On the Couch with
Christopher McGowan

IPAA SA’s On the Couch sessions are a series of informal interviews with key leaders of the public sector. In their current roles, these leaders are seen as having a high degree of responsibility and influence over the future of the public sector and the people who work within it.

These interviews are aimed at looking at the person behind the role and focus on their interests, influences, leadership styles, career highlights, journey, aspirations, values and what they see as their priorities in their current role and insights for the future.

Our guest for this event was Dr Christopher McGowan, Chief Executive, SA Health and during this session we heard from Dr McGowan on some of the highlights of his career and his plans for hs current role.

Christopher was interviewed by Nathan Schlesinger, Partner, PwC with the proceedings being MC'd by Jamie Briggs, Partner, PwC.

Dr McGowan has a background expanding over 30 years of health and human service policy, management and leadership.  He has been Director of Health Reform and a Director of Primary Health Care for the South Australian Government.  He has also led public and private hospitals and been a Director of Local Hospital Networks and Medicare Local/Primary Health Care networks.
As CEO of Silver Chain Group (incorporating RDNS SA), Dr McGowan was responsible for Australia’s largest community based palliative care service supporting over 2500 patients per year who are in their last three months of life.  Silver Chain also delivered extensive community based health care including a virtual hospital supporting approximately 1,100 patients at any one time who would otherwise be in acute hospital settings.  The subject of Dr McGowan’s PhD was the public hospital cost of end-of-life care.
Currently Dr McGowan is the Chief Executive for the Department of Health and Wellbeing.  Chris is responsible to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing for the governance, leadership and management of the South Australian health system.


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Event Details

Tuesday, 20 November 2018.

2:00pm registration for a 2:30pm - 3:30am (On the Couch Session).

PwC, 11/70 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Free for all Members.
Non Member: $30


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