The NHMRC Women in Health Science Working Committee was established under section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 to gain a better understanding of the issues that female researchers face in health and medical research and the barriers to career progression.

    Terms of Reference

    Members were appointed to the Committee from 17 January 2022 to 31 December 2024. The Terms of Reference specify that the Committee will advise the National Health and Medical Research Council Chief Executive Officer on: 

    1. Strategies to improve the participation, retention and progression of women in health and medical research.
    2. The development of NHMRC policies to increase diversity and inclusion, including addressing gender representation within both the health and medical research workforce and the research itself. 
    3. Other issues related to gender equity, diversity and inclusion as requested by the NHMRC Chief Executive Officer.

    Committee members

    Chair,
    Professor
    Frances
    Kay-Lambkin

    Emeritus Professor
    Sharon
    Bell
    AM

    Professor
    Catherine
    Chamberlain

    Professor
    Anne
    Chang
    AM

    Professor
    Maria
    Kavallaris
    AM

    Dr
    Erin
    McGillick

    Mr
    David
    Rae

    Dr
    Gina
    Ravenscroft

    Professor
    Geraint
    Rogers

    Professor
    Sarah
    Russell

    Dr
    Maithili
    Sashindranath 

    Professor
    Amanda
    Sinclair