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Understanding intersectionality, bias and discrimination, featured in our International Women’s Day event, as Dr Lee Martin, one of 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians for her leadership in education, joined us as a guest speaker.

Dr Martin, Senior Lecturer, Discipline International Business, The University of Sydney Business School, was joined by a Monash Health panel for a discussion as part of our International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations yesterday.

Dr Martin, PhD, is an expert in cross-cultural management. Her research and teaching provide insights into how organisations can harness cultural diversity in their workforce. Lee regularly presents her research at international conferences and is currently an Associate Editor of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal. In 2021, Lee was recognised as one of 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian for her leadership in the education field.

Dr Martin introduced us to the concepts of intersectionality, understanding bias and discrimination, the difference between equity and equality, and how we can embrace equity. She broke down each concept and managed to make it relatable from a healthcare setting perspective.

We learned that the intersection of multiple marginalised identities can compound and result in individuals feeling more invisible and having poorer health outcomes. Therefore, it is important to apply an intersectional lens in our approach to gender and equitable outcomes.

Attendees participated in a self-reflection exercise to understand our own sources of privilege, and we heard from a diverse range of voices from our Monash Health panellists, who spoke about their lived, intersectional experiences, both personal and professional, and the importance of being an ally.

Some of the feedback from the session includes:

  • “So good to have an academic discussion with so many practical healthcare examples!”
  • “I love seeing the common thread of remaining curious as integral to the solution”
  • “Really great and eye-opening questions. Thanks for sharing and bringing our attention and awareness to these.”
  • “Thank you so much for such a great session! clear examples 😊”

Watch the IWD event

If you missed the IWD event, would like to watch it again or would like to take some time to complete the self-reflection exercises, please visit our past events page.

What’s next?

We understand that International Women’s Day is an opportunity to provide transformational change for gender equality and that we need to work collectively to continue to make change throughout the year.

Dr Ashlee Linck, Gender Equity Lead – Organisational Development and Learning, says that we are taking a proactive approach to gender at Monash Health by providing fair opportunities for equal outcomes.

“We have many exciting initiatives and programs in place (and coming), including our Gender Equity Interest Group, to encourage an inclusive environment and to ensure we don’t leave anyone behind.”

If you are interested in becoming part of our Gender Equity Subcommittee, we are more than happy to take expressions of interest. Or if you are interested in learning more about our gender-led initiatives, please contact Dr Ashlee Linck via email at ashlee.linck@monashhealth.org.


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