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Marie Bashir Address

The inaugural Marie Bashir Address was held in 2005, and quickly established itself as a premier academic and social event on the Sydney University Medical Society’s (SUMS) annual calendar.

Inspired by one of the most accomplished alumna from the University of Sydney Medical Program, Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, this event is certainly one of the most significant and anticipated for staff and students alike. This event is more than just a celebration of the contributions of Women in Medicine; it’s an opportunity to highlight the changes and progress that members of the health community, particularly women, have made and continue to make.

Amongst the major events within the SUMS’s calendar, the Annual Marie Bashir Address provides a unique opportunity for staff, students, alumna and other guests to network and share knowledge.

The Marie Bashir Address invites you to a distinguished three-course meal seated alongside doctors and peers, whilst engaging with the keynote speaker elected to inspire all those who attend.

Previous speakers have included Professor Bashir, Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO and Dr. Fiona Wood AM.

Whilst it is an event to highlight the accomplishments of Women in Medicine, it is encouraged that all medical students, staff and guests attend regardless of gender.

15th Annual Marie Bashir Address (2019)


Professor The honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO


Dr Yumiko Kadota

Dr. Yumiko Kadota graduated from UNSW Medicine in 2010. She was working as a Plastic Surgery registrar when she experienced severe burnout last year. Despite protests from her GP and other surgeons at the hospital, her punishing roster in which she was on-call 10 days every fortnight remained the same. She eventually made the decision to resign, which she wrote about in a blog post “The ugly side of becoming a surgeon,” which drew mainstream media attention. She has since become an advocate for doctors’ health and is using her platform to speak to medical students and doctors. Outside of medicine she is certified as both a yoga and fitness instructor. She has completed 2 marathons, 12 half marathons and 2 triathlons during her time as a junior doctor.

When: Thursday 29th August 2019

Time: 6:00pm

Where: The Women’s college, Sydney University

Dress code: Formal


SUMS students: $70

non-SUMS students: $75

non-Students: $90

tickets available here.

13th Annual Marie Bashir Address



Dr. Emily Granger MBBS. (Hons) FRACS
Cardiothoracic and Heart & Lung Transplant Surgeon



Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO


When: Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Time: 6:15pm

Where: The Women’s College, Sydney University

Dress Code: Men – Suits | Women – Dresses, Dress Pants, Skirts



SMP Students [SOLD OUT] : $75 (+3.50 booking fee)

All Other Guests : $100 (+3.50 booking fee)

'Ladies of Medicine III' in the car outside the Medical School on Commem Day, 13 May 1938, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_18200.

Past Keynote Speakers


Trauma and Upper GIT Surgeon
Wing Commander in the RAAF



Professor Ingrid Scheffer
Paediatric Neurologist

Professor Scheffer’s exceptional achievements include her 1995 discovery of the first gene for epilepsy, followed by the characterisation of almost half of the epilepsy genes currently known. Professor Scheffer’s clinical and research accomplishments, coupled with her enthusiasm for the promotion of women in medicine makes her the perfect person to inspire guests at the Marie Bashir Address.



Dr Nesrin Varol