Gender Equity Working Group

The college strongly endorses gender equity because of its ethical, social, and economic benefits to our fellows, trainees, specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs), and the broader community. The Gender Equity Working Group (GEWG) reports its activities and initiatives to the Professional Affairs Executive Committee (PAEC).
 

The working group was established in November 2017 to promote the importance of equal representation of women and men across our fellowship and an increase in women in leadership and management positions. 
Achievements of the working group include:

  • Delivery of the Gender Equity Position Statement, resource toolkit and self-assessment quiz.

  • The ANZCA panel pledge is based on an initiative of Male Champions of Change and Chief Executive Women, national groups which work with influential leaders to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality. Too few speaker position are offered to women. This imbalance means that audiences are getting a narrow perspective and the quality and diversity of conversations and experiences are limited. We ask that willing participants take the following pledge.I stand for gender diversity at every forum

  • ANZCA’s inaugural Women in STEMM breakfast was held on May 2 at the  2019 ASM, which brought together delegates to hear from the celebrated Malaysian guest speaker, Professor Maude Phipps. More than 100 people attended the breakfast relishing the opportunity to discuss the importance of gender equity for the medical profession and the broader community. 

  • Time-based eligibility criteria for the Emerging Leaders Conference has been clarified to take into account parental leave.

  • On Friday March 22, at the International Medical Symposium in Auckland, the Presidents and CEOs of the Tri-Nations Alliance united to sign the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles Statement. This commitment aims to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in the workplace and community, through seven principle areas. These principles are the result of collaboration between the UN Global Compact and UN Women, and are adapted from the Calvert Women's Principles. Signatories include Presidents and CEOs from ANZCA, RACS, RANZCP, RCPSC and RACP.

  •  A dedicated page on the ANZCA website has been created to report gender equity metrics

  • 2019 National Women’s Day was celebrated with a Women In Medicine symposium at ANZCA House.

    For further details please visit our Gender Equity page.

Committee members

 

Title

Name

Region

Chair

Associate Professor Leonie Watterson

NSW

Member

Dr Vanessa Beavis

NZ

FPM representative

Dr Suzanne Cartwright

NSW

Member

Dr Bridget Effeney

Qld

Member

Dr John Leyden

NSW

Member

Dr Nicole Phillips

NSW

Member

Dr Mark Priestley

NSW

Member

Dr Lindy Roberts

WA

NZ trainee representative

Dr Michael Webb

NZ

GM, Fellowship Affairs

Ms Jan Sharrock

Vic

Acting Membership Manager

Mr Mathew Griffin

Vic

Committee support officer

Ms Kate Galloway

Vic

Membership Services

Ms Gabby White

Vic


For further information on the group’s activities please contact gewg@anzca.edu.au

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