At Work With: Gary Pattison

Gary Pattison
Gary Pattison

Group managing director, Ogilvy CommonHealth Australia 

What was your biggest break?

I fell into healthcare communications in 1997 after a long year spent in FMCG advertising in the UK.

What's the best and/or worst part of your job?

The best is playing our role in changing the future health outcomes for patients.

What's the view like from your office/work area?

We are based in Sydney with no view of the Opera House or the Harbour Bridge… but we have a great Aussie pub just a stone's throw from the office.

How long is a typical meeting with clients?

The best meetings are where we are thrown a challenge, find the killer insight or lever, then challenge and wrestle with the clients to get to a great place that leads to an amazing campaign or program. These last two or three hours… then we go to the pub.

What was your greatest professional challenge?

We brought a new model of medical communication to Australia in 2006.

Where will you be in five years?

Hopefully still involved with Ogilvy CommonHealth.

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