Leading Through Health Challenges and Cultural Shifts

 |  10 August 2023

Episode #108 | Creating Synergy Podcast

In this game-changing episode, we had the honor of delving deep into the realm of healthcare leadership with the extraordinary Dr. Robyn Lawrence, the visionary CEO of SA Health. 

Dr. Lawrence unveils the secrets behind resilient leadership, guiding us through her remarkable journey from project management to pandemic response.



Why You Can’t Miss This Episode:

  • Resilience in Leadership: Explore how Dr. Lawrence's journey reflects unwavering leadership amidst adversity, offering invaluable insights for navigating challenges in any industry.
  • Future-Proofing Through Innovation: Join us as we uncover Dr. Lawrence's vision for a tech-driven healthcare future, where innovation and patient-centricity reign supreme.
  • Inclusivity and Cultural Transformation: Learn firsthand from Dr. Lawrence about fostering inclusivity and driving cultural shifts for a stronger, more cohesive healthcare ecosystem.
  • Strategies for Effective Leadership: Gain practical leadership strategies straight from the helm of SA Health, as Dr. Lawrence shares her experiences and lessons learned.
  • Collaborative Power: Discover the transformative impact of collaboration in healthcare, driving positive change and elevating patient care to new heights.
Her expertise is not just redefining healthcare leadership—it's inspiring us all to revolutionize the industry from within. Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain invaluable perspectives and strategies for navigating the ever-evolving world of healthcare. 🎧
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[01:36] - Dr. Lawrence's early life and the pivotal decision to pursue medicine
[08:10] - The power of curiosity and asking the right questions
[12:35] - Behind the scenes of opening the Perth Children's Hospital
[30:03] - Leadership lessons and effective crisis communication
[38:22] - Navigating challenges amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
[49:25] - Balancing personal and professional challenges as a leader
[1:02:37] - Prioritizing emergency access and hospital redevelopment projects
[1:06:32] - Tackling the issue of ramping in healthcare
[1:23:05] - Strategies for maintaining mental health and avoiding burnout
[1:28:44] - Exciting future opportunities on the horizon, both professionally and personally.

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Guest Info

Dr. Robyn Lawrence - CEO of SA Health

Dr Robyn Lawrence is the Chief Executive of the Department for Health and Wellbeing.  

She is responsible to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing for the governance, leadership and management of the South Australian health system. This includes being the direct employer of more than 45,000 staff and managing a budget of $7.4 billion. 

Robyn has more than 16 years’ experience as a senior health care executive in predominantly change roles. She has led many transition projects, including capital developments and commissioning, cultural reform and governance changes.  

She led the WA COVID-19 response as Deputy Chief Health Officer and Incident Controller and has a medical background and a strong focus on clinical governance and excellence in her most recent roles as Assistant Director General with the WA Department of Health.  


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