Michelle takes the lead

A smiling Aboriginal woman standing in a garden.
South Metropolitan Health Service Aboriginal Health Strategy Senior Programs Officer Michelle Sultan.
March 26, 2018

South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) Aboriginal Health Strategy Senior Programs Officer Michelle Sultan is taking the next step forward as a leader.

Michelle is one of eight participants involved in the Aboriginal Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD) program which commenced in early February.

The Aboriginal LEAD program is a WA Health initiative designed to increase the leadership capabilities of current and emerging Aboriginal leaders in the health system.

Michelle said the program had not only encouraged her to take an insightful look at herself as a leader, but also at how others view her leadership style.

“We did a lifestyles inventory assessment to measure ourselves as leaders. It was daunting but certainly a worthwhile exercise,” said Michelle.

Described as thoughtful leader with a quiet nature, Michelle’s leadership approach is to ensure that everyone understands the overarching goals and why it’s important to work towards them.

“My understanding of leadership has been challenged, and my confidence grew when I was told that leaders are those who motivate and empower others.”

“I feel privileged to be given this opportunity, and I have already put my learnings to good use.”

As well as developing her skills, Michelle was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet others inspiring professionals working across WA Health.

“It has been great to meet the other participants and hear about what they are doing.

“The group is diverse, with each person bringing a wealth of experience to the table.”

Having skilled Aboriginal leaders in positions of influence in the health system is fundamental to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people.

The course will run throughout the year, with participants to graduate in November.