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The Australian Health Sector Women's Leadership Summit

Friday 31st March 2023 | Interactive Online Event

All times listed are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

Dr Janet Smith

Director of Programs, Women & Leadership Australia

Samantha Tomkinson

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address




10:10 - 10:40

Keynote Address

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

Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis is a general practitioner, government health advisor, board director, educator and researcher with the University of Melbourne Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence, and a leading women's health expert. At the onset of COVID-19, Magdalena was appointed to the National COVID-19 Taskforce women’s health expert advisory group, providing key updates to the profession and community whilst highlighting the needs of ethnically diverse groups. She is the elected Australian Medical Association Federal Council Representative for General Practice (AMA CGP) and received the AMA(Vic) Patrick Pritzwald-Steggman Award which celebrates a doctor who has made an exceptional contribution to the wellbeing of their colleagues and the community.  She is also the President of the Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW), which is a vehicle for advocacy in health equity and through which she mentors, leads and coaches the next generation of medical women.

10:40 - 10:55



10:55 - 12:30

Panel Discussion

Leadership and the Imposter Syndrome

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.

Panel Members

Dr Manasi Murthy Mittinty

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

Dr Manasi Murthy Mittinty is a physician scientist at the University of Sydney, currently undergoing advanced clinical research fellowship with Harvard Medical School. Dr Mittinty is the 2022 Winner of Women’s Agenda Emerging Leader in Health Award. She is passionate about empowering patients and families thrive and live a meaningful life despite experiencing pain. Her novel translational work has started powerful conversations around sex, gender, religion and racial inclusivity for enhancing patient care. Her vision is to achieve mental health equity for all Australians by developing individualized patient care programs. 

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

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

Dinesh Palipana OAM is a doctor, lawyer, disability advocate, and researcher. Halfway through medical school, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident that caused a cervical spinal cord injury. As a result of his injury and experiences, Dinesh has been an advocate for inclusion and is a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia. Dinesh works in the emergency department at the Gold Coast University Hospital, as a doctor for the Titans physical disability rugby team, is a senior advisor to the Disability Royal Commission, and is ambassador to the Human Rights Commission’s Includeability Program. He is a senior lecturer at Griffith University, adjunct research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland, and a research fellow at the Jamieson Trauma Institute. Dinesh has won many awards including Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service’s Junior Doctor of the Year in 2018 and 2021 Queensland Australian of the Year. In 2019 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. 

Dr Tinashe Dune

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

Dr Tinashe Dune is a multi-award-winning Associate Professor in the areas of clinical psychology and health sociology. She is also the Director and Clinical Psychologist at Dune Health and Wellbeing and a Justice of the Peace for NSW. At the Australian College of Applied Professions, Dr Dune is the Director of the Postgraduate Psychology Programs and has a vision to ensure high quality tertiary education for Australia’s next generation of psychologists. Her research and clinical work focuses on supporting the needs of marginalised populations. This includes the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people, those living with disability, ageing populations, LGBTIQ-identifying people and Indigenous populations. Dr Dune utilises mixed methods approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives which support multidimensional understandings of the lived experience, health outcomes and ways to improve wellbeing.

Kate Waterford

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

As partner of Canberra-based law firm Maliganis Edwards Johnson, Kate Waterford leads a practice in health law and medical negligence law, acting for injured plaintiffs. Kate has extensive experience as a board director, serving primarily on boards in the healthcare sector and in human rights-focused charities. She currently holds chair, non-executive director, and/or board committee positions with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, Corryong Health, the Fred Hollows Foundation, the Australasian Birth Trauma Association, Amnesty International Australia and the AusCam Freedom Project. Kate is also a Councillor and committee member for the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has recently authored the entire "Medicine" section of legal encyclopedia, “Halsbury's Laws of Australia", covering a broad range of health law topics, such as regulation of the healthcare professions, surrogacy, tissue transplantation, consent and confidentiality. Kate is a graduate of the WLA Advanced Leadership program in 2017. As one of four close sisters, Kate is a lifelong enthusiast of empowerment through women’s networks. 

Vicki Abraham

Managing Director, Abraham OT Services Pty Ltd

Vicki is an Occupational Therapist by trade and is the Managing Director of Abraham OT Services (AOTS).  Vicki’s vision has always been to continually evaluate community needs and for her practice to provide timely and evidence-based services to her clients so they can live their best life no matter their disability.   Vicki’s sole desire has always been to be able to provide Australians with care and services that are considered routine in the rest of the world.  In 2014, after much research within the rehabilitation field, Vicki established an evidence-based clinic specialising in Upper Limb Rehabilitation, utilising robotic and computer-based devices – the first of it’s kind in Australia. Now in 2022 this has expanded to lower limb robotics also.  Vicki’s clinic has been recognised as the only Tyromotion Reference Centre in Australia due to all the work Vicki has been doing with Tyromotion devices.

09:30 - 09:40

Welcome Address

Karen Taylor GAICD

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia


13:00 - 14:00

Development Session

Sam Tomkinson

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Taming the Imposter Voice

Did you know that most attendees of our events 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 this Development Session, we will learn how to interrupt that voice when it arrives and replace it with a more helpful one.

14:30 - 14:45


12:30 - 13:00


14:45 - 15:15

Keynote Address

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

Professor McMillan is a Wiradjuri woman with over 20 years' experience as a rural community pharmacist. She was Australia's first registered Aboriginal pharmacist. Professor McMillan was a founding member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia. She was recently appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in recognition of her significant service to Indigenous mental health and to tertiary education. Professor McMillan provides expert advice to the National Rural Health Commissioner on improving access to health services, training, and education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

15:15 - 15:55

Keynote Address

Jelena Dokic

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

Jelena Dokic started playing tennis when she was six years old and quickly became a National champion. However, the war in former Yugoslavia forced her family to escape and they became refugees before settling in Australia when Jelena was 11. At 18, Jelena won her first WTA singles title in Rome and reached the top 10 in the world. At the age of 19 she reached world number 4. Jelena's latter part of her career was riddled with injury and illness which forced her into early retirement. Jelena penned the best-selling autobiography Unbreakable, which details her career, and struggles with poverty, racism, bullying, discrimination, and depression. She also talks about the physical and emotional abuse she suffered for over 20 years at the hands of her father. Jelena now pours her efforts into commentary and TV work for Channel 9, Fox Sports, and Tennis Australia.

15:55 - 16:00

Closing Comments

Dr Janet Smith

Director of Programs, Women & Leadership Australia

Samantha Tomkinson

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

08:40 - 09:00

Online Registration

14:00 - 14:30

Keynote Address

Pat Anderson AO


Pat Anderson AO is an Alyawarre woman and a powerful advocate for the health of Australia’s First Peoples. She has extensive experience in Aboriginal health having been the CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin and a previous Chair of NACCHO, AMSANT, the Chair to the CRC for Aboriginal Health, and co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council. She has received many awards for her tireless efforts, including the Public Health Association of Australia’s Sidney Sax Public Health Medal, the Human Rights medal from the Australian Human Rights Commission, NAIDOC Committee Lifetime Achievement award, and was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014 for her distinguished service to the Indigenous community particularly through promoting improved health and education. She is currently the chair of the Remote Area Health Corporation and the Chair of the Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education Council.

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