleef

    Executive Director, Patient Services & Planning

    HealthShare NSW
  • Joanne Greenfield

    Chief Operations Officer

    Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Maria Kokkinakos

    Director, Strategic Health Sourcing

    Sydney Local Health District
  • Maya Smitran

    Director, Healthcare Improvement & Innovation

    Central Coast Local Health District
  • Rabia Khan

    Founder, CEO & Honorary Fellow

    Data Action Impact & The George Institute for Global Health
  • Dr Karen Whittingham

    Director

    Impact Psychology Pty Ltd
  • Alexandra O’Mara

    Director

    Sustainable Solutions Advisory
  • Amy Stewart

    Leadership & Organisational Development Specialist

    Amy Stewart Learning and Development
  • Leanne Elich

    Chief Executive Officer

    L.E.C. Leanne Elich Consulting

Agenda



Workshop

Change and the individual 

- Understand how people respond to change and how we are impacted 

- Strategies to help people through change 

- Develop a plan to investigate change, recognise barriers and constraints to change 


Change and the organisation - Defining the change  

- Understand the process of organisational change

- Identify drivers for change so you can facilitate it 

- Analyse the impact of change and how to define a change vision

- How to identify the driving forces vs restraining forces 


Applying effective change management practice  

- Define the key steps to manage change 

- How to apply change management models to facilitate change 

- Understand the lifecycle steps to manage change


Communication and stakeholder engagement

- Effectively communicate change through various methods

- Tools to lay the foundations and respond to resistance to change 

- Reinforcement to keep change management in place

  • Alexandra O’Mara Director Sustainable Solutions Advisory

Join Liquid Learning for this kick-off session as we prepare for two days of incredible speakers, senior leaders, expert deep-dives and unmissable panel discussions!

  • Leanne Elich Chief Executive Officer L.E.C. Leanne Elich Consulting

Case Study

To become an effective leader, there are several skills you should have up your sleeve - from the ability to influence and inspire others, to knowing how to act decisively. While these traits are important in your daily role as a leader, they are especially critical during times of stress. The demanding situations and crises you face over the course of your career are likely to be the moments that define who you are as a leader. Join Alison as she shares insight from her leadership journey.

- Stop and think before making decisions with a clear mind

- Build a strong support system at home and at work

- Recognise and acknowledge your limitations

  • Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan PSM Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer Department of Health & Aged Care

Case Study

Development often comes from taking risks in your career but it can be difficult to know what risks to take. That first step into something new and unknown can be unsettling, and the only person who can decide when the time is right is you. Join Viv to gain insights from her successful career to help you embrace challenges and new responsibilities as opportunities to grow. 

- Success often involves taking calculated risks

- Step out of your comfort zone

- Take the time to understand what kind of leader you aspire to be

  • Viv Allanson Chief Executive Officer Maroba

Mix and mingle with your fellow leaders over a cup of coffee and light refreshments.

Fireside Chat

Being a true leader creates an environment for your team to be true to themselves. Authentic leaders bring their authentic selves to every situation they face, inspiring trust and positivity in their people, and the strength to persevere through difficult times. This interactive fireside chat will explore Rachel's unique leadership styles as the CEO of Opal healthcare and how you to harness your authentic strengths.

- Recognise the significance of authenticity in leadership

- Gain insight into a relatable and personable career journey

- Create trust, purpose, and significance within your circle

  • Rachel Argaman Chief Executive Officer Opal Healthcare

  • Leanne Elich Chief Executive Officer L.E.C. Leanne Elich Consulting

Case Study

Leadership is about more than top-down direction, it also involves engaging and managing a broad range of diverse personalities and skills. As a leader, you need to surround yourself with the right people, and learn how to stand back and trust them to do their best work. In this session, Sue shares her experience as A/Chief Allied Health Officer, learning to step back and trust her team to step up.

- Leadership goes beyond providing directions

- Facilitate knowledge transfer

- Create an environment of trust 

  • Sue Fitzpatrick A/Chief Allied Health Officer ACT Health

Enjoy a midday lunch break. A time to refresh, refuel, and prepare for a full afternoon of immersive learning and inspiration.

Panel

Healthcare is a dynamic space with many highly specialised roles, from frontline medical practitioners, to administrative specialists seasoned in the unique demands of the sector. But whatever your position or specialty, making the shift into leadership requires the development of a new set of skills. This session invites a panel of distinguished women to share how they tackled the transition from frontline healthcare champions to industry leaders.

