Inspiring Stories: webinar series

In this monthly discussion series Associate Professor Natalie Hannan, Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusion, invites leading women in STEMM to join her for a conversation about their careers, to share their advice, knowledge and experience.

Natalie shares, "I hope that by creating this 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."

The series is open to all faculty staff, honorary fellows and students.

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Associate Professor Lilon bandler: Career detours, the problem with chasing perfection and what a meaningful career looks like

7 December 2021

A/Prof Bandler is principal research fellow for the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network.  She has a long history of involvement in medical education.  She is a member of the Macquarie University Humanities and Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee.  She provides regular GP services to rural and remote western NSW.  She has been a member of the Far West Local Health District (NSW) Board since 2018. Read the transcript

Professor Nancy Baxter: Systemic barriers facing women in STEMM, moving towards gender equity

9 November 2021

Professor Nancy Baxter moved to Australia in February 2020 for the next adventure, and COVID did not disappoint! Her public role in the Victorian and Australia-wide responses to the pandemic, including her work with media as a sought after public health expert has been a highlight of her career.  Read the transcript

Professor Jennifer Philip: Flexible work arrangements for gender equality

5 October 2021

Professor Jennifer Philip is a palliative care clinician, researcher and teacher whose particular areas of interest include improving the ways supportive and palliative care are delivered, ensuring care is underpinned by high quality evidence and that it is delivered by well trained professionals and carers. She leads the Palliative Nexus Research Group, partnering with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, to advance equity, access and quality of care in serious illness. She has a lead role in improving palliative care clinical trial capacity and participation in Victoria. Read the transcript

Dr Rita Hardiman: Navigating barriers faced after extraordinary life events

7 September 2021

Dr Rita Hardiman is a teaching and research academic in the Melbourne Dental School. In 2011, after a return to work from maternity leave, and less than a year post-PhD, Rita was involved in a life-threatening incident: she was run over by a semi-trailer on her way home. This had devastating effects on Rita and her young family, as well as doing significant damage to her emerging career in academia. After five months in hospital and physical rehabilitation, Rita started to re-establish her research career; succeeding in her recovery and progression in part through supportive networks and strong advocacy. Read the transcript

Professor Jane Gunn: Listening, learning and renovating workplace culture

10 August 2021

Professor Jane Gunn is a general practitioner with a distinguished academic career and over 25 years of experience in implementing research into clinical practice. As the university's inaugural Chair of Primary Care Research, her work in mental health addresses a leading cause of disability burden and she is a current member of a number of health service boards. Jane is also passionate about ensuring we have a safe, inclusive work environment where we are all able to thrive and has made improving workplace culture a priority as Dean.  Read the transcript

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

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

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

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

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: gender equality and mental health

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. Read the transcript


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

15 December 2020

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM is a scientist 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. In this conversation, she talks about finding a mentor, knowing your career 'why' and believing in yourself during uncertain times. Read the transcript


Dr Ngaree Blow: the visibility of First Nations women

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). Ngaree discusses 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. Read the transcript


Professor Julie Bines: the importance of mentoring for women academics

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 consulted to the World Health Organization. Read the transcript

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

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.