What is the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health? 

  • An inaugral award initiative
  • Recognising and celebrating the achievements of 25 women in digital health
  • Connecting, sharing, inspiring and celebrating

In October 2020, Telstra Health launched the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health network. Since then, the network has grown to nearly 1,000 women and men who work in or have an interest in digital health. As the next initiative for the #BCWinDH network, Telstra Health proudly presents the inaugural 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health - to recognise and celebrate the achievements of 25 women in digital health, while raising awareness about the opportunities in the sector and inspiring others to follow their lead. This award initiative supports the purpose of the network overall – to connect, share, inspire and celebrate. Read important information below to understand who and how to nominate.

Important information

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?

The final list of 25 women will be selected by the judges based on the following broad criteria:

-        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.

Please refer to the detailed terms and conditions at the bottom of this page for eligibility requirements.

Nominations are open to both self-nominate and nominate another person. Please refer to the detailed terms and conditions at the bottom of this page for eligibility requirements.

We are using the platform provided by Award Force. By clicking on the above link to nominate, you will be prompted to create an account, verify your email and then have access to the form. Once you’ve selected whether you are self-nominating or nominating another person, you will then simply need to complete the questions and then submit. 

If you have any technical issues with the nomination form, please reach out to bcwdigitalhealth@health.telstra.com.

The nominations will be open from Wednesday 9 June until Friday 23 July at 9pm (AEST). After this, our notable judges will review all nominations based on set categories and related criteria. This will take place over a four-week period before selecting the final 25 by early Septmeber. We will contact the 25 finalists to then go through a process of conducting interviews to create a designed report detailing the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health. It will be launched digitally, in November 2021 with supporting events to follow.

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. 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.

Introducing our Judges

Telstra Health Board Director & University of Notre Dame Deputy Vice Chancellor & Head of the School of Medicine

Professor Christine Bennett AO

Professor Bennett is one of Australia’s leading health policy experts, actively involved in medical professional issues, health reform, social policy, medical education and research. In addition to being on the Telstra Health Board, she is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor Enterprise & Partnerships and Head of the School of Medicine, Sydney Campus at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Professor Bennett is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a specialist paediatrician, with over 30 years’ experience in clinical care, strategic planning and senior management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She is a passionate champion of the potential for digital health to transform health care. She is currently on the Board of Regis Aged Care provider and is Convener of the Champions of Change Coalition Health Group, advocating for gender equality in health.

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Chair, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Co-Chair, COVAX initiative

Jane Halton AO PSM

Jane Halton is a health expert, with a 33-year career in the public service, including as former Secretary of the Australian Department of Health and the Department of Finance. Ms Halton is the Chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Co-Chair of the COVAX initiative. She is a member of Australian COVID-19 Coordination Commission advisory committee, boards of ANZ, Crown, Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Ms Halton has held numerous international positions including Chair of the WHO board, President of the World Health Assembly and Chair of the OECD Health Committee. 

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CEO, Australasian Institute of Digital Health

Dr Louise Schaper

As a leader of Australia’s peak body for digital health, Dr Schaper is a passionate advocate for the transformation of healthcare, enabled by technology. As CEO and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, she brings together world-class clinicians, researchers, innovators and organisations from across the biomedical, health and technology spectrum. Dr Schaper has a background as an occupational therapist, a PhD in technology acceptance among health professionals, is a graduate of Stanford’s Executive Leadership Program, a Certified Health Informatician, a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and a Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. 

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Chair, Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has a passion for organisational excellence and leading value-based teams achieving outcomes that improve the lives of all Australians. In addition to his role as Chair of the Digital Health CRC, he currently provides strategic advisory services to large organisations with a focus on leadership, digital health, governance, strategy, planning and transformation. Over the past 20 years, Mr Walsh has held senior executive positions, including as Director-General of Queensland Health, Chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council, Board Member of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Chief Executive of HealthShare NSW and Chief Executive of eHealth NSW. 

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National Mental Health Commissioner and Founding Director, Ngaoara

Professor Ngiare Brown

Professor Brown is a proud Yuin nation woman from the NSW south coast. She is passionate about Aboriginal and Indigenous health, child safety and adolescent development, and building the evidence base that demonstrates connection across culture, resilience and wellbeing. Professor Brown is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has held a variety of positions in education, mentoring, clinical practice, policy, research and advocacy, with extensive contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health over the past two decades. She is currently a National Mental Health Commissioner and the Founding Director of Ngaoara, a not-for-profit committed to child and adolescent wellbeing. 

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Telstra Health Board Director & University of Notre Dame Deputy Vice Chancellor & Head of the School of Medicine

Professor Christine Bennett AO

Professor Bennett is one of Australia’s leading health policy experts, actively involved in medical professional issues, health reform, social policy, medical education and research. In addition to being on the Telstra Health Board, she is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor Enterprise & Partnerships and Head of the School of Medicine, Sydney Campus at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Professor Bennett is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a specialist paediatrician, with over 30 years’ experience in clinical care, strategic planning and senior management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She is a passionate champion of the potential for digital health to transform health care. She is currently on the Board of Regis Aged Care provider and is Convener of the Champions of Change Coalition Health Group, advocating for gender equality in health.

