Fiona Strang has led HealthWISE as CEO since the organisation was established in 2015.
Fiona leads ‘The Exchange’ panel bringing women in business and leadership roles together to share their professional hacks, stories and insights.
Fiona sees The Exchange as an opportunity for women across the New England North West to explore future opportunities for networking, share ideas, skills and experiences and link with like-minded women their experiences of business.
The Exchange was established in 2019, as an initiative of HealthWISE, to foster an exchange of ideas between women in business and leadership roles.
October 2020 Panellists
Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals in the Legislative Council
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women
For 20 years prior to her election to parliament, Bronnie was a registered nurse, specialising in cancer care and palliative care. Her work in these fields saw her become one of the first McGrath Foundation Breast Care nurses, and then go on to become the Director of Cancer Services in the Southern NSW Local Health District.
Her political journey is one of an ‘accidental activist’, becoming involved in politics only due to her frustrations with the ‘system’ and its implications for regional patients. Bronnie served as the Deputy Mayor of the Cooma-Monaro Shire and became involved in the National Party, before being elected to the Legislative Council in 2015.
Bronnie is passionately committed to rural and regional communities, and in particular about health and education outcomes, local government and agriculture.
Establishing a multi award winning recruitment company in Sydney in her mid-twenties and selling it 10 years later, Jocellin went on to serve as Executive Director of the Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEFA) and Executive Officer of the Royal Agricultural Society (NSW) Foundation.
With a talent for removing roadblocks to success, building high performing teams and creating the capacity for organisations to scale up, since moving back to Narrabri eight years ago, Jocellin has built a business that delivers strategic stakeholder engagement and communications services. She is also the Chair of a regional CEO peer advisory group and coaches CEOs and business owners through the global coaching firm, TEC.
Jocellin is passionate about enhancing the future success of the regions. She is a member of the National Party of NSW’s Central Executive, a director of Local Land Services North West and several regionally based consultative committees.
Prue grew up in Sydney and trained as Karitane registered nurse. She worked in Sydney for several years until moving to Narrabri with her husband in 1990.
Prue has been in the role of Managing Director of the community based non-profit organisation Nurruby Children’s Services since 1991. The organisation runs early childhood services and out of school hours care in Wee Waa and Narrabri caring for the children of over 300 families. Prue is working on opening an early childhood and out of school hours service in Boggabri in 2021.
Prue oversees a staff of 45 permanent and casual employees.
Prue is interested in innovation and excellence in her services. She recognises the importance of high quality motivated staff and invests in staff development with annual weekend retreats and generous support to attend conferences. There is a strong emphasis on “growing” their own employees with a culture of professional development, mentoring and traineeships. Nurruby Children’s Services have worked with HealthWISE to develop the Sounds good to me online course for early childhood educators to increase access to speech pathology support and training.
COVID-19 has had a detrimental impact on the business but the team at Nurruby have managed to maintain all staff through flexible work arrangements and a strong organisational structure.
Dr Casey Sullivan
Dr Casey grew up locally at Spring Ridge, and attended Quirindi High School. She is an Indigenous woman belonging to the Wiradguri and Kamillaroi tribes. Casey attended UNSW Randwick for her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery before returning home to practice in Tamworth in 2004. Casey gained her fellowship as a General Practitioner in 2010. After a short sea change in Mackay QLD 2013 , Casey returned to Tamworth with husband Rick Sullivan, and her four children to settle in her hometown Tamworth. Dr Casey and Rick created MY GP TAMWORTH from the ground up in April 2017, starting with one doctor , 2 receptionists and Rick as the Practice Manager.
My GP Tamworth is now one of the eminent thriving practices in Tamworth – “the practice with the buzzers so you can shop in Tamworth Square while you wait for your Doctor”.
My GP Tamworth currently has 6 doctors, 2 Registered Nurses, 6 receptionists, Practice Manager and with three full time doctors waiting to join the team in 2021(when COVID allows) the practice will be looking to expand even further. Dr Casey has special interests in Family Health, Mens, Womens and Childrens Health, Mental Health, Chronic Disease Management, Preventative Health Promotion and Traveller’s Health. Casey’s current hobbies revolve around her children who at this age and stage are her ultimate source of joy.
Need to know more about The Exchange?
Our last event was held June 2020 and was convened via video due to COVID. This didn’t dampen our spirits, as our panellists were just as inspiring and insightful as our our first meeting.
June 2020 the Exchange: Business Impacts – planned and unplanned
Guest speaker Jane Lampe, will share her experience of running a floristry business following the unplanned impact of an adverse health diagnosis and treatment.
Jane will join a panel of business women from across the New England North West to share their experiences of establishing a business, expanding an existing business and coping with the impacts of changing economic and environmental conditions.
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