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Women in Leadership Symposium


November 21, 2024

Novotel Sydney Olympic Park,

Sydney Australia

Did you know that men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them? 

We believe that the Ambulance sector has a large pool of hidden talent - women currently in leadership roles or who aspire to leadership but are unsure about how to take that next step in their careers.

The Women in Leadership Symposium will provide attendees with practical skills, tools, perspectives and takeaway tips to help these women take the next step. 

The symposium will also see the announcement of the annual Women in Leadership Scholarship winner.



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2023 Women in Leadership Symposium

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2023 Speakers

Mr Jordan Emery

Chief Executive

Ambulance Tasmania

Jordan is deeply passionate about leading the incredible people of Ambulance Tasmania to deliver world-class care that is compassionate, dignified and of the highest quality. He commenced as Chief Executive of Ambulance Tasmania in June 2023 having held the position of Executive Director of Operations since January 2022. Prior to relocating to Tasmania, Jordan worked in various clinical and leadership roles with NSW Ambulance. In 2016, Jordan took a two-year sabbatical and relocated to New York where he worked for a global mental health non-government organisation, StrongMinds, delivering community mental health services to women in East Africa. The work was deeply inspiring and demonstrated the positive benefits of good mental health on the whole lives of women and their families. Many of these learnings have fuelled Jordan’s ongoing interest and commitment to the wellbeing of the team he is privileged to lead.


Jordan holds a Master of Public Health from University of NSW, a Master of Health Management from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) from Charles Sturt University.

Jennie S. Helmer ACP MEd

Executive Director of Emergency Dispatch, Clinical Operations

British Columbia Emergency Health Services

Jennie has over 30 years of experience working in emergency health services. She has held various positions as an Advanced Care Paramedic, Research Lead, Director of Operations and is now the Executive Director of Emergency Dispatch, Clinical Operations for the British Columbia Emergency Health Services in Canada. Jennie has a Master’s in Education, a Master’s in Business Administration, and is currently enrolled in a PhD at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.

Jennie is also a Sessional Instructor with the Justice Institute of BC Department of
Paramedicine, and is a journal reviewer. With areas of interest in new models of out-of-hospital service delivery, and the use of innovative technologies to improve EMS dispatch and deployment, Jennie has over 15 peer reviewed academic publications.

When she’s not working on the family organic potato farm, Jennie is sowing the seeds to generate disruptive innovations in paramedicine, and cultivating the work environment to grow great leaders.

Erica Kreismann MD FACEM

Executive Medical Director

Ambulance Tasmania

Erica’s love for prehospital medicine developed gradually over many roles and iterations. First-hand experience as a Retrieval Coordinator, then as the first female doctor in Tasmania’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and more recently as the Executive Medical Director of Ambulance Tasmania have all nurtured that love. She is passionate about leadership, developing people and improving communication.

Mitch Mullooly

Advisor Risk Reduction & Paramedic

Fire and Emergency New Zealand & Hato Hone St John


A wāhine toa of Ngāi Tahu decent, Mitch has spent more than two and a half decades as a Paramedic exposed to a diverse spread of metropolitan, rural, and remote locations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, providing care in the settings of both road and air. 

Paramedicine has been a long-held passion for Mitch and advocating for the profession has always been prominent throughout her career. Mitch has previously served as the Chair of the member committee, Australasian College of Paramedicine for Aotearoa New Zealand and was honoured to be appointed to the inaugural Te Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council.  

Mitch is highly energetic when championing healthy living within the sector and her journey has led her to becoming a Wellbeing Strategist & Mindset Coach, specialising in mindset and behavioural change practice. With this, Mitch has developed the holistic wellness programme Eat|Train|Be - Fit for Duty, which concentrates on the four main pillars of wellbeing - nutrition, movement, mindset, rest and recovery, primarily focusing on the physical and mental wellness of emergency responders, with the knowledge, lived experience and encouragement from being a frontline Paramedic.  

Priding herself on helping first responders reverse the negative effects of physical and psychological fatigue, Mitch is tremendously enthusiastic for the advancement of the profession and the future of a happy, healthy, and vibrant Paramedic workforce.  

Ki te kāpuia e kore e whati. We succeed together.

Julie Piantadosi

Chief Executive Officer

Total Coaching Academy

Julie Piantadosi, CEO Total Coaching Academy. Awarded coach of the year in Australia 2022. Julie has taken the stage in 22 countries and she has trained over 500,000 leaders around the world. She is completely dedicated to empowering leaders all over the world. Her high energy and infectious spirit radiates onto her audience, leaving lasting impressions.


Karen Stewart

Senior Operations Manager

St John WA

In January 2021 Karen completed a Master’s in healthcare management through Murdoch University, during this study she undertook a research project which focused on the transition from clinical to manager from a paramedic’s experience. This research was published in the Australasian Journal of Paramedicine in January 2021. Karen is an Associate fellow with the College of Health Service Management and a certified health manager.

Karen graduated as the youngest female paramedic in Scotland in 1997 with an IHCD in Paramedicine, she completed 19 years in the Scottish Ambulance Service in various clinical and leadership roles before emigrating to Australia in 2012.  In 2010 Karen undertook a Bachelor of Science degree which she completed in 2012.   In that same year Karen joined St John WA initially as a paramedic before securing the role of Clinical Governance Operations manager.  Since then, Karen has held senior positions including Acting Head of Clinical Services, Acting Head of Country Operations and her current substantive role of Senior Operations Manager- Regional Operations. 

Mindy Thomas

Senior Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Cultural Safety Advisor

Queensland Ambulance Service

Mindy is a proud Birri Gubba and Gungalu woman from Central Queensland. As a proud advocate for her people, she follows in her grandmother Maureen Watson and Uncle Tiga Bayles' footsteps and aims to make a positive contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement.

Mindy commenced her career in the QLD Public Service in 2001 and moved from administration into ambulance operations in 2008, as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher. Mindy has undertaken various relief and permanent positions in Operations Centers across Queensland and is currently a Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety Advisor in the office of the QAS.




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Women in Leadership Scholarship

CAA offers the Women in Leadership Scholarship to encourage more women to step into leadership roles and to support the further development of current women leaders in Ambulance Health Services.

Learn more about the Women in Leadership Scholarship here.