The University of South Australia is proud to sponsor and host the upcoming TEDxAdelaideWomen
event, which will be highlighting great achievements of women in South Australia.
Our university is a very appropriate place to host an ideas festival, and UniSA is especially pleased
to have the opportunity to support an event that celebrates the ideas of women – both locally and
internationally through the live streaming of the TEDxWomen event in Washington DC. As the first
Australian state to give women the right to vote, South Australia has a long and proud history of
supporting and furthering the rights of women in our community.
UniSA also has a fantastic record in educating successful South Australian females. My division,
which covers the discipline areas of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment,
works hard to increase female participation in traditionally male dominated fields. Currently female
students represent approximately 1 in 4 students in this division, which is a large increase on just ten
We also have a large number of female researchers undertaking PhDs in our division. Carla Daunton
is one of these researchers, and she is presenting at the TEDxAdelaideWomen event, showcasing
her research by presenting her ‘3 Minute Thesis’. Carla’s thesis is the development of a Point-of-
Care diagnostic predictor of wound status. Her innovative research aims to find a diagnostic tool that
can advise a clinician whether a wound is healing properly, or if it is becoming chronic. This tool will
advance the treatment of wounds, and could improve the health outcomes for millions of people
worldwide. Carla successfully communicated the ideas behind her research as an entrant in the 3
Minute Thesis competition. After successfully winning her division competition, she went on to win
UniSA’s competition and represented our university at the Trans-Tasman final in Queensland. As
not only a talented scientist, but also an accomplished communicator, Carla is a great example of a
successful South Australian female.
The TED organisation has recently reached the milestone of 1 billion video views for their inspiring
talks. This shows that their tagline of ‘ideas worth spreading’ is, as they hoped, spreading. UniSA is
proud to be supporting the sharing of ideas through our support for TEDxAdelaideWomen. We’ll see
you at City West on 1 December.
By Victoria Rollison
Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
University of South Australia