Department of Family and Community Services

2017 Premier's Award for Woman of the Year

Associate Professor Catherine Birman

Catherine Birman
Winner

Catherine is one of the most experienced cochlear implant surgeons in the world and has performed over 1000 cochlear implant procedures, helping close to 1000 NSW residents. A pioneer in the field of cochlear implants for children with complex medical conditions, Catherine currently practices at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Royal Prince Alfred, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai, Macquarie University and the Sydney Adventist Hospitals. In addition to conducting life-changing surgeries, Catherine is also the Medical Director of the SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, a charity providing all aspects of care for patients requiring cochlear implants and implantable hearing devices.

Catherine is also Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Sydney, and Conjoint Professor with Macquarie University. As the third female Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon to qualify in New South Wales, Catherine’s career and charitable works have made her a trail-blazer and inspiring role model for all women.

Dr Emily Granger

Emily Granger
Finalist

Emily is one of Australia’s pioneering Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant surgeons, having consulted at St Vincent's Hospital Darlinghurst since April 2007. She has performed over 1400 general cardiothoracic operations and over 100 heart and lung transplants. In July 2014 Emily played a major role in the world’s first successful ‘donated after death’ heart transplant, giving greater hope to heart patients around the world. The team has since performed eight such ground-breaking procedures and all recipients are now living with their 'new' hearts.

Emily is also passionate about inspiring and mentoring the next generation of NSW medical students, which she continues to do as a Conjoint Lecturer with the Clinical Medical School at St Vincent's Hospital and University of Notre Dame also as an instructor with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Professor Jane McAdam

Jane McAdam
Finalist

Jane is a leading academic in international refugee law and Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of NSW. Jane’s career has been dedicated to improving the protection of refugees, and she has pioneered legal responses to the plight of people displaced by the impacts of climate change and disasters. Jane is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Research Associate at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, an Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway and a Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative in London. She was previously also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in DC.

Jane has been an expert advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees; the International Organization for Migration; and the World Bank's Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration.

She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, and her scholarship has been cited by the High Court of Australia and other leading courts around the world.

Professor Fran Boyle

Fran Boyle
Finalist

Fran is Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Sydney and Director of the Patricia Ritchie Centre for Cancer Care and Research at the Mater Hospital North Sydney. For more than 20 years she has been at the forefront of breast cancer research, from laboratory research to clinical trials and psychosocial care. Fran’s work has helped expedite Australian women’s access to innovative treatments which improve survival for women with high risk breast cancer.

Fran also pioneered the use of the Cold Cap, a scalp cooling innovation to reduce hair loss during chemotherapy treatment a major concern for women. Fran’s remarkable achievements earned her Order of Australia in 2008 and the Tom Reeve Award for outstanding contribution to cancer care in 2016.