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Type: Face to face and digital
7 Mar, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (AEDT)


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RACGP Members: $25
Non-Members: 45

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International Women's Day Event - #CountHerIn

Face to face and digital 7 Mar, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (AEDT)

Join us as we celebrate International Women's Day on Thursday 7 March (or 8 March in the NT). in person in your capital city or online.

Each capital city will host an in person event where you can hear from amazing women who will have meaningful discussion on the International Women's Day Theme: Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.  #CountHerIn

Thank you to our major partner Besins Healthcare.

Register here to attend in person in any capital city.

Register for online

New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory - RACGP North Sydney (6.30pm AEDT)
Northern Territory - RACGP NT, CDU - Casuarina (6.30pm ACST - Note date change 8 March 2024)
Queensland - Victoria Park - Herston (6.30pm AEST)
South Australia - RACGP, North Adelaide (6.30pm ACDT)
Tasmania - Aura Hobart (6.30pm AEDT)
Victoria - Pullman Albert Park (6.30pm AEDT)
Western Australia - Ambrose Estate, Wembley Downs (6.30 pm AWST)

New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory - Dr Kate Manderson - GP Supervisor of the Year 2023
Northern Territory - Dr Simone Liddy, Dr Tamsin Cockayne, Dr Meredith Hansen-Knarhoi and Dr Hitti Bakshi
Queensland - Dr Jillann Farmer - Globally known Australian GP, experienced healthcare leader with skills ranging from the bedside to the boardroom. Current CEO of ‘A Better Culture’, working part time in a rural emergency department, and the former United Nations Medical Director.
South Australia - Panel discussion facilitated by Dr Sian Goodson, RACGP SA Chair, with Dr Carolyn Roesler - GP, Dr Penny Need - GP and Senior Regional Medical Educator  and Jacky Genesin - Practice Manager Consultant
Tasmania - Dr Alexandra Seidel - Deputy Chair RACGP Tasmania and Dr Anna Alomes - Doctor of Philosophy in Ethics and Human Rights
Victoria - Dr Nicole Higgins (RACGP President), Dr Lara Roeske (RACGP Chair), Adj Prof. Karen Price (Immediate Past President RACGP and Provost RACGP Victoria), Dr Nisha Khot (Vice-President of RANZCOG and Board Chair of Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health)

Western Australia - Councillor Andrea Creado CEO, Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services and Councillor for Balga Ward and Dr Richelle Douglas -  Medical Director, Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service

Online - If you're not able to make it in person, join the online member meet-up hosted by Doctors for Women in Rural Medicine Chair Dr Christie Rodda, where you will hear an inspiring presentation by Prof Helena Teede followed by the opportunity to connect with your colleagues around Australia.

Members: $25
Non Members: $45
Registrars: $15

Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss issues and obstacles faced by women in achieving equal participation in the economy
Educational Activities


Dr Nicole Higgins
RACGP President and Practice Owner

Dr Nicole Higgins represents the depth and breadth of general practice. Growing up in rural Victoria and NSW and now living in North Queensland, Nicole is an active GP who is a business owner, director, supervisor, medical educator and working parent. Having previously worked with Tropical Medical Training and RVTS in medical education and training, Nicole has been recognised for her entrepreneurship and innovation in her workplaces. Nicole is the recent ex-chair of GP Supervision Australia and has had directorships from the old days of the Divisions of General Practice through the PHNs. Nicole regularly talks on Women and Leadership and proudly mentors other GPs.

Dr Lara Roeske
GP, Chair RACGP Specific Interests

Dr Lara Roeske is a current member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Sexually Transmissible infections and Blood Borne Viruses (MACBBVSTI). She is a GP and practice owner, Chair RACGP Specific Interests and RACGP Board Director and has held many senior positions at the RACGP, including Deputy Chair Victoria Council, inaugural Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Sexual Health Medicine group, and past Chair of the Women in General Practice RACGP Victoria committee. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Dr Roeske has worked in advisory roles to key stakeholders, on steering committees, guideline working parties, representing the RACGP across a range of domains relevant to sexual and reproductive health, cervical cancer prevention and translation of evidence into practice at state and national levels.


Dr Richelle Douglas

Dr Richelle Douglas is the Medical Director of Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services. She is an experienced and motivated Medical Professional with a strong interest in the social determinants of health and how they must be addressed to improve health care outcomes for the most marginalised groups – and has become a leader in sexual and reproductive health care in Western Australia. Richelle has worked in multiple settings around the world from Perth and rural Western Australia, through to remote areas of Lima in Peru, and Ireland, and London

Prof Helena Teede

Professor Helena Teede MBBS FRACP FAAHMS FRANZCOG FRCOG PhD AM is a clinician academic in women’s health. She holds an NHMRC Investigator Fellowship in ‘implementation and impact’. She is Director Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, has over 600 publications and $61M in career grant funding, mostly as CIA. She is a world leader in women’s health and in implementing change in healthcare systems. She is the incoming President of the International Society of Endocrinology and on Council for the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. She brings training and expertise in leadership and heads up the now International Women in Leadership training program and the “Advancing Women in Healthcare and Health and Medical Research Leadership” initiative funded by NHMRC with 23 partners. She is passionate about advancing the careers of women to enable them to have influence and impact.