- Shift your mindset to be a strategic leader

- Trust the people you lead

- Create and maintain powerful relationships with your team

  • Jacqui Cross Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer PSM NSW Health

  • Fiona Renshaw Executive Director, Operations Southern NSW Local Health District

  • Rose Lougheed General Manager, Primary Care Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network

  • Maria Kokkinakos Director, Strategic Health Sourcing Sydney Local Health District

Case Study

Continuous learning isn't just about getting better at leading, it's also about improving and having a growth mindset to set an example for your team and help them adapt to change. Kathryn shows us how she's kept climbing in her healthcare career through a commitment to continuous learning, from frontline work to completing a PhD thesis in clinical nursing and making the move into executive roles. Join us as she shares how every lesson is a new opportunity for growth, and helps you to plan your next steps.

- Plan your future steps with a growth mindset

- Creating a culture of continuous learning

- Explore different learning opportunities

  • Kathryn Zeitz Deputy Chief Executive Officer Central Adelaide Local Health Network

A quick break to refresh and continue building your network with fellow leaders. Enjoy a light refreshment before finishing your conference experience.

Expert Commentary

We live in a world of information overload, where constant competing demands on our attention has made burnout an increasingly widespread issue, leading to mental exhaustion, emotional strain, and even physical symptoms. Recognising the signs of burnout is crucial, but it's also important to learn strategies to reduce the cognitive load and prevent burnout from taking over. Join Karen as she shares practical tips for identifying and managing your cognitive load

- Monitoring your mental energy levels

- Practice relaxation techniques to reduce stress

- Understand how burnout can impact your cognitive function and overall well-being

  • Dr Karen Whittingham Director Impact Psychology Pty Ltd

  • Leanne Elich Chief Executive Officer L.E.C. Leanne Elich Consulting

Join us for our end of day one networking. Enjoy canapés and drinks whilst getting to know your peers further, build ongoing relationships, and share your highlights of the day.

Welcome back for Day Two - there's a lot to digest from our amazing speakers and action modules so far!


Recap the key learnings and takeaways from Day One, and prep an action plan to maximise your event experience over our jam-packed second day!

  • Leanne Elich Chief Executive Officer L.E.C. Leanne Elich Consulting

Case Study

Leadership is tough, and often demands decisive action even in moments of uncertainty or doubt about the next step forward. This session explores the pivotal role of having a mentor and ally who assists in decision-making, nudging you beyond your comfort zone. Jennifer shares how her own mentorship experiences have empowered her, compelling her to pay it forward by mentoring others, and offers practical insights into finding a mentor who is the right fit for you.

- Lifting others in their career

- Seizing opportunities in a male dominated environment

- How the mentor-mentee relationship works

  • Jennifer Van Cleef Executive Director, Patient Services & Planning HealthShare NSW

Case Study

How do we successfully navigate the opportunities offered by the digital age, while honouring the sector's experienced workforce? Tat addresses the challenges of digital disruption while working to bridge generational gaps in the workplace. In this session she unpacks strategies to meet the human and professional needs of clinically experienced women, in challenging physical, clinical and social environments. Learn how to foster mutual learning and advocate for people-centred strategies for success.

- Advocating for person-centred strategies

- Acknowledging diverse perspectives and needs

- Recognising that effective communication is fundamental to success

  • Tat Garwood Chief Nursing & Midwifery Information Officer South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Mix and mingle with your fellow leaders over a cup of coffee and light refreshments.

Case Study

Recent years have underscored the inevitability of change. As leaders, your teams rely on you for direction and assurance, but it can be tough to maintain morale and motivation during times of change and uncertainty. Join Nicole as she discusses strategies for navigating substantial change and transition, exploring how she led with clarity, vision, and achieved team objectives.

- Embracing change as an opportunity for growth

- Understand the process of organisational change

- Understand how people respond to change

  • Nicole Waldron Chief Operations Officer HealthScope

Case Study

Collaboration is the key to success in the healthcare sector. Effective team collaboration leads to higher productivity and engagement, with highly engaged teams regularly outperforming their peers, with better work culture and overall retention rates. In this session, Jenelle reflects on the value of collaborative leadership, and how she works to give her team a sense of purpose everyday.

- Leveraging your teams strengths and expertise

- Engaging team members is crucial for effective leadership

- Creating a culture of continuous improvement

  • Jenelle Matic General Manager Westmead Hospital

Enjoy a midday lunch break. A time to refresh, refuel, and prepare for a full afternoon of immersive learning and inspiration.

