Welcome message from the Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusion
Welcome to the Diversity and Inclusion website for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
As your Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusion, I am passionate and committed to equity and will use my role to advocate for people, their purpose, and for medicine and science.
We all have the right to a diverse and discrimination free workplace, where gender, sexuality and sexual orientation, disability, health issues, ethnicity and race, and an individual’s background should not be a barrier to reaching their full potential. My resolute goal is to continue to develop and bring new ideas to lead key initiatives that will enhance our Faculties progression towards Diversity and Inclusion.
Our Faculty is ranked among the top in the world for its impact, innovation, education and growth. I believe we are ready to also be known for celebrating our diverse and outstanding people.
Professor Natalie Hannan
Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
MDHS Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC)
The MDHS Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC) is made up of faculty staff who are committed to a diverse and respectful community.
The Committee includes professional staff, early career researchers and senior leaders who have a range of diverse experiences, perspectives, and expertise. They are from across different departments and schools and disciplines. DIAC is guided by the University’s Athena Swan (SAGE) Gender Equity Bronze Award, the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2030, and the Faculty’s Advancing Health 2030. Read our Terms of Reference here. Please email DIAC with any questions or initiatives you'd like to propose.
The DIAC is currently seeking student representatives to join the Committee. For more information, download the EOI
News and Events
Staff and students from across the university share their insights and stories about being LGBTQIA+. They reflect on their experiences of discrimination and acceptance, being queer at work, on the importance of LGBTQIA+ focused research, and how we can all contribute to creating a more inclusive community. Created for IDAHOBIT 2023 by Greta Robenstone.
Danny Hatters runs a laboratory in the School of Biomedical Sciences, where he conducts research into Huntington's Disease with Motor Neurone Disease. Danny sits on the Faculty's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group and is a strong advocate for improving LGBTQIA+ visibility and inclusion.
Sav is a gender and sexuality researcher in the Trans Health Research Group in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Their interest is in the social and environmental drivers of health inequalities, with a strong focus on improving healthcare experiences for trans and gender diverse people in Australia.
Dr Asiel Adan Sanchez
Dr Asiel Adan Sanchez (they/them) is a GP with an approach to diversity that is very much grounded in a human-rights framework. They have a quiet determination to change attitudes and breakdown barriers that prevent people from engaging in healthcare systems.
Dr Jess Heerde
Jess is a research leader in youth homelessness based in the Department of Paediatrics in the Melbourne Medical School. Homelessness remains, in many respects, a hidden issue. Rates of homelessness are rising among the young, with devastating effects on their health and wellbeing. Homelessness remains a wicked problem that straddles both the health and social sciences, meaning it has been a challenging area in which to build a research program.
Dr Kate Filia
Kate is an exceptional researcher and emerging leader in the field of social inclusion and mental health, an area of critical significance for those living with mental ill-health. She has developed a novel measure of social inclusion, and a research program dedicated to understanding differences between, and improving, social inclusion across psychiatric diagnoses, developmental stages, in caregivers, and at-risk population groups.
Dr Ada Cheung is a clinician scientist and holds a NHMRC Fellowship and a Dame Kate Campbell Fellowship in the Department of Medicine (Austin Health), The University of Melbourne. She is also an endocrinologist in private practice and at Austin Health. She combines her physician expertise with her research skills to improve medical services for transgender Australians.
What is SWiM?
The Supporting Women in MDHS (SWiM) program aims to promote gender equity and support academic promotion of women in our Faculty.
SWiM aims to encourage women to step into leadership roles in their academic careers, as well as strategically prepare them for academic promotion.
SWiM: Inspiring Stories
In this monthly seminar series, Professor Natalie Hannan, Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusion, invites women in leadership to reflect on their careers and share their advice, knowledge and experience. The series is open to all staff, students and honoraries in the faculty.
SWiM: Mentoring for Promotion Program
The SWiM Mentoring for Promotion Program is a tailored program of support for female and non-binary staff who are eligible for academic promotion.
The Momentum Fellowships support the research development, career progression and retention of Level B and C research fixed-term and continuing (research contingent) academic staff with extraordinary and compounding personal circumstances.
Diversity and Inclusion Grants
Our Diversity and Inclusion Grants support academic staff to undertake scholarly-based work that contributes to building a more equitable, diverse and inclusive faculty community.
Career Continuity Grant
A new grant scheme for early career academic parents to maintain their research when taking or returning from a period of parental leave.
MDHS Staff Disability Inclusion Network
A peer support initiative for staff with lived experience of disability - including people with disability as well as family members and carers - in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
SWiM: Supporting Women in MDHS
The Supporting Women in MDHS (SWiM) program aims to promote gender equity and support the academic promotion of women in our Faculty.
SWiM aims to inspire and encourage women in MDHS to step into leadership roles in their academic careers and prepare them for academic promotion.
MDHS Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellowship
Women Clinicians in Academic Leadership
MDHS LGBTIQ+ Health: Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Student Forum
Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellowship
MJ Gething Equity Award
Crafting a Career Interruption with Impact
A short video with a panel discussing how to articulate ‘relative to opportunity’ cases for grants and promotion applications.