'creating a culture that values diversity and respect for all employees'
What is equity and diversity?
Achieving improved workplace diversity means identifying and eliminating all forms of discrimination and putting measures into place to overcome employment disadvantage faced by equal opportunity groups. Open and inclusive employment practices and policies can help attract and retain talented staff from all groups in the community and respond appropriately to changing needs and aspirations.
What equity and diversity strategies does WA Health have in place?
The WA Health Equity and Diversity Plan contains three key outcomes and a range of strategies to ensure:
- WA Health's culture values diversity and the work environment is free from racial and sexual harassment, discrimanation and bullying
- workplaces are free from employment practices that are biased or discriminate unlawfully against employees or potential employees
- employment programs and practices include strategies to facilitate Equal Employment Opportunity groups to achieve workforce diversity.
What are the benefits of having a diverse workforce?
- Service delivery
Equity and diversity in our workforce helps us to better reflect and understand the needs of our patients and clients.
- Workplace culture
Creating a respectful culture that values diversity will allow all employees to work productively.
- Attraction and retention
Providing work life balance and other supportive and equitable work practices will help WA Health retain and attract talented employees from a range of backgrounds.
- Social impact
Employing people from diverse backgrounds can create positive flow on effects for the broader community.
WA Health equal employment opportunity groups
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Definition: Persons of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and are accepted as such by the community in which they live.
- Mature employees (>45 years)
- People from culturally diverse backgrounds
Definition: People born in countries other than those categorised by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as Main English Speaking (MES) countries (ie Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and United States of America).
- People with disabilities
Definition: Anyone with an ongoing disability who has an employment restriction due to their disability.
- Women in management
- Youth (<25 years)