Promoting the work of the Foundation, and more

18 May 2020

It is the patient’s experience which drives Emma Reid, and that passion has seen her involved in the valuable work of RANZCOG’s Women's Health Foundation as its Chair.

Emma has worked in a variety of large organisations, within allied health, medical and disability fields in positions of responsibility. Starting out as a psychiatric social worker at Peninsula Health in Melbourne, Emma moved to the Northern Territory where she became General Manager of the government’s Top End mental health services.

Based in Albury, NSW, Emma is now working for the Murray Primary Health Network (PHN) – part of a network of 31 PHNs across Australia – where she leads strategic planning and commissioning services for the region’s mental health, drug and alcohol and suicide prevention portfolio.

Isolation, health literacy and workforce shortages are some of the issues facing the communities Emma has worked in.

"I have always lived and worked in regional areas," Emma says. "I have been involved in health equity and wanting to improve access to healthcare and specialised services."

Emma, a single mum with three children, says innovation in healthcare is another issue she is interested in. "The COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect example of digital and telehealth platforms being embraced," she says. "The ability to take a risk and innovate, which may deliver or not work out, is essential."

RANZCOG’s Women's Health Foundation

Emma has been Chair of the Women's Health Foundation for two years. Describing herself as a passionate advocate, Emma has been using her time in the position to help the Foundation pursue its three aims: to foster clinical and scientific research in women’s health, support global health projects, and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori women’s health initiatives.

"It is also about promoting the College brand to people who aren’t in the health or medical field," she says. "RANZCOG is not only the ‘go to’ place for obstetrics and gynaecology, but women’s health more broadly and we should promote that far and wide."

Emma says she hopes to see greater engagement of members and trainees with the Foundation “because the Foundation provides a connection and an opportunity to make a difference to women’s health care across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific”. “What our members and trainees do, [it] matters, and women, their babies and communities should benefit,” she says.

Grants and scholarships for research or travel

Applications for up to $40,000 scholarships are open, thanks to the Women's Health Foundation.

Apply here. Applications close June 30.



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