Dr Anna Alomes
Doctor of Philosophy in Ethics and Human Rights

Philosopher Anna Alomes is deeply committed to promoting nonviolence and peacebuilding. Her collaboration with Nobel Peace Laureates HH the Dalai Lama, Mary Robinson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu highlight her dedication to the reduction of violence and the promotion of compassion. Anna previously served as the director of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Tasmania, Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Human Rights (UK) James Madison University (USA) and the University of Hamburg (Germany). She has authored four books bridging academic insights with real-world applications. Currently, as the Lead Advisor Workforce and Advocacy for the RACGP, continues her journey of impactful service and ethical leadership.

Dr Alexandra Seidel

Alex grew up in Tasmania, studying at the University of Tasmania. She has been practising as a GP at the Huon Valley Health Centre since 2011, and is the Managing Director. Alex finds all areas of general practice interesting, and has further training in children’s health, women’s health, mental health and family planning. Alex currently serves the Tasmanian General Practice community as Deputy Chair of the RACGP Tasmania Faculty Council.


Andrea Creado
CEO of Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services

Andrea Creado is currently the CEO of Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services with over 20 years’ experience of working with varied ethnic communities in a community health setting. Andrea is also a Councillor with the local government for the City of Stirling. Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development, Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has experience in leading people, programs and thinking at strategic and operational levels in the non-government community-based health services sector. Currently she sits on the Board for the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing and is a Committee Member for various community organisation. She is often invited by government to sit as the multicultural voice on various advisory groups related to women’s health and family and domestic violence. Due to her leadership both Andrea and the organisation she leads have won several National, State and Local Awards for empowering multicultural women. For her work Andrea has been recognised by various organisations-she has won the Zonta Woman of Achievement Award in 2012, The Soroptimist International Woman of Achievement Award 2023 and is a current recipient of the Social Impact Leadership Australia scholarship.


From rural Queensland general practice to medical director of the United Nations, Dr Jillann Farmers career has come back to the part of medicine that feeds her soul. Dr Jillann Farmer was Medical Director of the United Nations, based at the headquarters in New York for 8 years. During tenure at the UN, she was responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of all UN personnel deployed throughout the world and was also responsible for the standards in healthcare facilities operating under the UN flag. She managed the UN’s response to the New York wave of COVID-19 in 2020. Since leaving the UN, she has worked as a Deputy Director General in Queensland Health and as a front-line clinician in primary care and emergency medicine. Prior to serving in the UN, she was the Medical Director of the Patient Safety Centre in Queensland Health, and the inaugural Director of the Clinician Performance Support Service. Jillann is the current CEO of ‘A Better Culture’, a coalition of health professionals who know that working in healthcare does not have to be traumatising. Who know that we can make things better. We can choose to eliminate bullying, to stamp out all forms of harassment, to have zero tolerance for racism, and to wipe discrimination off the face of the profession. Outside of work, Jillann has been a martial arts practitioner for over 30 years, and is a keen hiker, kayaker, cyclist and cross-country skier.

Adj Prof Karen Price
Immediate past President, RACGP

Adj Prof Karen Price is the immediate past President of the RACGP. After two years in the role she has steered the profession through a pandemic, federal and state elections and a major policy review of national General Practice strategy, training, workforce and funding. Karen will continue to lead the organising committee of WONCA in Sydney 2023. Karen was awarded the 2016 RACGP FMCER grant to undertake her PhD with the Monash Department of General Practice. She is exploring the construct of peer-connection in general practice exploring GP’s well-being, and goal-directed informal learning. Karen continues to see patients clinically which continually informs and deepens her lifetime experiences. She has chaired committees and developed mentor programs for both the AMA and the RACGP. Karen has presented internationally; on women’s medical leadership; social media; resilience, and informal learning. She is published on women’s medical leadership and received a 2011 Monash University award for medical student teaching. Karen has retained key interests in the framework of gender approaches to policy, learning, and support for both patients and practitioners since her involvement in the Women in General Practice Committee of the RACGP. She was chair from 2012-2014 and co-chair for 2014-2018 and remains a member of the committee. In 2021 she received the President’s award from the AFMW for national leadership.

Dr Nisha Khot
Vice-President of RANZCOG and Board Chair of Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Dr Nisha Khot is the Vice-President of RANZCOG and Board Chair of Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health. She is also clinical director of obstetrics and gynaecology at Peninsula Health in Melbourne and holds additional clinical appointments at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. As Clinical Fellow for the Living Evidence for Australian Pregnancy and Postnatal care (LEAPP) guidelines group, Dr Khot supports the development of national evidence-based living guidelines in consultation with expert clinicians and consumers. Her experience as an overseas trained doctor in the UK and in Australia have shaped her advocacy for gender equity and diversity in healthcare leadership as a means to address racism, sexism and discrimination experienced by women of colour in healthcare.

Dr Kate Manderson
Principal Medical Officer for the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Dr Kate Manderson is the Principal Medical Officer for the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Her background as an aerospace medicine Specialist is through the Australian Defence Force with the Royal Australian Navy, later moving into the civil sector in the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine. Dr Manderson is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Aerospace Medicine Association, the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She also has extensive experience in prevocational and Specialist medical education, and in clinical and corporate leadership and governance with particular focus on rural primary health care.

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