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
Geoffrey
Faulkner

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