The gender debate: poll


New report prompts debate about the representation of women in pharmacy leadership

The relative absence of women in leadership roles in pharmacy has again been raised as an issue after a new report highlighted the continuing gender imbalance in leadership roles in Australian businesses.

The latest Gender diversity progress report from the Australian Institute of Company Directors reveals many companies are not meeting their target of having at least 30 per cent female membership of their boards.

The report found female board membership was 21.5% across the the S&P/ASX 200 companies.

Medibank Private topped the list with five female directors, accounting for 62.5% of its board.

Results for health-related companies were not so good, although pharma company CSL did pass the 30% barrier.

They included:

  • CSL 3 female directors (33.3% of board)
  • Australian Pharmaceutical Industries 2 (28.6%)
  • Blackmores 2 (28.6%)
  • Ramsay Health Care 2 (20%)
  • Sigma Pharmaceuticals 1 (16.7%)
  • Primary Health Care 1 (12.5%)
  • Mayne Pharma Group 0

The report has prompted social media comment from pharmacists asking if their industry bodies could meet the 30% board mark.

There had been much discussion about the number of women included in panel discussions at the recent APP2016 conference.

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1 Comment

  1. RxDrLise

    It needs to be remembered that this is about recognition of women who have contributions to make to these important conversations and debates, and to leadership of the pharmacy profession and healthcare – there are many in this country. It’s not just about “numbers” for the sake of a quota. That is a culture shift more broadly – there have always been women doing these things, now more than ever in pharmacy as a profession, women are our workforce. So, they maybe have a good view on how it may work.

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