Celebrated annually on 8 March, the South West Hospital and Health Service (South West HHS) is joining the global community in marking International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019.

“With women representing 85 per cent of the South West HHS workforce, everyday our 869-female staff are on the frontline of making a difference through the provision of quality care in local communities,” South West Health Service Chief Executive Linda Patat said.

“This year’s IWD theme is #BalanceforBetter, which is a call to action for a more gender-balanced world.

“The South West HHS is proud to be leading this change, not only by employing a high percentage of women, but ensuring strong female leadership.

“Within our Executive Leadership team almost half the positions are held by women and fifty per cent of our Board members are women.

“These are statistics we can be proud of and we are committed to continuing to ensure women have an abundance of opportunities to lead successful and fulfilling careers with us.”

Ms Patat said a culture of equality was embedded in the South West HHS, with flexible work options available where possible for both men and women balancing family or caring responsibilities.

“We really strive to ensure all our staff can balance competing work and life responsibilities and believe doing this helps us retain and attract the best talent,” she said.

“This IWD I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the women who are part of the South West HHS family.

“Your combined 8,005 years of service is appreciated and a testament to the valuable contribution you make.

“Also to the many women who we work alongside at our partner organisations and in our Community Advisory Networks, I acknowledge your contributions in creating a more gender balanced society.

“While there’s still plenty more we can do to increase gender equality, celebrating, inspiring and advancing the opportunities of women in our communities through the way we work and do business is essential.”

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. For more information visit: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

For further information contact:

Stephanie Kay
Public Affairs Officer
South West Hospital and Health Service
0447 645 315