Catherine Birman from The Children's Hospital at Westmead wins 2017 Premier’s Woman of the Year Award

On International Women's Day, Associate Professor Catherine Birman from The Children's Hospital at Westmead, has today been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the community and society, receiving the prestigious 2017 Premier’s Woman of the Year Award.

As one of the most experienced cochlear implant surgeons in the world, Catherine has helped to give the gift of sound to more than 1,000 NSW residents, including hundreds of children at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and was instrumental in the field of cochlear implants for children with complex medical conditions.

Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Women, Tanya Davies presented the award to Catherine at the 2017 NSW Women of the Year awards at a reception held at the International Convention Centre Sydney earlier today.

“Now in their sixth year, these awards support the NSW Government’s commitment to building an equitable, inclusive and safe society where all women are valued and respected, can contribute meaningfully, and can enjoy the rights, freedoms and protections to which everyone in NSW is entitled,” Mrs Davies said.

“As one of the most experienced cochlear implant surgeons in the world, Associate Professor Catherine Birman has helped almost 1000 NSW residents through life-changing procedures,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Catherine is the third female Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon to qualify in New South Wales, with her career and charitable works making her an inspiring role model for all women.

For further information on Catherine's win, please visit the Women of the Year awards website.

To learn more about International Women's Day at the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, click here.