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Dr Margaret Heffernan OAM

Dr Margaret HeffernanDr Margaret Heffernan, OAM BED BBUS ADMIN MARTS (COMM) PHD, is an Academic in the College of Business, RMIT University. Margaret is responsible for helping the Australian gynaecological sector expand its presence nationally and internationally, including extensive Government liaison that led to the 2006 Senate inquiry and development of the National Centre for Gynaecological Cancers.

An informed, innovative researcher and gynaecological consumer advocate with a solid commitment to improving multi-disciplinary outcomes, her PhD dissertation has informed public policy regarding HPV vaccination in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Margaret’s academic and civic roles include research grant reviewer with the Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme, Cancer Australia since 2009; Chair: WHO HPV Educators virtual sub-community of practice since 2010; is an inaugural Executive member of the International Indigenous HPV Alliance since 2011; and previously as Board member of women’s health and Arts organisations.

The partnerships Margaret has forged with Indigenous peoples resulted in empowerment and strategic resources to help overcome their inequity and isolation. Margaret’s work has resulted in numerous awards, including in 2006 an Order of Australia Medal for her contribution to women’s health and the Arts. She brings to the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee an analytical, intellectual and empathetic understanding of women’s cancer issues.