The exponential growth of young talented women choosing science and medicine as their professional career over the past decade is substantial. Currently, more than half of the Australian medical doctoral graduates and early career researchers are comprised of women, but less than 20% of all academic professorial staff are women. The loss of female talent in the hierarchical ladder of Australian academia is a considerable waste of government investment, productivity, and scientific innovation. Gender disparity in the professional workforce composition is even more striking within the field of transplantation. Women are grossly underrepresented in leadership roles, with currently no female heads of unit in any of the Australian and New Zealand transplanting centers. At the same time, there is also gender segregation with a greater concentration of women in lower-status academic position compared with their male counterparts. Given the extent and magnitude of the disparity, the Women in Transplantation Committee, a subcommittee of The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand established a workshop comprising 8 female clinicians/scientists in transplantation. The key objectives were to (i) identify potential gender equity issues within the transplantation workforce; (ii) devise and implement potential strategies and interventions to address some of these challenges at a societal level; (iii) set realistic and achievable goals to enhance and facility gender equality, equity, and diversity in transplantation.
1 School of Medicine, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC, Australia.
2 Capital and Coast District Health Board, Wellington, New Zealand.
3 University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand.
4 QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
5 Lung Transplant Service, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
6 School of Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia.
7 Centre for Transplant and Renal Research, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Westmead, NSW, Australia.
8 Starzl Transplant Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
9 Department of Nephrology, Monash Medical Centre, VIC, Australia.
10 Department of Medicine, Monash University, VIC, Australia.
11 Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Received 27 June 2017. Accepted date: July 24, 2017.
Supported by Novartis and financial support provided by TSANZ.
Correspondence: Karen M Dwyer, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Deakin University Locked bag 20000 Geelong, Vic, 3220, Australia. (firstname.lastname@example.org).