Susi Tegen

Coach, Adelaide


Susi Tegen came to Australia from her native Austria as a teenager. Susi has lived and worked in, as well as advocated for, rural Australia for most of her working life, while living in rural SA, NT, NSW and Victoria. Until recently, she was a partner of a sheep meat and wool, cattle trading and grain property in the Limestone Coast, where she lived for 30 years.

She has been a CE in the field of health and medicine, and agriculture for 20+ years. She is the Hon. Austrian Consul for SA NT, and  has a portfolio career as Non-Executive Director, member of various Government and Medical and health related boards and committees, as an advocate for rural and remote communities, population access to health services, mentor to executives, young motivated individuals and medical students.

She is currently a Federal Council, Finance Audit and Risk Committee and  Nominations Committee Member of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM),   Member Community Observers Working Committee (COWC); National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)Independent External Committee member; International Medical Graduate training committee, and IMG interview panel member; Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS) International Medical Graduate (IMG) Committee and Interview Panel member,  Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Federal Training Council member and interview panel; Orthopaedic Association of Australia. She has been on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality Healthcare standard-setting  committees for Digital Mental Health and IPV .

Susi has held roles including: Chief Executive / Company Secretary Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA); Chief Executive / Company Secretary, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO); Managing Director, FREE Eyre Ltd (Primary Industry, grain trading, innovation); Chief Executive/ Company Secretary, Limestone Coast Division of General Practice (LCDGP); as well as working in the education and vocational education sector with rural industries.

Consultancies include Board facilitation, Strategy Planning, working with PHNs, Cancer Council, The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF), Behind Closed Doors (BCD) Executive Women facilitation and mentoring, TAFE, Klett Verlag and Goethe Institut (Germany).

In the past she has held the positions of:

  • Board Director, APACMed MedTech (AsiaPac – Singapore)
  • Board Director of Australian Grain Growers, Deputy Chair, Global Medical Technology Association,
  • Board Director and Finance, audit, risk, nominations committees, Accreditation committee, Health First South Australia
  • Deputy Chair, nominations and remuneration, and accreditation committees, Sight for All International Medical Development agency working in the Asia Pacific
  • Led Ophthalmology Workforce planning committee with Health Workforce Australia
  • Member, Ministerial Advisory MBS Reform committee
  • Member, Ministerial Advisory MBS TeleMed committee
  • Board Director and Finance, audit and risk, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation
  • Board Director, Ministerial Appointment, SA Sheep Industry Development Board
  • Deputy Chair, FarmSafe
  • Deputy Chair, FarmBis SA
  • Member, Ministerial Advisory, SA Department of Primary Industries
  • Member, SA Farmer’s Federation policy committee – health, education, rural medical workforce, telecommunications, transport, infrastructure and electricity
  • Member, Rural Health Ministerial Advisory SA

She has been recognised for service and excellence via various awards including a Telstra Business Award, SA Great Awards, Australia Day Community Award and various scholarships.

She and her partner enjoy 7 children (and step children). In her spare time, she studies (almost finished with a Diploma of Governance (GIA)? And she enjoys travelling, history, appreciating great wine, food from different countries around the world and being challenged by people’s ideas and views.

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