Women in digital health are discussing opportunities for the Australasian Institute of Digital Health to pilot a leadership program similar to Women in AMIA (WIA). At a webinar last week, sponsored by Alcidion, the leaders of WIA gave an overview of how the group developed and grew over the past four years to achieve its first program graduates.
Prof Wendy Chapman, one of the founders of Women in AMIA, and now based at the University of Melbourne, talked about the success of the program. She said WIA saw there were gaps in women taking leadership roles, particularly through lack of female mentoring.
“We wanted to be diverse and we wanted to support and empower people to reach their career goals,” Prof Chapman said. “The women in leadership program came from the grassroots membership and it has built up from there.”