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The Australian Health Sector Women's Leadership Summit 

Connecting, celebrating, and developing women leaders across Australia’s health sector. A national platform for women at all levels to connect, share ideas, and enhance their leadership skills.

Friday 31st March 2023 | Interactive Online Event

Summit overview

Due to the continuing uncertainty around COVID-19, and with the intention of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of Australia’s Health Sector professionals, the 2023 Summit will once again be delivered as a fully interactive online event. The Summit will develop resolute and effective women leaders through skills growth, expert advice, and strategic industry-based networking and will provide a unique opportunity to learn from an unparalleled group of women leaders, including front-line managers on the ground and inspirational executive decision makers.

Created by Australia’s leading authority on women’s leadership, Women & Leadership Australia, the Summit is supported by a wide range of stakeholders across the industry.

Event speakers

Jelena Dokic

Former World #4 Tennis Player; Olympian; TV Commentator & Expert Analyst, Channel 9; Bestselling Author; Advocate

Dr Faye
McMillan AM

Deputy National Rural Health Commissioner – Allied Health and Indigenous Health; 2022 PSA Pharmacist of the Year; Australia's first Registered Aboriginal Pharmacist

Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis MBBS FRACGP DRANZCOG MHHS

President, The Australian Federation of Medical Women; Federal Council GP Representative, Australian Medical Association; Board Director, Mentor Leadership Program Women in Digital Health

Dr Manasi
Murthy Mittinty

Global Clinical Scholar Research Training, Harvard Medical School 2022-2023; Winner Women's Agenda National Emerging Leader in Health

Dr Dinesh
Palipana OAM 

Award-winning Doctor; Co-founder, Doctors with Disabilities Australia; Disability Advocate; Researcher; Lawyer

Dr Tinashe

Director & Associate Professor of Postgraduate Professional Programs, Psychology, Australian College of Applied Professions; Director & Clinical Psychologist, Dune Health and Wellbeing


Partner, Maliganis Edwards Johnson; Chair, Australasian Birth Trauma Association; Non-Executive Director


Managing Director, Abraham OT Services Pty Ltd

Anderson AO


Summit Facilitators

Dr Janet Smith

Director of Programs, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Janet Smith is Director of Programs for the Australian School of Applied Management (ASAM), Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) and the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI). Janet has extensive experience in workshop facilitation, leading national and international leadership summits, teaching face-to-face and online leadership courses, course design and executive coaching. Janet’s specialisation within NESLI includes facilitation of women’s leadership summits and school principal wellbeing workshops. Janet is the chair of the NESLI International Advisory Board. See full bio.

Sam Tomkinson

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Samantha Tomkinson began her career as a psychologist in the UK in 2002 after working in a commercial banking environment for several years. She became intrigued by people’s leadership capabilities, team dynamics, people’s differences and strengths and their different approaches to communication. Samantha has held in-house leadership roles and senior consulting positions as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist in SHL, the global leaders in psychometric assessment, where she was a trusted advisor to many clients in the areas of leadership effectiveness. See full bio.


Supporting leadership equality and excellence

This exciting event is a key platform for women leaders across the entire health and medical care sector. Drawing together the sector's most respected practitioners and thought leaders, the Summit will celebrate women’s leadership and equip participants with the skills, confidence, and connections to consolidate their skills and plan for future career success.


Summit themes

During the event, participants will hear from many inspirational health practitioners about their leadership and career journeys, and the key elements that have contributed to their success. Armed with this valuable insight, participants will identify their own unique gifts and talents and begin to create their personal brand and message.

For many, feeling like an outsider isn’t an illusion — it’s actually the result of systemic bias and exclusion. The impact of systemic racism, ableism, classism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other biases were absent when the concept of Imposter Syndrome was developed, and our understandings about it are now more sophisticated. Our expert panel will discuss the strategies and mindsets that have supported their understanding of their own Imposter Syndrome, in addition to supporting their teams to recognise their own Imposter Syndrome and its impacts.

Did you know that most attendees of our summits and programs report that they sometimes hear an 'inner imposter voice'?  Learning how to manage that voice is a mindset choice.  With practice we can learn to recognise it and choose a more effective response. In the Development Session, we will learn how to interrupt that voice when it arrives and replace it with a more helpful one.

Inspiration and insight

Leadership and the Imposter Syndrome

Taming the Imposter Voice

Summit details

Date: Friday 31st March 2023

Held: Interactive Online Event
Start: Attendee registration will commence at 08:40

Finish: Summit sessions will conclude at 16:00

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