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Connecting Women Lunch

May 17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST

SOLD OUT! The waitlist has now been exhausted.

We’re looking forward to an afternoon filled with inspiration, connection and celebration.

Event details

Date: Friday 17 May 2024
Time (AEST): 
11:45am: Registration opens
12:00pm: Pre-lunch drinks and networking
12:30pm to 3:00pm: Lunch and program
3:00pm to 4:00pm: 
Post-lunch networking function
Format: In-person only
Venue: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Grand Ballroom, 25 Collins St, Melbourne 3000
Keynote speaker: Krystal Barter, Founder, Humanise Health
Host: BioMelbourne Network
Registration: Member $220; Non Member $340 (SOLD OUT, the waitlist has now been exhausted)Note: All CSL, Seqirus and CSL Behring registrations must go through their office for bookings.

Seating arrangements

We encourage you to register colleagues and friends who support women in the workplace, are role models for the next generation and champions of equality.Whether you have bought an individual ticket or purchased collectively as part of a group, all guests will be spread out throughout the room and we cannot guarantee that you will be seated with friends. This provides a powerful opportunity for networking and exploring new opportunities for growth and collaboration.We trust you will enjoy the experience of engaging with like-minded individuals who you may not ordinarily have the opportunity to meet.

Dietary requirements

When booking general release tickets, please ensure you specify relevant dietary requirements for yourself and/or everyone you are booking for (please state dietary needs simply). Given the large number of guests expected at this lunch, we kindly ask that dietary requests are reserved for those with specific food needs or restrictions.Specific food needs may include: vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, gluten free, dairy free, lactose free, no red meat, no seafood, low FODMAP, Halal (please contact us directly should you require Kosher).Food restrictions (allergies or intolerances): if applicable, please ensure you specify ‘allergy to (food type)’ or ‘intolerance to (food type)’ when booking.Any queries, please contact Nicole Pitcher on npitcher@biomelbourne.org or 03 9667 8181.

Cancellation Policy

General release tickets:
Full refund can be given up to 4 weeks prior to the event.
No refunds will be made within 4 weeks of the event.

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors

BioMelbourne Network is delighted to announce our support for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, with all proceeds going to the kConFab Foundation, at the 2024 Connecting Women Lunch.

The Kathleen Cuningham Foundation Consortium for Research into Familial Aspects of Breast Cancer collects and shares specimens and genetic, epidemiological, medical and psychosocial data from families with a strong history of breast and breast/ovarian cancer with researchers working on ethically approved research projects.Based on your feedback, we will not be providing donation slips at the Connecting Women Lunch this year. We are now accepting online donations only for our charity which can be submitted before or during the event.Help us exceed $22,000 – last year’s record total.Donate now and make a difference in the fight against cancer; just click here.

Krystal Barter, Founder, Humanise Health

A true purpose-driven entrepreneur, Krystal Barter is fearless when it comes to driving transformational change in the healthcare landscape. It’s safe to say, Krystal isn’t afraid of a challenge.

Strategic and solutions based, Krystal has never been one to take a traditional approach to problems. Through her agency Humanise Health, she is now revolutionising the healthcare industry, alongside businesses and organisations, by creating humanised and innovative patient-led strategies, initiatives and projects to ensure optimal outcomes for everyone.

Everything Krystal stands for, comes from a place of personal experience and a vision for a world where access, equity and patient-led decision making is second nature for all stakeholders. As she knows the value of healthcare, science and access first hand.

Her story and purpose was born out of the sheer determination to break the cycle of cancer that has plagued her family for generations (mother diagnosed at 36, Nan 44 and Great-grandmother 68). Armed with knowledge that she was in fact a carrier of a cancer-causing genetic mutation, BRCA1, thank you to what was considered a revolutionary genomic test 18 years ago, she decided to change her future and take control of her health. Undertaking a preventative mastectomy at 25 and ovarian preventative surgery at 33.

Krystal has spent the better part of 20 years alongside her family advocating for genomic healthcare and ensuring other families like hers had the answers, knowledge and options to determine and mitigate their own cancer risk.


May 17
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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+61 3 9667 8181


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