Awards granted to fund projects for work safety of women

The Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia has hosted a reception on Friday to present two $ 10,000 Augusta Zadow Awards to fund projects aimed at improving the safety and health of women in workplaces.

Janet Giles and Anne Purdy received a $ 10,000 award for a project addressing the work health and safety risks posed by paid work sleep-overs for social and community services workers.

Dr Olivia Lockwood and Andy Roberts were awarded $ 10,000 to finalise the development of strategies to reduce common injuries to sonographers in their work performing ultrasound examinations, to be conducted at the SA Biomedical Engineering, Research and Teaching Department at Flinders Medical Centre.

“I congratulate everyone who applied for this year’s awards, particularly for their creative responses to identifying and addressing health and safety issues for South Australia’s working women,” said SafeWork SA Executive Director, Ms Marie Boland.

“The diversity of applications demonstrates the complexity of the issues faced by our modern workforce, particularly for women in the health and community services sector.”

It was 120 years ago when Augusta Zadow was appointed as South Australia’s first female inspector of factories, after years of advocacy on behalf of women and children.

“Today we celebrate the anniversary of Augusta’s milestone and honour the legacy of her work, as well as focusing on how we can continue to address issues that affect women in today’s workplaces.”

More information is available on the SafeWork SA website.

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