International Women's Day: Promoting gender equity in health

Event type: 
Event date: 
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
Contact for bookings: 
Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or
Booking deadline: 
Friday, 8 March 2019 - 11:00am

This seminar will be followed by lunch at 1:30pm. Please RSVP by COB Friday 8 March to for catering purposes.

The Kirby Institute invites you to attend our special International Women's Day event: Promoting gender equity in health

On International Women’s Day, the Kirby Institute is bringing together a panel of outstanding speakers who continue to create positive health change for women. Building on the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day - ‘Balance for Better’ – this seminar will explore how understanding and improving women’s health needs to be a focus for all people working in the health sector.

The speakers will share their experiences across a broad range of areas including family planning, international health, refugee health and sexuality and gender.

All voices are welcome and encouraged to reflect on how achieving equity in the health sector could lead to better health outcomes, not just for women but for society as a whole.

Speakers will include:

Julie Hamblin

Julie Hamblin is an experienced health lawyer, with expertise in governance, clinical risk, health ethics, privacy, medical research and public health policy. She also works as a consultant to the disability and not-for-profit sectors, particularly in relation to child protection, institutional risk and critical incident management. She has extensive experience in international development having worked with UNDP, UNAIDS and a number of other organisations on projects relating to public health, gender and HIV/AIDS in more than 20 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Eastern Europe. Government appointments have included the Australian Research Integrity Committee, the NSW Health Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel, and the Australian National Council on HIV/AIDS and Related Diseases.

Hawa Camara

Hawa Camara joined the Kirby Institute as a new Scientia PhD student in PHIRG and SERP. Hawa holds a Master’s in Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Hawa moved from the US where she has worked on USAID-funded health system strengthening projects in Africa (including Guinea, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Zambia, Mozambique, Kenya and others) and in the Caribbean (Haiti) for close to a decade. Her past projects focused on HIV, STIs, Health Information Systems, and Human Resources for Health. Her PhD research will focus on point of care HPV testing in Papua New Guinea.

B-Ann S. Echevarria

B-Ann S. Echevarria is the Refugee Women’s Health Project Officer at the NSW Refugee Health Service. In her role, she coordinates the delivery of education sessions to newly resettled women refugees, undertakes health projects in partnership with other agencies to promote women’s health and well-being and engages and advocate with health and settlement services to facilitate better health outcomes for women refugees and their families. B-Ann has worked at the NSW Refugee Health Service since 2006 and considers it a distinct privilege to work with and for many women of considerable courage, determination and resilience. 

Eloise Brook

Eloise Brook is a writer, advocate and academic. She is the spokesperson for the NSW Gender Centre, podcaster, writer and speaker. She is a researcher into public health policy and lecturers in political science at Sydney University. Eloise has published on queer and TGD families in television, researched on public health and public policy around TGD people. She has written for The Guardian, The Conversation, Overland and Archer Magazine on the intersection of trans and the media.

The session will be chaired by Associate Professor Virginia Wiseman, and the following panel discussion will be facilitated by Associate Professor Susana Vaz Nery, both from the Kirby Institute.

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