4 July, 2020
Medicine is undergoing an historical change. Women of influence on the rise in medicine mean more are being placed in the top positions of their respective fields. For instance, in the field of dermatology, the number of female registrars in Australia now accounts for 74% of the total number of trainees.
Of even more historical importance, is Dr Dana Slape – Australia’s first indigenous dermatologist. Dr Dana Slape is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and a graduate of Western Sydney University. Dr Slape practices at Drummoyne Dermatology, and when she is not practicing in the city, Dr Slape provides her highly qualified services to the Royal Darwin Hospital and Katherine Hospital in the Northern Territory, Justice Health NSW, and South-West Sydney as a Staff Specialist at Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals. These experiences have all shaped Dr Dana Slape to be an approachable, warm, patient, and knowledgeable female doctor who is proud to be Australia’s first Aboriginal Dermatologist.
Another female practitioner who is making her mark is Brenda Ainsworth. The Skin Hospital has just announced the appointment of Brenda Ainsworth as its new CEO effective Monday, July 6, 2020. Brenda Ainsworth is replacing another woman, the renowned and respected, Dr Alice Killen who is retiring after leading The Skin Hospital with distinction over the last seven and half years, overseeing the transformation of the organisation.
Announcing the appointment of Brenda Ainsworth, The Skin Hospital’s Chairman Associate Professor Stephen Shumack said, “Brenda comes to us following an extensive career in health care with a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors and in both profit and not for profit. She brings with her an excellent track record of leadership and innovative thinking,” said Shumack. “We also wish to thank Alice Killen for her service to the organisation and we wish her all the best for her well-earned retirement” said Shumack.
Brenda Ainsworth has been recognised for her achievements having been nominated for and placed on the Inaugural NSW Honour Roll for Women in 2005 for Excellent leadership in Change Management and was awarded the 2010 ACT Telstra Businesswoman’s Award for Innovation for her work on innovative Models of Care.
As more women are being recognised and promoted in the upper echelons of medicine, it is easy to understand the growing number of women who are entering a wide range of medical fields. Women leaders are also more likely to be role models for younger women entering the profession, which can only lead to a more balanced and equitable profession. Women of influence on the rise in medicine is a change that benefits us all.