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Franklin Women members are women who share a desire to have rewarding and impactful careers in the health and health and medical research sectors.

It is the diversity of the Franklin Women members that we value the most, representing diverse organisations, roles and disciplines. So if you are a PhD student or health executive, lab-based scientist or science communicator, public health enthusiast or engineer, the FW Community is for you. We also are proud to have a growing membership of male colleagues who are part of Franklin Women because they too want to be a part of a sector where women thrive!

By becoming a member of FW you not only have access to a range of member benefits but you are collectively investing creating a sector where women thrive through supporting a social enterprise like ours.

Benefits of membership

Subsidised tickets to all Franklin Women events

Connect with like-minded women and learn new skills at one of our upcoming events.

Access to members-only website content

Resources from our events and activities are available on our website for members.

Eligibility to apply for Franklin Women initiatives

We are proud to offer a carer’s travel scholarship and cross-organisational mentoring program for our members.

Access to members-only Franklin Women activities

Every now and then we offer events and activities for our members to connect with, learn from and support each other.

Receive our monthly newsletter and career blogs

Stay up to date with what is happening in our sector and be inspired by the stories of your peers navigating their own career journeys.

A good feeling as you are also supporting women in your field

We are a social enterprise run by women in our sector. By supporting us, you are helping us to support you.

Meet our members

Hossai Gul

Hossai Gul

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Macquarie University

I lead a valuable project implementing genomics technologies (testing the entire DNA set of a person) from research settings into the Australian healthcare system.

Several years ago, at the ‘All about women festival’ in Sydney I asked a question about connecting with feminism and STEMM. After the event, a lady with big hair (Melina!), chased me down at the steps of the Opera House and gave me a card about a network for women in health research careers – Franklin Women – and I have been a member ever since.

Dr Erica Crome

Dr Erica Crome

Chief Operating Officer, SleepFit

I’ve been a member of Franklin Women since 2014 when I was studying and ‘post-docing’ at the Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University.

Like Franklin Women, I love how health and medical research and development can improve lives which is what appeals to be about the network. I believe that the more we can support women on diverse career paths in this area, the more we all win.

Nan Herlihen

Nan Herlihen

Manager, Human Resources – People Operations, Centenary Institute

 I’m a generalist Human Resources Professional passionate about people & culture and communications. Coming to work in a positive environment where you can do your best work is the workplace I strive to foster. Apart from my family, music is my next biggest love – there is a genre for every occasion in life.

I joined Franklin Women because they welcomed professionals who supported women in science and they welcomed me even with my deficiencies as a non scientist! What I lack in science knowledge, I like to think I make up for in positive and supportive people skills.


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