Women Clinicians in Academic Leadership Symposium

"The power of authentic leadership"

We are launching our event series starting with a new and exciting annual event, the MMS Women Clinicians in Academia Leadership Symposium.

This event is aimed at all women clinician scientists at any stage of their career, and open to all who wish to foster and promote women clinicians in academic leadership. Please feel free to share this event widely in your social and professional networks.




Wednesday 4 November




10am to 4pm



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The program has been finalised and can be viewed below. We have some extraordinary speakers who will be sharing their stories from diverse and interesting perspectives to inspire and challenge us.

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Session One - Leadership in times of crisis: the impact of COVID-19

Plenary Talks - Facilitated by Helga Svendsen

  • Associate Professor Claudia Di Bella - St Vincent’s Hospital / Uni Melb
    • "Leadership at any stage of your career"
  • Associate Professor Jane MunroRoyal Children’s Hospital / Uni Melb
    • "Wellbeing & leadership in the time of COVID"

Session Two - Leadership: style, bias and intersectional challenges

Panel Discussion - Facilitated by Helga Svendsen

  • Associate Professor Marie Bismark The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Nisha Khot Djerriwarrh Health Service
  • Aunty Dr Doseena Fergie OAM Woor-Dungin

Session Three - Skills for effective leadership

TED-style talks - Facilitated by Helga Svendsen

  • Prof Kate Drummond Royal Melbourne Hospital / Uni Melb
    • "Power of sponsorship to boost your career"
  • Dr Ruth Mitchell – WEHI / Uni Melb
    • "Advocacy for Amateurs: How to change the world"
  • Dr Anthea RhodesRoyal Children’s Hospital / Uni Melb
    • "Science communication skills and the power of social media"

Session Four - Systematic change for leadership: What are the current systems and how can we change them as leaders?

Panel Discussion - Facilitated by Dr Anita Goh – UniMelb/ National Ageing Research Institute

  • Associate Professor Jill Sewell UniMelb/ Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver The University of Sydney
  • Dr Karen PriceThe Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

We encourage you to come and learn and connect with inspiring women leaders and share your stories.