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Innovators & Change Makers: Inspiring Women in Health

As you may be aware, yesterday was International Women’s Day. Originally called International Working Women’s Day, it is celebrated on March 8 every year and commemorates the movement for women’s rights. The reason it is still celebrated is that the initial goal of full gender equality has not been reached.

As reported in many papers today, International Women’s Day is often associated with protests, rallies, forums and seminars. These actions are vital for driving change, but it’s important that on International Women’s Day we also take the time to celebrate inspiring women all around the world. This year’s celebratory theme was #BeBoldForChange.

Here on the North Coast, we are blessed to have a number of inspiring women being bold for change. Three of these women are being celebrated in tonight’s Innovators & Change Makers: Inspiring Women in Health.

Innovators and change MakersInnovators & Change Makers: Inspiring Women in Health

A Lismore women’s Festival Event, Inspiring Women in Health is an evening of dinner and wine with a workshop aimed at inspiring conversations surrounding health. It’s a chance o network with other innovators and change makers and support Aboriginal women fleeing domestic violence.

The three women driving the conversations are:

Emma Walke

Emma has over ten years experience in Aboriginal Health and in the operation of aboriginal controlled organisations in NSW. Her previous positions include Practice Manager/ Executive Officer at Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service,  Senior Program Officer for Aboriginal Health in the North Coast Medicare Local corporate office, and Manager of Aboriginal Health  for the North Coast Primary Health Network. Emma currently works with University Centre for Rural Health to develop and deliver Aboriginal Health, Community and Culture components to medical and allied health students on long stay placements in the Northern Rivers.

Emma has also been working with CIRCA as an Aboriginal Research Consultant since 2012.

Kylie Everman

Kylie Studied Exercise Science and Nutrition at SCU from 2000-2002. During this time she gained her passion for helping people with chronic disease through a love of hers- Exercise.

She went onto study a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation through Flinders University in 2004.

Kylie has been Accredited Exercise Physiology with ESSA (Exercise Science & Sport Australia) for 10 years and has worked at Lismore Base Hospital for 13 years, firstly as the Physiotherapy Assistant and then as Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation and now in the acute Inpatient. Kylie is keen to grow the roles of EP’s within the LHD & NSW Health and is involved in NSW Health Exercise Physiology Advisory Network.

Kylie is a local champion for Exercise Physiologists and very passionate about her profession. She is across the new research developments happening in her field and very supportive of other AEPs.

Susan Nancarrow

Professor Susan Nancarrow is the Chair of Academic Board and Professor of Health Sciences. She was previously Director of Research in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University. Susan is a health services researcher with expertise in heath service delivery and organisation, particularly in the area of health workforce.

Prior to entering full-time academia, Susan worked in a range of health management and clinical roles, including Aboriginal health, diabetes care, primary health care delivery in Northern India, multidisciplinary team leader for ACT Community Care, and running her own small business. While working as a clinician and health service manager, Susan completed her PhD in health services research at the Australian National University exploring the use of health outcomes in health service accountability.


Innovators + Change Makers: Inspiring Women in Health will be held at the University Centre for Rural Health in Lismore on March 9 from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

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