The University of Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle achieves ‘best practice’ as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

The University of Newcastle is marking World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) by celebrating its accreditation as a ‘best practice’ Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace (BFW).

Only one other university has achieved ‘best practice’ status, which is assessed by the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA).

Commenting on the accreditation, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Tina Crawford, said the University had consistently improved standards within its facilities, policy, practice, and culture since it was first accredited as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace in 2014.Our parenting rooms have purpose-built chairs and footstools for comfortable breastfeeding.

“I am delighted and proud that the University of Newcastle has been recognised by the Australian Breastfeeding Association as being at the forefront of family-friendly practises,” Tina said.

“That we are one of only two universities to achieve best practice status is an important signal to our staff and community that we are committed to the many different forms of organisational value that equity can take in the workplace.

“Research tells us that many women prematurely wean their babies so that they can return to work. But that doesn’t have to be the case if their workplace can provide the appropriate facilities and supportive environment for breastfeeding,” Tina said.

BFW Program Manager Carla van Hagen said the ABA is only too pleased to be able to award the recognition of 'BFW best practice' to the University of Newcastle.

“They have consistently demonstrated outstanding support for breastfeeding staff and have strived to provide the best support to their staff when they return to work after having their baby. It is recognised that this can be a challenging time for women, and the University of Newcastle is at the forefront of making this transition as straight forward and manageable as possible.

“The Australian Breastfeeding Association is proud to call the University of Newcastle one of its most dedicated accredited BFW.”

In addition to its accreditation as a best practice Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace, the University of Newcastle holds Employer of Choice accreditation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and Bronze Award status from Science in Australia Gender Equity – Athena Scientific Women’s Academic Network.

Pictured: Our parenting rooms have purpose-built chairs and footstools for comfortable breastfeeding.


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