The Women in Health Science Working Committee was established to gain a better understanding of the issues that women researchers face in health and medical research and barriers to career progression.

The NHMRC Women in Health Science Working Committee was established to gain a better understanding of the issues that women researchers face in health and medical research and barriers to career progression. The Committee provides advice directly to NHMRC’s CEO, Professor Anne Kelso AO on strategies that could be implemented to address issues and overcome barriers.

Recent activities

The Women in Health Science Committee met on 16 May 2018. It:

  • received an update on:
    • the current status of Science in Australia Gender Equity’s Athena Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) pilot and
    • gender equality activities being undertaken in the Department of Innovation, Industry and Science, and
  • provided advice on: 
    • the finalisation of the Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan (2018) 
    • a review of the Administering Institutions adherence to the seven gender equality requirements in the NHMRC Administering Institution Policy, and
    • international responses to the issue of sexual and other harassment in research institutions. 

The Committee was established in September 2012, with the appointment of members occurring every twelve months. It includes researchers at different career stages and those with and without children.

Chair,
Professor
Rosalie
Viney

University of Technology Sydney.

Professor
Caroline
Homer

University of Technology Sydney.

Professor
Robert
Williamson AO

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, University of Melbourne.

Associate Professor
Suzanne
Miller

Monash University

Professor
Tania
Winzenberg

Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania

Professor
Dawn
Freshwater

The University of Western Australia

Professor
Deborah
White

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Associate Professor
Geoffrey
Faulkner

Mater Research Institute, The University of Queensland

Professor
Peter
Koopman

Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland

Associate Professor
Nikola
Bowden

Hunter Medical Research Institute, University of Newcastle