South Pacific Division

Sydney Adventist Hospital Celebrates Women in Medicine

Event celebrated female contributions to both the medical field and society.

Alexandra Ristway/ Record Staff
Attendees at the International Women's Day dinner hosted by the San. [Photo: South Pacific Division]

Attendees at the International Women's Day dinner hosted by the San. [Photo: South Pacific Division]

Sydney Adventist Hospital celebrated International Women’s Day with a special dinner event.

The dinner, held on March 7, 2024, acknowledged the contribution of women in medicine and was attended by San surgeons and local general practitioners.

San medical and clinical governance executive Dr. Jeanette Conley opened the event by acknowledging the significance of the occasion.

“Tonight, we celebrate and acknowledge the remarkable contributions of women to both the medical field and society as a whole,” she said.

Women were empowered by guest speakers as they shared their insights and perspectives on perseverance within the workplace. Clinical director of surgery Dr Upeksha De Silva, head of cardiology Dr Elizabeth Shaw, Dr Michelle Atkinson orthopaedic surgeon, obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Suelyn Lai-Smith, urologist Dr Imogen Patterson and cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Emily Granger spoke about their career journeys, the importance of supporting women in the workplace, challenges, the importance of mentorship in encouraging medical graduates and trainees, and the changing landscape of the medical field.

“The celebration of International Women’s Day reminded women within the hospital and broader community of the resilience, leadership, and care that women display, and left them with a renewed sense of determination to continue championing gender equality and diversity,” a hospital spokeswoman said.

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on March 8, offering insights into the remarkable achievements and contributions of women.

The original article was published on the South Pacific Division website, Adventist Record.

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