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International Women's Day 2020

Women's pivotal role in delivering world-class care in District celebrated.

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Sydney Local Health District has marked International Women’s Day with chief executive Dr Teresa Anderson AM highlighting the dedication and drive of the more than 8000 women who work in the District.

Women make up 70 per cent of the District’s workforce.

“I’m proud to lead a team who recognises the pivotal role women play in our organisation in delivering first-class patient and family-centred health care,” Dr Anderson said.

The District employs almost 4000 female nurses who form more than 80 per cent of the District’s nursing staff.

Women also have key positions in clinical, research, support and administration teams.

The District’s female workforce also includes 772 Medical staff, 950 Allied Health workers, and 1345 Clinical Support and Corporate Service employees.

“I’m proud of the District’s ability to empower women at work, to advance their career pathways and to appoint women to senior leadership positions,” Dr Anderson said.

One of Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s priorities is for 50 per cent of all senior leadership positions in the New South Wales public sector to be held by women by 2025.

Already in the District, women hold 43 per cent of senior leadership roles so the District is well on the way to meeting, or exceeding, that target.

The Board, senior executive team, facility general managers and service managers, clinical directors and managers include women who bring a wealth of experience to the successful running of the District.

“Another highlight for me is women making up nearly half of our ICT staff. We’re currently at 40.7 per cent in ICT and doing much better than the ICT industry average in Australia,” Dr Anderson said.

“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements and reflect on the progress that’s yet to come.”

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is An Equal World is an Enabled World.

“The theme is designed to drive each of us, in our own way, to help deliver a gender equal world.

“We’re striving to further embed a gender equal workplace culture in our facilities.

“By working collectively across our District, though our own individual actions, we can make a big impact towards achieving gender equality,” Dr Anderson said.