I have previously written about the wonderful team I have been working with researching the issue of medical engagement in Australia. A new paper has come out of the project we recently reported on looking at issues of gender and medical leadership roles.
Despite the dramatic increase of women into medicine in Australia, there is a gross under-representation of women in formal, high-level medical leadership positions. In our recent research exploring issues relating to medical leadership we also asked a number of questions relating to gender and the degree to which these roles are accessible to women.
Overall most of those that we spoke to recognised that medical leadership in Australia does tend to be male-dominated. Some saw this as ‘natural’ and being the result of women’s childrearing responsibilities. However, most believed that preventable gender-related barriers are impeding women’s ability to achieve and thrive in medical leadership roles.
Interviewees identified a range of potential barriers across three broad domains – perceptions of capability, capacity and credibility. As a counter to these, interviewees pointed to a range of benefits of women adopting these roles, and proposed a range of interventions that might support woman entering formal leadership roles.
The full paper can be accessed here if you would like to read it in more detail and find out what some of these interventions are.