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The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health, University of Melbourne, invites you to an International Women’s Day event featuring Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Clare Looker.
Clare is an experienced public health physician and has held multiple senior leadership roles in the Government Department’s public health team over the years, including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In this role, Dr Looker provides expert public health leadership and scientific advice on issues impacting public health in Victoria. As Chief Health Officer, Dr Looker has various roles and responsibilities under Victoria’s Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and also undertakes a number of statutory functions under other health-related legislation. Dr Looker is also Chief Human Biosecurity Officer for Victoria and, working with Chief Health Officer colleagues in other states and territories, she participates in national activities to protect and promote public health in Australia.
Clare will share insights into her career journey, reflecting on her time through medical and clinical schools, (Clare graduated from the University of Melbourne, Rural Clinical School in Shepparton in 2005) to roles in environmental health, infectious disease epidemiology and public health medicine as Deputy Chief Health Officer. She will delve into the challenges and triumphs of her journey and describe how she sees the role of Chief Health Officer in the pandemic, and beyond.
Clare is passionate about encouraging women to pursue rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). She is mindful of the key challenges for women in science and medicine and will share her own experience of how other women have shaped her career journey. These unique challenges include the gender health gap and how COVID-19 highlighted health discrepancies, particularly in women’s health.
Registration is essential and we hope you can join us online or in person at The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health, 49 Graham St, Shepparton.
There is the opportunity to ask questions when registering and on the night.
‘Searching for Our Shared Humanity: Reflections from the Field’
Presented by Dr Helen Durham AO, CEO of RedR Australia
In this lecture, Dr. Helen Durham will share insights gained from 30 years of working as an international humanitarian lawyer, an area of law dedicated to alleviating suffering during times of armed conflict. With faster visibility of the reality on the battlefield and more intense exposures to the brutal consequences of war, there is an amplification of a simple narrative involving ‘good’ and ‘bad’ without space for wider reflections.
Concurrently, we are witnessing stronger questioning of the relevance and impact of international law. Using her direct experiences in the field, from Mogadishu to Gaza, and her engagements with military and authorities globally, Dr. Durham will explore the importance of reminding ourselves of the need for a common humanity.
Please join us from 5:30 pm with welcome drinks provided in the ground foyer.
The lecture will start at 6:00 pm sharp in theatre G08, ground floor.