About the AAMRI Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

About the AAMRI Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

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Meet the Committee members here.

To contact the committee, please get in touch with Dr Cath Latham, AAMRI’s Policy & Project Manager (catherine.latham@aamri.org.au).

 

About the Committee

The AAMRI Committee for Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) was established by the AAMRI Board in July 2020. While AAMRI has previously been active in this area, AAMRI’s activities will now be coordinated through this dedicated Committee of experts.

Committee members are researchers and professional staff based at medical research institutes with experience, insight and passion for gender equality, diversity and inclusion in medical research through their work and lived experiences.

Chaired by Professor Maxine Morand, AAMRI Board Director and Chair of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the Committee is dedicated to advancing gender equality for the health and medical research sector through a diversity and inclusion lens.

In 2020, the Committee is developing AAMRI’s gender equality strategy in consultation with AAMRI members in five priority areas for action.

Meet the Committee members here.

Statement of Purpose

The AAMRI Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee seeks to:

  • Identify and prioritise areas for action to better retain, promote and attract women in medical research. The Committee will consider existing systemic GEDI issues in medical research as well as the impact of major disruptions [1] in exacerbating existing inequalities.
  • Ensure that their actions and recommendations are intersectional and inclusive of all women.
  • Represent and advocate for medical research institutes on GEDI issues to key stakeholders including government
  • Advance GEDI for medical research institutes by providing guidance on best practice and actionable recommendations. This will complement existing efforts of other organisations working towards gender equality, diversity and inclusion in medical research and STEM more broadly.

 

The Committee Terms of Reference

  1. Recommend actions AAMRI can undertake to ensure gender equality, diversity and inclusion in all its activities
  2. Identify areas where AAMRI can most effectively advocate for change, working towards achieving gender equity, diversity and inclusion within the health and medical research sector
  3. Recommend actions medical research institutes can take to advance gender equality, diversity and inclusion in their organisations.

 

Five priority areas for action

The Committee is developing a strategy to advance gender equality in the medical research sector in consultation with AAMRI’s member institutes. The strategy will focus on actions in five priority areas:

  1. Redefining measures of success and merit for greater diversity & inclusion
  2. Enabling mechanisms for gender equality in advancement and promotion
  3. Addressing sexual harassment and promoting safe workplaces
  4. Addressing inequities in health research
  5. The impact of COVID-19: continuing positive practices and mitigating negative impacts

Read more about the five priority areas here.

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[1] For example, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.