Diversity Leadership Program - Eldercare

Hosted by Gilbert + Tobin
29 May 2014


DCA’s Diversity Leadership Program is exclusively for DCA members and provides an opportunity to hear the latest on leading practice in workplace diversity – from organisations and from academic and other experts in the field. At this next event, we will take a look at the growing impact on the workplace of employees with eldercare responsibilities and what that means for all Australian employers.

With Australia’s rapidly ageing population, it is inevitable that more and more people will be responsible for caring for elderly parents or relatives. However, caring for loved ones who are frail aged, facing a chronic illness and/or negotiating residential aged or respite care can be very stressful and disruptive for carers and families. And this can have significant impacts in the workplace.

At DCA’s next Diversity Leadership Program event, hosted by Gilbert +Tobin in Sydney, we will explore the impact of eldercare responsibilities on workplaces, what employers can do to support their employees to fulfill their caring roles alongside work, and what leading employers are doing in this area.

DCA has invited a panel of experts in the field to explore the issues, including:

  • Prof Marian Baird, Director of the Women and Work Research Group, The University of Sydney who will talk about her research on workplace approaches to employees with eldercare responsibilities
  • Katherine Stone, Executive Manager Policy, Education and Research, at Carer’s NSW who will discuss common eldercare issues facing people at work and practical strategies
  • Ros Reidy, Diversity Manager for IBM, Australia and New Zealand, who will talk about her organisation's eldercare strategies
  • Russell Westacott, CEO, The Aged-care Rights Services, who will provide an overview on what employees need to consider when obtaining respite, in-home or residential care for elderly loved ones.

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