City of Fremantle

The City of Fremantle Aspire Award is a $5,000 grant awarded to an individual representing a non-profit association in the City of Fremantle to assist in their personal and professional development CoF Aspire Lock Upthrough attendance at a relevant international conference in their chosen field of endeavour. Award recipients have up to 3 years to use the funds.

Entry is open to all not-for-profit incorporated association  members in the mining and resources, health, education, science and technology, business, environment and heritage, retail, and arts and culture industries, who either work or reside in the City of Fremantle. Please note, City of Fremantle staff are not eligible to apply.

2020 City of Fremantle Aspire Award Winner, Dr Ramya Raman

Business Events Perth, in partnership with City of Fremantle, has presented the 2020 Aspire Award to family doctor Dr Ramya Raman.

As part of the award, women’s health expert Dr Raman will attend the World Organisation of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) Asia Pacific Region Conference, where she will present her work on postnatal recovery.

Business Events Perth Chief Executive Officer Gareth Martin said the organisation was delighted to recognise Dr Ramya’s work by helping her meet and connect with other family doctors and academics from around the world.

“Dr Raman’s work as a general practitioner in the field of women’s and children’s health is incredibly important to our society,” said Mr Martin.

“Attending business events like conferences, help experts like Dr Raman collaborate and exchange knowledge with others in their field and also showcase the expertise of Western Australia on an international stage, and we are thrilled to be able to fund her attendance at the WONCA Asia Pacific Region Conference.”

Now in its 21st year, Business Events Perth’s Aspire Awards sponsor local academics and researchers to attend (and often present at) a relevant international conference in their discipline, to further their professional development and profile Western Australian research on an international stage.

Dr Raman was awarded for her ongoing work in postnatal recovery, during which women may face concerns around feeding and contraception, and are at risk of post-natal depression and even family violence; an issue that has become all the more pertinent of late due to the rise in cases of domestic violence affecting women and children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m passionate about women’s health and empowering women to enable their best health and emotional wellbeing, and engaging with other health specialists from various parts of the world at the WONCA Conference will enable better clinical understandings and health outcomes,” Dr Raman said

“This is particularly important in light of the pandemic that we’re currently facing. There will be updates, public health discussions and opportunities for us to explore how we as family physicians can support our patients and community in the post COVID-19 pandemic.”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the Aspire Award was part of the City’s plan to raise Fremantle’s profile as a destination for business events and conferences.

“Business tourism can be a very lucrative market, so a key element in our Destination Marketing Strategic Plan is to attract more conferences and business events to Fremantle,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“By providing local professionals the opportunity to travel overseas to attend conferences it not only allows them to learn new things and network with other people in their field, it also gives them the chance to talk about Fremantle and what a great place it is to visit.

“And once we know about what organisations are out there and what events they hold, it gives us the chance to promote Fremantle to those organisations and bid for those events in future. This is going to be especially important as part of the post-COVID recovery.

“I wish Dr Raman all the best for the WONCA conference in New Zealand, and maybe at some point in the future we’ll be able to host the conference here in Fremantle.”