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Engaging women to influence the health of our children

Institute News
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 8:45am
The inaugural gathering of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) Women’s Network, hosted by the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC, was held at Government House on 8 June.

The aim of this newly formed network is to bring together women from all walks of life including media, science, philanthropy and business to become a part of the movement towards creating a healthier community.  

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) is the largest child health research institute in Australia and one of the top five worldwide. The teams of more than 1500 talented researchers are dedicated to making discoveries to prevent and treat childhood conditions.

MCRI Director, Professor Kathryn North said “An impressive 70% of MCRI researchers leading our cutting edge research are women. These extraordinary researchers are tackling Australia’s rising health epidemics in allergy, obesity, cancer and depression to name a few.” 

The Network will provide a forum for discussion and networking amongst likeminded women and a platform for the next generation of emerging women leaders.  It will also enable women to investigate ways in which they can give back to the community through philanthropy or expert volunteering. 

The Women’s Network is an extension of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s vision to bring people together who want to create a better, healthier world for future generations. Dame Elizabeth was the Founding Patron of MCRI 30 years ago.

MCRI’s Council of Ambassadors, who are some of Australia’s most well-known and influential women, have played an integral role in bringing together this new generation of women.

The Council includes nine esteemed members; former Governor General of Australia Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, former Governor of New South Wales Dame Professor Marie Bashir AD, CVO, Paula Fox AO, Ros Packer AC, Jeanne Pratt AC, Lady Potter AC, Janet Calvert-Jones AO, Jean Miller and Frances Underwood. The members all share a passion for the health and wellbeing of babies; children and young people in Australia and around the world, and are committed to supporting the next generation.

The Women’s Network will provide a place for women who care about the future health and wellbeing of our community to join together to make a real difference.