A ‘Women In Leadership’ symposium will be a key feature of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress being held in Auckland this week.
The symposium will be chaired by RANZCP President, Dr Kym Jenkins and feature three notable women leaders;
- Professor Helen Herrman – President of the World Psychiatric Association
- Professor Wendy Burn – President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK
- Air Vice Marshal Tracy Smart – Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force.
- Dr Margaret Aimer – RANZCP Board Member and Development and Delivery Lead at Ko Awatea in Auckland
RANZCP President, Dr Jenkins said the symposium would showcase successful female role models to encourage more women psychiatrists to take up leadership roles across the profession.
“In Australia and New Zealand, female psychiatrists make up 40 per cent of the workforce,” she said.
“In addition, more women are choosing to enter the profession. Currently 54 per cent of trainee psychiatrists are women, and we want inspire these trainees to take up senior appointments as their careers progress.
“This month, the RANZCP Board will increase its female representation from two to three positions, while nearly half of the College’s eight state branches currently have female chairs.
“Psychiatry is a great profession for women and we hope this symposium will encourage more women to take up senior leadership roles.”
The ‘Women in Leadership’ symposium will be held at the SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre on Tuesday 15 May at 3.30pm local time.
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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is a membership organisation that prepares medical specialists in the field of psychiatry, supports and enhances clinical practice, advocates for people affected by mental illness and advises governments on mental health care.