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Loreto women in time

Inspiring Alumni - Hall of Fame

Loreto Women in Time – Inspiring Alumni celebrates the outstanding achievements of extraordinary Loreto College Ballarat alumni in a diverse range of fields and areas of endeavour. It recognises alumni whose service has made a significant contribution to Loreto College, our regional, state, national or global community, and who will inspire current and future students. 

Women in Time – Inspiring Alumni is an assembly of models of Loreto women who, in the spirit of Mary Ward and the Loreto Mission, have in their time “come to do much.” It is the College’s preeminent means of recognising outstanding achievement and contributions by past students. Each Women in Time – Inspiring Alumni inductee will be presented with a memento. Inductees will feature in a visual Women in Time – Inspiring Alumni honour wall publicly displayed at the College. Inductees may be invited to attend special events hosted by the College and will be featured in the various College communications platforms, including print and online


Nominations are now open for 2022!  

As a member of the Loreto College Ballarat community, we invite you to nominate alumnae you think should be considered for our 2022 Loreto Women in Time - Inspiring Alumni. Once nominated, nominees who meet the selection criteria will continue to be considered each year. 


Introducting our 2021 Women in Time - Inspiring Alumni Inaugrual Inductees

Young Achiever and Entrepreneur

Class of  2010

Dr Ebony Monson is a young scientist who has become an expert in virology. Unsure what to do when she graduated from Loreto College in 2010, Ebony opted for a degree in Biological Science; trusting that continuing to focus on what she loved was the right choice.  

Over the past 10 years Ebony has completed a Bachelor and First-Class Honours degree and a PhD in the field of virology with a focus on immune responses to viruses by cells; uncovering novel mechanisms by which our bodies respond to viral infections which she hopes will contribute to new antiviral treatments. Her research has been internationally acknowledged and published in multiple international journals and now she encourages and inspires the next generation of young scientists.  

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Academic and Professional Excelleence

Class of 1970

Dr Margaret Heffernan OAM, PhD has established herself nationally and internationally through her spotlight on reducing the public health disparities that vulnerable First Nations and migrant women experience. Margaret’s sustained success as an activist, has led to building respectful reciprocal relationships with diverse communities. Her acknowledged role as a strong and independent advocate, mentor, educator, author and academic researcher ensures she engages with and influences policy makers to reduce women’s health inequalities across Australia. 

The resources generated from Dr. Heffernan's work led to many people now empowered and able to give informed consent to what can be without adequate knowledge mystifying public health initiatives. Currently an academic in the College of Business and Law, RMIT University, the legacy of Margaret’s energetic advocacy for women’s health has resulted in many awards, including in 2006 an Australian Government Order of Australia Medal, and continues to benefit the general public. 

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Community Service Leadership

Class of 1981

A champion for women’s health and change-maker, Jane Hill is making a significant positive impact on people’s lives both in Australia and internationally. Jane is determined to change the ovarian cancer story, like those who have changed the story of breast cancer. 

Jane’s career spans over 20 years of community service as a not-for-profit CEO and company director. Jane is currently CEO of Ovarian Cancer Australia, a national organisation, providing care and support for those affected by ovarian cancer; and advocating for improved services and research investment. She works to shape national health policy to increase cancer survival rates and the quality of life of cancer patients.

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STEAM and Innovation Excellence

Class of 1991

Professor Michelle McIntosh is a pharmaceutical scientist with an international reputation in the fields of pulmonary delivery and global health. Her research is aimed at improving drug delivery systems with an emphasis on translational research projects aiming to improve patient healthcare outcomes. Specifically the development of inhaled delivery of oxytocin, designed to prevent unnecessary deaths in the developing world due excessive blood loss in child birth. 

Michelle’s work has been acknowledged at the highest levels and she maintains a strong focus on cultivating the next generation talent by providing opportunities for emerging scientist to develop highly valued specialist skills. 

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