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The Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year celebrates women aged 18 to 30 years who have excelled in their career or made a significant contribution to their community.

Dr Dharmica Mistry

Dharmica Mistry WINNER

Recipient of the 2015 Young Scientist Award, Dharmica is an inspiration to young women considering a future in medical research and microbiology. Dharmica is an exceptional researcher who is involved in implementing life changing medical research around early breast cancer detection that will impact upon women around the world. The core focus for Dharmica’s work is to commercialise a universal ground-breaking breast cancer screening test in collaboration with the University of Kentucky. Without her persistence, unfailing optimism and drive over the past eight years, a transformational global test may have never been developed.

The partnerships and research driven by Dharmica have proven 90 per cent accurate in detecting the presence of the most common form of invasive cancer. Dharmica’s dream of significantly transforming women’s health worldwide through medical innovation is fast becoming a reality.

Ms Laura O'Reilly

Laura O’Reilly

Laura co-founded Fighting Chance in 2011, a not for profit organisation focussed on creating employment and vocational opportunities for people with profound and severe disability. The organisation today supports more than 120 adults with disability in Northern Sydney. Fighting Chance has raised over $3 million dollars and created 12 employment opportunities for job seekers, 50 participation opportunities for people with profound disability and well over 100 work experience opportunities for young students with disability.

In 2014 Laura and her brother co-founded Hire Up, an online platform giving people with disability the power to find, hire and manage their support workers to maintain a more holistic quality of life. Laura’s unwavering dedication to make way for a more equitable workforce throughout NSW has provided support, real hope and a sense of purpose for young people with disability to develop to their full potential.

Ms Annie Walsh

Annie Walsh

Annie is a researcher with the Liverpool Diabetes Collaborative Research Unit at the Ingham Institute and a senior podiatrist at Liverpool Hospital. The Research Unit is finding better ways of treating diabetic foot disease and Annie is currently leading new research on the effectiveness of wound technologies for this condition. Annie is excelling in medical research and provides a high standard of thorough consultation which shows her passion for quality care and innovation.

Through ongoing personal development and continued learning within this specialised field, Annie’s priority is to create better pathways to tackle the severe symptoms experienced by diabetes patients in NSW, specifically in South Western Sydney. In addition to her professional role, Annie volunteers with Eastern Respite and Recreation, working with disabled and special needs teenagers.

Dr May Wong

May Wong

May is a junior doctor at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown and has been recognised for her intelligent, passionate and empathetic approach to finding solutions to issues in health and education. Through her achievements she has proven the ability to implement meaningful changes within NSW Health by demonstrating leadership and collaboration with others within her field.

May organised the first showcase for other junior doctors to present projects on patient safety, and is on Australia's first roundtable for emerging leaders in patient safety. She was awarded NSW Junior Medical Officer of the Year in 2014.

Within her local Chinese community she organises Lion's Club health talks to help improve understanding of common medical conditions. May sits on the Lion's Nurses Scholarship Foundation Board and speaks at her local council citizenship ceremonies to welcome new citizens. May was Strathfield’s Australia Day 2014 Young Citizen of the Year and a finalist for the Young Leader Pride of Australia medal. May has collaborated with the CSIRO for the Scientists in Schools program and implemented a classroom lesson program to nurture the interests of primary school children in medicine.

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019