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Health service celebrates International Women’s Day

8 March 2018


The Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) is celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) today to acknowledge the valued contributions of almost 80 per cent of its workforce.

IWD 2018 has the theme of #Press for Progress – leave no woman behind. The day is a way to celebrate the contribution of women to society as colleagues, employees, employers, inventors, problem solvers, and leaders in our community.

Senior workforce capability, culture and engagement advisor Bianca Rice said DDHHS had a strong record of women in leadership.

“With six out of nine Board members and 55 per cent of the executive team being women, the health service is well placed in the gender equality stakes,” Ms Rice said.

“There are 4321 women who work for us which equates to four out of five, and their combined years of service add up to more than 43,500 years.

“These are statistics to be proud of, they help us attract and retain our staff and be a role model for leadership within our communities.”

Ms Rice said DDHHS offered flexible work practices aimed at supporting both men and women including those with family or caring responsibilities.

“There are also leadership opportunities for women in executive and senior roles as well as access to role models and mentors for women aspiring to leadership positions,” she said.

“Last year DDHHS set up a diversity and inclusion community of practice to move forward further with gender parity as well as other diversity areas.

“While there is more work to be done, International Women’s Day is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on our achievements so far.”

DDHHS director of social work Toni Salmond said the IWD theme fitted importantly with the elimination of domestic and family violence.

“To eradicate domestic and family violence we need to aim for gender equality,” Ms Salmond said.

“In 2017 DDHHS launched a training program to help clinicians sensitively enquire when patients present with signs or indicators of domestic or family violence and to appropriately refer.

“DDHHS also provides support if any of our staff have experienced domestic violence through leave or flexible working hours.

“Every day individuals and organisations can promote the gender parity mindset, challenge stereotypes and bias, forge positive visibility of women, and celebrate women’s achievements to help make progress towards gender equality.”

DDHHS Fast Facts

  • Provided 800 “episodes of care” to women and girls each day in 2017
  • Treated 100,000+ women and girls across DDHHS in 2017
  • 4321 female staff in DDHHS (79 per cent)
  • 43,551 years of combined service

Last updated: 8 March 2018