Leading female surgeon to shine light on gender equity

Leading Australian cardiothoracic surgeon, writer, TV presenter and gender equity advocate, Dr Nikki Stamp will deliver a keynote lecture tonight as part of the University of Newcastle’s 40 Years of Medicine celebrations.

Dr Nikki Stamp
Dr Nikki Stamp

In her keynote lecture, ‘I Look Like a Surgeon’, Dr Stamp will explore the subject of gender equity in the medical work force, including in her own specialisation of surgery, and will discuss what steps can be taken to address the under representation of women in these fields.

In Australia, USA and the UK, only around 10% of surgeons are female despite now over half of medical graduates being women.

Being one of only a handful of females in her field of medicine, Dr Stamp is an active supporter and mentor to women not just in her own field, but across different careers.

She is involved in a social media campaign #Ilooklikeasurgeon – a movement based on the idea that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’. Its aim is to make visible these gender role models to show women everywhere that gender is not an obstacle to achieving your career.

Faculty of Health and Medicine Gender Equity Committee chairperson, Associate Professor Nikola Bowden, said the University was honoured to be hosting Dr Stamp, a leading voice in the movement to highlight gender equity within the medical profession.

“We look forward to hearing Dr Stamp address this important issue and share her thoughts on the ways women can be supported within the health and medical professions.

“The enormous interest in this event is testament to the importance of the work Dr Stamp is doing in challenging the stereotype of a surgeon.”

Dean of Medicine, Professor Brian Kelly, said the University has always been at the forefront of promoting greater equity in the education of doctors.

“Through our distinct teaching and clinical framework, we are proud that our Joint Medical Program attracts a diverse group of students who are committed to serving their community through driving excellence in health care due to the perspectives and networks that their diversity brings.”

40 Years of Medicine lecture series: Keynote by Dr Nikki Stamp, I Look Like a Surgeon, will take place on Wednesday 5 September from 5.30pm-7.00pm at the Playhouse, Civic Theatre Newcastle.

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