International Women’s Day is an opportunity to recognise the impact of valued members of the Uniting AgeWell team and to re-affirm our commitment to providing truly inclusive career pathways.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #breakthebias. Linked to a day that has historically championed women’s rights, we are invited to consider the intersectionality of bias and how, in order to consider ourselves beyond bias, means that equality of opportunity exists for all who identify as women.
Reflecting our core value of Inclusion, today we’re sharing insight from four women making a difference to the lives of people as they age, through their varied roles with Uniting AgeWell.
- Nancy emigrated from the Philippines and now manages two aged care facilities.
- Audette went from making curtains and having five children by the age of 30 to being a Senior Care Manager at one of our aged care facilities.
- Cassie went from being an unemployed volunteer at Uniting AgeWell to leading a team rostering shifts across the organisation.
- Claire is a senior manager who joined the organisation when her baby was six months old. Her son is now three, her daughter is one, and she says Uniting AgeWell champions and supports women to balance family commitments and work life every step of the way.
While the success and impact of our work relies on all our people thriving, on International Women’s Day we reflect on the opportunity we have to create career pathways for the women we employ, and to celebrate their journeys and the daily impact they each make through their work.
Today, Uniting AgeWell currently employs over 3,580 people, of which over 80% per cent are women. Also, the majority of the Senior Executive Team and Board Directors are women.
Uniting AgeWell is committed to hiring the best person for the job – irrespective of gender, age, ethnicity or culture.
It’s not just lip-service. It’s enshrined in our set of values which are part of the DNA of the organisation. And these values underpin our new Strategic Plan 2022 – 2026, with one of our top five strategic priorities to be an Employer of Choice. Over the coming years we are committed to implementing a range of initiatives to progressively enhance the experience, satisfaction and wellbeing of our staff.
Pioneering women of the Uniting AgeWell family
On International Women’s Day 2022 we would also like to pay tribute to inspirational women in our wider Uniting AgeWell family of volunteers, residents and clients. Like volunteer Ruth Hosking, who was this year awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) honour for nearly four decades of service to the local community. She gets huge joy from volunteering at Uniting AgeWell Strath-Haven Community in Bendigo where she meets with families and individuals who are considering admission into residential care, listens to their concerns and ensures the answers she gives meet their needs.
And tribute must be paid to the earlier trailblazers – like Hawthorn resident Dr Anne Walker, an inspiring global mover and shaker behind the feminist movement, who has helped empower thousands of women across the world.
The 84-year-old helped establish the International Women’s Tribune Centre (IWTC) in New York. This thrust her into the centre of a global campaign for women’s human rights that spanned the next three decades. She gave speeches, led protest marches, waved banners and wrote training manuals on how women’s rights could be implemented by governments in developing countries. Anne and the IWTC were involved in the historic series of UN world conferences on women held in various countries from 1975 to 1995.
Anne, who is the author of A World of Change: My Life in the Global Women’s Movement, says “I do have a sense of pride that I helped a lot of women, however, collectively it was the achievement of women worldwide.”
Become a Uniting AgeWell volunteer
Volunteers support and enhance Uniting AgeWell’s programs and services in a variety of ways.
Our ‘army’ of volunteers provide friendship, contribute to events, run Men’s Shed workshops, garden, support lifestyle activities, and carry out office administration, transport assistance, home visits and entertainment.
Consider a career at Uniting AgeWell
At Uniting AgeWell we believe that every person has the right to age with dignity, to have genuine opportunities to make old age a meaningful part of life, and to have real options in their later years.
As a leading not-for-profit provider of aged care services in Victoria and Tasmania, our 3,000 staff are committed to exceeding standards in the provision of quality aged care and strive to make a difference every day.
We offer a range of career opportunities with roles across health care, administration, hotel services, maintenance and more.