Work and family
USQ Parental Support Group
The Parental Support Group was originally set up in response to a request from a staff member who had returned from maternity leave and was finding balancing work and parental care a little challenging. She wanted to get in touch with others who were in a similar situation and/or who had worked through the experience. Some members have older children at school, others have very young children or babies, and some are sole parents. Basically, the group welcomes mothers or fathers who have responsibility for children of any age.
Meetings are very informal – usually taking the form of a get-together over a cup of tea or coffee at a mutually agreed time. In the past the group has averaged about one meeting a semester, but this could be increased if the group members wish to meet more frequently.
The meetings have additional benefits in that they provide the Equity Unit with valuable feedback as to how the University can improve the working environment for staff balancing work/family/life matters. This allows for inclusion of relevant and topical issues in the planning, policy and staff development functions. As an example both the Adjunct Child Care Program and the Breastfeeding Policy, arose from ideas generated by the Parental Support Group.
At present Parental Support Group meetings are not held on the Wide Bay or Springfield Campuses. However if there is enough interest, meetings could be commenced.
If you would like to know more about the group or would like to participate in the meetings, or would like to be included on the Parental Support Group email list, please contact the Staff Equity and Diversity Office.