Science challenge for girls

The team at Robogals is again running their excellent Science Challenge with prizes available for girls in age groups between 5 to 18 years of age. The challenge encourages parents and guardians to conduct a science experiment or project, capture it on video and become eligible for prizes including a trip to Melbourne. All participants…

Pay inequity needs fixing

The gender pay gap in male-oriented sectors such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics needs to be addressed to increase female participation from 10% and overcome the skills shortage. Marking National Equal Pay Day, Chris Walton CEO of APESMA said fixing pay inequity was an important way to encourage more young women into engineering and…

Women in male dominated occupations conference

National Women in Male Dominated Occupations and Industries (WIMDOI) 2012 Conference. Latest WIMDOI News – 2012 program announced Read the 2012 Program Download the Registration Forum – The 2012 Conference program will: – Focus on skills development for women activists in male dominated industries and occupations including workplace organising and campaigning; – Implement the framework…

As hospital budgets stretch, cracks appear

As demands on our health system grow quickly, health budgets will struggle to keep up, says APESMA CEO Chris Walton in The Adelaide Advertiser. RECENT Cancer Australia statistics show that by the age of 85, one in every two men and one in every three women will have been diagnosed with cancer, underlining its prevalence…

Computer glitch stops blood supply

A national computer system crash has seen the Victorian blood service unable to supply blood beyond its own needs, revealing a worst-case scenario for South Australia in an emergency. Following a computer system crash, pathology workers in Adelaide reverted to manual blood processing and worked round the clock to ensure that there was enough blood…

Finding Flexibility In Your Workplace

Employees with young or disabled children have a special right to request flexible working arrangements under Australian law. Employers can only refuse the request on reasonable business grounds. In these cases, rather than refusing the request outright, they are encouraged to discuss working arrangements with their employees and, where possible, reach an agreement that balances…

Beating The Bullies

Workplace bullying takes forms and you don’t have to put up with any of them. All employers have a legal obligation to protect employees from bullying.    Bullying is a serious concern for a disturbingly large proportion of employees. Nearly a third of respondents to WorkPro's 2011 Workplace Pulse Quarterly survey said they had been…