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Peninsula Health supports Each for Equal this International Women’s Day

Sunday 8 March is International Women’s Day, the theme of which is ‘Each for Equal’.

This year, each member of the Executive Team at Peninsula Health has made their own pledge in support of Each for Equal.  Read their pledges, as well as their advice for up and coming healthcare leaders:

Felicity Topp

Chief Executive

Q: Felicity, what advice do you have for the next generation of leaders in healthcare?

A: Enjoy your work and if you are thinking you need a new challenge or you see a role or position you may be interested in or you want to change career, jump in and have a go. You have nothing to lose.

Q: On International Women’s Day, in the year of ‘Each for Equal’, I pledge;

I pledge to keep opportunities available or support people who want to take on that next career challenge

Fiona Reed

Executive Director, Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health

Q: Fiona, what advice do you have for the next generation of leaders in healthcare?

A: Own your own career – your success depends on you, the choices you make, and the people you enlist to be on your team.

Be a continuous learner – continually learn from your peers and experts in the field, share your learnings with others. Consider everything a learning opportunity. Create a safe space – It is important to build a safe space for the whole team, where everyone feels valued and where they can feel true to themselves.

Q: On International Women’s Day, in the year of ‘Each for Equal’, I pledge;

A: I pledge to help create a culture of flexibility and to encourage everyone to contribute.

A/Prof Vikas Wadhwa

Executive Director, Medical Services and Clinical Governance

Q: Vikas, what advice do you have for the next generation of leaders in healthcare?

A: Your strength and effectiveness as a leader comes from your people – inspire them, look after them and build on their strengths. Your success will follow.

Q: On International Women’s Day, in the year of ‘Each for Equal’, I pledge;

A: I pledge to listen and learn from everyone and do whatever I can to help them succeed.

Trudy Ararat

Chief Legal Officer

Q: Trudy, what advice do you have for the next generation of leaders in healthcare?

A: Be brave. The recipients of healthcare need leaders that will bravely advocate for their healthcare rights, including the right to be respected as an individual whose culture, identity, beliefs and choices are recognised. 

Be grateful. The opportunity to effect meaningful change in people’s lives by delivering exceptional healthcare is a privilege.

Q: On International Women’s Day, in the year of ‘Each for Equal’, I pledge;

A: I pledge to spend time working at all Peninsula Health sites in an effort to provide all staff with an opportunity to ask questions about workplace legal issues, such as privacy and confidentiality, patients’ decision making capacity, guardianship and occupational health and safety. 

Helen Cooper 

Executive Director, Operations

Q: Helen, what advice do you have for the next generation of leaders in healthcare?

A: Feel the fear and just do it anyway. When we feel fear we have the same physiological response as when we feel excited. Turn the fear into excitement and you will achieve more than you ever thought possible.

Q: On International Women’s Day, in the year of ‘Each for Equal’, I pledge;

A: I pledge to give our people permission to be innovative, make their own decisions and take every opportunity to make One Peninsula Health world class.

Peter Lotz

Executive Director, Strategy, Planning and Business Development 

Q: Peter, what advice do you have for the next generation of leaders in healthcare?

A: I encourage people to focus on what they do well and be the best. Stay connected with your peers and check that what you are good at contributes to making us a great health service.

Q: On International Women’s Day, in the year of ‘Each for Equal’, I pledge;

A: I will always be accessible to anyone who wants advice, or to explore ideas on how we can improve our service.

Rachelle Anstey

Executive Director, Finance

Q: Rachelle, what advice do you have for the next generation of leaders in healthcare?

A: I think the future generation need to think about valuing all people within an organisation, being open, honest and transparent, and empowering and encouraging different thinking.

Identify what your values are as a leader and work within them.

A key piece of advice I was given was to remain true to yourself, believe your ability and as a team you can always achieve more.

Q: On International Women’s Day, in the year of ‘Each for Equal’, I pledge;

A: I pledge to be open, honest and transparent with everyone. I will listen and will encourage innovative thinking to create opportunities for change and development.    

Amanda Armstrong

Executive Director, People, Communications and Philanthropy  

Q: Amanda, what advice do you have for the next generation of leaders in healthcare?

A: Be authentic, speak your truth and always be guided by your moral compass. If you hold your ethics close, you will rarely go wrong and can be proud of the decisions you make.

Q: On International Women’s Day, in the year of ‘Each for Equal’, I pledge;

A: I pledge to do my best to find better ways to give air to diversity in opinion and thought. Often those with the quietest voice can have the most profound thing to say.

Bridget Rusling

Director, Redevelopment

Q: Bridget, what advice do you have for the next generation of leaders in healthcare?

A: My advice is be kind and value everyone –your team and colleagues are your strength. Approach situations with a sense of wonder and curiosity and you will discover new and exciting opportunities you may never have expected. Positivity is contagious and drives good cultures.  Finally be present, do not just turn up – it is not enough!

Q: On International Women’s Day, in the year of ‘Each for Equal’, I pledge;

A:  I pledge to be supportive and encouraging to everyone. I will listen and always remain open to create opportunities for inclusion and positivity.