2019 Veski Leading the Way: Mid Career emerging leaders program


A huge congratulations to Dr Michelle Peate & Associate Professor Tu'uhevaha Kaitu'u-Lino who have both been selected to participate in the 2019 Veski Leading the Way: Mid-Career emerging leaders program.

The Leading the Way: Mid-career emerging leaders program is designed to support women wanting to progress or extend into leadership positions within a STEM industry. The program will help develop networks across Universities, Research Centres, Industry and Government with the aim to equip participants with the skills, networks and mindset to identify and achieve their chose career goals, addressing the retention of women into leadership roles within STEM industries.

Dr Michelle Peate is the Program Leader for the Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit based at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne. In her current role she is overseeing several psycho-oncology research projects.

She was a 2011 NSW Young Tall Poppy and the 2017 International Psycho-Oncology Society New Investigator Award winner.

Her main goal is to develop patient resources and evaluate them in prospective, multi-centre studies. These include fertility decision aids for people with cancer and those with low health literacy, tools to support cancer survivorship, and exploring unmet needs of advanced cancer patients.

Associate Professor Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino is a dynamic mid-career translational research scientist, passionate about pregnancy research. She is head of the Diagnostics Discovery and Reverse Translation Group based at the Mercy Hospital for Women. Working closely with clinicians, she aims to develop blood tests to predict women at risk of serious pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction and stillbirth.

As a mum of four (aged 12, 9, 6 and 1), she is particularly passionate about promoting women in science and is an advocate for women being able to have a successful research career whilst also enjoying motherhood.