International Women’s Day Brunch

Celebrating International Women’s Day!

We celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday 1st March 2020, at the Tuileries Restaurant, Rutherglen. The theme this year was An Equal World is an Enabled World and our guest speakers were:

  • Rachel Shanks MBBS FANZCA MMed
  • Katherine Murtagh MCrim Melb

2020 Guest Speakers

Dr Rachel Shanks, MBBS FANZCA MMed 

I am a consultant anaesthetist and perioperative medicine specialist at University Hospital Geelong.

I was born in Corowa and attended Rutherglen Primary & High school before heading to medical school at the University of Melbourne. After graduation I worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for 3 years before heading to the UK where I began my anaesthetic training at Torbay Hospital in Devon. On returning to Australia I juggled training, exams and 2 babies with rotations to the Alfred Hospital, The Royal Women’s and Royal Children’s, Bendigo and Geelong.

Having enjoyed time working in Geelong and found it a supportive workplace to finish my training part-time with young children I was lucky to be offered a consultant job in 2011. After completing a Master’s degree in perioperative medicine in 2018, I am now the clinical lead for University Hospital Geelong’s Anaesthetic Assessment Service. I have a special interest in the care and optimisation of patients having major cancer surgery and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

l live on the Bellarine Peninsula with my anaesthetist husband, 2 children (Max 14 and Vianne 10) 2 groodles and a rather haughty cat. When not driving my kids to various sporting commitments, I enjoy participating in team sports (hockey, tennis and karate) and trying to expand my mostly native garden.


Katherine Murtagh

I grew up in Rutherglen on a couple of different vineyards and wineries.

When I was 16, I moved to boarding school in Melbourne and I graduated from Presbyterian Ladies College in 2012.

I then studied a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Major in Media & Communications and a Minor in Law & Justice.

I went on to study a Master of Criminology. I studied part-time and worked part-time at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in the Volunteer Engagement Team.

Upon graduating, I started a new role in September 2019 as a Research Assistant for the Integrity and Oversight Committee – a joint investigatory committee at the Parliament of Victoria. In my current role, I undertake research tasks and prepare briefings, handle complaints and assist with the performance monitoring of the four different Victorian integrity organisations we oversee.

Nowadays, I spend my spare time reading, catching up with friends and family, hanging out and trying new restaurants with my partner, Paddy, and watering my numerous indoor plants.