We all do it, we all make assumptions and quickly assess a situation using our pre-existing ideas. But do we know this makes us susceptible to unconscious bias and prejudice? 

In a healthcare setting, such bias can prevent a patient from receiving the right care at the right time.

There is a long history of gender biases in medicine with women often being seen as hysterical or vulnerable, leading to their exclusion from medical research. This can result in delayed diagnosis and even misdiagnosis of disease in women and a lack of understanding across the board from doctors, researchers, patients and the public.

BIAS aims to challenge your perceptions about women’s health, and then engage you on a variety of topics such as historical views on women’s health, bias in medicine, access to appropriate healthcare and women’s medical issues including endometriosis, PCOS, access to reproductive healthcare, period poverty and mental health.

In this festival, attendees had the opportunity to learn how to tackle these biases when they arise by improving their understanding of the current issues that women face, the healthcare resources available, and how research participation is vital to future advances in women’s health.

This series of events included a historical look at how women were treated in the medical profession and highlight some of the trailblazers in medicine. We hosted a panel and Q&A with transition year students to learn more about women in science, medicine and technology and the challenges and benefits that come with a career in science.