Women in Research Breakfast Forum – International Womens Day

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Women in Research Breakfast Forum – International Womens Day

Post by: Spinnaker Foundation
Post on: February 26, 2020

Spinnaker is proud to be supporting the annual South Metropolitan Health Service Women in Research Breakfast Forum on 4 March in celebration of International Women’s Day. 

The Breakfast Forum gives attendees the chance to hear from some of the most brilliant minds in research: Prof Fiona Wood AM, Head of the State Burns Service, A/Prof Merrilee Needham, SMHS Clinical Lead for Research, Dr Annette McWilliams Consultant Respiratory Physician, and Dr Dayse Tavoria-Vieira, Hear of Audiology and SMHS Researcher of the Year 2019.

Location: Fiona Stanley Hospital, Education Building, G1, 11 Robin Warren Drive, Murdoch 
Date: Wednesday 4 March 2020
Breakfast from 7:30am – 8:00am  followed by guest speakers and panel discussions at 8:00am. Event concludes at 10:00am.

To secure your place for this free event please register via the link below:




Prof Fiona Wood AM

Fiona is an eminent Western Australian surgeon and researcher, renowned for her ground-breaking work in the treatment of burns. Fiona Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher for over 20 years and is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA). Professor Fiona Wood’s dedication to improving outcomes for burns patients and expanding the knowledge of wound healing began in 1991 when she became trained as West Australia’s first female plastic surgeon. 

A/Prof Merrilee Needham

As SMHS Clinical Director of Research Professor Merrilee Needham has patient needs uppermost in her mind. Merrilee, previously Head of Service Neurology, was appointed to the new position in December 2019. Her work will include providing strategic advice on research-related matters, and representing SMHS on State and national research committees. Merrilee is an active research in the field of Neurology.

Dr Annette McWilliams

As a Consultant Respiratory Physician she has dedicated her career to research in lung cancer. Buoyed by the results of research that proves CT scans can detect lung cancer early enough to save lives she is coordinating a lung cancer screening research project at Fiona Stanley Hospital. Part of Annette’s work is also in validating special software that can pick up nodules during CT scans and analyse them — yet another potentially life-saving predictive measure.


Dr Dayse Tavora-Vieira

Dayse was awarded the inaugural SMHS Researcher of the Year Award in 2019. As Head of Audiology at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) and an active researcher for the past 11 years, Dr Tavora-Vieira’s work has resulted in change to internationally accepted practice, benefiting audiology patients worldwide. Dr Tavora-Vieira’s research has placed FSH on the international stage in the field of hearing restoration, with the largest number of cochlear implant recipients with single-sided deafness in the world, and resulted in Therapeutic Goods Administration approval for this clinical application.