Women lead the way

Two clinicians at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) have made the prestigious 2018 Top 50 Public Sector Women (NSW) List.

Associate Professor Karen Zwi, Community Paediatrician and Adjunct Associate Professor Cheryl McCullagh, Director of Clinical Integration were acknowledged for their leadership at an exclusive ceremony held last night, at NSW Parliament House.

“We are privileged to have world-class experts like Karen and Cheryl at the forefront of paediatric health care, here in NSW,” said Dr Michael Brydon, Chief Executive of the SCHN.

“Caring for children is a challenging job but one which Karen and Cheryl do with passion, warmth and commitment. Cheryl and Karen are helping shape the future generation of kid’s health care professionals, and I thank and applaud them for their commitment.”

SCHN employs close to 6,000 people, of which 79 per cent are female.

The Top 50 Public Sector Women initiative shines a light on the dynamic and inspirational female leaders working in the NSW Public Sector.

See the full list of winners.

About Karen

Karen is a paediatrician, head of Community Child Health at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. She is also Clinical Director, Priority Populations and Clinical Lead for the SCHN’s Refugee Health Service.

Karen has achieved significant health and wellbeing improvements for vulnerable populations and is a strong advocate and leader for Refugee Health on a state and national level. She is currently on the NSW Refugee Health Implementation Group to help facilitate the implementation of the NSW Refugee Health Plan.

Karen is Chairperson of the RACP Health of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Working Party and has made a substantial contribution to the national and international agenda on refugee and asylum seeker health and wellbeing.

Karen has previously been the Chairperson, RACP Health of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Policy, Australia and New Zealand and RACP representative, AHRC National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014-2015), Joint Working Party on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office, Ministry of Health (2013) and the RACP representative on the Detention Health and Immigration Health Advisory Groups to Federal Government (2010-2013).

This shows years of dedication to vulnerable populations in our community.

About Cheryl

Cheryl is the Director of Clinical Integration for SCHN. Her 30 years’ experience in health includes nursing, research, education and executive management.

Responsibilities include clinical leadership for e-health strategy and adoption, clinical data collection, analytics, Activity Based Funding and efficiency and revenue sustainability. Her focus is on developing people and processes with new system integration, helping to modernise service delivery, addressing fair resource allocation, efficiency, and innovation in health services.

Recent work includes research into cost, efficiency and safety of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) implementations, use of patient/parent-facing health technology in the paediatric setting, addressing the costs and burden of paediatric care, and delivering the MEMORY strategy: a health record for life.

Leadership roles include EMR delivery for eHealth NSW, and Advisory Committee to the Australian Digital Health Agency.