Ramsay Health Care Australia has formalised its long-standing support for employees who experience the heartbreak of stillbirth, by signing up to a national register which promises to provide them with paid parental leave.
Ramsay Australia is among 58 business to sign up to Stillbirth Foundation Australia’s corporate registry - covering almost one million employees with paid leave if they experience stillbirth.
Stillbirth is the loss of a baby from 20 weeks gestation, and six babies a day are stillborn in Australia.
Group Chief People Officer, Colleen Harris, said Ramsay Australia had long offered paid parental leave to employees who experience stillbirth, and signed up to the national register in December 2020 to formalise its policy as ‘best practice’.
“Our philosophy of People Caring for People underpins everything we do at Ramsay Health Care. For many years, Ramsay has supported our employees by providing full paid parental leave entitlements to those who are tragically impacted by stillbirth,” Ms Harris said.
“Our employees are also supported through access to free and confidential counselling.”
The Federal Government recently legislated equal unpaid parental leave entitlements for families of stillborn babies, however Ramsay now joins other major Australian employers to lead the way for paid parental leave quality.
Stillbirth Foundation Australia CEO, Leigh Brezler, congratulated the 58 organisations for ensuring their leave policies were ‘best practice’.
“This is a great step in the right direction, we congratulate these organisations that are leading the way in recognising the impact stillbirth has on families and ensuring their workplace policies are best practice,” Ms Brezler said.