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Wesley female students 'Meet a Scientist' at Royal Women's Hospital

Posted 7 March 2017

Wesley students at Royal Women's Hospital Meet a Scientist event

A group of 20 Wesley female students from Years 9-11 gained an insight into careers in science, research and medicine at the Royal Women’s Hospital “Meet a Scientist” event. The special event was held to celebrate the International Day of Women & Girls in Science. 

Students met four of the hospital’s top female researchers. The researchers shared their stories of how they became scientists and their contribution to ground-breaking discoveries that improve the health and well being of women and babies.

Budding Wesley science students gained exposure to a variety of research areas including biomedical engineering, caring for premature babies and how cancer treatments affect fertility.  

Dr Dorothy Machalek of the Royal Women’s Hospital said there is a promising future for women in the medical science field where their research can be quickly translated into clinical care to help people. 

Wesley students at Royal Women's Hospital Meet a Scientist event

Here are some of our students’ reflections from the Meet a Scientist event:  

I learned that so many women are getting involved in biomedical and health related fields here in Melbourne. It is also interesting to know about the scientists’ back stories and how they were inspired to pursue the fields they’re in. The “Meet a Scientist” day really helped to broaden my understanding and gave me inspiration to follow my dreams even though things may be hard at the start. 

Grace, Year 9 

I found the behaviour analyst at the Royal Women’s absolutely fascinating. It is her job to watch people and their behaviour and identify how she can help them. I think the most important lesson in class that applies to the real world is that nothing is conclusive. Despite the reliability and factual nature of science, it is a field of learning that must always be open to change and development. 

Scout, Year 10 

I’m particularly interested in how behavioural sciences and lab-based work are applied in the field of medicine. I didn’t know that there are so many varieties of scientific work, which all contribute towards the overall goal of helping others get better. The base level of knowledge that we learn at school can be developed into something far more detailed, and used to change in the world. 

Alisha, Year 10

Wesley students at Royal Women's Hospital Meet a Scientist event

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