Women leading and influencing

Sinead and Paula

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Sinead Kado

Master of Health Professional Education (alumni)
University of Western Australia, WA

 has recently been awarded a Master's of Health Professional Education from the University of Western Australia. She has a strong medical background, having worked as a medical officer and conducted medical training for the past twenty years.

Sinead has worked with the Pacific Clinical Organisations for Internal Medicine, Mental Health, Paediatrics, Surgery, Oral Health, and Anaesthetics to develop a Continuing Professional Development program, which was endorsed at their respective annual general meetings and accepted by the Fiji Medical and Dental Council. She also assisted these organisations to become registered in Fiji, which has enabled them to offer support to specialists around the region.

Sinead intends to advocate for the Fijian government to allow women medical practitioners to have more flexible working hours and she would like to mentor younger women in a male-dominated society to listen and act in their best interests.

Sinead also has a BSc in Psychology and Basic Medical Sciences, as a well as a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


Paula McDonald

Queensland University of Technology, QLD

 is a professor of work and organisation and the director of the Work / Industry Futures Research program at Queensland University of Technology's Business School. Her research studies the complex problems that occur at the intersection of business and society.

Paula has been awarded and led major competitive and commercial research grants, and collaborated with organisational partners from the public, private and community sectors. She has served on senior university committees, which span the governance areas of strategy, research ethics, promotions, misconduct, budgeting, and student engagement. She has actively shaped public debates in her areas of expertise through extensive media engagement and seminars to diverse end-user audiences.

Prior to an academic career, Paula held clinical and research roles in child and adolescent psychiatry, medical education, primary care and public health. She is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and a senior fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.