Health industry challenges addressed at seminar series

July 6, 2016

Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci

Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci

Some of the biggest names in Australian healthcare will be gathering at Murdoch University in July to discuss leadership and how to overcome the key challenges facing the industry.

Over four days, beginning on Wednesday, July 6, the Winter School in Strategic Health Leadership and Management will give participants the opportunity to meet key academics and health industry leaders and gain insights into successful Australian healthcare organisations.

The seminar series has been developed by the Sir Walter Murdoch School’s Head of Health Policy, Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci, who believes WA’s future health leaders will need “a bundle of expertise” in different areas to help them overcome issues like rapidly growing health expenditures.

“International trends suggest WA’s future health leaders will need to develop health policy, management, economics, law, epidemiology, informatics and communications skills,” said Professor Paolucci.

“Leadership and fresh managerial approaches will be key to marrying excellence in health care provision with financial sustainability.”

Professor Paolucci said participants who enrol in the full event can potentially gain credits toward a postgraduate qualification.

The program includes:

Wednesday, July 6


Effective leadership in healthcare by Jason Micallef, Manager, Institute for Health Leadership, Health Department.


Leadership and clinical engagement by Dr Simon Towler, medical co-director of services and intensive care at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Wednesday, July 13


Health communication and leadership by Renae Desai, lecturer in public relations and communications, Murdoch University.


One Health leadership and strategic policy by Anna George, Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University.

Wednesday, July 20


Kaleidoscope: The essence of leadership in managing a multicultural non-government women’s health organisation by Andrea Creado, Chief Executive Officer, Multicultural Women’s Centre.


Health Informatics Strategies & Challenges by Professor Matthew Bellgard, Director, Centre for Comparative Genomics (CCG).

Wednesday, July 27


Leadership and Public Advocacy in Healthcare by Martin Whitely, Senior Advocate at the Health Consumers’ Council of WA.


Leading and Managing Private Health Organisations in WA by David Ligovich, CFO of Silver Chain Group, WA.

Full details of the seminar series, including attendance fees and registrations, can be found on the event website here.

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