CDU women lead the way 


As we celebrate International Women’s Day this week, we can be assured there is no lack of leadership from women at CDU.

Professor Lesley Barclay AO, who co-directs the Graduate School for Health Practice, spoke about her experiences in the health care industry at a breakfast attended by over 200 Territory women yesterday as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

“In Australia women have historically have been under represented in leadership roles across all sectors of business and government. There are still almost no midwives or nurses in top national leadership roles in health care.

“When I started in midwifery, traditionally a female trade area, it was a low paid, low status profession. There is now university education, around 50 PhD midwifery graduates and 10 professors appointed in the field.

“Things are slowly changing, but we still have a long way to go to achieve equality for women in the workplace,” Professor Barclay said.

Ms Susan Penfold, Project Manager for the Graduate School for Health Practice, is Communication Coordinator for the Women’s Network (NT).

“It is important for women to be pro-active about equality in the workplace, where we are still outnumbered by men in positions of leadership,” Ms Penfold said.

CDU will host a Women’s Day Colloquium on Saturday 11 March at the Mal Nairn auditorium at Casuarina campus.

The colloquium will feature speakers such as Marion Scrymgour MLA, Professor Helen Garnett, Professor Carole Kayrooz, Alderman Dorothy Fox, Dr Susanne Belton, Dr Merrilyn Wasson, Dr Wendy Beresford-Maning and many more.

The colloquium is free of charge and all are welcome.

Visit the Women’s Network website for information about the organisation in the NT.