The best Perth stories for International Women’s Day

We're celebrating inspirational women from across Perth as part of International Women’s Day.
We're celebrating inspirational women from across Perth as part of International Women’s Day.

STORIES of inspirational women from across Perth have been pouring in to celebrate International Women’s Day.

From the research associate who is honouring her family’s battle against cancer, to the health chief running WA’s busiest emergency department, we’re surrounded by incredible women.

These are some of the best stories published by Community News to celebrate this year’s event.


How to honour a woman battling cancer

FOR Nedlands research associate Daphne Lakhiani, the memory of her watching her aunty die of breast cancer will forever be her motivation at work.

The 33-year-old, who works for The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, was just 12-years-old when she saw her aunty lose her battle a year after diagnosis.

More than 10 years later, the UWA Biomedical Sciences graduate, who has a PhD in Oncology and Cancer Biology, received more devastating news.


Curtin University vice-chancellor championing gender diversity

CURTIN University vice-chancellor Deborah Terry believes gender diversity is “essential” for the success of any organisation.

Prof Terry, who was last week elected as the new chair of Universities Australia, the representative body for all universities in Australia, said it was important for women in leadership positions to be visible in the community.

She also felt International Women’s Day was a good day to not just take stock of achievements in gender equity, but also make goals moving forward.


Health chief opens up on WA’s busiest emergency department

MORE than 300 people per day make their way through the doors of WA’s busiest emergency department.

Luckily, Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Head of Emergency Medicine is attracted to the unpredictable nature of the job.

Talking on the eve of International Women’s Day on March 8, Dr Vanessa Clayden opened up to Community News about the complexities of the job at Fiona Stanley Hospital.



Cop proves it’s never too late to follow your dream

SABRINA proves it is never too late to follow your dream.

The 36-year-old mother-of-two wanted to join her husband in policing nearly 20 years ago but decided she should finish her university accounting degree.

She had a successful career, including working as chief financial officer at a prominent Perth business, but continued to harbour a nagging desire to join the WA Police Force.


Perth Airport’s operations manager flying high

FOR Perth Airport operations manager Nicola Blackborrow, International Women’s Day is a time to recognise the challenges and achievements of women, while acknowledging their struggles and triumphs around the world.

Mrs Blackborrow has worked at the airport since 1996 and her role centres on the overall smooth running of the airport’s estate and operations.

She is one in a team of five shift managers with responsibility for the airport 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.