Leading the Way – Faculty’s Leadership Mentoring Program in its 6th year

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The 2018 Faculty of Health Sciences Leadership Mentoring Program was officially launched by the Dean, Professor Kathryn Refshauge on Wednesday, 1 August. Senior leaders from across the broad health sector joined our students preparing to be future health leaders, at the special networking event.

Dr David Currow, Chief Cancer Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Institute NSW, spoke on his experience of being a long standing mentor and the impact it has on him as a leader, challenging his thinking. He posed the question to our emerging student mentees, “How can we change the health system and value health?”

Neeraj Hansji, former student mentee also spoke on how invaluable the Program has been and how leaders can create an inspiring culture.

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The Leadership Mentoring Program is a highly successful and innovative program which has been running since 2012. The Program is designed to provide final year students who have leadership aspirations and potential, the opportunity to be mentored by senior leaders in health, government, and industry.

Mentors and students are matched based on the role and responsibilities of the mentor and the career interests of the student. Students are mentored over four months with the opportunity to job shadow their mentor. Student mentees can help develop their perspective of the healthcare system, observe leadership and teamwork skills in action, develop an understanding of attitudes, knowledge and skills required in leadership roles in health and better understand career options as a health leader.

Our list of mentors this year includes:

  • Dr Michael Spence AC, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney
  • Ms Leslie Williams MP, Member for Port Macquarie and NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health
  • Donna Murray. Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Allied Health Australia
  • Tish Bruce, Executive Director, Health and Social Policy Branch NSW Ministry of Health
  • Dr David Currow, Chief Cancer Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Institute NSW
  • Jacqueline Dominish, Principle Allied Health Advisor, Workforce Planning and Development, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Carolyn Fozzard, Director Allied Health, Westmead Hospital & Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Rod Gilroy, Chief Operating Officer, Brain and Mind Centre
  • Dr Kenneth Graham, Principal Scientist, NSW Institute of Sport
  • Dr Kim Hill, Executive Clinical Advisor, Sydney Local Health District
  • Walter Kmet, Chief Executive Officer, WentWest
  • Amanda Larkin, Chief Executive, South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Deborah Willcox, General Manager, Sydney Local Health District
  • Sue Woodward, Foundign Executive, Trinh Foundation.


Contact the Events and Program Co-ordinator if you are interested in further details and applying for the program in 2019.