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Gender equity: Other resources

This page displays resources related to the topic of gender equity.

Geoffrey Kaye Museum

Exhibition Research and Findings: The Rare Privilege of Medicine
Monica Cronin, curator of ANZCA's Geoffrey Kaye Museum, has recently published an article regarding the exhibition 'The Rare Privilege of Medicine: Women Anaesthetists in Australia and New Zealand'. The article highlights the struggles of locating historical information about women in medicine and the stories of Dr. Janet Greig and Dr. Lily Jörgensen, two women featured within the exhibition.

Cronin M. Exhibition research and findings: the rare privilege of medicine. Journal of Anesthesia History. 2020 Jun;6(2):90-95. doi: 10.1016/j.janh.2018.10.004.

Access the exhibit online here.

Other articles in interest from Monica Cronin regarding gender include:

Cronin M. Anarcha, Betsey, Lucy, and the women whose names were not recorded: the legacy of J Marion Sims. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. 2020 Nov 29:310057X20966606. doi: 10.1177/0310057X20966606.

RACS Diversity and Inclusion Plan

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) website has a page of resources, "About Respect: What we are doing", which details the 2018 Activities that were undertaken with regard to culture within the medical profession.

One of the policies/procedures that has been updated to reflect RACS commitment to building respect, and improving patient safety is the Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

ArticlesView more information here.

Women in leadership: Lessons from Australian companies leading the way

The report reveals how high-performing companies enact the full suite of 10 practices, rather than taking a piecemeal approach, and how those practices can be customised to overcome each company’s unique challenges and drive greater acceptance across their workforce. With this report, organisations that want and need to drive change now have a blueprint for success that can be tailored and embedded throughout their culture and strategy.

ArticlesView the report here.

World Medical Association (WMA) Statement on Gender Equality in Medicine.

Adopted by the 69th WMA General Assembly, Reykjavik, Iceland, October 2018

ArticlesAccess the PDF here or HTML version here.

Report: Australia’s STEM Workforce

This report by the Office of the Chief Scientist provides the first detailed analysis of Australia’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) trained workforce.

View the report here.

Learning and education modules on understanding bias in health care

The Health Quality and Safety Commission (New Zealand) has developed three modules for health practitioners about implicit bias.

The learning and education videos were developed for Wiki Haumaru Tūroro - Patient Safety Week 2019.

Access the three modules, and one quiz here.

Report: The future of the medical workforce

The future of the medical workforce - 2019 Report

ArticlesAccess/download the PDFof the report

ArticlesRead further about the context of the report in an online article by Professor Anthony Scott (report author).

Scott, A. ANZ - Melbourne Institute - Health Sector Report: the future of the medical workforce. Melbourne: Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne, 2019.

Women's Empowerment Principles

The Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Visit theWEPs websitefor more information

Department of Health Australia’s Future Health Workforce – Anaesthesia

From the Executive Summary:

"The Australia’s Future Health Workforce – Doctors (AFHW - Doctors) report published in December 2014 indicated that Australia’s health workforce is under pressure and must undergo significant transformation to meet future demands for healthcare.

Despite the projected overall position of oversupply, imbalances within the medical specialty workforces currently exist and are projected to continue.

The anaesthesia report is part of the first segment of analysis under the capacity and distribution work. This report involves updating the supply and demand projections previously completed by the former Health Workforce Australia (HWA) and published in Health Workforce 2025 - Medical Specialists Volume 3 (HW 2025 Vol 3)."

ArticlesRead the report at this link.

Current news in Gender Equity

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Columbia Engineering: 39 LGBTQ+ STEM Innovators and Resources

Published by Columbia University’s Engineering Boot Camp programs, this resource highlights inspiring, innovative individuals and organizations that have supported, celebrated, and/or made significant contributions to the LGBTQ+ tech community. The guide helps identify organizations and networking opportunities for those in the LGBTQ+ community and provides credible external resources to help this underrepresented population explore and grow in STEM.

Access the collection

A Gender Agenda (AGA) Information Hub

AGA is a community organisation actively engaged in increasing public awareness and understanding of intersex, trans and gender diversity issues. In addition to training and education, they provide advocacy and support services, information and resources and are actively engaged in human rights and law reform.

Note: The information hub includes specific information for health professionals.

A Gender Agenda (AGA): Information Hub | Trans, Intersex and Gender Diverse Services, Canberra

LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Language Guide

This guide explains how to use language respectfully and inclusively when working with and referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, and queer and questioning people. It's for Victorian public sector employees.

LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Language Guide [PDF]

VicGov website

Pronouns is a practical resource dedicated to the empowering and inclusive use of personal pronouns in the English language.

Resources from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency

These eLearning modules are on the Workplace Gender Equality Agency website. Within each of the modules you will find a suite of resources to help you complete the course.

EducationAccess the modules at this link.

Additionally, there is a Gender Strategy Toolkit available from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

ArticlesClick here for the PDF document.

Australian Academy of Science: 10 year plan for women in STEM

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Decadal Plan

The Australian Government has asked the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering to develop a Women in STEM Decadal Plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide a 10-year roadmap for achieving sustained increases in women’s STEM participation and retention from school through to careers.

ArticlesRead the plan here.

Champions of Change Coalition resources

Champions of Change Coalition works with influential leaders to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality. It activates peer groups of influential male leaders, supports them to step up beside women, and drives the adoption of actions across private sector and government.

WebsiteThere are a number of resources on their page about gender equity issues and how to take action.

Australian Public Service Gender Equality Strategy 2021-26

Equality ensures everyone has an opportunity to make the most of their experiences, careers and talent. Equality is about recognising differences and providing tools and support so everyone has an opportunity to succeed.

ArticlesThe Australian Public Service (APS) Gender Equality Strategy seeks to drive practical and impactful action for lasting change.An independent evaluation of the outgoing strategy found it had a positive impact on progressing gender equality across the APS. However, there is more to be done and evaluation indicated that we cannot become complacent on gender equality. The refreshed strategy sought broad consultation, including APS-wide staff engagement, ensuring a diversity of views were represented.

"Making up for being female": Work-life balance, medical time and gender norms for women in the New Zealand senior medical workforce

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand. ASMS produced a report titled "Making up for being female": Work-life balance, medical time and gender norms for women in the New Zealand senior medical workforce, which explores issues regarding working part-time and the construction of narratives around what a 'real doctor' does, and much more.

ArticlesDownload the report here.

WebsiteVisit the ASMS website for this and more publications.

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ANZCA acknowledges and respects Māori as the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa and is committed to upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, fostering the college’s relationship with Māori, supporting Māori fellows and trainees, and striving to improve the health of Māori.