Clinician Scientist wins Behind Closed Doors’ “Not for Loss” Scholarship in Melbourne

Principal Research Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Professor Julie Bernhardt BSc, PhD is the winner of the inaugural Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) “Not for Loss” Scholarship in Melbourne for 2015.

Professor Bernhardt, the Clinical Head of the Stroke Division, will look to use the experience to open new doors, tap into the minds of some of Melbourne’s most influential leaders and broaden her horizons.

Founder and Managing Director of the respected professional development and mentoring company Donny Walford, said the 12-month scholarship was awarded to a successful female executive in the NFP sector to further expand and challenge their current leadership and business practices to further enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of our society.

“Not for Loss organisations play a vital role in our society and are the social fabric that holds our community together.

“Professor Bernhardt is the only active female member of the Executive team of the Florey and has worked on many levels within her field to push forward a gender equity platform and remove some barriers to the progress of women in science.

“The BCD Executive program will provide Professor Bernhardt with a professional sounding board and support network where she can discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment while, at the same time, encourage other members to extend themselves to achieve and succeed in new environments,” Ms Walford said.

Professor Bernhardt believes the BCD Executive program will also assist her in the planning process for her 5-10 year career plan.

“I am in the process of planning my next 5-10 year career plan and have a diverse range of skills that could apply to a large number of sectors. I would value the opportunity to broaden my networks,” she said.

“One of the BCD Executive program’s major aims,” concluded Ms Walford, “is to increase women’s representation on Boards, committees and in executive management roles and BCD has an enviable track record in successfully supporting our members to achieve these types of roles.”

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