Department of Family and Community Services

2017 Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year

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Dr Nicole Seebacher

Nicole Seebacher
Winner

Nicole is a medical student at the University of Sydney with a passionate interest in cancer and cardiovascular research. She has continued this research in a voluntary capacity following completion of her PhD in Medicine in 2015. Nicole’s research focuses on the development of novel agents that target drug-resistant cancers, which are the most aggressive and difficult to treat. The success of this research has contributed to current clinical trials, treating patients with advanced tumours in Australia.

Nicole is also an active member of Level Medicine, a not-for-profit group advocating for gender equity in medicine. Recently, she wrote a policy for gender equity in medicine on behalf of Level Medicine and is currently assisting with their senate submission into gender economic equality. In 2017, Nicole has volunteered her time to mentor Indigenous Australians in the AIME (The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) program and for Rotaract (Rotary International Youth Program).

Paige Burton

Paige Burton
Finalist

As Australia’s 2017 youth representative to the United Nations, Paige is presenting young people’s concerns and solutions to world leaders. She previously served as the National Education Director and Chair of the Board for United Nations Youth Australia. Paige helped develop the United Nations Youth's national curriculum, founded the first national advocacy-oriented public speaking competition (Voice), and facilitated educational tours of Timor L'este, and the Middle East for high school students.

Until 2016, Paige was also the Events & Operations Manager at the Centre for Australian Progress, a non-profit organisation committed to building the advocacy capacity of Australian civil society. In 2015, Paige was the youngest ever recipient of the 'Impact 25: The 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector' award. She was awarded the Impact 25 award again in 2016. Paige is committed to raising the voices of young people, particularly women; by showing them they can achieve anything, irrespective of their gender.

Maysaa Daher

Maysaa Daher
Finalist

Maysaa has been working in the field of traumatic brain injury research since completion of a Bachelor's degree in Psychology four years ago. Her particular focus has been on resilience in family members caring for a relative with traumatic brain injury. Maysaa is currently steering the Vocational Intervention Program, a state-wide return-to-work pilot program for people who have had brain injuries. The Vocational Intervention Program is the first program of its kind in NSW. To date, Maysaa has also been the author of six publications and will be presenting findings from her family resilience research at the International Brain Injury Association conference in New Orleans in March 2017.

Her commitment to people with disability extends beyond her work. Maysaa has volunteered with the Police Citizens Youth Clubs as a soccer coach for adults and children with disabilities and with Best Buddies Australia as a mentor/friend for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sara Gajic

Sarah Gajic
Finalist

Beginning as a legal assistant, Sara is now the Business Affairs Executive for Fulcrum Media Finance and vice-president of Women in Film and Television NSW, advocating for female filmmakers. Sara established a mentorship program partnering emerging female filmmakers with those already established, resulting in several young women securing employment within the industry. She also recently introduced a new Constitution to the organisation and a Film Club, designed to boost box office numbers for female driven Australian stories.

Passionate about animal protection, Sara volunteered with the Public Interest Clearing House within the Pro Bono Animal Law Service department and with Voiceless, the animal protection institute. Sara continues her work in animal law, volunteering with the Animal Law Institute on their panel of Pro Bono lawyers. In 2014, Sara worked with, and cared for, rescued elephants on a sanctuary in a remote Thai village.  Sara graduated from Macquarie University from a Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Laws with Honours and completed a Masters of Laws with Distinction at The University of Sydney.