Connecting the right information with the right people can make all the difference in health outcomes, and Bettina McMahon has played a critical role in transforming the way Australia’s healthcare sector collaborates.
McMahon is the Executive General Manager, Government and Industry Collaboration and Adoption for the Australian Digital Health Agency, and former Acting Chief Executive Officer of the National eHealth Transition Authority – the government bodies responsible for the transition of all Australians to My Health Record, a secure online summary of an individual’s health information that allows them to take control of their own wellbeing.
It is ground-breaking work: Australia is the first country in the world to have assembled such a large-scale, integrated piece of e-infrastructure. Delegations regularly visit from Asia, Europe, and North and South America to see it in operation.
"The way we have traditionally provided health services is failing to address the great health challenges of the 21st Century"
“The way we have traditionally provided health services is failing to address the great health challenges of the 21st Century,” she says. “eHealth will revolutionise the way we prevent disease, diagnose it early, and reduce the debilitating effect chronic disease is having on our community.”
At the core of McMahon’s career is helping organisations understand risk rather than be paralysed by it, so they can deliver real innovation and lasting change. Over the last 20 years her expert guidance has been behind the delivery of regulatory reform, major information technology projects, aviation security, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing, and environmental protection.
With a total of five university degrees under her belt, McMahon is an inspiring role model and a passionate advocate for raising the profile of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education and career paths. She gives her time to mentoring and is an active partner in the UTS Women in Engineering and IT program.
“It’s so important that young women see examples of other women who have successful STEM careers and who also have some balance in their lives, such as pursuing interests outside work or raising a family.”
2016 Alumni Awards Winner Bettina McMahon
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Alumni
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