Leaders of Tomorrow


Are you an organising aficiondo, interested in risk management or keen on pursuing leadership within your medical career? Hear from Dr Victoria Atkinson and Prof Christine Kilpatrick about their work as senior leaders within hospitals and medical organisations. They will speak to their journey into medical administration and their executive roles. By providing a snapshot of their day-to-day and the tangible benefits of their work on healthcare delivery, we hope you can feel more informed and inspired about the niche area of medical administration.


Associate Professor Victoria Atkinson

A/Prof Victoria Atkinson is the current Chief Medical Officer for Healthscope and former Chief Medical Officer and Group General Manager of Clinical Governance for St Vincent’s Health Australia. She also serves on a number of government and industry bodies, including the Private Hospital Sector Committee of the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health care. Building on a strong clinical background, Dr Atkinson works to integrate the clinical, operational and governance aspects of healthcare to enhance patient care. She believes that executive, clinical and Board must come together to achieve patient focussed and harm-free care. In her active clinical time, she was a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Professor Christine Kilpatrick

Prof Christine Kilpatrick is the current Chief Executive of Melbourne Health and a member of several boards including Orygen, National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC). She was awarded a Centenary medal in 2003, in 2014 was included in the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, in 2017 was a recipient of the Inaugural Distinguished Fellow’s Award given by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and in 2018 was inducted in the top 50 Public Sector Women. Prior to her leadership appointments, she was a neurologist specialising in epilepsy.