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Title: Does gender still matter in the pursuit of a career in anaesthesia?
Austin Authors: Stewart, Claire H;Carter, Jane;Purcell, Natalie;Balkin, Maryanne;Birch, Julia;Pearce, Greta C;Makar, Timothy
Affiliation: Department of Anaesthesia, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, Australia.
Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, Australia.
Department of Anaesthesia, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Australia.
Department of Anaesthesia, St Vincents Hospital, Darlinghurst, Australia.
Department of Anaesthesia, Te Whatu Ora Waitemata, Auckland, New Zealand.
Issue Date: 25-Nov-2023
Date: 2023
Publication information: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 2023-11-25
Abstract: A survey sent to fellows of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) aimed to document issues affecting gender equity in the anaesthesia workplace. A response rate of 38% was achieved, with women representing a greater proportion of respondents (64.2%). On average women worked fewer hours than men and spent a larger percentage of time in public practice; however, satisfaction rates were similar between genders. There was a gender pay gap which could not be explained by the number of hours worked or years since achieving fellowship. The rates of bullying and harassment were high among all genders and have not changed in 20 years since the first gender equity survey by Strange Khursandi in 1998. Women perceived that they were more likely to be discriminated against particularly in the presence of other sources of discrimination, and highlighted the importance of the need for diversity and inclusion in anaesthetic workplaces. Furthermore, women reported higher rates of caregiving and unpaid domestic responsibilities, confirming that anaesthetists are not immune to the factors affecting broader society despite our professional status. The overall effect was summarised by half of female respondents reporting that they felt their gender was a barrier to a career in anaesthesia. While unable to be included in statistics due to low numbers, non-binary gendered anaesthetists responded and must be included in all future work. The inequities documented here are evidence that ANZCA's gender equity subcommittee must continue promoting and implementing policies in workplaces across Australia and New Zealand.
DOI: 10.1177/0310057X231212210
ORCID: 0009-0001-1824-2919
Journal: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Start page: 310057X231212210
PubMed URL: 38006609
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Australia
gender equity
intersectional framework
parental leave
personal satisfaction
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