The function of this committee is to develop South West Healthcare’s very first Diversity Action Plan, and ensure our workplace is a great place to work for everyone.
Chaired by Associate Director Operations & Performance (Mental Health) Jodi Bateman, the Diversity Working Party is a tangible result of SWH’s commitment to taking on board responses to our Staff Matter surveys. In the last survey, staff indicated they were unsure how diversity and inclusiveness is promoted throughout the organisation.
Jodi says diversity is about our individual differences and acknowledging the unique blend of knowledge, skills and perspectives people bring to the workplace. It can include characteristics such as cultural background and ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language and education, and also includes characteristics such as professional skills, working style, location, and life experiences.
‘An inclusive culture is one where everyone feels valued and respected and is able to fully contribute. It’s about removing barriers to make sure everyone can fully participate in the workplace and have equal access to opportunities. Inclusion is about empowering people to contribute their skills and perspectives for the benefit of organisational performance and best outcomes for people who use our services,’ Jodi explains
‘Diversity matters because it’s central to innovation. It brings forth new and better ways of doing things which helps us to improve the efficiency and quality of our services. Inclusion is the key to unlocking this potential. When we value workplace diversity and inclusion we see benefits such as higher employee engagement, improved performance, greater innovation, retention of talent, improved employee wellbeing and lower levels of unlawful behaviour such as harassment and discrimination. The Diversity Working Party outcomes therefore are inextricably linked to our SWH Staff Health & Wellbeing Strategy.’
The executive sponsor of the Diversity Working Party is Mental Health Services director Karyn Cook. Additional to Jodi Bateman, the self-selected membership currently includes:
Additional membership is welcomed.