NSLHD News August 16

message FROM the chairman Trevor Danos AM

Earlier this year I became a member of the newly formed Male Champions of Change Health group. Male Champions of Change (MCC) began in 2010 and works to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality, supporting us to stand beside women and drive the adoption of meaningful action across private sector and government. I took up my appointment, with encouragement from the Health Secretary, to do more to address gender inequality in the public health sector. Our District’s involvement will assist the design of actions and programs for other districts. Our District has a diverse workforce but to realise the benefits, we have the opportunity to build a truly inclusive workplace, where all our people feel valued and respected. We have a very good representation of women across a number of key roles, however there is always more we can do. One of the actions from the Male Champions of Change group was to hold a Gender Equality Leadership workshop for our staff, which I recently attend and was organised by our Workforce and Culture team. The workshop explored how we as leaders can continue to improve the current and future work environment for our staff and future employees, and strengthen gender equity in the workplace.

The workshop was informed by more than 170 women from a wide range of clinical and non- clinical backgrounds across our District. Staff participated in online surveys and focus groups and their answers spoke of the opportunities and challenges for working women and men to move into leadership positions while balancing life outside of a 24/7 healthcare service. This workshop gave everyone the opportunity to engage leaders in the conversation and explore how we can better support all of our staff to excel in their careers. We all play an important role in addressing gender inequality and implementing actions and reforms that will set our District and our staff up for success, now and into the future. I would like to thank those who attended and those who helped to organise such an important event and strongly encourage our leaders to engage with events like it in the future. I look forward to be able to report on new initiatives and successes in coming months. Trevor Danos AM Board Chair Northern Sydney Local Health District


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