Virtual panel discussion for the Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health network

We were delighted to be joined by incoming AIDH Chair Bettina McMahon, Calvary Health Care National CEO Martin Bowles AO PSM, Telstra Health Head of HR Florence Mauwa and Telstra Health Medical Director Professor Dorota Gertig.

The discussion facilitated by ABC's Sophie Scott extends on the launch event by focusing on the importance of digital health, especially after 2020, and how to be active advocates for gender equality in the sector.

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Incoming Chair, Australasian Institute of Digital Health

Bettina McMahon

It was recently announced that Bettina McMahon would become the Chair of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health in November 2020. This role comes after 10 years with the Australian Digital Health Agency and its predecessor the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), fulfilling positions as the COO and interim CEO. She has implemented major reform projects with digital components and was responsible for leading industry, government and jurisdictional engagement for the Agency, to drive adoption and deliver digital health programs. 

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National CEO, Calvary Health Care

Martin Bowles AO PSM

As Calvary Health Care National CEO, Martin Bowles is responsible for more than 12,000 staff and volunteers, 14 public and private hospitals, 17 retirement and aged care facilities and a national network of community care centres. Martin has a diverse career, including 40 years in the Commonwealth, QLD and NSW public service. During this time, he played an integral role in changes across the health sector, including the significant reforms to government funding for public hospitals in Australia, to generate greater efficiency, safety and quality in our hospital system. Amongst other roles, Martin is a member of Male Champions of Change.

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Head of HR, Telstra Health

Florence Mauwa

Florence Mauwa is responsible for Human Resources and Health, Safety and Wellbeing across Telstra Health. Her team focuses on creating an environment that enables people at Telstra Health to thrive so they can achieve the company’s vision. Before joining Telstra Health, Florence worked in Telstra in a variety of specialist and generalist roles, including HR strategy and operations, remuneration, HR business partnering and most recently transformation and change. Florence has a Master of Business Administration from Murdoch University and is a member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is also a certified professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

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Medical Director, Telstra Health

Professor Dorota Gertig

Since 2016, Professor Gertig has been the Medical Director of the National Cancer Screening Register at Telstra Health, playing a key role in the implementation of the register. She is a public health physician and senior epidemiologist, who completed her medical training at Monash University and has a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Professor Gertig has an international profile in cancer research, including the epidemiology of cervical, breast and ovarian cancers. With more than 100 scientific publications, her primary research focus is on policy relevant research and impact of the HPV vaccine, as well as improving participation in cancer screening.

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Incoming Chair, Australasian Institute of Digital Health

Bettina McMahon

It was recently announced that Bettina McMahon would become the Chair of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health in November 2020. This role comes after 10 years with the Australian Digital Health Agency and its predecessor the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), fulfilling positions as the COO and interim CEO. She has implemented major reform projects with digital components and was responsible for leading industry, government and jurisdictional engagement for the Agency, to drive adoption and deliver digital health programs. 

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National CEO, Calvary Health Care

Martin Bowles AO PSM

As Calvary Health Care National CEO, Martin Bowles is responsible for more than 12,000 staff and volunteers, 14 public and private hospitals, 17 retirement and aged care facilities and a national network of community care centres. Martin has a diverse career, including 40 years in the Commonwealth, QLD and NSW public service. During this time, he played an integral role in changes across the health sector, including the significant reforms to government funding for public hospitals in Australia, to generate greater efficiency, safety and quality in our hospital system. Amongst other roles, Martin is a member of Male Champions of Change.

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Head of HR, Telstra Health

Florence Mauwa

Florence Mauwa is responsible for Human Resources and Health, Safety and Wellbeing across Telstra Health. Her team focuses on creating an environment that enables people at Telstra Health to thrive so they can achieve the company’s vision. Before joining Telstra Health, Florence worked in Telstra in a variety of specialist and generalist roles, including HR strategy and operations, remuneration, HR business partnering and most recently transformation and change. Florence has a Master of Business Administration from Murdoch University and is a member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is also a certified professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

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Medical Director, Telstra Health

Professor Dorota Gertig

Since 2016, Professor Gertig has been the Medical Director of the National Cancer Screening Register at Telstra Health, playing a key role in the implementation of the register. She is a public health physician and senior epidemiologist, who completed her medical training at Monash University and has a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Professor Gertig has an international profile in cancer research, including the epidemiology of cervical, breast and ovarian cancers. With more than 100 scientific publications, her primary research focus is on policy relevant research and impact of the HPV vaccine, as well as improving participation in cancer screening.

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Our vision for the network is to bring together a community of likeminded individuals, both women and men, who work in or have an interest in digital health, and for them to share ideas, create new connections, inspire opportunities and celebrate the successes and outstanding activity of women in the sector.

By delivering regular events (virtual and in-person) with inspiring digital health speakers, we aim to educate the broader community about the opportunities of digital in health and aged care, as well as explore the challenges women may face and how to be advocates for change.

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