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Grand Round Panel Discussion – Health Advocacy: Women in Medicine

March 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT

A light lunch will be provided at this event from 12pm


Tracey Spicer AM

Tracey Spicer is passionate about the rights of women and girls. Over the past 30 years the journalist, author and broadcaster has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9, Sky News and Radio 2UE, and written hundreds of columns for Fairfax and News Corp. She now amplifies the voices of others through the social enterprise, Outspoken Women.

In 2018, Tracey was awarded an Order of Australia for her work as the national co-founder of Women in Media, and as an ambassador for charitable and social welfare groups. Since October last year, Tracey has been spearheading the #MeToo movement in Australia, producing award-winning investigative stories with Fairfax and the ABC.

In March 2018 she created NOW Australia, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at helping anyone who has been sexually harassed in the workplace. Her tireless advocacy led to the creation of the world’s first national inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace, by the AHRC.


Dr Dara Kass

Assistant Professor Dara Kass MD works at Columbia University in New York and is the founder of FemInEM – ‘an open access resource where we discuss, discover, and affect the journey of women working in emergency medicine.’

Prior to working at Columbia University Dara was the director Undergraduate Medical Education at NYU and an Assistant Program Director at Staten Island University Hospital. She completed her residency training at SUNY Downstate/ Kings County Hospital and is currently the She is active in both the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the American Association of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Alongside the growth of FemInEM she has developed a niche in the advancement of women in emergency medicine. She is invited regularly to speak on topics such as professional development of women, unconscious bias and achieving gender equity in Emergency Medicine.

Dr Kirsten Connan

Dr Kirsten Connan is a FRANZCOG Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with a passion for improving women’s health through empowerment, support and education. Kirsten has special interests in normal and high risk obstetrics, pelvic pain, endometriosis, complex laparoscopic surgery and specialist ultrasound. Kirsten also completed her Masters of Clinical Education at University of Melbourne researching gender equity in leadership in obstetrics and gynaecology in Australia and New Zealand.

The most influential years of her training and specialist practice were proudly undertaken at Australia’s largest maternity hospital, Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital, with specialist training in high-risk obstetrics, advanced laparoscopic surgery and obstetric ultrasound.

Kirsten’s clinical experience spans capital cities, regional centres, developing countries and both public and private medicine in Australia.

Dr Simon Judkins

Dr Simon Judkins is an Emergency Physician and Deputy Director ED at Austin Health. Simon has been a doctor for over twenty years, and has worked as an Emergency Physician for fifteen of those. He has worked in Emergency Departments across Melbourne and regional Victoria, President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and the Australian Medical Association, and is a regular contributor to public discussions on issues relating to public hospitals and public health.

Dr Neela Janakiramanan

Dr Neela Janakiramanan is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon with a particular sub-specialty interest and expertise in hand and wrist surgery. Outside of treating patients, Neela is involved in several research projects both locally and internationally, and enjoys spending time with her husband and three young sons. She is a fierce advocate for both patients and the health profession, and wants to see the system become better for everyone. Neela describes herself as an accidental activist.

Neela has been working on a grassroots campaign calling to urgently evacuate critically ill children and families from Nauru. Within weeks they have collected the signatures of more than 6000 doctors in Australia, including more than 250 organisationsNeela is passionate about gender equity within medicine and is the curator of “Inspiring Doctors” which profiles women medical doctors.

Dr Skye Kinder

Skye Kinder is a junior doctor passionate about regional and rural health, with special interests in policy, workforce planning, and service and process enhancement. Skye is currently appointed to the Board of the Rural Doctors Association of Victoria, and to the Board of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria. She was named the 2014 Young Citizen of the Year for Bendigo, in recognition of her commitment to the Greater Bendigo community. Skye was later named the 2017 Junior Doctor of the Year for Victoria, and is the 2019 Young Australian of the Year for Victoria.

Prof David Story

Professor David Story is an anaesthetist and the Foundation Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Melbourne and Head of the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit. He is a senior investigator with the Clinical Trials Network of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), sits on the ANZCA Research Committee and is Deputy Chair of the ANZCA Safety and Quality Committee. David was the acting Executive Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) end 2018-early 2019.


Dr Rebecca Szabo

Dr Rebecca Szabo is an obstetrician/gynaecologist and medical educator at the Women’s and University of Melbourne. Rebecca coordinates Women’s Health Education and Simulation at The Women’s. Rebecca graduated from Monash University Medical School in 1999 and has always been passionate about education and public health encouraged after completing her medical student elective in Apia, Samoa.

Rebecca completed her specialist training as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (FRANZCOG) mostly based at the Women’s, as well as working in Albury/Wodonga (2005) and RPA Hospital, Sydney AustraliaRebecca has also lived and worked in England and Thailand. She was the visiting gyn oncology fellow at Chiang Mai University Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2007. She completed her Masters of Clinical Education focused on simulation based education at University of Melbourne. Rebecca is a senior clinical lecturer with Melbourne University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as a board director and instructor with ALSO Australia (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics).



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