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Join us for the highly anticipated inaugural Western Health​​​​ International Women's Day Breakfast, hosted by the Western Health Foundation at Club Italia on Tuesday 5th March 2019.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Our panel of inspiring female speakers will be Tackling Taboos and discussing their own trailblazing backgrounds in making a step towards gender equality.
This is a great opportunity to network and be empowered to tackle taboos within your own professional and personal lives.  





Dr Susan Alberti AC, HonLLD, HonDUniv, FAICD
As one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, and 2018 Victorian of the Year, Susan has always forged her own path. Alongside her passion for medical research, Susan has been a strong role model and mentor for young women and was a driving force behind the establishment of the AFL National Women’s League. Susan is Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation and the Victoria University Foundation and a Director of the Western Health Foundation, the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation and the AFL National Women’s League Advisory Council.


Nyadol Nyuon
Nyadol is a commercial litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler and a community advocate. Born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia and raised in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, Nyadol moved to Australia at eighteen. Since then she has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. Passionate about issues concerning social justice, social cohesion and multiculturalism, Nyadol is a recognised social commentator, appearing on various media outlets including the ABC's 'The Drum' and as a panelist on the ABC's 'QandA', as well as an occasional contributor to 'The Age'. In  2011 and 2014 Nyadol was nominated as one of the hundred most influential African Australians. 


Prof Helen O’Connell MBBS, MMed, MD, FAICD
Helen is a game-changing Melbourne urologist who completed her training in 1994 to become Australia’s first female urological surgeon. Her ground-breaking research into female urogenital anatomy put her on the international radar and changed the way medical students study female pelvic anatomy and sexuality. Helen is the Director of Surgery and Head of Urology at Western Health and a Professor at the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery.


Halima Mohamed
Halima has been a community activist for nearly 30 years. Born in Somalia, she worked in parliament there for more than 10 years. In Australia, her work has been no less transformative. Halima's passion is in building and nurturing communities; whether that is breaking down historic boundaries among Somali women or forging relationships between refugees and non-refugees. She has led a number of community initatives including establishing Skilling Employment and Aid Enterprises Australia Inc. (SEAEA) in partnership with Green Collect in Yarraville. In 2008 she was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.


Cr Margaret Giudice
As Mayor of Brimbank Council in 2017-18, Margaret took a lead role in promoting gender equality and standing against domestic violence in the community. She gained notoriety when she advocated for the installation of female symbol pedestrian lights around Sunshine. Margaret is currently the President of Sunshine’s Club Italia and was the first female President since the club’s establishment in 1973. Born and raised in Brimbank, Margaret was also a volunteer for Sunshine Hospital for many years.

MC is Dianne Smith, Executive Director Melbourne Chamber of Commerce.

time & Date

Tuesday 5 March, 7:00AM - 9:00AM



Individual Seats - $50.00 

Table of 10 - $500.00 

All proceeds from this event are in support of the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital

Can't attend? Why not make a donation instead and help support women's and children's services at Western Health. 



Club Italia
128-152 Furlong Rd, North Sunshine, VIC 3021

Ample parking available on site

Sponsors and supporters 

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to our sponsors and supporters of this event.


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