MTAA WiMT Webinar | A Virtual Coffee Catchup with...Dr Annette Holian

11:00am Thursday, 27 August 2020
11:45am Thursday, 27 August 2020
MedTech Livestream

For our next instalment of "A Virtual Coffee Catch up with..." we will be chatting with Dr Annette Holian about her career as an orthopaedic surgeon in Australia, including her experience as a first responder in earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis, and what it’s like to be a female leader making a impact on gender equality in the male-dominated arena of surgery while raising 3 children.

Did you know that, out of all the surgical specialties, orthopaedic surgery has the lowest proportion of females (5%)? Annette will share her experiences, inspirations and simple message of “There’s no predicting where you can go. Say yes to things and be engaged”. She'll also tell us about her recent experience being featured in the June edition of Women’s Weekly, a career highlight.

Need some inspiration, motivation? Grab your cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate and join us for "A Virtual Coffee Catchup with..." Dr Annette Holian.

The details are:-

Date:Thursday, 27 August 2020
Time:11:00 - 11:45 hrs AEST
Cost:Members Rate: $25.00 + GST = $27.50 pp
 Non-Members Rate: $32:00 +GST pp = $35.20 pp


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Lorraine Hendry - Events & Program Manager

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Group Captain, RAAF Reserves

Annette Holian is a consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma surgeon at Monash Children’s hospital, a Councillor at Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and second Vice-President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the first female to do so. She currently holds the RACS External Affairs portfolio supporting Global Health. As a reservist in the Royal Australian Air Force, she holds the rank of Group Captain, is the Clinical Director for Surgery and Perioperative Services for RAAF and Honorary Governor representing the Shrine of Remembrance.

Initially practising at Monash Medical Centre with specialization in Paediatric orthopaedics, she embraced the opportunity to visit PNG as a volunteer surgeon. It was there that she first provided surgical care following the Aitape tsunami in 1998 as a civilian under a Joint Task Force umbrella. She joined the RAAF in 2000, and subsequently shifted towards trauma surgery with a seven-year period as a fulltime orthopaedic and trauma surgeon at The Alfred. An injury in Afghanistan kept her off work for 9-months but allowed her to step into a role as the Deputy Director of Trauma at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in Darwin in 2010 where she was able to help lead development in Australia’s civilian disaster response capability. She has undertaken five deployments to war zones including three tours in Afghanistan and several humanitarian disaster responses both as a civilian and in uniform to destinations including Banda Aceh, Indonesia and the Philippines. Her last military tour in 2012, saw her leading the first small group of Australian reservists to support the US Navy in the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in southern Afghanistan. Most of her career has been in public hospitals with a research and writing position in Geneva with the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2015-16.

Her career focus has shifted over time but has always been directed at improving access to surgery for those in need, whether they be children or adults with disabilities, trauma victims, people who live in remote areas, military members, civilians caught up in conflict or victims of a natural disaster. In addition to caring for those in challenging circumstances, Annette is a strong supporter of gender equity in all fields of influence. She was appointed Chair of the AOA VIC/TAS Orthopaedic Women's Link (OWL) in 2016 and is an advocate for diversity equity and inclusion in orthopaedic surgery.