I am a full time staff specialist anaesthetist and Director of Anaesthesia Research at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne Australia. I am a NHMRC fellow and my research program, which leads on from my PhD work, examines heart function in women with preeclampsia, a common high blood pressure condition in pregnant women. My work has enabled an explanation for this condition (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anae.12832/abstract) and enables different treatment and prevention programs to be developed. The use of heart ultrasound (transthoracic echocardiography) in these research studies has led to the clinical use of heart ultrasound in pregnant women undergoing anaesthesia and in unwell pregnant women and this has helped to improve treatment of these women. I have developed a teaching and educational program in this area. I am a past chair of the Obstetric Anaesthesia Special Interest Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists, and I represents the ANZCA on the National Maternal Mortality Advisory Panel. I have recently been invited to give the keynote presentation “Science, Sex and Society – why maternal maternal mortality is still a global health issue” at two international meetings highlighting the role of the obstetric anaesthetist as a key driver for positive change in pregnant women’s health, and placing these issues on a global stage.