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UNSW Medicine & Health: Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 November 2022
12.30pm – 2.00pm AEDT
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is on Friday 25 November 2022.

You are invited to join the MEDIC Gender Equity Working Group for a live online panel event to hear from domestic and family violence survivors how health professionals can help end violence against women and get an update and feedback on the UNSW Medicine & Health curriculum changes.

The panel, lead by Dr Verity Chadwick, will consist of:

Dr. Linda Mayer, a current Primary Care staff specialist with Justice Health. Dr. Mayer’s career has focused on rural and remote medicine, including 17 years in the ED and gaining her DAME license. Drawing from experiences across childhood and adulthood, she looks forward to speaking from her perspective as both an experienced clinician and a survivor of domestic and family violence.

Helen Waters Silvia, CEO of Women’s and Girl’s Emergency Centre (WAGEC) and brings over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector, specialising in the areas of domestic and family violence, homelessness and family and children’s services. Helen has served on the board of Domestic Violence NSW for four years, serving as Chair for three years and is also a member of Homelessness NSW’s Policy Council.

Dylan Mayer, 6th year medical student and current project officer for the Sexual Assault, Domestic & Family Violence (SADFV) curriculum working group. Over the last 12 months she has worked with a team of passionate students and faculty members in the design and implementation of a phase-wide curriculum addressing SADFV in the UNSW Medicine program.

Jade Tran, 5th year medical student and Vice President Internal for MedSoc in 2021. She has worked alongside co-lead Dylan Mayer and the student working group to advocate for the integration of Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence (SADFV) in the Medicine Curriculum. She has also worked alongside other Australian medical schools in the "Inter-University Advocacy Group" to coordinate and advocate for curriculum changes for Australia-wide.

A/Prof Nada Hamad, intersectional feminist with an academic interest in gender equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in medicine. She is the deputy co-chair of the UNSW Medicine & Health EDI committee, the EDI lead for The Lancet Haematology and Women in Global Health Australia National Gender Equality in Health Leadership committee member, amongst a number of other EDI committee leadership positions and memberships.

Please consider supporting a woman in crisis by participating in the Share the Dignity campaign, #itsinthebag. Put together a preloved handbag filled with hygiene products and basic essentials. Drop-off points will be available at Bunnings stores nationwide from 18 to 27 November 2022. The following items are appreciated: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, tampons and pads (no food, sharps and medicine).