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 inspire and encourage women to seek out and step up to leadership roles in their academic careers; as well as strategically prepare them for academic promotion.
Why does gender disparity matter?
Our Faculty cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all our academic staff. Female academics are forced out of careers in STEMM by structural barriers and dysfunctional systems. The loss of such expertise is a significant waste of knowledge, talent and investment. This is an important issue for the entire Faculty to take on. Achieving gender equity will result in better balance, leading to a better Faculty for all.
What are we doing?
SWiM will provide targeted support for women applying for academic promotion under three pillars:
- Inspiring stories: a seminar series featuring women leaders and change makers
- Peer networks: for information sharing and advice on career progression
- Tailored mentoring: supporting women in preparing for academic promotion.
The SWiM program is aligned to:
- University and MDHS Faculty Gender Targets for Level D and E
- Beyond 2018 MDHS Strategic plan, pillars 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, and 3.2
- The University of Melbourne Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN Bronze Award Action Plan
- Our participation in the Joint Sector Position Statement: ‘Preserving Gender Equity as a Higher Education Priority During and After COVID-19.’
- Advancing Melbourne, 2030
- Australian Academy of Science's Women in STEM Decadal Plan.
Inspiring stories: webinar series
In this monthly discussion series Associate Professor Natalie Hannan, Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusion, invites leading women in STEMM and other sectors to join her for a conversation about their careers, to share their advice and experience.
Natalie shares, "I hope that by creating this ongoing series for all MDHS colleagues we open up conversations about women in the workplace and feel inspired for our futures, better connected and confident to achieve our best."
MDHS staff interested in the inaugural webinar with Professor Julie Bines can learn more here about the Tuesday 20 October session. Susan will talk to Natalie about the importance of good mentorship.
A/Prof Susan Hurley: a career in STEMM, culminating in a novelTuesday 22 September 2020
Associate Professor Susan Hurley is a writer and medical researcher with expertise in health economics, pharmacoepidemiology and public health policy. She is the author of the novel Eight Lives (Affirm Press, 2019), which has its origins in a catastrophic first-in-human trial of a monoclonal antibody. Susan has published more than fifty papers in high profile journals like the Lancet and her projects have influenced health policy, particularly in the areas of mammographic screening, HIV/AIDS, pharmacoepidemiology, immunisation and tobacco control.
Prof Julie Bines: the importance of good mentorship for women academicsTuesday 20 October 2020
Professor Julie Bines is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne and a Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Head of Clinical Nutrition at the Royal Children’s Hospital.She leads the Enteric Disease Group at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute working to develop an affordable novel rotavirus vaccine, RV3-BB vaccine, aimed at preventing rotavirus disease from birth in infants worldwide. She is Director of the WHO Collaborative Centre for Child Health and has served as a consultant for WHO.