In this episode of A Great Recipe for Life I talk to Debra Cerasa, CEO of Otway Health.
Deb has worked in the health sector for about 40 years, starting as a nurse and then training as a midwife. She has long been interested in women’s health, health and social justice and the social determinants of health.
She moved into the health management/executive space about 20 years ago and has worked in hospitals and not-for-profits in senior roles including as CEO. Deb joined Otway Health as CEO in 2015.
Deb and I met over twitter in 2012 and soon after that we met over a glass of wine when we both just happened to be in Canberra at the same time – which twitter told us!
Deb and I talk a lot about how social media can improve health outcomes, and we talk a little about this today. Of course, we also share a huge love of food and travel, and until recently Deb also owned a cooking school in regional Victoria – which she started as a hobby!
And yes, you can hear the planes fly overhead as I live in the flight path… and there is the occasional train going past too. It adds to the ambience…Health and education is a right and not a privilege @debracerasa Click To Tweet
You can find Debra Cerasa at Otway Health.
You can follow Deb on twitter @debracerasa.
What we discussed
- Emma Betts podcast episode
- is our destiny pre-determined?
- an inherent need to be needed and nurtured
- the benefit of having pets
- the choice – or otherwise – to have or not have children – and discussing it on a first date
- Otherhood by Melanie Notkin – book
- having a pre-determined number of heatbeats
- eating at Michelin Star restaurants
- turning 60 is the new 40
- death, dying and having all the necessary legal documents
- Molly Carlile and Kerrie Noonan
- Otway Health – a multipurpose service
- managing a healthcare service in a town with massive seasonal population fluctuations
- the importance of regularly seeing a GP
- 500,000 Australians have type 2 diabetes but don’t actually know
- using Dr Google
- using technology to keep health professionals motivated so they stay in the health sector
- wearable technology such as fitbit
- social media and how much we both love it
- Health Check – radio show/podcast
- if Deb was Prime Minister and Health Minister for a day she would…
- making the electronic record real
- recognising ALL health professionals equally as health advocates
- the importance of kindness
- liking the people you love
- meeting via twitter and our first twitter chat
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