• About Us

    About Us

    Franklin Women is Australia’s only community for women working in health and medical research related careers.



Franklin Women was founded by Melina Georgousakis. Melina is a medical research scientist by ‘profession’ who now works in the health science policy space. She is very passionate about promoting the amazing work done by those in the health and medical research field. Melina can’t stand the typical ‘scientist’ stereotype that still exists (think Einstein) and wants to spread the word that scientists are real people (including women – until you get to the top) with ‘ordinary’ lives. They are just working on some pretty extraordinary things!

You can learn more about Melina and her story in the first of the Franklin Woman blogs.

Peer Advisory Committee

We currently have a small team who make up our Peer Advisory Committee, but are in the midst of growing so we can offer more initiatives and reach more women working in health and medical research, and related careers, in Australia. If you are interested in contributing to Franklin Women in some capacity, please be in touch.

Dr Amalie Dyda; Lecturer/Research Fellow, Australian Institute of health Innovation, Macquarie University

Dr Magda Ellis; Senior Analyst, Thema Consulting.

Dr Melina Georgousakis; Research and Policy Manager, The Bupa Health Foundation. Conjoint Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.

Dr Anita Heywood; Associate Professor, School of Public Health & Community Medicine, University of New South Wales.

Dr Holly Seale; Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health & Community Medicine, University of New South Wales

Dr Devanshi Seth; Group Leader, Alcoholic Liver Disease, Chair, Gender Equity Program, Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology. Principal Scientist, Drug Health Services, Sydney South West Area Health Service. Clinical Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney.

Dr Amy Vassallo; Postdoctoral Research Fellow Cancer Council NSW

Amy has many hats. She is also the curator of the Franklin Women newsletter and in 2018 joined us casually in a formal capacity as our Strategic Operations Manager. 

Harriet Swearman, PhD Scholar, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney (FW HDR Student Representative)

Roving Reporters

We are very lucky to have two talented health researchers with a passion for science communication who have taken on the role as our roving reporters. They are responsible for interviewing other women in diverse health and research careers for our blog.

Dr Louise Randall – Louise heads up a research stream in human malaria in Melbourne and also is the mum of a very gorgeous little girl. You can see Louise’s research profile here.

Clare Watson – You can read about Clare’s career journey in the blog she has done for Franklin Women. You can also connect with Clare on twitter and share her passion for travel in another blog she has written here.

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