What is the need/ purpose

To establish or further develop career relationships for women working in tropical health.

Who are we

Women working in tropical health in a variety of disciplines and expertise. Many of the women in this group have significantly invested in their career and are looking to progress to leadership roles or to be paired up to learn from the more senior colleagues.

What we offer

NEW FOR 2019: The Women in Tropical Health Network has partnered with Menzies School of Health Research to offer an exciting new personal and professional development initiative, The Women in Tropical Health CATALYSE Program.

Menzies and the WITH Network recognise that one of the best ways to build sustainable female leadership is through mentorship, and are therefore offering a newly designed six-month catalysing program to ten high-potential candidates.

The program will facilitate mentoring partnerships which provide women with opportunities to reflect on and grow their leadership capabilities, build professional skills and networks, and more effectively navigate career progression and development.

Furthermore, it will work to champion the advancement of early/mid-career women by introducing them to a range of targeted personal, professional and leadership development opportunities as well as through networking them with potential external funders, influential supporters and strategic counsellors and mentors (corporate, philanthropic and academic) who may be able to assist in advancing their work interests and careers.

Successful candidates will be awarded a $2000 bursary to support their professional development journey over the course of this program (i.e. attending professional development training, purchasing reading materials or travelling to meet with the external mentors etc.)

What is the commitment?

The formal component of the program will run from April to November and will kick off with a full one-day training session, followed by 4 x half-day sessions run throughout the duration of the six months. All work will be contained within these training sessions, with the exception of meeting with mentors.

What are the benefits?

  • Participation in a formal mentoring program that is both multidisciplinary and cross sector, enabling you to learn from other women in your field, related fields and in alternate disciplines
  • Develop skills in leadership and management outside of a clinical focus
  • Internal and external exposure through public speaking and networking opportunities at various forums
  • Development and crafting of a Personal Mission Statement, and Bio
  • Valuable networking and leadership development opportunities
  • Increased capacity and opportunity to develop networks and peer support
  • Increased exposure to diverse opportunities and vocational progression
  • Increased skill, knowledge and capacity to foster personal and professional development opportunities
  • Identifying areas for professional growth and developing strategies to accomplish these
  • Increased confidence in abilities
  • Greater effectiveness in current role
  • Improved leadership skills

If you are interested in learning more about the WITH Network, please contact us at Teresa.Wozniak@menzies.edu.au

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Upcoming Events

Breakfast Club
4 April 2019
Time:08:30 – 09:30 Darwin Time
Speaker: Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan

Past Events

Breakfast Club

Date: 7 February 2019
Time: 08:30 – 09:30 Darwin Time

Date: 5 December 2018
Time: 08:30 – 09:30 Darwin Time
Special Guest: Minister for Health, Honourable Natasha Fyles

Date: 3 September 2018
Time: 08:30 – 09:30 Darwin Time


Additional Resources


1. The power of a good mentor

2. Annabell Crabbs: The Wife drought

This is a very accessible read about how the economy and work is based largely around the idea that people have ‘wives’ to help at home, and how not having a ‘wife’ is a problem in the work force.

3. Anne Summers – The Misogyny Factor

Also very accessible.  Talks about how its not just about family commitments that are a problem, but misogyny.  You’ll find a speech of hers in the link, which is a good starter.

4. Rebecca Solnit – Men Explain Things to Me

This is a series of essays which was collected after her essay ‘Men Explain things to me’ (linked below) went viral multiple times over.  The essay collection contains other topics on culture and hope which is a good read – but not as accessible (some of the essays are quiet hard depending on your background)

5. Reni Eddo-Lodge:  Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race

Reni Edoo-Lodge is a journalist so the book is super easy to read. Its mainly about race rather than feminism but these issues have important intersections. Its based on UK experiences but the concepts are relevant anywhere.

6. Audre Lorde: Sister Outsider – Essays and Speeches

7. How the entire scientific community can confront gender bias in the workplace