Diversity, determination and perseverance celebrated at Auburn Hospital’s International Women’s Day event

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Auburn Hospital has hosted an inspiring event in honour of International Women’s Day as the festivities continue at Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

The room buzzed with energy as attendees gathered to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in healthcare.

The event featured a stellar lineup of guest speakers, each sharing their unique perspectives and experiences.

Amanda Green, Auburn Hospital General Manager, opened the event with heartfelt words, paying respects to elders past and present, and acknowledging the significance of the occasion.

“Today, we celebrate the incredible achievements of women across the world, and we are privileged to honour the remarkable progress and contributions made right here within our hospital,” she said.

Dr Rose Ardalic, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Staff Specialist, shared her journey with the audience, reflecting on her determination to pursue a career in medicine despite the challenges she faced as an immigrant.

“My journey began in tumultuous times, but through determination and perseverance, I navigated the obstacles and dedicated myself to serving the community,” Rose said.

Her story of resilience and passion inspired all in attendance, highlighting the transformative power of perseverance.

Christine Tanusovski, Auburn Hospital Administration Manager, spoke about the importance of empowering women in the workplace and advocating for gender equality.

“As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us recognise the significant role that women play in healthcare and commit to fostering an environment where every woman is supported and empowered,” she said.

Derya Anilmis, Auburn Hospital Patient Services Assistant, shared her experiences as a woman from a culturally diverse background, emphasising the importance of inclusion and celebrating diversity.

“Inspiring inclusion means breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes,” Derya said.

Hadla Darwiche, Auburn Hospital Clinical Nurse Unit Manager – Emergency Department, shared her journey from aspiring nurse to influential leader, highlighting the challenges and triumphs she encountered along the way.

“Becoming a nurse is more than just a profession—it is a calling rooted in compassion, empathy, and resilience,” Hadla said.

Her dedication to patient care and commitment to leadership exemplified the spirit of International Women’s Day.

“We’re powerful. We’re strong. Women continue to break barriers, and should be very proud of themselves at the platform that they have established.”

Nicole Odewahn, Auburn Hospital Senior Hand Therapist, reflected on her journey in allied health and the invaluable support she received from female leaders throughout her career.

“The strong female leaders in our workplace have been instrumental in shaping my career and supporting me through every endeavour,” Nicole said.

The event also featured stalls in the main foyer, where financial representatives from Health Professionals Bank provided valuable information on financial planning and support tailored to the needs of healthcare professionals.

As the event concluded, attendees left with a renewed sense of purpose and determination to continue championing gender equality and diversity in healthcare.

The celebration of International Women’s Day at Auburn Hospital served as a powerful reminder of the strength, resilience, and leadership of women, both within our hospital and beyond.