Experts, leaders and workers from the Health and Community Services Industries across Queensland are currently gathering in Brisbane at the 2011 Workforce Innovation Conference taking place at the Sebel and Citigate Hotel.
Throughout the next two days conference key note presentations will be delivered by former Australian Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja, renowned social entrepreneur and award winning writer Nic Frances, emotional intelligence author and trainer Amanda Gore, creative champion and author Nigel Collin, and Skills Queensland CEO Rod Camm
Day Two of the conference will focus on female leadership with key note, ministerial addresses, panel sessions and seminars presented by high profile women.
Alisa Hall, Deputy Director of the Workforce Council believes that this is a great opportunity for women within our industries to rally together and to explore the unique contributions they can make to the health and community services industries.
"Women make up the majority of the health and community services workforce and it is integral that we capatilise on opportunities to guide and inspire women's leadership roles within these industries," said Ms Hall.
Natasha Stott Despoja will be joined by DEEWR QLD State Manager, Catherine O'Sullivan and National Disability QLD State Manager, Valmae Rose for the "Women in Leadership" panel discussion.
"We have been fortunate to have such prominent females from across our industries who have come on board for the conference to motivate our delegates," said Ms Hall.
Ministerial addresses will also be presented by the Honourable Karen Struthers, Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women and Julia Atwood MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Health.
The conference will examine the current and future workforce context for our industries across workforce planning and sustainability; leadership and management; career and industry pathways and promotion; and innovative workforce models in response to needs and reforms
This years' conference will draw in over 250 delegates from across the Health and Community Services Industries including managers, directors and coordinators of services, human resource managers, leaders, practitioners, policy makers, researchers and government representatives responsible for workforce development and strategic workforce and industry direction.