Behind the scenes brokering opportunities for health leaders to collaborate

30 July 2021

Chair of the BDHP Board Sue Scheinpflug originally trained as a primary school teacher, and her professional background is varied and rich in leadership experience. Her knowledge and adaptable skillset accumulated across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors make Sue an inspiring and inclusive leader. Sue’s connection with the health sector began during her 16 years with a community organisation that worked with young people and families in times of stress, developing services and policies in health, homelessness, education, child protection, suicide prevention and bereavement. Sue says this time in her career is a highlight because of the amazing people she worked with, making a difference in the lives of others. To this day, she maintains strong relationships with these colleagues. During this time, Sue’s work was recognised when she won the 2009 Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year Award. Later, as the CEO of Brisbane South Primary Health Network, Sue connected with BDHP. When the previous Chair, Dr Robin Mortimer AO, retired, Sue became the acting Chair. Then, after leaving Brisbane South Primary Health Network in April 2019, she successfully applied for the role. ‘I have always been impressed with the opportunity that BDHP presents for Queensland, positioning our state as a leader in translational research. I enjoy working alongside my board colleagues. Their combined expertise and experience deliver a dynamic and constructive forum that guides BDHP’s work. The organisations that BDHP’s board members lead are at the forefront of health developments and every day bring into practice lifesaving treatments.” Sue is also a member of several other boards, including the Queensland Parole Board; Choice, Passion, Life (previously Cerebral Palsy League); West Moreton Health and the advisory council for the Queensland Mental Health Commission. Combining these roles requires exceptional organisational skills and the ability to look ahead and anticipate activity peaks and prepare accordingly. For Sue, the flexibility is worth the juggle. She is also still grateful for the experience she gained in her first full-time job after high school. It was in a television traffic department, scheduling content before it aired on TV. A single mistake in this high-pressure environment was costly. That role taught her a discipline that has helped her throughout her career.

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