Teachers Health, a leader in workplace gender equality

Teachers Health’s position as a leader in workplace gender equality was reaffirmed today, after being named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) for the seventh year running.

The citation awarded by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), recognises and promotes active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Teachers Health’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Brad Joyce, says the announcement today reflects the organisation’s ongoing commitment to gender equality.

“Gender equality sits at the heart of Teachers Health’s values and culture, and I’m proud that we have received the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation again in 2018.

“We have worked hard to build a culture of gender equality over the past decade, and as a result, we have established a richly talented and diverse workforce – one of our best assets as an organisation,” Mr Joyce said.

Many of Teachers Health’s 330 employees have benefited from parental leave and return-to-work policies, gender pay gap reviews, flexible work arrangements and promotion of women in leadership positions.

“More than a quarter of our employees are accessing flexible working arrangements, just under half of our leadership positions are held by women, and a third of our parental leave is taken by men,” Mr Joyce said.

It’s the strong uptake of parental leave by male staff which has been a standout of Teachers Health’s 2018 citation.

Teachers Health employee Houssayn has been working at the organisation for six years, and has taken parental leave on two occasions to care for his sons.

“Parental leave was a chance for me to be a part of the early stages of development for both of my boys. I wanted to jump in the deep end and figure it all out for myself.

“It’s allowed me to bond with my boys in a way that a lot of dads don’t get the chance to, and I will be forever grateful to Teachers Health for allowing me that experience,” he said.

Examples like Houssayn’s demonstrate the importance of gender equality, and WGEA Director Libby Lyons has congratulated this year’s citation holders for their efforts in supporting workplaces around Australia. 

“I congratulate all the 2017-18 citation holders for their commitment and recognition of benefits improved gender equality can bring to their business. These employers are setting the benchmark for other Australian workplaces to follow,” Ms Lyons said.