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QG Breakfast - 8 March 2022

QG Breakfast Series, International Women's Day Breakfast, Tuesday 8 March 2022

Celebrating International Women's Day 2022

In recognition of International Women’s Day and Queensland Women’s Week, the Department of Health hosted a refreshed QG Breakfast Series on Tuesday 8 March 2022.

Carly Findlay, Leith Mitchell and Professor Helen Chenery discussed how we can break down biases and discrimination to create a more equitable, diverse and inclusive workforce.

Did you miss the QG breakfast event?

Watch the event recording below

Video transcript

Video transcript (PDF 6655 kB). Time: (1hr, 32mins, 03secs)

Our speakers


A big thank you to our incredible speakers Barbara Phillips, Hon. Yvette D'Ath MP, Carly Findlay, Professor Helen Chenery and Leith Mitchell.

Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay

Award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist, Carly challenges people's thinking about what it's like to have a visibly different appearance. Carly identifies herself as a proud disabled woman living with a severe skin condition, Ichthyosis.

In 2015, she organised Australia's first Ichthyosis meet, bringing together 75 people affected by the rare skin condition. Since then, Carly has received numerous awards, including the 2010 and 2013 Yooralla Media Awards for Best Online Commentary for her body disability-focused writing.

Carly recommends

Aboriginal writers

  • Karen Wyld
  • Anita Heiss
  • Gayle Kennedy
  • Tara June Winch


  • Little Miss Jessica Goes to School, Jessica Smith
  • We Move Together, Kelly Fritsch
  • Stars in their Eyes, Jessica Walton
  • Future Girl, Asphyxia
  • Growing Up Disabled in Australia, Carly Findlay
  • We've Got This, Stories By Disabled Parents, Eliza Hull

Leith Mitchell

Leith Mitchell

For the last 3 years, Leith has been the Director of Inclusion and Diversity for the Department of Education – based on Meanjin land – leading the departments’ We All Belong workforce inclusion and diversity framework.

Prior, Leith facilitated executive inclusive leadership coaching, diversity diagnostic research and gender diversity strategy development for ASX200 Boards and Global Executive teams.

Professor Helen Chenery

Professor Helen Chenery, Master of Ceremony

Professor Helen Chenery holds extensive strategic and operational experience in executive leadership roles, within both the higher education and health sectors. Holding Honorary Professorships at both The University of Queensland and Bond University, Professor Helen is passionate about driving innovation and change as well as creating more equal workplaces.

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Last updated: 17 March 2022