A good news story on Victorian Government boards


In 2016 Women on Boards put a lot of effort into encouraging members to apply for Victorian Government Boards. Clearly it worked as the figures from the Victorian Government show:

 “In 2017, women now make up 54 per cent of all Victorian health service and public hospital service board members, compared to just 45 per cent in 2015. There are now more than 400 women on Victorian hospital boards - an increase of more than 70.

The change in rural and regional Victoria has been particularly phenomenal with women’s representation on hospital boards increasing from 43 per cent in 2015, to 51 per cent in 2016 and 54 per cent in 2017. “
Victorian Health is one of a range of omnibus recruitment campaigns that WOB assists. It’s even better news now that the previously voluntary regional boards are to be remunerated.
Kristy Spillman, who led the campaign, recently wrote to WOB letting us know she was particularly happy with the rural boards outcome because the public hospitals are often the largest entity and employer in town, so who is on the board is very much noticed by all. “This really creates a space where it is completely normal for women to be leaders and be on boards,” she writes.
Kristy has been back in touch for the 2017 ‘vacancy season’ and WOB will likely advertise in October this year for the next round.
This is a good story. Let’s make sure we keep it going.
Other states would do well to take notice.
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