To help you stay informed during COVID-19, IPAA SA, the South Australian Leadership Academy (Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment) and PwC are pleased to offer the Virtual on the Couch Series. 

Our guest for this informal interview is Chief Executive, Department for Health and Wellbeing, Dr Chris McGowan who will share his insights into the SA public sector with a focus on the current situation with COVID-19 and the health system. Dr McGowan will also discuss his thoughts on leadership frameworks, models and mantras that he finds particularly helpful during these times.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions via the below link. If time allows these questions may be addressed during this interview.

  • Please note the interview will not be live and you will receive a link to view this session in the coming days.
  • To submit your questions before this interview, please do so via the link on the right or by clicking below; WHEN PROMPTED PLEASE ENTER THE CODE #8230
  • Please submit your questions by 9 June 2020.


ACCESS: Online – this footage will be released to the IPAA SA website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to IPAA SA communications for further information. Once released the event can be accessed and viewed at anytime.

Connect with us now on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter to be the first to know when this video is released.

Learn about our speakers

Dr Chris McGowan

Chief Executive
Department for Health and Wellbeing

Dr Chris McGowan BBus MApplSci PhD is the Chief Executive of the South Australian Department for Health and Wellbeing. Chris is responsible to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing for the administration of the South Australian health system. This includes being the direct employer of over 40,000 staff and managing a budget of $6.4 Billion. Chris actively participates in the National Health strategic agenda and is Chair of the Health Services Principle Committee of the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Committee and a Board Member of the Australian Digital Health Authority (appointed by Federal Minister for Health, Hon Greg Hunt). Under Chris’s leadership, the Department of Health and Wellbeing is actively engaged in disrupting and rebalancing the state health system to avoid many of the unnecessary hospital presentations. He has implemented four pilot hospital avoidance programs and will crystalize the best of these to create a “industrial’ scale virtual hospital later in 2020. This program is designed to not only provide better, safer, more convenient care but is estimated to save approximately $50m pa and future proof the existing SA hospital infrastructure.

Event brought to you by

Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
South Australian Leadership Academy
PwC Australia

19 June 2020