Women in Science, Discovery and Medicine (WiSDoM) Committee

WiSDoM is a School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS) committee designed to promote inclusive gender equity in medicine and research to women of all backgrounds and career stage.  The committee was formed in August 2015 and launched the SCS Women in Medicine and Science program at a forum on 10 August 2015. WiSDoM runs several events every year designed to bring together the women of SCS and harbour the sharing of strategies on how to succeed in the face of adversity.

Terms of Reference

  1. To promulgate equal opportunity for women at all their career stages
  2. To provide women with guidance on career planning and advancement
  3. To provide mentorship of women at the stages of their careers
  4. To provide support in writing grants in the early career stage

Meeting frequency: Quarterly

Recommended publications

Useful links


Upcoming events

Meet the WiSDoM team


Beverley Vollenhoven Monash researcher and IVF clinician Professor Beverley Vollenhoven is improving the rate of successful pregnancies in older women and seeking new treatments for fibroids - a common condition, often treated by removing the womb.  Find out more about Professor Beverley Vollenhoven


Jin GrahamMs Jin Leng Graham is the Executive Officer to Professor Eric Morand, Head of School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health.  Contact Ms Jin Leng Graham.

Current members

Kate LovelandProfessor Kate Loveland is recognised internationally for investigating the mechanisms that underpin testis development and sperm formation. Her discoveries include key molecular switches that regulate cell fate via the TGFbeta superfamily, Hedgehog and Wnt signaling pathways. Find out more about Professor Kate Loveland.
Barbora de CourtenProfessor Barbora de Courten is a clinician scientist with a PhD in epidemiology, an extensive training in clinical trials (NIH) and is a Master of Public Health (Monash University). She has expertise across the translational research continuum from epidemiology, human mechanistic studies to clinical trials and public health interventions through to practice in the area of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.  Find out more about Professor Barbora de Courten
Jun YangDr Jun Yang is a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow within the Cardiovascular Endocrinology Group at Hudson Institute and a Consultant Endocrinologist at Monash Health. Since graduating with a MBBS (Hons, rank number 1) from Monash University, she has been actively involved in basic and clinical research as well as clinical practice. Find out more about Dr Jun Yang.
Clare WesthorpeDr Clare Westhorpe is the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health Senior Operations Officer.  Contact Dr Clare Westhorpe.