The achievements of Dr Kate Taylor, Vice President Strategy and Business Development at iCare World Australia, have been recognised with a 2023 ‘Brilliant Women in Digital Health’ award.
Dr Taylor was one of nine women to receive an award celebrating excellence in contributions to digital health in the health and aged care sectors.
She and her fellow award recipients have delivered digital innovations in eye care, aged care nutrition, health literacy, mental health and substance use, telehealth, virtual care, machine learning for medical imaging, and more.
Dr Taylor said it was a “great honour” to receive the award and in a post on LinkedIn, thanked her “amazing colleagues at Oculo and iCare, who’ve travelled with me on this extraordinary journey – ‘to make the wonderful world visible for all’”.
DIGITAL HEALTH HOLDS PROMISE
“Digital health has so much promise to make health care more accessible, equitable and consistent in quality. It’s so important that health systems catch up to capitalise on this potential to improve people’s health,” she wrote.
“Digital health tools hold so much promise from the individual patient level, to getting health care where none has been before, to the sustainability of health systems. Next steps are the health policy and funding changes to implement and reap the benefits,” she added.
Dr Taylor said the awards evening was a great night for eye health awareness with a keynote presentation delivered by Jess Gallagher, the first Australian athlete (Olympic or Paralympic) to win both Summer and Winter Paralympic medals. Ms Gallagher, who is legally blind due to the rare eye disease cone dystrophy, spoke about the importance of resilience, trust, agility, and courage as cornerstones of success.
EQUITY IMPROVES HEALTH OUTCOMES
Telstra Health Managing Director, Elizabeth Koff AM, congratulated the award recipients, saying the awards highlight the breadth and depth of rewarding careers in digital health for women, who are traditionally under-represented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforces.
“For gender equity to be achieved we require equity in all areas of endeavour, from our sporting fields to our frontline workers in healthcare, education, and emergency services, all the way to our executive leadership teams and boardrooms.
“It brings us pleasure also that our awards alumni continues to grow, enabling connections within and throughout our industry, bringing a network together of like-minded individuals striving for brilliance to improve health outcomes, healthcare systems and clinician experiences,” Ms Koff said.