In Conversation with Elizabeth Koff

We are saying goodbye to 2018 with an evening of good food, good company, and an inspiring conversation with the woman responsible for the largest public health system in Australia, Secretary of NSW Health, Elizabeth Koff.

We are lucky to be joined by ABC reporter Meredith Griffiths who will lead a frank and fabulous conversation with Elizabeth about her career journey – from allied health professional, to various health service leadership roles and now Secretary of NSW Health. Although many of us have heard from Elizabeth about her vision for health and health research in NSW, there have been few opportunities to hear her own story. At this event Elizabeth will share how she navigated her own career, the game changers she faced along the way and insights she has picked up on future careers in health, especially for professionals with a research background. She will also chat about why she is passionate about the development of women in leadership positions and the importance she puts on mentoring as a tool to support women in their professional (and personal!) endeavours.

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from a leader in our sector on their professional and personal journey, in a relaxed environment.  There will be plenty of time to ask Elizabeth questions and to mingle with other women working in diverse roles across the health and medical research sector. And, of course good food and drink to celebrate the end of another year.


Our host Meredith Griffiths

Meredith has been a TV and radio journalist for 12 years, mainly with the ABC but also with the BBC in London. For the past 2 years she has been specialising in health and science news and investigations. She is passionate about developing career opportunities for women. 

You can connect with Meredith on Twitter @meremuses

Our speaker Elizabeth Koff

Elizabeth commenced her career as an allied health professional with a qualification of Bachelor of Science, and Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Sydney. She worked in a range of hospital clinical settings both in NSW and Victoria before undertaking further qualifications in public health and health policy with a Masters of Public Health at Monash University.

Elizabeth has held a number of Senior Executive planning and operational roles within the NSW health system, including Chief Executive of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network; Director, Clinical Operations, South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service; and Director, Population Health Planning and Performance, South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service.

In February 2015, Elizabeth commenced in the role of Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Resources at the NSW Ministry of Health where she was responsible for strategic health policy development, inter-jurisdictional negotiations, system-wide planning of health services, and setting the strategic direction for whole of government responses to many intractable social problems.

In May 2016, Elizabeth was appointed Secretary, NSW Health. As Secretary, Elizabeth is committed to strategically re-shaping health services to provide better value care and improved patient outcomes, ensuring NSW continues to lead the nation in delivering high quality care to its communities.

From 2015/16 Elizabeth had responsibility for NSW Women, a NSW government agency progressing issues of women’s social and economic independence, gender equity and domestic violence. She remains passionate about leadership and development of young women in the health sector and mentors a number of women.”

Elizabeth is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ElizabethKoff

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Date(s) - 04/12/2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Establishment Bar
252 George St

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