Women in MedTech Breakfast Seminar a success

Last week MTAA hosted another successful Woman in MedTech (WiMT) event.

The sell-out audience of over 120 women and men enjoyed Cochlear’s high-tech campus at Macquarie University for an early morning breakfast to hear speakers share their thoughts on opportunities they took, the need to be confident in your abilities, how they overcame challenges and celebrating their triumphs.

MTAA would like to thank Deborah Harrigan (Orijen), Lisa Emerson (Cochlear), Belinda Ramirez (Medtronic) and Walter D’Avolio (Cochlear) for their time and sharing their insights with the audience.

Lyn Davies (Turnstall Health) facilitated the event that touched on topics such as confidence, opportunity, women in management, work styles, overall progress in gender equality in corporate Australia as well as the “glass ceiling”.

Although much progress has been made in recent generations, only about 16% of Australian CEO’s are women (according to the Australian workplace gender equality scorecard, 2016).

A recent study found that in our highly-skilled industry about 48% of the Australian MedTech workforce was female – a few percentage points higher than the overall Australian workforce average (Medical technology industry workforce and skills review, MTAA and Deloitte Access Economics, 2015).

The event ties into various other initiatives such as corporate partnerships, and work experience initiatives such as one which MTAA in collaboration with the Zonta Club of North Sydney has developed with North Sydney Girls High School and the Australian Catholic University.

The next WiMT event will be held on Thursday 2nd November at the MTAA MedTech2017 Annual Conference and we hope that you can join us then.