Level Medicine is excited to present its very first seminar on gender equity!
Ever wondered to yourself whether there really is a gender equity problem in Australian medicine? Have you ever noticed that expectations about female careers might sometimes differ from male ones? Are you quietly wondering how you’re going to juggle a busy medical career with family and the practicalities of parental leave? Confused about how you can best contribute to these kinds of conversations?
No matter your gender, the debate about gender equity is one that’s going to have positive impacts for all Australian doctors in the coming years. At Level, we want medical students and doctors to be able to feel as informed as possible about issues impacting gender equity in medicine, from what gender equity itself means, to sexual and gender-based harassment and discrimination, and parental leave schemes and returning to training. Our inaugural event will feature three incredible doctors - Associate Professor Christine Jorm, Dr Elisabeth Elder, and Dr Jeremy Robertson – who each bring their own unique perspectives on gender equity, life balance, and managing a medical career in modern medicine. Come along for a discussion on what gender equity really means and how we can work towards it together in small ways every day!
The evening will kick off at 5:30pm with DELICIOUS SNACKS and the panel will start at 6pm. Speakers will be followed by a Q&A session – feel free to send your questions through beforehand to firstname.lastname@example.org or just put your hand up on the night.
Our speakers include:
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CHRISTINE JORM
Associate Professor Christine Jorm is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthatists and is currently an Associate Dean (Professionalism) in the Sydney University School of Medicine. Passionate about finding ways for patients to receive better care and for helping health professionals (especially doctors) engage with the 'system' and develop the skills to improve healthcare, she played a major role in shaping Sydney Medical Program’s Personal & Professional Development course. She also has doctorates in neuropharmacology and sociology, and has worked in policy and strategy for a range of respected institutions including The Grattan Institute, headspace, and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
DR ELISABETH ELDER
Dr Elisabeth Elder graduated from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden in 1992, and completed her general surgical training together with a PhD in tumour biology in 2002. After migrating to Australia, she specialised in breast cancer surgery at Concord Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women and Royal North Shore Hospital. She completed her Australian surgical fellowship (FRACS) before taking up a staff specialist position in the Breast Cancer Institute at Westmead Hospital. Elisabeth is an active member of Breast Surgeons in Australia and New Zealand and chair of the oncoplastic subcommittee, as well as being a member of other national and international breast societies. She is a council member of Breast Surgeons International and on the editorial board of World Journal of Surgery.
DR JEREMY ROBERTSON
A graduate from The University of Sydney’s 2015 cohort, Jeremy is currently an intern at Hornsby hospital. In addition to his busy intern schedule he is also the father of two, with his second daughter being born in his third year of medical studies. In 2016, he chose to intern at Hornsby hospital, where he had the opportunity to take on a job-share position for his intern role. The flexibility of this position has allowed him to continue advancing his medical career while also allowing him to spend more time with his young family. In addition to his medical experience, Jeremy also worked as a commercial pilot prior to his medical studies.