Women's Short Talk Presentations

About the forum

Our Women’s Professional Development Forum addresses the issues, opportunities and challenges faced by women working in Local Government. Women working at all levels are encouraged to attend for leadership development and personal growth.

The aim of the forum is to highlight the issues facing women working in the sector, to develop leadership skills, enhance personal growth, and provide insights into how the sector can collectively go forward in addressing women’s issues in the workplace.

Julie Cini 

Chief Executive Officer
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Australia

Julie founded the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Association of Australia, Inc., after losing both her children to Spinal Muscular Atrophy in 2005 and 2007. 

Her passion stems from her training in disability and community services. Her intimate experience with the effects of Spinal Muscular Atrophy has driven her to establish the organisation as a support network for affected families.

Julie’s biggest achievement was in 2018 when she successfully campaigned with the SMA community to have an expensive treatment listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) as well as a pregenetic screening program.

Isabelle & Naomi McNamara

Advocates for transgender rights

Isabelle and her family first told their story on ABC’s ground-breaking Four Corners program ‘Being Me’.

The story had a profound impact and began a wider public discussion about transgender children and the legal obstacles they face. Naomi and Isabelle spoke at Parliament House, Canberra in 2016 about their experiences, their fears around the Family Court process and their plea for understanding and action. They also attended a Parliamentary sitting in Canberra with their local member, Cathy McGowan to highlight these issues.

Naomi and Isabelle speak eloquently and from the heart about the impact of discrimination as well as the impact of the right support at the right time.

Erin McKinnon

Statewide Coordinator
Reconciliation Victoria 

Erin has worked with the organisation since 2010 and is a 5th generation Australian of Irish and Scottish descent. Erin previously worked with the Victorian Government in Aboriginal Affairs and with the International Women’s Development Agency.

Erin has served on the boards of EastWeb Fund, Alola Australia, and ANTaR Victoria, and is co-founder and a member of the Macedon Ranges Reconciliation Group. 

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