Rebecca Zosel reports on a new network for public health consultants which aims to bring consultants working in the public health field together to share ideas and job prospects and to provide mutual support.
Rebecca Zosel writes:
The Australian Public Health Consultants Network is a new network designed to connect and support consultants working in public health. Launched in February 2016, it is the brainchild of two self-employed consultants Rebecca Zosel and Kristy Schirmer, who are both passionate about public health and committed to creating a positive impact in the field.
The group provides a confidential space for members to share information about the field and running a business, such as consulting services, professional development and job/collaboration opportunities. It provides a forum for consultants to trouble shoot, share quality work and celebrate success. The networking group is based on the premise that we are better together, even though on some level we may be competing with each other.
With the rise of the start-up culture and the era of entrepreneurs, the network is connecting the Australian consultancy workforce, and is linked to similar communities of practice across the globe. It specifically targets consultants who are self-employed as overall their day-to-day work challenges are closely aligned, and quite distinct to those who consult for larger companies.
Currently the network is being run through a “secret” Facebook group (i.e. not searchable) so new members must come via referral from current members. Although still in its infancy, the group is committed to evolving in response to member needs, which may include the use of additional online platforms, face-to-face interaction and newsletter updates – watch this space!
The network currently has 19 members* from across Australia. New members are very welcome. If you’d like to join or have any questions please contact Rebecca Zosel on firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits to members
– Access to knowledge and ideas about the field and running a business
– Opportunity to network with other consultants
– Job/collaboration opportunities
Benefits to the public health field
– A network for disseminating information including Request for Quotes/tenders, events and training
– Opportunity to source a consultant with a particular skillset
– A positive workforce culture based on collaboration rather than competition
Current members: Rebecca Zosel, Kristy Schirmer, Michele Herriot, Stavroula Zandes, Mel Kettle, Tarli O’Connell, Daniel Reeders, Sally Modystach, Luke van der Beeke, Lea Rawlings, Kate Nicolazzo, Sue Heward, Micaela Drieberg, Natalie Russell, Alina Tooley, Petra Begnell, Peter Streker, Donna Shotton, Kelly Jones
Rebecca Zosel is the Director of Zosel Consulting