CATALYSE Mentorship Program – Advancing Women Scientists in Aboriginal and Tropical Health

At present in Australia, women are underrepresented in leadership roles in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine). This means that some of the most important industry and nation-shaping initiatives undertaken in Australia today lack leadership from some of our best and brightest hearts and minds. The Catalyse Mentorship Program aims to change that and focuses on building sustainable female leadership for women scientists working in Aboriginal and Tropical Health.

About Catalyse Mentorship Program

The program aims to champion the advancement of women in STEM and in particular women scientists working in Aboriginal and Tropical Health.

The mentee will be connected with mentors and strategic counsellors who may be able to provide support through targeted personal and professional development opportunities, provide leadership advice and guidance, and connect them with potential external networks who may be able to benefit the mentee and the progression of her career.

Are you a senior executive or thought leader in your field?

This is your opportunity to share your knowledge. You can help shape the leadership experience and upward mobility of women scientists working at Menzies School of Health Research in Aboriginal and Tropical Health.

On four occasions across a six month period in 1:1 meetings, you will connect with and support an early/mid-career scientist to reflect on and grow their leadership capabilities, share your knowledge learned from experience (successes and mistakes) and help your mentee build professional skills and networks to more effectively navigate career progressions and development.

Why focus on women scientists working in Aboriginal and Tropical Health?

Women scientists working in the space of Aboriginal and Tropical Health strive to improve the health outcomes for some of the most vulnerable and underserved communities in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Their work is critical to saving lives and to closing the massive gap in health outcomes and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians, and between Australians and our near neighbours in South East Asia. Through your mentoring partnership, you will have the opportunity to impact and contribute to improving these outcomes.

Current mentees include clinicians (doctors, nurses, ancillary medicine), researchers, and health policy specialists working in the following areas in Aboriginal and Tropical Health:

  • Child Health
  • Rheumatic Heath Disease
  • Aboriginal Interpreters in Top End Primary Care
  • Rural Public Health
  • Microbiology (Ear Disease and Respiratory Health in Indigenous Children)
  • Malaria Clinical Trials
  • Social Media to enhance Indigenous Tobacco Control

Interested? Learn more by downloading the program below.

Related links

Women in Tropical Health Network