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March 2020

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Students and scientists at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Women’s health researchers call girls to science

More than 140 girls in Years 10, 11 and 12 took part in the Meet a Scientist event at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

The event, which celebrated the United Nations’ international day of women and girls in science saw top researchers from The Women’s lead demonstrations to students from 25 schools.

Dr Michelle Peate and Dr Sarah Carson talked students through their career paths to senior research fellowships in gynaecology and obstetrics.

Neonatologist Dr Louise Owen demonstrated how premature babies were ventilated and Dr Dorothy Machalek demonstrated how women were tested for HPV.

‘As an organisation focused on improving the health of women and girls, supporting vulnerable women and advocating for women’s rights, we are passionate about inspiring the next generation of women to pursue a career in science, including in nursing, midwifery, allied health, biomedical technology, medicine, and research,’ said The Women’s Chief Executive Officer Sue Matthews.

‘We believe that girls and women need to be encouraged, supported and cheered on at every opportunity.

‘This is a great opportunity for the students to come to the hospital and think about the sort of impact they could have with a career in science.

‘These students have some important decisions to make for their education and future career.

‘Our hope is that we showcase a career in science as an exciting and rewarding one and, then, you never know – we could be employing these young women in years to come!’ Dr Matthews said.