International Women’s Day recognised with hospital tour

On Monday 8 March, five year 11 students from St Hilda’s were provided a behind the scenes tour of St John of God Subiaco Hospital’s leading cardiac facilities and services.

11 Mar 2021

St Hilda's students touring the St John of God Subiaco Hospital l with Cardiologist Dr Michelle Ammerer

The tour was hosted by St John of God Subiaco Hospital Cardiologist Dr Michelle Ammerer in recognition of International Women’s Day, a global day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The students, who all aim to study medicine, visited the hospital’s two Catheterisation Laboratories, where interventional and diagnostic cardiac procedures are conducted.

They also toured the hospital’s cardiac ward and coronary care unit, and examined an angiogram.

Following the tour, St Hilda’s student Zoe Colvin said that she was felt incredibly inspired seeing such an amazing work environment and so many people working together to make a significant difference to peoples’ lives.

Dr Ammerer, who is one of the few female cardiologists in Western Australia, added that it was a pleasure welcoming the students to the hospital and providing insights into her career, as well as the compassionate and highly sophisticated care provided to cardiac patients.

“When I started studying medicine in 1989, it was the first year that 50% of students were female. These days, more women study medicine than men and I strongly believe that there’s nothing we can’t achieve,” Dr Ammerer said.

“I’m pleased to be able to support young women and recognise their accomplishments and potential.”

The students were accompanied on the tour by St Hilda’s Head of Careers Jodie Mellor, who commented that it was a privilege for the girls to meet and hear from Dr Ammerer and to celebrate International Women’s Day by spending time with an inspirational role model.

“The chance to ask questions, tour facilities and gain insight into medical careers was an incredibly unique opportunity that will generate life-long memories for our girls,” Jodie said.