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Chair, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Co-Chair, COVAX initiative

Jane Halton AO PSM

Jane Halton is a health expert, with a 33-year career in the public service, including as former Secretary of the Australian Department of Health and the Department of Finance. Ms Halton is the Chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Co-Chair of the COVAX initiative. She is a member of Australian COVID-19 Coordination Commission advisory committee, boards of ANZ, Crown, Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Ms Halton has held numerous international positions including Chair of the WHO board, President of the World Health Assembly and Chair of the OECD Health Committee. 

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CEO, Australasian Institute of Digital Health

Dr Louise Schaper

As a leader of Australia’s peak body for digital health, Dr Schaper is a passionate advocate for the transformation of healthcare, enabled by technology. As CEO and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, she brings together world-class clinicians, researchers, innovators and organisations from across the biomedical, health and technology spectrum. Dr Schaper has a background as an occupational therapist, a PhD in technology acceptance among health professionals, is a graduate of Stanford’s Executive Leadership Program, a Certified Health Informatician, a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and a Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. 

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Chair, Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has a passion for organisational excellence and leading value-based teams achieving outcomes that improve the lives of all Australians. In addition to his role as Chair of the Digital Health CRC, he currently provides strategic advisory services to large organisations with a focus on leadership, digital health, governance, strategy, planning and transformation. Over the past 20 years, Mr Walsh has held senior executive positions, including as Director-General of Queensland Health, Chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council, Board Member of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Chief Executive of HealthShare NSW and Chief Executive of eHealth NSW. 

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National Mental Health Commissioner and Founding Director, Ngaoara

Professor Ngiare Brown

Professor Brown is a proud Yuin nation woman from the NSW south coast. She is passionate about Aboriginal and Indigenous health, child safety and adolescent development, and building the evidence base that demonstrates connection across culture, resilience and wellbeing. Professor Brown is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has held a variety of positions in education, mentoring, clinical practice, policy, research and advocacy, with extensive contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health over the past two decades. She is currently a National Mental Health Commissioner and the Founding Director of Ngaoara, a not-for-profit committed to child and adolescent wellbeing. 

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2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health: Launch Article

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. 

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Top tips for writing a great award entry

If you’re thinking about submitting an entry for the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health but are not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered! Writing an award entry doesn’t need to be daunting or time consuming – with some simple planning you will be well on your way to creating a nomination that you can be proud of. 

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Terms and Conditions 

We're delighted you want to participate in the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health launch.

This document is our 'terms and conditions'. If you want to participate in the recognition program, you'll need to adhere to a few things that we've outlined for you below.

As with any fair competition, if you don't comply with these terms, we have the right to disqualify you or declare your entry ineligible so it's important to take note of these terms.

Here’s the nitty-gritty

The 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health are conducted by Telstra Health Pty Ltd, ABN 38 163 077 236 of Level 3, 222 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Vic 3000– referred to in these terms as “Telstra Health”, “we”, “us” and “our”.

One last thing – any reference to "you" or "your" includes you in your personal capacity.

Who can enter?

In order to enter the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health, you need to:

  • Live in Australia and be an Australian citizen or resident;
  • ·Be working or studying in the field of Digital Health, either within technology, healthcare, or a combination of the two

You also won’t be able to enter if we have a financial interest in your business. Lastly, we encourage all people who identify as women to apply, regardless of your gender at birth.

How do you enter?

Instructions on how to enter, the report and the process for judging is set out at 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health (awardsplatform.com). These sections also form part of the terms.

Entries must be submitted 9pm AEST by 23 July 2021. You must complete the form and anything you include in your entry form must be true and correct.

To enter, you need to:

  • Comply with these Terms;
  • Submit your entry at 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health (awardsplatform.com)
  • Be willing to be featured in the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health report when it is published, and to attend the launch event if possible (this can be virtually or in person if you are based in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane).

Now for the hard stuff. We can make your entry ineligible or disqualify you if we think you or your business is involved in any activity that is illegal, fraudulent, can cause harm to us and our reputation, or if you provide any false or misleading information. If this happens, we can withdraw your name and details if you are selected as one of the 25 women who will be profiled as part of the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health report and any associated communications. We may also ask that you no longer promote yourself and/or your business as being associated with 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health. This clause survives the expiration of the Period.

That’s a mouthful we know! But make sure you read those conditions carefully as we take the integrity of our program seriously.

Judging

This is a game of skill only. There is no element of chance in determining the winners. For judging criteria and categories please head to the ‘Important Information’ section of this page.

