ACT Health Directorate

ACT Health Directorate (AHD) is a recently established Directorate, formed on 1 October 2018 and have been Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace (BFW) accredited since this date. This accreditation acknowledges AHD’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of its employees and support for staff who wish to balance paid work and breastfeeding.

AHD are committed to ensuring that we have a system which will support breastfeeding staff, it is important that we demonstrate our commitment to protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.  

The Directorate supports employees to maintain breastfeeding after returning to paid work by providing:

·         paid Maternity Leave of 18 weeks in addition to the federal paid parental leave scheme;

·         paid lactation breaks for employees to breastfeed or express breastmilk during working hours;

·         a number of suitable facilities for breastfeeding or expressing breastmilk, including three wellbeing rooms located at Bowes Street and the First Aid Room located at Health Protection Service;

·         flexible working arrangements as an alternative to the above; and

 

·         external support services including the Employee Assistance Program and the Australian Breastfeeding Association.