We're shining a spotlight on the most pressing issues affecting women's health

FemTech Forum

The DHF FemTech Forum provides an opportunity to address and act on the existing inequities in women’s healthcare, featuring a case study, a panel with top-level executive leaders, and a showcase of companies making innovative strides in the FemTech world.

From menstrual care and reproductive health to sexual wellness, menopause care, and more … We’re shining a spotlight on the most pressing issues affecting women’s health, aiming to provide unparalleled insights and solutions, empowering attendees to make a real impact in their fields.

The excitement surrounding FemTech and the quest for women’s health innovation is palpable in Australia. Be a part of the movement driving the industry forward and transforming the lives of women globally.

7th June | The Oasis Stage

Meet the panelists

Angela Hehir

Program Manager Women's Health Program, George Institute for Global Health

Vinayak Smith

Head of New Ventures, Virtus Health

Kate Munnings

CEO, Virtus Health

Dina Titkova

Senior Manager MedTech & Portfolio, UNSW Founders

Anoushka Gungadin

Director Of Strategic Partnerships ANZ, HeraMED

Meet the innovators

Alexandra Sinickas

Alexandra Sinickas

Founder/Engineer, Milkdrop
Edgar Charry

Edgar Charry

CEO, Symex Labs
Desiree D’Cruz

Desiree D’Cruz

Founder, Acegirl
Zoe Lush

Zoe Lush

Co-Founder, VedaScope

Joanna Morris

Co-Founder, Matilda
Grace Tan

Grace Tan

Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Hazel by Nectar Brands
Kathleen To

Kathleen To

Head of Marketing, Hazel by Nectar Brands
Tara Croft

Tara Croft

CEO, Baymatob
Olivia Orchowski

Olivia Orchowski

Founder, Femtek

Padmini Janaki

CEO & Co-Founder, Mind and Mum

Time to act

Women face significant inequities in healthcare provision, resulting in differential access to services, poorer health outcomes, and a lack of attention to their specific health needs.

Gender Bias in Medical Research

Women are underrepresented in clinical trials, resulting in a lack of research on women’s health issues and inequities in healthcare provision.

Australian Academy of Science. (2018). Women in STEM: A Snapshot of the Australian Landscape


Many women feel that their menopausal symptoms are not taken seriously by healthcare providers, and that there is a lack of information and support available.

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. (2020). Menopause: Women’s Health Survey Report 2020

Heart Disease

Women are less likely to be referred for diagnostic tests and are less likely to receive timely treatment for heart attacks, compared to men.

Heart Foundation. (2020). Heart Disease in Women

Chronic Pain

Women are more likely to experience chronic pain than men, but face barriers to accessing effective pain management and are more likely to be prescribed opioids for pain, resulting in a higher risk of addiction and overdose.

Pain Australia. (2020). Chronic Pain in Australia

Access to Contraception

Almost 20% of women in rural and remote areas of the state have experienced a barrier to accessing contraception, such as a lack of availability, affordability or privacy.

Family Planning NSW. (2019). Contraceptive Access Barriers in Rural and Remote NSW: Findings and Recommendations