The implementation of a disability employment plan, improved patient experiences for our diverse consumers, and LGBTI+ inclusive practice training for managers feature as part of a strong action plan for 2020-21, to continue to deliver on the promise of the Monash Health’s Equity and Inclusion Strategy.
The Equity and Inclusion Committee recently reported to the Executive and the Board about the last year’s achievements delivered as part of the five-year strategy.
One of the absolute highlights was the newly released Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage online training modules, with over 6000 employees and managers recently completing the courses in one month, either side of Reconciliation Week.
Actions implemented from the plan include the roll-out of unconscious bias training, accessible breastfeeding rooms at our main hospital sites, and demonstrating the effectiveness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment program, which has already resulted in a significant increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and driving our ambition to be an employer of choice.
In support of gender diversity, we have also put in place a procedure to support sex and gender diverse employees.
One of the most recent achievements is the installation of all-gender toilets – a recommendation of the LGBTI+ committee.
Monash Health undertook a gender pay gap analysis, which showed our pay equity was strong. We also participated in a gender pilot project with the Department for Women, testing tools and resources to ensure that our policies, procedures and reporting are aligned with gender-neutral processes, reducing the chance of bias for our employees and consumers.
Executive Director, People and Culture, Karen Lowe, who also chairs the Equity and Inclusion Committee, thanked the sub-committee chairs and all their voluntary members for their input, ideas and enthusiasm throughout the last year. She also thanked consumer representatives Lynda Condon and Brian Oates and other employees and consumers who continue to have input on how the strategy is implemented.
“We achieve the outcomes under this strategy by working together to help make Monash Health a more equitable and inclusive environment for everyone.”
“As we work in different ways this year, it’s even clearer that we need to keep focusing on how to ensure everyone has a positive experience with the health service and that we reflect and welcome the diverse community we serve.”
Approved by Karen Lowe – Executive Director, People and Culture