Topic: Political Astuteness and Influencing – with a particular focus on the post COVID – 19 environment

Presenter: Kevin Hegarty OAM

Date: Wednesday 24 June 2020
Time: 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Cost: AQNML Members – Free | Non-Members $10.00
Webinar: Zoom (a link will be sent to all who register to attend 48 hours prior to the webinar)

Session Description:
Political Astuteness and Influencing – with a particular focus on the post COVID – 19 environment


Political Astuteness – dark art or essential skill?
(Propose that it’s an leadership essential skill)
What is political astuteness?
(Definition and framework examples, including NHS Leadership Skills Framework)
Big P and little p Politics
(Very brief overview of both – examples)
The (brief) How To Guide
(How to operate in both P & p)
Opportunities in the post COVID- 19 world
(What changed occurred to BAU and why and how? What do want to see maintained and normalised? What is you plan?)


Kevin Hegarty OAM



Kevin Hegarty OAM had a 22 year career within Queensland Health, 17 years of which he was a Health Service Chief Executive. This included an unparalleled period of 13.5 years as Chief Executive of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (and its organisational predecessors). He left at a time of his choosing on 30 June 2017 after the successful opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

He established a record of successfully leading large scale organisational change and sustaining a positive performance focused and responsive organisational culture. His longevity as a CE was underpinned by developing and maintaining relationships with staff at all levels within the organisation. 

As the Senior Responsible Owner of the $1.87 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) Project he had the unique experience of being Chief Executive at the time its development was announced by Government in April 2005 to its successful operational commissioning and service commencement in March 2017. SCUH is the first public hospital in Queensland procured through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

He has significant experience with service and organisational growth; governance; executive team leadership; effective and efficient resource management; government, community and media relationships and engagement. 

Kevin now heads his own consultancy practice and is engaged part time as an Associate Professor of Health Management at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

In 2018 Kevin was appointed to the Board of the Queensland Government’s infrastructure body, Building Queensland. 

Kevin was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division in the Australia Day 2019 Honours List for service to public health administration.  

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