Our Vision



Mentor. Network. Lead.


Kia ora whānau and welcome to Women in Health Network.

WiHN was founded by a team of future wahine health professionals who study across health disciplines spanning medicine, health sciences, nursing, optometry and pharmacy at the University of Auckland. Launched in October 2017, our nonprofit has been stitched together by common passion for supporting all women in the health sector to achieve their individual versions of personal and professional fulfilment.

WiHN's vision statement is simple: mentor, network, lead.

Here at WiHN, we see an overwhelming amount of potential in the wahine rangatahi set to enter the health workforce. WiHN provides mentoring and networking opportunities that will support women in harnessing this potential and become leaders in their own right. 

A lack of women leadership in health means that half of our world is not having their needs considered at the decision-making table by those best positioned to contribute. Additionally, half the talent of our world is left untapped. On the other hand, women leadership in health has a huge number of benefits – a general ripple effect for women empowerment, diversity and innovation in addressing health challenges, enhanced health system productivity, and improved health outcomes for everyone.

On why women leadership so important, Deborah Bateman once said because it creates long-lasting impact. Through women’s innate leadership, they mentor, nurture, and empower—thus leaving a legacy.” 

Thank you for your interest in joining a network of strong women in health who support one another to become the best version of themselves, both personally and professionally.

Why was Wihn founded?

The health sector is a women-dominated field, however gender disparities in the form of pay gaps, uneven opportunities for advancement, and unbalanced representation in leadership and decision-making negatively impact on societal equity and health sector efficiency. According to the 2013 census, women comprised 81% of people with health qualifications but had a median income that was $60,200 less than that of male professionals in the health sector (excluding nursing). WiHN believes that by creating networks of support for emerging women in health, inequities can better be addressed. 


WiHN aims to:

  1. Foster network of women working across the health sector; and

  2. Nurture the next generation of women health professionals and leaders with personal and professional development opportunities.

Underpinning these endeavours is a focus on reducing inequities. WiHN recognises that women face greater barriers to having a fulfilling experience working within the health sector. When gender intersects with other social categorisations, such as socioeconomic status, overlapping systems of disadvantage can work against women in achieving their personal and professional aspirations.