2012 Symposium Presentations

Science and Health for Women in 2012 | 15 November 2012


  • Aunty Ali Golding, Inaugural Elder-in-Residence, UNSW Medicine
  • Peter Joseph AM, Chairman, The Health-Science Alliance Warwick Anderson AM, CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Chair: Terry Campbell AM, Senior Associate Dean, UNSW Medicine

Antenatal Care: Celebrating 100 Years of Antenatal Care in Australia

  • Keynote Speaker: Robert Norman, Director, Robinson Institute: “Preconception – an opportunity to start well”
  • William Walters AM, Executive Clinical Director, Royal Hospital for Women: “A Century of Antenatal Care (1912-2012) at the Royal Hospital for Women”
  • Chair: William Ledger, Head and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW

Scientific Session: Cancer in Women

  • Karen Canfell, Program Leader, Cancer Modelling Program, Cancer Council NSW: “Cervical cancer: is eradication on the horizon?”
  • Neville Hacker AM, Professor and Director, Gynaecological Cancer Centre, Royal Hospital for Women: “Where are we now with ovarian cancer?”
  • Caroline Ford, Adult Cancer Program, UNSW: “Hear the Ror! A new target in triple negative breast cancer”
  • Belinda Rahman, Psychosocial Research Group, Prince of Wales Hospital: “Too much, too soon? The impact of treatment focussed genetic testing in patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer.”
  • Chair: Robyn Ward, Clinical Associate Dean, UNSW Prince of Wales Clinical School, Director of Cancer Services, SESLHD

Official Address

  • Jane Halton PSM, Secretary, Department of Health and Ageing.
  • Terry Clout, Chief Executive, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District: “Reflections on The Health Science Alliance”
  • Chair: Terry Campbell AM, Senior Associate Dean, UNSW Medicine

Scientific Session: Mental Health in Women

  • Helen Christensen, Executive Director, Black Dog Institute: “Cognitive impairment in pregnancy: myth or fact?”
  • Maree Teesson, Director, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, NDARC: “Are we losing our young women to alcohol and drugs?”
  • Marie-Paule Austin, Chair and Director Perinatal and Women’s
  • Mental Health Unit (PWMHU), UNSW and St John of God Health Care: “Maternal mental health outcomes in the perinatal period: using linked data and survey findings to inform policy in Australia”
  • Chair: Colleen Loo, Professor of Psychiatry, UNSW, Clinical Academic - St George Hospital and Black Dog Institute, Medical Director, ECT Wesley Hospital, Kogarah

Scientific Session: Cardiovascular Health

  • Lin Perry, South Eastern Sydney LHD and Faculty of Health, UTS: “Nurses’ health: Cardiovascular lifestyle and occupational risk”
  • Caroline Homer, Professor of Midwifery, Director, Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, UTS and Maralyn Foureur, Professor of Midwifery, Course Co-ordinator Master of Midwifery, UTS: “The potential epigenetic impact of peri-partum events and long-term cardiovascular health”
  • Philip Newton, Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, UTS and Patricia Davidson, Director, Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, UTS: “Women and cardiovascular disease: Evidence, gaps and future interventions”
  • Robyn Gallagher, Associate Professor, Chronic and Complex Care and Director Research Students, Faculty of Health, UTS, “Secondary cardiovascular risk factor prevention: Issues for women with multiple conditions”
  • Chair: Christine Duffield, Associate Dean (Research), Director, Centre for Health Services Management and Director, Health Services and Practice Research Strength, UTS