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Parenting and First Aid Room Open


19 May 2016


Clockwise from top left: Changing Table in Room 215A; Alvaro's son Leonardo, one of the beneficiaries of the new Parenting and First Aid room; the Parenting and First Aid room
Clockwise from top left: Changing Table in Room 215A; Alvaro's son Leonardo, one of the beneficiaries of the new Parenting and First Aid room; the Parenting and First Aid room

The School of Physics has welcomed the opening of the Parenting/First Aid Room in the School of Physics Building (A28) in May, as part of the numerous infrastructure projects occurring in the School over the past year.

In a continuation of the equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives implemented by the School through the Physics Equity and Access Committee (PEAC), Room 104 in the School of Physics has been refurbished and equipped with a number of facilities designed to support young families at the School.

These facilities include a nursing chair, a changing table, a refrigerator for milk and baby food, a microwave and a lounge. The room is also located directly across from the lift and toilets for ease of access, and is available to all staff, students and visitors of the School of Physics. As part of the refurbishing project, the Unisex Accessible toilet in Room 215A of A28 was also equipped with a changing table.

The Head of School, Tim Bedding, stated that, "the opening of the new Parenting/First Aid Room continues the commitment of the School of Physics to providing an inclusive and comfortable environment for all staff, students and visitors, particularly those with young families. With the pressures of breastfeeding, schooling and other requirements, these facilities will help enable everyone to pursue their goals and objectives with the support of the School of Physics."

The Parenting/First Aid room has been warmly received by staff from the School, with Alvaro Casas-Bedoya saying, "if my wife and son happen to be walking by the School of Physics and they want to stop by, they have now a beautiful and well equipped space to wait for me! Thank you Physics Equity and Access Committee for considering the school families!"

Ann Ross compared it favourably to previous facilities, saying that, "it looks so cheery and comfortable! SO much nicer than the dusty old couch I used to sit on, in the old First Aid room, when I needed to express milk during the months I worked after the births of my two girls. So glad to see the progress! Well done!"

The decor was singled out for particular praise, with Hilary Byrne commenting that, "I love the decor!" However, as Tom Gordon has pointed out, "we've missed an opportunity to have some more complicated Physics equations on the walls! Some extremely early science education and engagement!"

Could the Parenting/First Aid Room be an opportunity to expand into the early science education and engagement market, as our own Chris Ferrie has done with his book series of Physics for Babies?

Special thanks to Nathan Apps, Nick Ioanndis and Johnson Ren for their work on the project, as well as to the University of Sydney for contributing to the cost of the project through the Equity and Diversity Strategy Office in Human Resources.


Contact: Gabriel Nguyen

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