Supporting People at Work after Pregnancy Loss

Date: Tuesday 16 Aug 2022
Time: 2:30pm to 4:00pm AEST

Cisco Webex

Bookings close: 16 Aug 2022

It happens to one in four pregnancies and can have a big impact on people’s lives. But miscarriage is rarely discussed openly.

What’s more, a lack of understanding and awareness in workplaces means some employees experiencing miscarriage feel isolated and unsupported as they navigate an incredibly difficult time in their lives.

At this event, Dr Melanie Keep, Director of Academic Education, University of Sydney and lead author of research on the experiences of Australian women on returning to work after miscarriage, will discuss how employers can best support people experiencing pregnancy loss in the workplace. 

Our panel of guest speakers, led by DCA CEO Lisa Annese, will share their expertise and/or lived experience on the topic:

  • Reverend Lin Brataniec (nee Surch), founder and CEO at Beyond Gender,
  • Claire Williams, Manager, Strategy & Operations at KPMG Australia,
  • Kate Cowmeadow, Director of Community Engagement at Red Nose Australia, and
  • Dr Melanie Keep, Director of Academic Education, University of Sydney. 

They will unpack how employers can:

  • Adopt compassionate and flexible parental and/or bereavement leave options that are inclusive of pregnancy loss
  • Establish policies and practices that identify and accommodate the specific needs of bereaved employees
  • Provide access to psychological counselling, and reminding recently bereaved employees of these resources
  • Build a psychologically safe culture where employees can disclose pregnancy loss and other related topics
  • Assist to make training available to workplaces on how to best acknowledge grief and support grieving employees.


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