Panel

In modern healthcare, digital processes are reshaping how staff operate, by automating routine tasks and liberating time for healthcare professionals to focus on complex cases and patient interaction. This shift can enhance efficiency and reduce burnout, but while some may fear job displacement, technology could instead increase staff capabilities, leading to a more empowered and effective workforce. Join our panel as we delve into the transformative impact of technology on healthcare professionals and how it's shaping the future of the industry.

- Driving innovation in the industry

- Improving efficiency and reducing burnout

- The impacts on organisations adapting to digital transformation

  • Maria Lingam Executive Director, Nursing & Midwifery Western Sydney Local Health District

  • Joanne Greenfield Chief Operations Officer Australian Digital Health Agency

  • Maya Smitran Director, Healthcare Improvement & Innovation Central Coast Local Health District

  • Rabia Khan Founder, CEO & Honorary Fellow Data Action Impact & The George Institute for Global Health

Expert Commentary

As leaders we are continuously looking for ways to improve, understand our team more and increase engagement. Leaders who understand the principles of behavioral science can utilise this to create environments that foster employee success, productivity, and satisfaction. In this expert session, Leanne Elich shares with us the key biases of behavioural science that you can use to enhance your leadership skills. 

- Uncover tools and strategies to overcome barriers through the lens of behavioural science

- Explore employee motivations and help your team reach self-actualization

- Develop habits that put trust and psychological safety at the core of leading

  • Leanne Elich Chief Executive Officer L.E.C. Leanne Elich Consulting

A quick break to refresh and continue building your network with fellow leaders. Enjoy a light refreshment before finishing your conference experience.

Case Study

Even upon reaching the 'table' and shattering the metaphorical 'glass ceiling', there frequently remains insufficient representation at the executive tier to effectively propel significant transformation. Join Anna, a champion for change, as she shares her career journey and insights on helping continued progress for women in healthcare.

- Advocate for others and magnify the presence of women in the workplace

- Recognise the significance of female role models and mentors

- Encourage mutual support to empower individuals to voice their opinions and take action

  • Anna McFadgen Chief Executive Officer St Vincents Healthcare

We wrap up our inspirational and jam packed two days with this interactive closing roundtable. This is your chance to table any topic or trend for a final group discussion. Reflecting on the inspiring stories that have been shared, discussing your key learnings with your peers, and creating your action plan for moving forward.

- Reflect on your key learnings from the Summit

- Identify opportunities for career progression and growth

- Create an action plan for your leadership journey

  • Leanne Elich Chief Executive Officer L.E.C. Leanne Elich Consulting

Workshop

Develop self-awareness and authenticity

- Values-based leadership: what it means to be an authentic leader

- Identify personal strengths and potential de-railers as a leader

- Determined the most effective way to utilise your optimal leadership style within the context of your organisation


High level communication, influence and negotiation skills

- Manage emotions for positive and assertive communication and relationships

- Develop effective techniques of persuasion, negotiation and influence using coaching skills and “conversational intelligence”

- Build confidence to prepare for and successfully navigate difficult conversations 


Develop self and others with “reflective leadership”

- Understand the benefits of reflective practice 

- Develop skills to engage in reflective practice

- Using reflective practice to improve organisational culture and relationships 


Strategic career progression

- Everyday career management practices and creating a personal leadership plan

- Maximise relationships and build new ones for professional opportunities

- Manage personal branding and visibility effectively

  • Amy Stewart Leadership & Organisational Development Specialist Amy Stewart Learning and Development

Workshop

Transformational leadership strategies to accelerate team performance

- Leverage team dynamics to optimise performance

- Challenge, support and empower others to excel 

- Develop strategies to manage uncooperative team members


Drive change and innovation as a leader

- Recognise and overcome obstacles to change

- Learn to trust your intuition, take risks and step outside your comfort zone

- Create a culture of positive change 


Remain productive in a crisis

- Build resilience to thrive under pressure

- Support your team and engage others to deliver

- Debrief after crisis - Provide and accept feedback


Action planning for leadership

- Develop a personalised approach to development that spans short and long-term goals

- Identify and understand personal and organisational challenges 

- Share approaches to move your career forward

  • Amy Stewart Leadership & Organisational Development Specialist Amy Stewart Learning and Development

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