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Intersectionality, Feminism and Health Equity

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Free – A$20


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VMWS invites you to join us for an evening, for our event All About Intersectionality, Feminism and Health Equity.

Together we’ll explore how and why every patient’s identity influences their experience of healthcare, and discuss how we as medical professionals can address these factors to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.

Come along to listen and engage with our panel of esteemed experts and join our break-out sessions! It’s a great opportunity to ensure you’re practising inclusive, effective medicine.

Time: September 16 2021, 7 – 9.30PM

Location: Zoom

Non-Members: $20 per ticket
Join as a VMWS member here!

VMWS Members: Free (please RSVP)

AFMW Members: Free (please email [email protected] with your name and state)

Please note the Zoom link will be emailed to you closer to the event date after you have obtained your tickets. 


Event Speakers:

We have an exciting list of speakers… Bring your questions!!

– Dr Emily Gray (feminist educator) on Intersectionality and Feminism

– A/Prof Nada Hamad on Intersectionality in Medicine and Research

– A/Prof Ruth McNair on LGBTQIA+ Health

– Dr Vinka Barunga on First Nations Health

– Dr Mariam Tokhi on Patients with Low SES

– Dr Samantha Loi on Mental Health 

– Dr Kate Gregorevic on Ageism

– … and more!


Event Layout:

– Introduction to intersectionality, feminism and health equity

– Panel discussion

– Breakout groups and discussion on scenarios centered around intersectionality, feminism and health equity

– Large-group Q&A session


If you are interested in learning more about intersectional feminism, how to be an ally to minority groups and how to improve health access and equity, please join us at this event!

All genders welcome!

This event is proudly sponsored by MIPS (Medical Indemnity Protection Society).

All attendees have the option of filling in a MIPS form to be in the running for some exciting prizes! Watch this space.

Meet the Speakers!

Dr Emily Gray

  • Originally from Walsall, UK, Emily is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and the Higher Degrees by Research Delegated Authority at RMIT’s School of Education.
  • Emily’s interests within both research and teaching are interdisciplinary and include sociology, cultural studies and education. She is particularly interested in questions of gender and sexuality and with how these identity categories are lived and experienced within social institutions.
  • Her key research interests therefore lie with questions related to gender, social justice, student and teacher identity and with wider social justice issues within educational discourse and practice.
  • Emily is is also concerned with popular culture, public pedagogies and audience studies, particularly with online fandom and with media and popular culture as pedagogical tools.

A/Prof Nada Hamad

  • A/Prof Nada Hamad is a senior staff specialist bone marrow transplant, cellular therapies, clinical and laboratory haematologist at St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney, where she is also director of the haematology clinical trials unit. She is President of Australia and New Zealand Transplant and Cellular Therapies and chairs a number of national and international committees in the field of transplantation and cellular therapies.
  • She studied Medicine at the University of Sydney and completed her Haematology training in Sydney. Prior to her career in medicine, she completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Forensics, working in this field for a short period of time. She completed two post-graduate fellowships in BMT and lymphoma at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto Canada through the University of Toronto.
  • She is an active clinical trialist and researcher. A/Prof Hamad is an intersectional feminist with an academic interest in gender equity, diversity and inclusion in medicine (MEDI). She is the deputy co-chair of the EDI committee at UNSW and the EDI lead for the Lancet Haematology amongst a number of other EDI committee leadership positions and memberships.

A/Prof Ruth McNair AM

  • A/Prof. Ruth McNair AM who is a member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for her significant service to medicine and as an advocate for the LGBTI community.
  • Dr Ruth McNair is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne and a general practitioner and founding director of an inner-Melbourne general practice.
  • She has clinical and research interests in lesbian and bisexual women’s mental health, sexual health, same-sex parenting, disability, and LGBT health care and homelessness.
  • Ruth has expertise in medical education and has developed LGBTI online training modules.

Dr Samantha Loi

  • Dr Samantha Loi who is a neuropsychiatrist and old age psychiatrist!
  • She also completed Advanced Training in Psychiatry of Old Age in 2012, and her PhD in 2016. Currently she is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and is funded by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship.
  • Dr Loi is involved in the Melbourne Medical School Diversity and Inclusion Group and the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) Alliance of Women’s Alzheimer’s Research steering committee.
  • As well supporting, mentoring and encouraging early career psychiatrists and, she is passionate about advocating for vulnerable groups such as asylum seekers and people with psychiatric disorders.

Dr Miriam Tokhi

  • Dr Mariam Tokhi is a GP and writer in Melbourne, working at Utopia Refugee Health. She is a passionate advocate for slow medicine, and for good clinical care for disadvantaged, culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Her articles are featured in the Guardian and the abc.net.

Helen Freris and Rosie Granland

  • Helen has a professional background in community services, with qualifications in social work, community sector management and family dispute resolution.She also currently serves as Vice President of Blind Citizens Australia.
  • Rosie has a background in inclusive education, specialising in social and emotional curriculum for diverse learners. She has previously worked with WDV as a violence prevention practitioner, sharing the Our Right to Safety Resources with communities and workforces across Victoria.

Dr Kate Gregorevic

  • Dr Kate Gregorevic is a geriatrician and general physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is also the clinical lead for chronic disease prevention and management at Safer Care Victoria. She has previously done research into the impact of psychosocial factors on frailty and also has an interest in quality improvement in healthcare.
  • Whilst also being a Mum to three children, Kate’s adjunct interest to medicine is writing about science and health, with a particular focus on the intersection between psychological, social and physical factors. She has written for multiple outlets including Aeon PSyche, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, News.com.au and The New Daily. She published her first book in 2020 called Staying Alive: the science of living healthier, happier and longer

Dr Gillian Singleton

  • Gill is a general practitioner, who works pro bono and is the former Medical Director at the Cabrini Outreach Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub in Melbourne. She also works as a Senior Medical Advisor and an examiner for the RACGP, a performance assessor for AHPRA and reviewer for the Australian Journal of General Practice. She runs a digital health start up business In2health, focussed on chronic disease prevention and has a keen interest in research (being a self-confessed stats nerd). 

  • Gill is passionate about lots of things including social justice and health equity, asylum seeker health, mental health, preventive medicine and medical education. She has a longstanding interest in refugee and asylum seeker health care and advocacy. 

  • She has been providing advice to the Department of Immigration/Home Affairs for over ten years, as a member of a variety of advisory groups and panels.  She is currently on the executive of the Victorian Refugee Health Network and chairs the Network’s Clinical Community of Practice.


September 16
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Free – A$20
Event Category:


Victorian Medical Women’s Society
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