In the lead up to International Women’s Day, our Director of Emergency Medicine Research, Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton OAM, was given a standing ovation when she spoke about her experiences as a woman in over 30 years in emergency medicine at our International Women’s Day celebration.
Diana focused on the impact the combination of family violence and alcohol have had on the women who come into her care and how she uses her influence to support others and ensure women’s voices are heard.
Monash Chief Medical Officer, who is also the Chair of the Gender Equity sub-committee, Dr Anjali Dhulia, and Executive Director of People and Culture, Karen Lowe, hosted the event and spoke about Monash Health’s achievements in making our workplace safe, welcoming and reflective of the diversity of our community.
There have been some important achievements in line with the Monash Health’s Equity and Inclusion Strategy, including establishing breastfeeding rooms across all sites, putting in place a procedure to support sex and gender-diverse employees, putting in place family violence leave, and reviewing our policies, procedures and reporting to ensure they are gender neutral and reduce the chance of bias for our employees and consumers.
Karen emphasised that gender equality is not just women’s responsibility, it is sound business practice and it is up to each one of us – men and women – to make it work. She encouraged our employees to speak up if they see issues of unconscious bias or discrimination.
With a workforce which is 77 per cent female, a Board with over 50 per cent female representation and an Executive team with over 40 per cent female representation, Monash Health is working hard all the time to ensure a working environment which is free from bias and discrimination and everyone – regardless of gender or preference – can achieve their full potential.
Distinguished Professor Robert Wood spoke about the future of work and the need to continue celebrating International Women’s Day in an ongoing push for equality.
Board member, Ms Helen Brunt, joined a large crowd in Lecture Theatre 1 and online at our other major sites, as we celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Each for Equal.