The new Women in Medicine Project aims to support the career development of women in the medical field and enhance their leadership skills. The Women in Medicine Project has been developed by Associate Professor Adrienne Torda, a Senior Clinician in infectious disease at the Prince of Wales hospital and Associate Dean of Medical Education and Innovation in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Sydney. She also teaches clinical ethics and medicine.

The Women in Medicine Project offers hospital medical staff and the local community a series of practical and mentor-style workshops designed to support their professional pathway and equip them with tools to enhance their leadership skills. Topics range from strengthening negotiating skills, recognising inequality trends, overcoming challenges in the workplace and how to ace an interview and improve resume writing.

Women make up more than half of medical school graduates in Australia, but are under-represented in most specialty areas, with less than a third of deans, chief medical officers, medical college board or committee members being women.

Adrienne is passionate about helping women develop their confidence and capability and she can relate first-hand to the challenges of navigating the medical industry. Via the Women in Medicine Project, Adrienne is determined to empower female colleagues with skills and resources and connect them with mentors / female leaders to help take their careers to the next level, including leadership positions.

Recognising the importance of supporting the career development of women in medicine, the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation – the charity of the Hospital – recently awarded Adrienne with a grant of $14,500. The funding will help Adrienne implement regular workshops for women at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

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