QG Breakfast - 8 May 2019

Queensland Health, in partnership with the Public Service Commission, holds three breakfast events per year to help promote initiatives associated with the Queensland Government Inclusion and Diversity Strategy 2015 – 2020.

The QG Breakfast Series, hosted by the Women’s Network was initiated by the Deputy Director-General, Corporate Services Division, Queensland Health who is the sponsor of the Department of Health Women’s Network. The first breakfast event was held in November 2017 and has continued to grow since its inception, addressing topics such as:

  • Supporting women to stay connected and engaged in a changing world.
  • Owning and leading performance: building resilience and leading teams through cultural change.
  • Transformation and better ways of working, A panel discussion on flexible work arrangements.
  • Representation Matters: How can men advocate for, and act to, advance gender equity?

Workplace inclusion—leading an inclusive workforce

The first breakfast for 2019 was held on Wednesday 8 May, with the theme: Workplace inclusion—leading an inclusive workforce.

Across the Queensland Government, we are aiming to build our workforces and workplaces to better reflect the diverse community we live in. While the benefits of genuine inclusion in workplaces have been well documented, our challenge now is embracing a culture of inclusion and diversity and how we best prepare and support our people and workplaces to be more inclusive.

This event shared personal stories from a diverse panel and explored what needs to be done to support this environment in our workplaces to provide everyone the opportunity to flourish.

Panel members included:

  • Ms Megan Barry, Deputy Commissioner, Public Service Commission - panel facilitator
  • Ms Jane O’Leary, Research Director, Diversity Council Australia
  • Mr Mick Gooda, former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Ms Renee Kelly, Vision Australia trainee, a vision impaired perspective
  • Mr Ian Montague, State Manager, Queensland, National Disability Services
  • Cr Dai Le, Fairfield Council; Advisory Board Member, Multicultural NSW; and founder of DAWN.

Mr Robert Setter, Commission Chief Executive, Public Service Commission also highlighted the public sector’s inclusion and diversity activities.

Podcast transcript from 8 May breakfast

Last updated: 22 August 2019