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Welcome message from the Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusion

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences website for Diversity and Inclusion. This website was established to celebrate our diversity, share resources, and provide an opportunity for staff involvement in our diversity and inclusion initiatives across the Faculty.

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, prosperity and growth. I believe we are ready to also be known for celebrating our diverse and outstanding people.

Associate Professor Natalie Hannan
Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusion

Graduation address by Associate Professor Natalie Hannan

Associate Professor Natalie Hannan, Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion and Head, Therapeutics Discovery and Vascular Function Group, addresses students graduating from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

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Meet 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.

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The MDHS Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC)

The MDHS Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC) is made up of individuals across the Faculty who are committed to cultivating a work and study place where diversity is valued, respected and affirmed. We do this by sharing and promoting key learnings about emergent or embedded Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in the Faculty.

The Committee has representation from across each of our Schools, both professional and academic staff, early career researchers and senior leadership. Importantly, we have a range of diverse experiences, attributes, skills and expertise which lend themselves to robust collaboration.

We are guided by University’s Advancing Melbourne Strategy, particularly the Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Plan, the Athena Swan (SAGE) Gender Equity Bronze Award, the Faculty’s Strategic Plan, Beyond 2018 and the MDHS 2020 Action Plan. You can read our Terms of Reference here.

Please email DIAC with any questions or initiatives you'd like included on the MDHS Diversity and Inclusion website at mdhs-diversityinclusion@unimelb.edu.au.

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DIAC Committee members 2020. L–R: Arjun Rajkhowa; Megan Sharp; Natalie Hannan; George Taiaroa; Jacqui Olney; Lennart Reifels; Claudia Marck; Premila Paiva; Nury Emniyet; Rachel Toovey; Ivan Darby; Sarah Bendall; Shakira Milton; Lynley Eavis; Christian Nicholas; Shane Huntington; Kath Sellick; Josh Cubillo and Liz Brentnall.