Mary is committed to creating a more compassionate world.
She has contributed to Australia’s healthcare system reform in a variety of executive and leadership roles over the past 30 years.
Mary has founded social change movements and worked closely with global health improvement leaders, clinicians and administrators in many countries across the world to bring about system improvement.
Mary's book Compassion Revolution: Start Now* Use What You Have* Keep Going* was published in 2021 and is available at https://compassionrevolution.care
Executive Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement at Queensland Health
Angela is a Kullalli/Koa woman. Prior to her current appointment, Angela was the General Manager, Policy and Research for the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, where she was a strong advocate for the health advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Angela also has a passion for justice and holds a Bachelor of Laws. She commenced her career as a Government Lawyer and has held senior roles in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing, employment and education.
Activist, Actor, Poet
Audrey Mason-Hyde is an actor, known for their roles in 52 Tuesdays and Fucking Adelaide, both by their filmmaker parents, as well as short films such as Rapture, Right Here, Elephantiasis and a Field Guide to Being a Twelve Year Old Girl .
They have spoken publicly about being nonbinary in their 2017 TEDx Talk, as well as at a number of speaking events for Adelaide Writer's Festival, Nine Network, and the DreamBig Festival.
Hip hop artist
Known professionally as DyspOra, Gabriel is a South Sudanese-born Australian hip hop artist, poet and activist.
He is the founder of the music collective and independent record label Playback 808, and released the 8-track EP, The AustrAlien, in partnership with the not-for-profit organisation Music in Exile in April 2020, after a series of singles and shorter collaborations.
He calls his brand of hip hop "Sonic Activism", as he uses his music as a tool to influence social change.
Amandeep Hansra is a leader in digital health and innovation in Australia. She is a GP with 17 years’ clinical experience but is also known for her work as a digital health consultant. Amandeep co-founded Caligo Health providing consulting services to state and commonwealth government, hospital groups, insurers, start-ups, health services, investors and businesses. She has been a Clinical Reference Lead with the Australian Digital Health Agency for four years.
Amandeep was the CEO & Medical Director of Telstra’s telemedicine business ReadyCare; a joint venture between Telstra and Medgate, (Switzerland’s leading telemedicine provider), until the end of 2017. She also served as the Chief Medical Officer for Telstra Health and separately has assisted Medgate in setting up a telemedicine business in the Philippines. She is a locally trained specialist General Practitioner who has worked nationally in rural, remote and urban regions, as well as overseas. She continues to work in clinical medicine at a General Practice in Bondi, Sydney.
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Caroline May de Costa AM is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia, as well as an advocate for indigenous health and abortion rights. She also writes medical nonfiction books and crime novels.
Jasmine is a neonatologist based at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane. She’s passionate about medical education, workplace culture and improving patient safety.
Paediatric Palliative Care Specialist
Jacqui is a dual-trained General Paediatrician and Paediatric Palliative Care Specialist, who works as a Senior Medical Officer for the Statewide Paediatric Palliative Care Service of Children’s Health Queensland, and previously, medical lead of Queensland's only children's hospice, Hummingbird House.
Jacqui is passionate about paediatric palliative care education, compassion/empathy training, communication skills training, and telehealth medicine.
She also has a strong interest in advocacy, safety and quality, clinical bioethics and family-centred care - and advocates tirelessly for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
Currently on a tree change for 2023, Jacqui has brought her paediatric and palliative care skills to work in regional adult palliative care for the year.
Body image researcher
Dr Zali Yager is an internationally-recognised expert in the body image space.
After 18 years in academia, Zali is now the Co-CEO of the Embrace Collective alongside 2023 Australian of the Year, Taryn Brumfitt.
Together these women bring together the science and creativity to develop and disseminate resources and change the environments that impact the way young people feel about their appearance.
Paediatrician and researcher
Anthea is a paediatrician, researcher and child health advocate. Anthea is passionate about health literacy, health promotion and effective science communication. She is the founding Director of the RCH National Child Health Poll, a public health and communications project that seeks to put the voice of Australian children and families at the heart of the conversation about common and current child health issues. She is also a co-host and producer of the RCH Kids Health Info Podcast. Anthea is a frequent contributor to conversations in mainstream media and on social media platforms on topics related to child health and wellbeing.
Anthea undertook her paediatric training at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, where she has worked since 2004. She has a masters in medical education and is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne and an honorary research associate in the Health Services Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Anthea is on the Board of Directors of the Australian Council on Children and the Media.
Co-Founder of Taboo
Eloise is completing a double degree in Business and International Relations at Flinders University and has more than 5 years of experience in hospitality. She’s committed to making long-lasting, structural changes to bridge the inequality that exists in our communities.
Eloise was recognised as the youngest of InDaily’s 40 under 40 recipients in 2020, The Advertisers Woman of the year Rising Star award 2021 and a 2019 Women in Innovation finalist.
She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Taboo.
Paediatric Emergency Physician
Dr Sarah Dalton is a Paediatric Emergency Physician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and previous President of the Paediatric and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Sarah has worked in different clinical and leadership roles across NSW over the last 25 years, from regional centres to specialist tertiary units and from community care to acute care retrieval services. Sarah completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Clinical Leadership and has held executive leadership roles in several NSW Health entities.
Sarah’s leadership strengths see her apply coaching conversations to support individuals to unlock their own solutions, enabling them to optimise individual wellbeing and performance.
Sarah completed the INSEAD Coaching Certificate and she offers performance, leadership and wellbeing coaching to healthcare professionals.
Paediatric Emergency Physician
Professor Damian Roland is an experienced Paediatric Emergency Medicine clinician who is passionate about improving the care of the ill and injured child.
He has considerable experience in the development of educational resources and their evaluation, especially e-health technologies which have applicability in specialties outside of paediatrics.
I am a GP of 30 years including practice ownership and sub-contracting roles. I have been an educator, an innovator, and a contributor over that time in many different ways.
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