Melanoma Institute Australia celebrates International Women's Day
8 March 2017
To celebrate International Women's Day, we're sharing how some of the women who inspire the way we work every day, are showing their commitment to accelerate gender parity.
Meet Danielle Fischer, our Science Communications Specialist.
"I wanted my career to make a difference to people, and I always had a passion for science, so studying Medical Science at uni was the obvious choice. After a few years working in the lab, I decided I enjoyed talking about research rather than actually doing it! And so by accident, I stumbled into Science Communications – a field I never knew existed while studying. It’s the perfect mix for me and I enjoy translating complex medical research for the general public to appreciate. I particularly like translating research that gives hope to patients."
This is Tuba Nur Gide, PhD student and winner of NSW National Council of Women Australia Day Award for her research focused on the role of immunotherapies in melanoma.
"My parents raised me to work hard, be independent and do well academically – they value education very highly. I think that’s why even as a little girl, I knew that I wanted to pursue completing a PhD, in whatever field of study I would end up choosing.
Having been awarded a PhD Scholarship from MIA two years in a row now is an opportunity that I am truly humbled by. Knowing people close to me that have been affected by cancer drives me even further to do the very best that I can.
I believe that it’s really important for females to have equal opportunity. All women should be valued as individuals. We’re strong, we’re smart and no one should push us around. Careers shouldn’t be defined by your gender and I hope that in the future, education opportunities offered to young boys and girls are free of gender bias or sexism.”
Maria Gonzalez, Clinical Trials Manager here at MIA.
"I completed an undergraduate degree in nursing at The University of Sydney and further postgraduate studies in health science. I am fortunate to have accessed training and education which has enabled me to pursue a career combining both cancer care and clinical research.
Women make up about 90% of Australia’s nursing workforce and play a pivotal role in clinical care and research. Today I will be bold and celebrate the valuable contribution and achievements of all nurses in the fight against cancer."
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