Your opportunity to learn more about what inspires and motivates the Secretary of Health
Join us for our 31st On the Couch, with interviewee Susan Pearce, Secretary of Health.
Our On the Couch events are a series of informal interviews delving into what makes public sector leaders tick.
Is this event for you?
Do you want to understand our leaders’ priorities so you can do your job better?
Do you aspire towards leadership and want to build your skills and understanding of what makes someone successful in our sector?
To ensure the conversation is frank and honest, we do not record these events so you need to register to hear Susan’s exclusive insights.
If you work for the Department of Health, this event is free – so register today.
What will you gain?
This informal interview will explore Susan’s influences and priorities, and her views on the future of NSW and the public sector.
From being a Trainee Nurse in Broken Hill in 1988 to leading NSW’s COVID vaccine rollout programs, Susan Pearce has had an extraordinary career in the public service. In this discussion, you’ll hear about the choices that shaped her career, her insights into the art of having difficult conversations and still staying human, what she is still restless to achieve, and the advice she would give her mid-career self.
Susan is responsible for the management of the NSW health system to ensure the provision of world class, patient centred care to the people of NSW. Prior to this appointment, Susan was Deputy Secretary, Patient Experience and System Performance Division, which she held since 2015.
The NSW Health operates the NSW public health system, which operates more than 220 public hospitals, as well as providing community health and other public health services, for the NSW community through a network of local health districts, specialty networks and non-government affiliated health organisations.
The Ministry of Health guides the development of services and investments in the NSW public health system to ensure that the health priorities of the NSW Government are achieved for the community of NSW.
You will have an opportunity to ask Susan directly about issues that matter to you during this live event.
Don’t miss this event if you want personal insights from our public sector leaders on what makes them tick.
Past interviewees in this long running series include Michael Cassel (Secretary, Department of Planning and Environment), Michael Tidball (Secretary, Department of Communities and Justice), Dr Paul Grimes PSM (Secretary, NSW Treasury), Karen Webb APM (Commissioner, NSW Police Force), Georgina Harrisson (Secretary, Department of Education), Gary Barnes (Secretary, Department of Regional NSW), and Kathrina Lo (Commissioner, Public Service Commission).
Susan Pearce - Secretary, Ministry of Health
Susan Pearce - Full bio
Susan Pearce is Secretary, NSW Health, appointed in March 2022. In this role, Susan is responsible for the management of the NSW health system - with over 120,000 FTE and a budget of over $30billion - to ensure the provision of world-class, patient-centred care to the people of NSW.
Prior to her recent appointment, Susan was Deputy Secretary, Patient Experience and System Performance Division, a position she has held from November 2015. In that role, Susan had responsibility for the oversight of front-end service delivery and system performance and management across NSW Health, and improving patient experience.
Susan was also the Controller of the State Health Emergency Operations Centre (SHEOC), responsible for directing and overseeing NSW Health’s operational response to the pandemic. From February 2021, Susan led the NSW Health vaccine rollout program, establishing over 40 NSW Health vaccination clinics and more than 100 mobile, outreach and pop-up locations across the state to contribute to the high vaccination rate that have been achieved amongst the people of NSW.
Susan began her career as a registered nurse more than 30 years ago in Broken Hill and has continually worked to serve the communities of NSW, including working in number of Local Health Districts and subsequently as the NSW Chief Nurse. Susan has qualifications in Law and was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW as a solicitor in September 2019.
Natalie Micarone (Archer) - Co-founder and Director, Bendelta
Natalie Micarone (Archer) - Full bio
Natalie is a Director and co-founder of Bendelta. She is a practice area expert in Strategy and Organisational Alignment, working with the Boards and senior executive teams of many of Australia’s leading organisations to create transformational results. Natalie is also a Certified Master Coach with the Behavioural Coaching Institute.
Based out of Bendelta’s Sydney office, Natalie works with clients across a broad range of sectors including media, professional services, government agencies and major listed corporates. She assists clients with both business review and strategy formulation, as well as with the practicalities of making change work, including the coaching of senior executives to achieve optimal effectiveness.
Previous to Bendelta, Natalie spent five years working in management consultancy, based out of New Zealand and Australia. She holds degrees in Management and Psychology, both from the University of Auckland.
How to register
If you are a NSW public sector employee, you are eligible for Affiliate membership free of charge. Join IPAA today.
A link to the event will be sent to those who have registered the day before the event.
11:00AM – 12:00PM (AEST/AEDT)
Wednesday 3 May 2023
Virtual event via Microsoft Teams
Professional Members - Free
Health staff - Free
Affiliate Members - $35
Non-members - $50
Be at your best, for NSW.
Register now to secure your spot.