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live podcast from the Guardian Australia

Guardian Australia journalists Gabrielle Jackson and Melissa Davey lead the discussion about the long and shameful history of doctors ignoring, belittling or trivilaising women's health concerns. This event that will cure what ails you.

in the Utzon Room.

“I'm not a hypochondriac. I have a disease. All these things that are wrong with me are real.”

Gabrielle Jackson

It's time for doctors to take "women's issues" seriously

Ever been to the doctor and been told that you just have to live with it, or that it's all in your head? Women are far more likely to have their health concerns belittled by GPs, get diagnosed with anxiety more often than men, and can struggle to have their health concerns taken seriously. Debilitating diseases like endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome are shockingly under-diagnosed, and yet they affect the lives of millions of women. 

Hosted by Gabrielle Jackson, who herself has endometriosis and Melissa Davey who led the investigation on disgraced gynecologist Dr Emil Gayed, this will be an incredible opportunity to examine how women are treated by the medical profession, both now and throughout history. Join these journalists and a panel of medical professionals as they examine what it means to challenge the medical status quo.

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Gabrielle Jackson

Gabrielle Jackson is the opinion editor for Guardian Australian. She was previously a senior journalist at The Hoopla, and her work has appeared in the Village Voice, CNN, the Sydney Morning Herald and New Matilda.

Melissa Davey 

Melissa Davey is Guardian Australia's Melbourne bureau chief. She has won several awards for her journalism, which spans more than a decade. She covered the medical round for the Sydney Morning Herald and it is also one of her rounds at Guardian Australia. Her recent investigation into gynaecologist Emil Gayed triggered the NSW government to order an independent investigation, with Davey revealing dozens of women had been harmed across two decades. She covers a range of pervasive social issues including institutional child sexual abuse, family violence and sexism.



Dr Susan Evans 

Dr Susan Evans is a Gynaecologist and Specialist Pain Medicine Physician from Adelaide, Australia. She is author of the book ‘Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain’, Director of the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia, Member of the Advisory Board of the Robinson Research Institute, Co-Author of the Policy Document ‘The $6Billion Woman and the $600Million Girl: The Pelvic Pain Report’, a current PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide, co-developer of the Periods, Pain and Endometriosis (PPEP-Talk) Schools Program, and has a long held interest in improving the quality of life of women and girls with pelvic pain. Susan has contributed widely to education on pelvic pain in Australia in everything from medical journals to Cosmopolitan, radio and television.

Hannah Dahlen

Hannah Dahlen is a Professor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney. In November 2012 she was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better”. She was named as one of the leading “science and knowledge thinkers” for 2012 due to her research and public profile. She is a past National President of the Australian College of Midwives and she sits on several peak National and State committees. Hannah was one of the first Eligible Midwives in Australia and is working in a private midwifery group practice Midwives@Sydney and Beyond in NSW. 

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