Prize conditions

Please be aware that the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health is purely a recognition initiative where we will profile the 25 women who our judges determine as most successfully meeting the entry criteria. Therefore, there will be no monetary prize received.

Instead, the 25 women who are selected will be profiled in a report which we will publish to recognise them and to celebrate their achievements. All 25 women will also be invited to the supporting launch event which is due to take place in Sydney (date tbc due to current covid restrictions) and this event will also be live-streamed online, and in other Australian cities including Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

The 25 winners will be flown in to Sydney by Telstra Health (if they do not already reside in Sydney) and will be provided with one night’s hotel accommodation (again, for those who do not live in Sydney only). Any other reasonable travel expenses (as decided by us) will also be reimbursed if appropriate proof of purchase like a tax invoice or receipt is provided.

In the event of a COVID-19 lockdown, the event will be cancelled. However if a snap lockdown should happen on the day of the event, Telstra Health will cover all associated expenses including hotel quarantine if this should be necessary.

General need-to-know

We do not provide feedback on entries. We may review publicly available information regarding you including on websites, social media and in media activity in assessing and judging your entry.

If you are selected as one of the 25 women for our report, you may be invited to participate in promotional appearances during the Period to promote the initiative. We may use your comments, image and name for advertising and publicity purposes in any media in perpetuity without compensation.

If you are selected as one of the 25 women, we will endeavour to give you at least seven calendar days’ notice of the time, date and location of each Promotional Appearance you are required at, and the party requesting the appearance will pay your reasonable travel and accommodation expenses.

In any promotion or endorsement of the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health, you should only express opinions that are genuinely held by you.

What do we do with your information?

We collect basic personal information (as defined in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)) in various ways, such as in the entry form, on judging days, and in speeches and interactions with the support team, in order to administer  the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health.

If you do not provide the personal information as requested, unfortunately you cannot participate in the program. All entries become our property.

By participating in the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health (including by submitting an entry and by completing a related survey), you consent for us to use and disclose your personal information in for the purposes set out in our Privacy Statement available at  Privacy Policy (telstrahealth.com)

Your personal information can also be disclosed to our related entities, business partners, agencies, and other third parties engaged to provide services in connection with the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health, in order to:

You agree that your consent continues with us unless otherwise withdrawn. If you wish to withdraw your consent to receive marketing material from us, call us on 1800 039 059.

Award Force

The 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health initiative uses the Award Force platform for nominations and judging. The Award Force application is GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliant.  

Award Force utilises Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure to host the system. The Award Force application and database servers are located in the European Union. For security reasons, Amazon does not publish the physical locations of their data centres. Media files will be stored in one of three global regions (in this instance, Asia Pacific) for smooth viewing/listening experience and performance. For more information, please refer to the Award Force Privacy Policy here: Privacy policy | Creative Force

By entering the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health initiative you consent to us using the Award Force platform to store your data.

How do we get the word out?

We want the world to know about you and your work in digital health. So, by entering this initiative, you agree that during and after the Period, you will participate and co-operate as required with all reasonable marketing activities of you and your business, relating to the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health initiative, including but not limited to being interviewed, videoed, and photographed.

We may use your comments, image, details about you and your company if relevant (including logo and details), the contents of your entry form and any other materials supplied by you, in connection with your entry to the initiative or the promotion of the initiative (together, the Materials) in any media in perpetuity without compensation.

By entering the initiative, you grant to us on creation of the Materials a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, exclusive and irrevocable license to use the Materials for purposes we choose in our sole discretion and that we may license, authorise or otherwise transfer the rights in the Materials to others to do the same. We may duplicate, alter, adapt and utilise the Materials at any time.

You’ll also need to unconditionally consent to all acts being done that would otherwise infringe any of your moral rights (as defined in Part IX of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth)) in the Materials and any present and future rights of a similar nature conferred by statute anywhere in the world whether occurring before or after this consent is given. You agree not to institute, maintain or support any claim or proceeding for infringement of your Moral Rights in the Materials.

The small print

You will at all times indemnify, keep indemnified, defend and hold harmless us and our respective officers, employees and agents (Indemnified Persons), from and against any loss (including reasonable legal costs and expenses).

We will not hold any liability incurred by any of the Indemnified Persons arising from any claim, demand, suit, action or proceeding by any person against any of the Indemnified Persons where such loss or liability arose out of, in connection with or in respect of any breach of these Terms by you, and use of the Material and/or information supplied by you under these Terms.

To the extent permitted by law, we are not liable for any loss (including indirect and consequential loss) or damage or personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health initiative, including the supply of goods or services by any person to you, and where applicable to any persons accompanying you.

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

We accept no responsibility for any tax liabilities that may arise from your participation in the initiative.

We have the right to alter or cancel part or all of the 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health at any time without notice to you.

By entering the initiative, you agree to submit to the laws of New South Wales and you submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of that place and the courts of appeal from them.