What is Level?
Level was founded by a group of Sydney University medical students in 2015 as a forum to discuss and advocate for gender equality in medicine, and also to provide a place of inspiration for women in all levels and disciplines of medicine. It’s now run by a diverse range of medical students and junior doctors from around Australia, with projects and research fellowships across the country.
Who are our people?
The 2017/2018 Level team consists of:
- CEO: Josephine de Costa
- COO: Grace Fitzgerald
- Treasurer: Lindsay Liu
- Secretary: Chantelle Ip
- Advocacy & Policy Co-Ordinators: Sarah McLain and Danjel Miladinovic
- Advocacy & Policy Team: Maraed Rosa, Nina Wood, Victor Khou, & Steph Nesbit
- Media Relations Officer: Annie Macadam
- Media Assistants: Maddy Brenner & Imogen Janus
- Design & Website: Meredith Grey
- Events Team: Justine Yu & Catherine Davis
- Media Relations: Annie Macadam
Josephine De Costa
Josephine de Costa is a final-year medical student at The University of Sydney, with undergraduate degrees in Arts and Law. She is passionate about women’s health and surgery, particularly in low-resource settings, and is hoping to combine her experience in law and policy with clinical medical practice. She founded Level in her first year of medicine, after being shocked by the widespread nature of gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment amongst Australian doctors. Apart from Level, she is currently working on research projects with both Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Health Organisation, and has previously worked with the End12 campaign to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales. Outside of medicine, she is also a strong advocate for refugee and asylum seeker rights, and a passionate supporter of ethical eating.
I’m a fourth-year medical student at the University of Sydney and am continuing as Level’s Media Relations Officer in 2018. I have been involved with Level since its inception in 2015 and am super proud of what we have achieved so far. I have been responsible for the creation and development of our social media pages and continue our weekly posting to bring awareness to issues that reflect our core values and beliefs. My drive to work with Level stems from a frustration with the culture of gender inequality in Australia, particularly in medicine, and a dream that one day we can all be as woke as Sweden, where I am currently completing my elective period.
Hi everyone! I’m Lindsay, a 2nd year medical student at the University of Sydney who loves brunching, travelling and playing sport. I’m so excited to step into the role of Treasurer for Level Medicine in 2018, a perfect role to combine creativity and innovation with a strong pragmatic backbone. Ever since attending seminars held by Level, I’ve been inspired to take on a more active role in shaping our perspective of gender equity from within the medical field, and beyond. It is through the avenue of better understanding and empathy, the core qualities that any excellent medical professional possesses, that we can drive action. I’m looking forward to everything Level will achieve this coming year!
I’ve been a member of Level Medicine since 2016 and am delighted to step up to the role of Advocacy and Policy Co-Ordinator in 2018. I conducted the first stage of The Audit Project [SM1] at Sydney Medical School, and presented the results at the ANZAHPE conference in Adelaide in 2017[SM2] . I’m a former hospital pharmacist who got sick of scolding interns on their poor prescribing and decided to just become a doctor myself. I’m in final year at the University of Sydney, currently enjoying the country life at our rural clinical school in Orange, NSW. I’m concurrently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences alongside the Doctor of Medicine, and hope to pursue a career in surgery. When not studying (or procrastinating from studying) you’re likely to find me enjoying a glass of Pinot Grigio and watching AFL.
I’m an intern in Sydney’s inner west, currently working as a policy subcommittee member at Level Medicine. To be a part of Level Medicine is to be part of a team of like-minded, forward-thinking individuals who recognise medicine’s institutionalised inequalities, and want to create conversation about them. I wanted to work in the Policy team to help produce tangible evidence of gender issues in medicine, explore why they exist, and how best to fix them. When I escape the confines of hospital, I’m either trying to save money to go on my next overseas trip, or spending that money on copious amounts of brie to consume in one sitting.”
Entering my third year of medicine at Adelaide University, I’m extremely pleased to be the Sponsorship Officer for Level Medicine in 2018. I chose to apply for Level Medicine last year because of my desire to learn and cooperate with a group of like-minded individuals, passionate about challenging the inequities that exist not only in the medical realm but in our wider society. Having been inspired by the resilience of women like UBER’s Susan Fowler, a victim of foul-play and harassment conducted by her supervisors, I realise the necessity for me to play my part in bringing to light similar injustices through research and advocacy. Beyond medicine, in my spare time I enjoy baking, criticising cringy movies with my friends and listening to Kendrick Lamar songs.
I’m an intern in Western Melbourne, and in 2018 I am thrilled to be working as Level Medicine’s COO. In 2017 I wrote Level Medicine’s Pay Equity research brief, and co-authored our submission to the senate enquiry on the economic implications of gender inequity. I’m involved in Level Medicine because I passionately believe that we can’t possibly rectify societal inequities without making sure our institutions (hospitals, unis) are representative of the world we would like to live in. I want to make sure Level Medicine has a presence all across the country, and involves the voices of people at all levels (ha!) of the medical hierarchy. Outside of medicine and being a rampant feminist I love literature, red wine and a sneaky dose of techno on a Saturday night.
I’m a third-year medical student at the University of Sydney with an arts and humanities background. I am part of the website and design team in Level Medicine. After experiencing somewhat of a culture shock entering medicine, I was so grateful to find in Level a group of passionate people working on real cultural change in all areas from medical schools through to national policy. Keeping an active conversation in this industry about gender and other forms of inequity in health is crucial to spurring change and gaining support for a new type of medical culture, and I’m excited to be part of a team that is doing just that. Outside of medicine, most of my time is consumed with holding my dog’s face in my hands and telling him how precious he is, or taking photos of him while he sleeps.
I’m a medical student in my penultimate year at the University of Sydney, and have been a member of the Level Medicine team since 2016. My first degree, Bachelor of Arts (Art History/Visual Practice) allowed my passionate exploration of art’s meta-narrative. Since making the transition to Medicine I have become involved in sourcing data on the inequities of modern Medicine, with particular interest in gender prejudices and discrimination. In the absence of raw data, there is no sound evidence, without which true disparity cannot be acknowledged. My aim is to bring awareness to society and the Medical profession of the extant gender inequities .
I’m a third year medical student at the University of Sydney, and a member of Level’s policy team. I wanted to be a part of Level because I believe that everyone in medicine deserves to be treated fairly and equitably, regardless of gender, race or sexuality. As part of the policy team I’ve been involved in some really exciting projects, and I hope to continue working towards gender equity in medicine. Outside of Level I enjoy a long bushwalk and a healthy dose of ‘80s pop/rock.
I’m a third year medical student at Sydney Medical School, with a background in science. In 2018, I will be one of Level’s social media officers, as well as working on a policy project centred on the interactions between the healthcare system and people with non-binary gender identities. I am passionate about levelling out the inequities present in medicine that relate to all genders. When I’m not on the wards or in the library, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, as well as reading romantic literature.
I’m a 6th year medical student at the University of Adelaide, and I’ve been working with Level Medicine over the past couple of years as part of the media team. I’ve really enjoyed sourcing articles and stories about gender equality for our Facebook page, and I’m looking forward to bringing the Audit Project to the University of Adelaide this year. This organisation is amazing because not only is it fostering a positive and productive discussion on gender equality in medicine, but it is forging a legacy that future women in the industry will be able to relate to and build upon. I feel extremely proud to be part of this wonderful group of people. In my spare time, I’m a great lover of books, music and good food. And animals. Basically, all the good things in life.