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Victoria University Parenting Rooms support caring responsibilities

Parents who are students and staff at Victoria University joined in the celebration on Friday 13 September, 2013, when the University cut the ribbon and officially opened its new Parenting Rooms.

At the event, which took place at the University’s Footscray Nicholson campus, VU’s Vice-President, People and Culture, Paul Lefebvre said that he was proud to be part of the launch.

He said, “The provision of Parenting Rooms will support students and staff with caring responsibilities to balance the demands of caring with study and employment.

“At Victoria University we are striving to enhance our reputation in diversity and inclusions for students and staff by undertaking initiatives and providing services to them that reflect this commitment.

“I am delighted to note that the Australian Breast Feeding Association (ABA) has accredited Victoria University as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace. The accreditation has been provided in recognition of the University meeting the ABA’s criteria for creating a supportive environment for breastfeeding women in the workplace.

“This initiative is an excellent example working together to achieve positive outcomes for diverse students and staff.”

There are now rooms at three campuses: City Flinders Lane, Footscray Nicholson campus and St Albans campus.

The purpose of the rooms is to provide students and staff with appropriate facilities to feed and/or change their babies and/or young children, and a private space to express milk and breastfeed babies. The rooms have, baby change tables; lockers; comfortable chairs for breastfeeding or expressing; a microwave for heating milk and food; and a refrigerator for storing milk.

 

Media contact:

Christine White,

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University,

9919 4322; 0434 602884; media@vu.edu.au

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