International Women’s Day 2020: 'My Brilliant Career'

Ian Potter Auditorium
Kenneth Myer Building
30 Royal Parade
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3052


For International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020, hear from our panel of female leaders working in children’s health.

Learn from their journey, advice and lessons.

In line with this year’s IWD campaign theme #EachforEqual, our six inspirational speakers will:

  • Share their journey working in child health;
  • Provide advice to younger generations interested in professional healthcare and health science; and
  • Discuss the lessons that have enabled them to be successful.

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.

My Brilliant Career is one part of our journey to supporting female voices, career pathways and experiences in science and health. Collectively, we can make change happen – we can all choose to be #EachforEqual.

#UniMelbMDHS #GenerationEquality


katie allen
Dr Katie Allen MP PhD 2001
Federal Member of Parliament for Higgins
Katie was sworn in as the Member for Higgins at the Opening of the 46th Parliament in Canberra. Prior to becoming a MP, Katie was a paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 28 years, a professor at the University of Melbourne and the University of Manchester and Director of the Population Health Research theme at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Associate Professor Margie Danchin MBBS 1995, PhD 2006
Consultant paediatrician at the Department of General Medicine, Royal Children's Hospital, and Associate Professor and David Bickart Clinician Scientist Fellow at the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children's Research Institute
As leader of the Vaccine Uptake Group, MCRI, she is an immunisation expert with over ten years of experience in vaccine research and clinical work, both in Australia and in resource-poor settings.
alyce wilson
Dr Alyce Wilson MD 2015, MPH 2018
Public Health Registrar and Senior Research Officer at the Burnet Institute and Lecturer in Indigenous health and nutrition at the Department of Medical Education, University of Melbourne
Alyce is a public health doctor working in global maternal, child health and nutrition at the Burnet Institute. She is a medical doctor with additional qualifications in nutrition and dietetics, obstetrics and gynaecology and public health.
valerie sung
Dr Valerie Sung MBBS 2000, PhD 2015
Paediatrician at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Director of the Caring for Hearing Impaired Children Clinic, RCH
Valerie’s career vision is to provide the best care to children and families she sees through her clinical practice, while conducting clinical and population-based research that can change and optimise care. She also consults in the Unsettled Babies Clinic at the RCH.
carra simpson
Ms Carra Simpson BA, BA (Hons)
PhD candidate, academic tutor and health promotion consultant at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, University of Melbourne
Carra was awarded the Australian Psychological Society Prize for her honours thesis examining the oral microbiota in adolescent depression and anxiety. Carra’s current work spans across the biomedical sciences, including medical microbiology, psychology, neuroscience, and gastroenterology.
bank rind
Ms Banok Rind BNG, MPH
Registered Nurse, Deputy Executive Officer at The Koorie Youth Council
Banok Rind is a proud Yamatji Badimaya woman from Western Australia. Banok has a background in Aboriginal health and wellbeing, and advocacy within the Aboriginal mentoring, leadership and health space. She has worked extensively in cultural safety within the university and health sector as well as an associate lecturer for Indigenous Health at RMIT University and teaching Indigenous health at ACU University.


megan munsie
Professor Megan Munsie
Deputy Director of the Centre for Stem Cell Systems, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Melbourne
Also Head of Engagement, Ethics & Policy Program at Stem Cells Australia, Megan has combined her extensive technical expertise in stem cell science with an interest in the complex ethical, social and regulatory issues associated with stem cells in research and in the clinic.

Presented by

sarah wilson
Professor Sarah Wilson BSc (Hons) 1991, PhD 1997
Head of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
Sarah is an internationally recognised expert in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology. Her research program has advanced our understanding of the neural basis of human cognition and behaviour.

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