Diversity and Inclusion
RANZCO recognises that it operates in environments of complexity. Challenges are best overcome and opportunities best leveraged by the involvement of a variety of voices, vantage points, and expertise from people of different geographies, backgrounds and disciplines. To this end, RANZCO is committed to fostering places of work and training where people feel included and valued. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee takes the lead in suggesting initiatives to the Board and Council that further these aims. RANZCO expects all Fellows, Associates, trainees and employees to abide by the Policy on Diversity and Inclusion. One initiative is to increase female representation on RANZCO committees and in leadership roles to better reflect the demographics of the training program and society in general.
Research suggests that organisations that respect and value the diversity brought by both women and men are better able to attract and retain high performers and improve operational performance. The business case for gender equality is strong. Gender equality can help to:
- Attract the best applicants (Trainees and SIMGs)
- Reduce cost of staff turnover
- Enhance organisational performance
- Minimise legal risks
- Enhance reputation
- Engage men
First Female RANZCO President
In 2018, RANZCO elected its first-ever female President A/Prof Heather Mack.
Clinical A/Prof Heather Mack released a video of her final message as Outgoing RANZCO President in October 2020. A/Prof Mack also announced the launched of a new College Scholarship – the Heather G Mack Scholarship for Women. The scholarship will be available for final year trainees and young female Fellows to support governance training and education.
Are you in need of assistance?
The RANZCO EAP is a free and confidential hotline that can be accessed by all Fellows, trainees, associates and staff. Currently, usage of the hotline is relatively low with less than ten calls being logged per quarter. All calls to the hotline are dealt with confidentially and the EAP can help you with:
- interpersonal conflict and tension
- work related stress;
- change in your work environment;
- harassment and grievances;
- relationship and family matters;
- personal and emotional stress;
- grief and bereavement;
- career issues;
- mental health concerns; and
- personal crisis or trauma.
For more information on your EAP, please see Mental Health Matters.
For information on the initiatives RANZCO has undertaken to eliminate discrimination, harassment and bullying, please see the Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Policy and the Update on the Elimination of Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying.
Last updated: December 9, 2020