Homeward Bound: Help me to lead change for women in science

By Anita Goh

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Thank you for supporting my movie fundraiser night!

The sold-out event was a huge success and I am very overwhelmed and grateful. We raised $1120! I am so much closer to my goal now!

Why me in Antarctica?

A few weeks ago I received an amazing message from my good friend Liz.

Milly (6 years old) to her mum Liz: "Mum! I have something very cool to tell you.”

My friend leans close to her 6yo daughter.

Milly: “I think Anita Goh is famous!"

Turns out there is a poster up at her school with my name and photo for a science event I was co-hosting to attract kids and more girls into STEMM as part of National Science Week.

So, I am aware that I'm not actually famous, but this story illustrates what I am passionate about - women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.


One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Every day as a clinical neuroscientist I see the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and dementia on individuals and those who care for them. I see families struggle with the reality of a father who often forgets who they are, with a mother who has to give up her career early. I see the impact of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues on our community.

I work tirelessly looking for answers and solutions. I aim to create a future where everyone, regardless of gender, socioeconomic class, and cultural background, can access the best care and treatment, where their families are supported. But I cannot do it alone.

Gender imbalance

I work alongside some of the top research scientists in Melbourne searching for the answers. I have noticed something that I just cannot live with. Women make up only 10% of top-level scientists. There needs to be more of us. I want Liz’s 6-year-old daughter to look around the room in 10 years time and see women leading the way in science and in the world.

And that’s why I’m taking part in Homeward Bound.

To inspire young women into science.

To improve my knowledge and network to find answers for my research.

To be inspired by other amazing women in science.

To improve gender equality and diversity.

Again, I can’t do it alone.

Here’s how you can help

To secure my position in Homeward Bound 2018, I need to pull together $13000 to cover my fees for the flights, accommodation, and ship berth to travel to Antarctica.

What's in it for you?

Simply select a perk that suits you or donate directly to my campaign. Any donations, big or small, will be welcomed with heartfelt thanks.

It will take more than a ship filled with women to change the world.

Consider the world you'd like to live in, grow old in, and pass on to future generations.

Hope is never enough. We need to be the change.

To learn more about Homeward Bound, visit https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/

Thank you

Thanks to my supporters so far, including:

  • Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Edmond Chiu
  • The Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age
  • Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • National Ageing Research Institute


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