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Pamela and Emily

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Pamela Toliman

Papua New Guinea
PhD - Cervical Cancer Research
University of New South Wales, NSW

 is evaluating cervical cancer screening algorithms in Papua New Guinea for her doctorate through the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales. In 2016, she received the Australia Award's Allison Sudradjat Prize in recognition of her outstanding qualities as a scholar and emerging leader.

Prior to commencing her candidature in 2016, Pamela worked as a Laboratory Research Coordinator for the Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR), where her primary role was to oversee laboratory testing of clinical samples collected in various bio-behavioural surveys and clinical intervention trials undertaken by the PNGIMR. She has led research to monitor gonococcal antimicrobial susceptibility patterns in Papua New Guinea and to investigate the aetiology of respiratory disease in HIV-positive people in Papua New Guinea.

Pamela has completed a Master's degree in Medical Science from the University of Papua New Guinea and has a keen interest in public health to improve development outcomes.
Pamela takes an active role in mentoring younger women researchers to ensure that women participate in science and she is very committed to women's health issues as she sees a huge gender disparity in access to services.


Emily Hurley

Commonwealth Department of Health, ACT

 is the Acting Assistant Secretary at the Commonwealth Department of Health's Economics and Research Division. In this role, she leads, guides and supports policy development around whole-of-health system financing and performance.

As the director of the Health System Financing and Evaluation branch, Emily has provided economic policy advice on issues that cover all parts of the health system, including the health reform's governance arrangements. She also has been responsible for the Clinical Quality Registry (CQR) Policy Section, where she led the development of a national CQR strategy and a funding model for a prioritised set of national CQRs.

For a decade prior, Emily worked at the Australian Treasury, where she was seconded to assist the Solomon Islands' Ministry of Finance with government budgets and to support Vietnam's Ministry of Finance with hosting the 2006 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. She also was responsible for the Commonwealth Treasury's Tax White Paper's public communication strategy.

From 2006 to 2007, Emily led the development of an Economic and Public Sector Governance Strategic Framework for AusAID, to ensure that Australian resources were coordinated and effective in supporting jointly-agreed PNG/Australia priorities for PNG economic and public sector governance.

Emily holds an International Business degree from the Queensland University of Technology.