Telstra Health presents the inaugural 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health. 

This award initiative aims to recognise and celebrate 25 women in digital health for their incredible achievements, whether it’s for mentoring, medical research, contributing to technology development, improving health outcomes using digital health or introducing a new digital process for the delivery of health and aged care. 

Is this you or someone you know? Nominations are open to both self-nominate and nominate another person, from Wednesday 9 June until Friday 23 July.

This award initiative is driven by the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health network, which launched in October 2020 and has since grown to nearly 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.

Introducing our judges

We have engaged notable judges from across the health and aged care sectors to be part of the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health. This includes:

  • Professor Christine Bennett AO, Director, Telstra Health Board and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Notre Dame
  • Dr Louise Schaper, CEO, Australasian Institute of Digital Health
  • Jane Halton AO PSM, Chair, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Co-Chair, COVAX initiative
  • Michael Walsh, Chair, Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre.

Our judges explained why they are excited to be involved:

Professor Christine Bennett AO: “I’m excited to be part of this initiative to recognise women who are important participants in digital health. But more than that, to inspire and enable opportunities for other women. Ideally, in 10-15 years’ time, I hope we aren’t still talking about gender but rather brilliant minds. I hope we see a digitally-enabled health sector, with safe, high-quality, efficient and accessible systems led by women and men.”

Michael Walsh: “Digital health is incredibly exciting, from helping clinicians and patients improve health outcomes, to transforming health and aged care into a new era. There is so much potential associated with digital health, yet to be harnessed, and we need to enable full participation to realise this potential. The 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health is just the beginning of uncovering and inspiring a wonderfully diverse group of participants.”

Dr Louise Schaper: “As part of this initiative, I’m looking forward to recognising the incredible and diverse talent that I know exists throughout the digital health industry. There are so many clinicians, researchers, educators and innovators from across the biomedical, health and technology spectrum who are committed to the improvement of health outcomes enabled through innovative uses of technology and information.”

How do I get involved?

To understand how to submit a nomination, for yourself or another, visit this dedicated webpage here for more information.

Once nominations close on 23 July, our notable judges will review all submissions based on set criteria, including:

  • Recognising a broad range of sectors
  • Diversity across the 25 individual nominees
  • Recognising nominees’ technical expertise or expertise and contribution, with significant impact, in the health sector, aged care sector, or health and medical research sector.

As part of the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health, the final 25 will be recognised for their achievements in digital health and asked to share their story to inspire others and raise awareness of the opportunities in digital health. These profiles will be included in a final report due to be launched by the end of October 2021.

As well as being involved in the various launch events and associated activities, the finalists will be invited to participate in learning and development opportunities. They will be connected to a network of people within digital health and ideally become part of an alumni, following the inaugural year of the initiative. There will also be many ongoing opportunities as part of the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health network, in terms of events, publications, speaking occasions and overall profiling.


We look forward to discovering all the Brilliant Women in Digital Health!

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