Dr Teresa Anderson and Alice Kang profiled in new exhibition on female leadership.
Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive, Dr Teresa Anderson, and Concord Hospital's Director of Marketing, Alice Kang, have been acknowledged for their roles as "trailblazers" in the NSW Public Service.
Their stories are part of a new exhibition Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders produced by NSW State Archives at the Whitlam Institute, Parramatta.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian officially opened the exhibition highlighting the incredible contribution women have made throughout the history of the state in service of their community.
Women currently represent 66 per cent of the NSW Public Service, but only 37 per cent hold senior leadership positions. One of the Premier's priorities is to lift this figure to 50 per cent by 2025.
The exhibition showcases the influential roles women in the NSW public sphere have held over the past 150 years. Many were the first to take on positions traditionally occupied by men and in doing so, paved the way for other women to pursue their goals.
Fourteen women including Dr Anderson and Ms Kang were interviewed about their current roles and asked to reflect on their careers.
For Ms Kang, her 40 year career at Concord Hospital began when she came to Australia from Malaysia to train as a nurse. The exhibition highlights the way she worked with the RSL and community to bring the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway to fruition.
Ms Kang continues to be one of the female leaders of Sydney Local Health District, advocating for the health and wellbeing of our servicemen and women and their families, working with the community and building partnerships to provide excellent healthcare services to people living locally.
Dr Anderson says it is extremely humbling to be part of an exhibition which brings together so many inspiring women.
Growing up in rural NSW with a large, loving family and a great sense of community taught her early on about the value of making a contribution.
"I believe we all have a responsibility to contribute in some way to our community," she says.
For Dr Anderson, her contribution to the NSW public health system is something she's immensely proud of.
"We have one of the best public health services in the world," she says.
"It's only when you go overseas and you see what people don't have. We have access to the most incredible services, regardless of our income, our background or where we live… being part of that is an incredible privilege," she says.
There are more than 8600 women working in our District, comprising 72 per cent of our workforce.
Dr Anderson's impressive career in the NSW public health system and the development of the Learning To Communicate program for families are a key part of her unique story.
Blaze was curated by Dr Penny Stannard of NSW State Archives. Dr Stannard will join Sydney Local Health District's Innovation Week in June to speak about influential women in our Public Service over the past 150 years at our Women's Leadership Breakfast on 20 June.
Blaze: Working women, Public Leaders is open on Thursdays and Fridays until the 27 July at the Whitlam Institute, Parramatta. Entry is free.
For more information see the e-catalogue or visit https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/exhibitions/blaze