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LIONZ are committed to supporting female surgeons, breaking down barriers, promoting diversity and being advocates for cultural change.

Get together of LIONZ people

LIONZ events feature practical workshops, support networking and mentoring while also creating opportunities for some of our female registrars to take a leading role in teaching and inspiring future surgeons.

In 2019 LIONZ became part of the International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance (IODA) an international collaboration advocating for gender and cultural diversity in orthopaedics across the globe. It has been a stimulating and thought-provoking entity to be involved with and we look forward to sharing information and ideas with this group & others such as OWL in Australia or WOW.

Orthopaedics is sometimes still regarded as a specialty requiring bulk, so by sharing our stories and shining a light on the highs & lows 

- we can be agents for meaningful change and inspire female medical students & registrars explore orthopaedics as a rewarding option. 

Sadly covid cancelled the 2021 LIONZ meeting - but now the 2022 combined ASM in Christchurch creates a fantastic opportunity to include OWL's.
With a hands on workshop in the morning (female only)  & an impressive line up of speakers in the afternoon (open to all) it's going to be an event to remember.
Registrations now OPEN - get in quick!

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If you want to know more about LIONZ or to share some thoughts and ideas - please contact Margy Pohl : 

Here's a link to a 8 min animated clip  - diversity and inclusion in action & the future is woven!