The AFGW NSW welcomed The Hon Dr Meredith Burgmann MA (Syd), PhD (Macq) as its guest speaker at this year’s scholarship and awards presentation

Dr Burgmann, leading feminist, academic, author, anti-racism activist, and MP was President of the NSW Upper House and later appointed a councillor on the City of Sydney Council. She has been a Consultant to the United Nations Development Program and an Ambassador for the Sydney Swans. She’s a strong advocate for education equality and her topic was:

“Lifelong Learning: What does this mean for women?”

Dr Burgmann engaged the guests with a timely reminder that all life’s experiences are a kind of learning, but she shared her personal experiences and reflections as well as referenced a friend and inspiration and longtime AFGW NSW member and benefactor, Joan Bielski AO.

Several prestigious state and national scholarships were presented to young female researchers: the AFGW NSW Tempe Mann Travelling Scholarship, AFGW Inc Barbara Hale Fellowship and the AFGW Fellowship.

Adrianne Jenner w Dr Burgmann & Treasurer Tricia Blombery

Adrienne Jenner was this year’s Tempe Mann Fellow. Adrianne is enrolled in the Faculty of Science, School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney and has a Bachelor of Mathematics (Distinction), Certificate of Languages (French) and a Bachelor of Science (Hons). Her thesis ‘Mathematical modelling of oncolytic virotherapy, immunotherapy and nanoparticle therapy‘ looks at ways to treat breast cancer using viruses and the immune system and Adrianne will develop ‘a mathematical model that will capture the formation of a glioblastoma in the human brain. The interaction between glioblastoma cells and virus therapy can then be simulated using the model and ultimately determine ways of improving therapeutic efficacy.’

Blythe Worthy w Dr Burgmann & T Blombery

Blythe Worthy, this year’s AFGW Fellow, holds an Honours BA degree from the University of Sydney, where she is pursuing her PhD in film and television studies, an interdisciplinary program coordinated jointly by the Department of Art History and the Department of English. The title of her thesis, which refers to the television series ‘Top of the Lake’, is ‘The Lake in the Frame: Jane Campion and Antipodean Television 1986-2017’. She explains it as being ‘the first in-depth and long-term scholarly study of facets of Antipodean film and television that also engages with a variety of discourses (feminism and post-modernism) pertinent to the current politico-cultural psyche in Australia and New Zealand’.

Siobhan Loughnan w Dr Burgmann & T Blombery

Siobhan Loughnan is this year’s joint Barbara Hale Fellow. Siobhan holds an Honours degree in Social Science (Psychology) from the University of the Sunshine Coast and is completing a PhD at the University of New South Wales, where her topic is “The Development and evaluation of an internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy program ‘MUMentum’ for the treatment of maternal anxiety and depression during the perinatal period”.


We thank Dr Burgmann and congratulate all 2018 prize and scholarship winners – the AFGW NSW awards over 30 annual bursaries, prizes and scholarships to deserving young female students.

Empowering women and girls through education.