We aim to maximise opportunities for research discoveries. To do this we must use our entire talent pool.
WEHI is the first medical research institute in Australia to establish its own on-site Early Learning Centre, as part of its commitment to gender equity.
To celebrate WEHI’s fifth director Professor Suzanne Cory, we created a $1.25 million, five-year fellowship for new women laboratory heads.
Women postdoctoral fellows and women laboratory heads are invited to apply for a limited number of support packages of up to $15,000 per annum to assist with childcare costs for pre-school-age children.
Women researchers can experience a period of reduced productivity while on maternity leave. This can potentially impede the transition from postdoctoral fellow to laboratory head. When planning maternity leave, women postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to discuss additional technical support with their division head and the director.
All WEHI symposia aim to have equal representation of speakers and session chairs. This encompasses committees, seminars, lectures and conferences as well as those sponsored by the institute.
Organisations that use WEHI’s facilities to host their events and activities are encouraged to do the same and ensure equal representation.
A family room is available in both Parkville and Bundoora campuses. This facility allows parents to care for their infants and children when regular childcare arrangements fall through. Lactation rooms are available for mothers to breast-feed infants, as well as express and store milk.
Women postdoctoral fellows and women laboratory heads with pre-school-age children can apply to their division heads for support to attend meetings and conferences, participate in peer-review committees and other academic activities.
The period between an initial five-year appointment as a laboratory head and renewal of this position often coincides with bearing and raising children. WEHI provides such women with an additional 12 months (per child) before they will be assessed for appointment renewal.
We have instigated a number of measures to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment.
WEHI offers a range of flexible and hybrid working arrangements to help people balance their work and home responsibilities.
Family-friendly meeting times are scheduled to begin after 9:30am and prior to 4:30pm, this allows for appropriate scheduling.
WEHI has a generous parental leave policy and offers support for new and returning parents.