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20 Jun 2018

Inspiring students for their future careers

Eight San medical, surgical, health informatics, nursing and other experts inspired over 300 local young women during a Science Technology Engineering Medicine and Maths (STEMM) seminar at the Clinical Education Centre at the San showcasing the diverse range of female expertise working in healthcare.

Year 10 students from local schools including Barker College, Mount St Benedict’s, Pymble Ladies College, Asquith Girls High, Turramurra High and Brigidine College St Ives attended the event to gain an understanding of the range of STEMM careers available to them in advance of their subject choices for their HSC years.

Adventist HealthCare Medical Executive Dr Jeanette Conley welcomed the students to the free seminar hosted by the San, acknowledging a UNESCO report identification of the under representation of females in science technology and medical careers despite growing demands and significant labour shortages.

“These findings determined that the low levels of participation could be tracked back to their school years, where a number of influences from society and culture, to education and the labour market are all at play” Dr Conley said.

Inspiring the young students, San speakers included:

  • Health Informatics IS Operations & Infrastructure Manager Barbara McKenzie
  • Midwife Amanda McCamey
  • Vascular and Endovascular surgeon Dr Pecky De Silva
  • Orthopaedic and Spinal surgeon Dr Michelle Atkinson
  • Radiation Oncologist Dr Lee Na Chong
  • Medical Oncologist and specialist in Cancer Genetics Dr Hilda High
  • Gynaecologist and Robotic surgeon Dr Vivian Yang
  • San Radiology Chief Radiographer Nadine Thomson
  • ENT surgeon Associate Professor Payal Mukherjee

A display of virtual and augmented reality technology and the way it is changing jobs, healthcare services and education was particularly well received by the students.

After the presentations the event major sponsors, device and technology companies, Philips Healthcare and Medtronic showcased different types of innovative healthcare equipment at a careers expo.

The Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School of The University of Sydney and Avondale College of Higher Education showcased the educational opportunities for students.

The events' presenting sponsor was Radiation Oncology Centres and other sponsors included the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Device Technologies da Vinci Surgery, Snap Printing Eastwood and Gippsland Dairy.


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