Our workforce is 75 per cent women, but we have more to do
Wednesday 8 March 2017
75% of Queensland Health employees are female.
While this statistic is representative of the entire Queensland Health workforce, when broken down it reveals there is not equity in many senior teams and positions.
Queensland Health is a leader in women’s participation in the workforce, and endeavours to continue bridging the gap towards greater diversity system-wide.
But while we are a leader in overall participation, we also have segregation occurring where women are concentrated in nursing, for example, and men are concentrated in technical streams.
This week is Queensland Women’s Week (QWW), coinciding with International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8.
The theme of QWW this year is Queensland Women: Be involved. Lead the way; encouraging women to participate and pursue leadership roles in their community and workplace.
In an attempt to encourage more women to pursue careers in technical streams, the Queensland Government supports growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Dorothy Vicenzino, Executive Director of Queensland Health's Healthcare Regulation Unit, speaks at the Aspiring Women Leaders' Summit.
Initiatives like the Women in STEM Prize showcase and support women working in these fields.
The Government also recognises that the first step towards a diverse and equal workforce is through inclusion.
It acknowledges that inclusion is not just about gender, culture, age, sex or disability; but instead about the difference a diverse workforce can bring, to customers, the organisation and individuals.
It is about incorporating and valuing different ways of thinking, interacting and working to achieve better outcomes for the Queensland community.
This International Women’s Day, make sure to say thank you to the women who devote their lives to improving the health care system in Queensland.
Nomsa Ncube from NorthWest Community Health Centre attends the 2017 Queensland Health's Aspiring Women Leaders' Summit.