Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology

Gender Equity and Diversity

We embrace equity and diversity as a key guiding principle
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology strongly supports the principles of equity and diversity and is committed to achieving an inclusive environment for all members.
A Society that embraces diversity – in skills, experience, perspectives, age, gender, cultures and geographic location - leads to stronger decision-making and more effective leadership.

Targeting gender equity – our Gender Equity Statement
In 2017, the ANZSN Council recognised that equity was an important priority that was not explicitly stated, and took steps to promote gender equity and diversity through the formation of the Gender Equity and Diversity Working Group.

The Working Group has been effective in identifying issues and recommending strategies to support broad participation. A copy of our GED Statement can be found here.
Recognising the benefits of targeted action, the Working Group will be formalised as a standing Committee of Council. Opportunities to join the new Committee and help shape the future, will be available later in the year.

Achieving gender equity on Council – We have set targets
In 2019, the Society’s Constitution was reviewed to embed gender equity and diversity as a guiding principle and to support full professional engagement in the ANZSN’s objects.

Members also agreed to set gender targets for Council with the aim of achieving 30% female representation by 2020 and 50% by 2022.

A number of policy initiatives will be implemented to help achieve our targets and a copy of our statement on Gender Equity on Council by 2022 can be found here.

Information on how to nominate and stand for Council in 2020 will be available shortly.

We’ll also be inviting women who hold senior leadership roles on our Committees and Working Groups to think about nominating for Council and offering them practical assistance to do so.

Progress toward achieving equity – We’ll be reporting quarterly
Council is accountable for achieving gender equity and diversity at all levels of the Society. This includes promoting equity in terms of representation on our Committees and Working groups, in presenting and chairing sessions at our conferences and delivering our education courses.

You can see how we are measuring up by accessing our quarterly equity report for 1 March 2020 here.

Strengthening diversity - more work to be done
Our focus has been on achieving gender equity, but we are equally focused on promoting diversity more broadly. This also acknowledges our responsibilities to Te Tiriti O Waitangi in Aotearoa New Zealand and Indigenous Australians. Our membership database is a limiting factor and our ANZSN Website and Database Advisory Panel will be looking at the steps we need to take to understand and strengthen participation in a fully inclusive Society.