Dr Melina Georgousakis is being celebrated as Willoughby’s Local Woman of the Year in recognition of the significant support she has given to women and the Willoughby community.
Member for Willoughby Tim James congratulated Dr Georgousakis on the honour, acknowledging her tireless work to advance the cause of women seeking a career in the health and medical sectors.
A local of the suburb of Willoughby, Dr Georgousakis has been recognised for her work through the Franklin Women organisation she founded in 2014.
“Dr Georgousakis has made a tremendous contribution to Willoughby, our state and the country with her unflagging passion to improve the cause of women.” Mr James said.
“We recognise her efforts to create stronger opportunities for women and ensure they are well supported and flourish in their careers.”
Since 2014 Franklin Women has partnered with health organisations, government agencies and academic institutions to support women through networking events where women can share their experiences, a scholarship program, professional development and training as well as mentoring opportunities.
Another excellent initiative is the raising of the profiles of notable female scientists to highlight the contribution and role of women in the industry.
Dr Georgousakis said she was inspired by her own experience and challenges whilst navigating a career in the healthcare sector. This experience helped identify many career challenges, barriers and perceived lack of transferrable skills for women seeking greater professional opportunities.
Franklin Women are dedicated to ongoing support within the health and medical research ecosystem showcasing the talent and diversity of women and importantly the impact of their work.
Dr Georgousakis said many women in the science sector invest more than 8 years in academic learning only to face limited opportunities and barriers to transition into leadership roles.
The Local Woman of the Year Awards is an annual program which recognises and celebrates the support women give to their communities throughout NSW.
Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor congratulated all the Local Women of the Year Award recipients.
“These women are the backbone of their communities, volunteering their time and energy to make a positive difference,” Mrs Taylor said.
“I would like to acknowledge their significant efforts to support their communities and thank them for all the work they do.”
The Local Woman of the Year Awards are a way the NSW Government celebrates the achievements of women as part of International Women’s Day on March 8.
The NSW Women of the Year Awards will be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on March 9, 2023.