The D&I Leads program provides a conduit of support for issues relating to disability and inclusion (D&I) across the institute. D&I leads are key contact persons within the institute who members can reach out to when required. The leads can also support line managers by supporting them to take action on D&I issues by talking through an issue or, more often than not, pointing them in the right direction for assistance and more information.

This month we would like to profile D&I Lead, Sara Holton!

I have a strong interest in equity, diversity and inclusion as well as professional experience in this area. Prior to doing my PhD and becoming an academic, I was a Senior Equal Employment Opportunity Consultant at Telstra. In this role I was responsible for the management of harassment and discrimination complaints within the company. I also trained managers and staff about equal employment opportunity policies, legislation, and practices so they could contribute to a workplace that was free of harassment and discrimination. I also contributed to the development of equity and inclusion policies, for example, the Work and Family policy.

I am currently a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery (Western Health Partnership). I am a social scientist and mid‐career researcher who conducts psychosocial research in three main, often intersecting, areas: women’s health, chronic disease, and health services research. I am particularly interested in psychosocial aspects of women’s reproductive lives including their reproductive decision-making, reproductive and mental health, and related health service use and experiences. I am also currently leading a research program about the impact of COVID-19 on health care workers’ psychological wellbeing and work and personal lives.

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Other D&I Leads:

Laura Alston,

Diane Russack,

Utsana Tonmukayakul,

Louisa Smith,

Kathryn Backholer,