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Friday 13 August 2021

Dear sector colleagues,

Women’s Leadership and Economic Security Strategy 2021–24

I am delighted to announce the new Women’s Leadership and Economic Security Strategy 2021–24 from the DHS Office for Women is ready to drive change and make South Australia a leading state for women to live, study and work.

South Australia has been a state of “firsts”. From being one of the first in the world to give women the right to vote, the first in the nation to allow women to stand for Parliament and the proud home to trailblazing women like Dame Roma Mitchell, who was the first women Governor of an Australian state and the first woman university chancellor.

The new strategy will include working with agencies, businesses and community organisations to ensure women thrive at present and into the future.

The four-year strategy targets three crucial areas – employment and entrepreneurship, leadership and recognition and financial wellbeing. Specific actions include:

  • Promoting and nurturing women’s participation and leadership in South Australia’s burgeoning high-tech sector through partnering.
  • Promoting opportunities to increase women’s participation in apprenticeships, traineeships, construction and STEM areas.
  • Increasing leadership opportunities and platforms for recognition for women leaders of all ages.
  • Promoting and encouraging flexible workplaces.
  • Working across government to address the gender pay gap.
  • Promoting and encouraging paid domestic and family violence leave to ensure that women experiencing violence stay connected to employment.

Read the strategy on the Office for Women website.

Pfizer Vaccinations open to people aged 16 to 59 from 16 August 2021

In another first for South Australia, it was announced yesterday that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination will be available to anyone aged 16 to 59 from Monday, with those aged 16–39 now eligible to be vaccinated. This announcement was on the same day our state reached a terrific 1 million vaccine doses administered. Further information on how the 16–39 cohort can book an appointment will be available from Monday 16 August 2021 on the SA Health website.

You may have seen media reports this week about an error that caused a flood of bookings to the DHS Highgate Park clinic at Fullarton for the Pfizer vaccine. Highgate Park is a priority COVID-19 vaccination centre for aged care and disability workers, however, all members of the public were inadvertently able to secure appointments. I’m pleased to say that following the announcement on expanding eligibility to include 16–59-year-olds, all these appointments will be honoured.

With South Australia set to be the first state in the country to offer Pfizer to people aged 16 to 59, the change now means anyone under 60 can access either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine from Monday. Those over 60 will remain eligible for AstraZeneca.

Highgate Park will continue to take priority bookings for aged care and disability workers directly over the phone while extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine have also been made available to this group. Eligible workers can contact the Highgate Park clinic to secure a vaccination, or can book via the Enfield or Medinidie clinics:

  • Highgate Park Clinic. Phone 8272 1988
  • Enfield Residential Aged Care and Disability Service Clinic. Phone 8161 9606
  • Aspen Medical Aged Care and Disability Vaccination Hub, Medindie. Phone 0437 325 123

Please enjoy the video below starring some of our very own DHS staff and the people we support highlighting the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination, particularly for those working in high risk settings such as disability and aged care services.

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Join me, and roll-up for your vaccination to help stop the spread!

Best regards,

Lois Boswell
Chief Executive

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