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."

Julia Page: Key ingredients for progression towards gender equity in STEMM

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Ms Julia Page was appointed chief executive officer of veski in 2004 after a career spanning the public, private and philanthropic sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. In the time she has been with veski, Julia has actively lead initiatives for women in science and research and was instrumental in the development of the veski inspiring women program including a series of professional development activities and the inaugural veski inspiring women fellowships. She is passionate about delivering diverse and inclusive programs, including the veski inspiring women STEM sidebyside program, developed to empower women at differing career stages with the skills, networks and mindset to develop and achieve their career goals within STEM industries.

Leonie Walsh: Two careers in one, the why and the how

Tuesday 8 June 2021

Leonie Walsh is a Board Chair and  strategic adviser in technological innovation with over 30 years of local and international experience across a broad range of industries. More recently Leonie completed a three-year term as Victoria’s inaugural Lead Scientist from 2013 to 2016. In this capacity Leonie was a contributing member on the Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, helped establish the Inspiring Women Fellowship program, represented Victoria on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists and participated as an industry expert on a range of Government grant and scholarship programs.

Professor Sharon Lewin: The critical importance of good leadership in crisis

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Professor Sharon Lewin is a leading infectious diseases expert, inaugural director of the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity, Professor of Medicine and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow. Professor Lewin's leadership of the Doherty Institute and calm and informed media presence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have been nothing short of inspirational.

Professor Laura Parry:  Fixing the system while smashing imposter syndrome

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Professor Laura Parry has three decades of experience in higher education, as a researcher, research leader and award-winning educator, and is internationally renowned for her expertise and ground-breaking research in reproductive and vascular biology. In September 2020, she was appointed interim Executive Dean of Sciences at the University of Adelaide, after a 10-month appointment as Head of School, Biological Sciences. Furthermore, she is a champion of the greater participation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).


Professor Til Wykes:  a talk about gender equality and mental health

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Til is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation and Head of The School of Mental Health and Psychological Sciences at Kings College, London.Her research has been various with explorations in cognitive science, developing treatments and evaluations of those treatments - mostly for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Til is the editor of the Journal of Mental Health, holder of a Guinness World record for the largest mental health lesson and has been awarded a Damehood for her work in mental health.


Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM: mentorship, sponsorship and allyship

Tuesday 15 December 2020

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM is a scientist, executive and entrepreneur. She is Executive Director of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and co-founder and CEO of Women in STEMM Australia.

Dr Evans-Galea talks to Associate Professor Natalie Hannan about finding a mentor, knowing your career 'why' and believing in yourself during uncertain times.


Dr Ngaree Blow: the visibility of First Nations women

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Dr Ngaree Blow is a Yorta-Yorta, Noonuccal, Goreng-Goreng woman living on Wurundjeri country. She is currently working as the Director of First Nations Health for Medical Education at the University of Melbourne, as well as medical lead in the COVID-19 case, contact and outbreak management team at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Dr Ngaree Blow talks with Associate Professor Nat Hannan about the social determinants of health, the ‘angry black woman’ stereotype and how we need to address racial inequities before barriers for women can be broken.


Prof Julie Bines: the importance of good mentorship for women academics

Tuesday 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.


A/Prof Susan Hurley: a career in STEMM, culminating in a novel

Tuesday 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.