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Coda Ethics: Full Episode

Inequity within the healthcare profession harms both providers and patients. Diverse teams have been shown to offer better care and improved productivity. The Coda community has the goal of developing achievable, sustainable and measurable actions (within the Ethics pillar) to tackle inequity within healthcare and disseminating these in 2022.

In this episode we explore what does gender inequity and racism look like within healthcare today. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated many inequalities. What are the challenges? In the final conversation the panel proposes some powerful advice for our community action:

• Speak up / don’t be a bystander: Become an activist
• Human rights start at home: Educate our children
• Read literature from authors with diverse experiences / cultures: We need insights into these lived experiences
• Have tough conversations – Discussions not debates

We have brought together a dynamic and diverse group of opinion leaders to launch this topic. Each conversation is both informative and highly engaging. Welcome to Coda.Zero

Join the Coda community on the mission to help solve this threat to global health.

Lauren Powell

Dr. Lauren Powell leads TIME’S UP’s work in the health care industry, which is focused on reducing sexual harassment and discrimination towards providers and patients alike in all health care-related fields. A lifelong champion of racial and social equity, Lauren joins TIME’S UP from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity (OHE), where she pioneered innovative programs and initiatives to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in health across the Commonwealth. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Doctorate in Clinical & Population Health Research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Kate Ahmad

Kate Ahmad is a Neurologist and Director of Physician Training at Royal North Shore Hospital.  She also runs clinics out of the Sydney Adventist Hospital and Gordon Eye surgery.  She researches genetic neurological and eye disorders.

In an education role, Kate strongly supports the advancement of women, and is Vice President of the RNSH Women’s Society and founding member of the Australian chapter of Women Speakers in Healthcare.  She ventures into environmental and social justice activism with petitions, article writing and fundraising, and spends nearly all her free time photographing marine life at Sydney beaches or hanging out with her husband and 4 kids.


Jessica Stokes-Parish

Jessica is a Registered Nurse and experienced teacher and educator, in undergraduate and post-graduate settings, using interactive methods to achieve optimal learning outcomes. She has over 12 years’ experience in a range of industry sectors, complex domains and occupational settings. Jessica is active in clinical practice in Intensive Care Nursing and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Bond University.


Elizabeth Broderick

Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, sport, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond. As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality. Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms.

She established and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy, enlisting a ‘who’s who’ of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. She is a powerful and influential voice in the struggle for gender equality, enlisting both women and men as agents of change. In 2017 Elizabeth was appointed by the United Nations in Geneva as a Special Mandate Holder and Independent Expert on Discrimination against Women. She is a member of the Council of the Order of Australia and in 2016 Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney and Honorary Doctorates from Deakin, Edith Cowan and Griffith Universities.


Amy Thunig

Amy Thunig (B.Arts, M.Tch) is a Gamilaroi yinarr (woman) who resides on the unceded lands of the Awabakal people. An academic and PhD candidate, Amy researches the intersection of Indigenous knowledges, sovereignty, and formal education systems. Her thesis ‘Sovereign women: why academia?’ utilises Indigenous research methodologies to record and analyse the choices, motivations, and experiences of First Nations women academics in so-called Australia, centring participant sovereignty and voice. Amy’s focus on disrupting colonial systems and disseminating research widely and accessibly has seen her engage extensively with mainstream traditional and new media,  as well as being invited to deliver her 2019 TEDx talk ‘Disruption is not a dirty word’. Her focus on creating accessible pathways for knowledge exchanges has seen her recognised as Emerging Female Leader in the Public Sector at the 2019 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards, and be honoured as an Emerging Leader by Future Women for International Women’s Day in 2020. Amy is also the host and founder the community-focused project ‘Blacademia: a podcast of yarns with First Nations academics’.