Making gender equality in the east a priority - Media Releases

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Leaders across health, business, sport and government are set to come together to promote gender equality in Melbourne’s east.

The Women Leading Change Forum is a partnership between Eastern Health, the Eastern Football League, Women of the EFL, AFL Yarra Ranges, Women’s Health East and the Victorian Local Governance Association(VLGA).

Guest speakers will include Herald Sun journalist Lauren Wood, Melbourne Football Club player Katherine Smith, CEO Women’s Health Eastern Kristine Olaris, Bayswater MP the Hon Heidi Victoria MLA and Cr Marijke Graham from Maroondah Council.

Victorian Local Governance Association CEO Kathryn Arndt said the focus of this forum would be on transferrable leadership skills.

“We’ll be looking at how women who have risen to the challenge in sports such as football and netball can connect with women who are leaders in local government and business in the Eastern Region.”

 Eastern Health Manger of Community Health Michelle Fleming said the event promised to be an exciting evening.

“We hope the night will inspire the local community as a whole to accelerate gender equality in Melbourne’s east, and show genuine leadership in this important area.”

Women’s Health East CEO Kristine Olaris said it was important people from all walks of life united as one to put gender equality on the community agenda.

Women of the EFL chair Joanne Hart Parker said she hoped the event would help inspire women to consider leadership roles and for the community as a whole to support them.

The Women Leading Change Forum will be held on Wednesday 18 July, 6.15pm – 9.30pm at Norwood Football Club, 59 Mullum Mullum Rd, Ringwood.