Parenting and Business

"When my son Ben was born I was editing Cleo, the new magazine I’d created for the Packer Company’s Australian Consolidated Press (ACP). Not long before I was due to return to work Sir Frank Packer informed me that the company would provide a Karitane nurse to assist me through the early months of rearing Ben.

Karitane offered invaluable support and guidance during this hectic time in our lives. Sir Frank was a man ahead of the times; he understood that juggling the demands of a career with a new baby is not easy, especially for women. Though that was over forty years ago, organisations today continue to lose talented women at critical career points because of the difficulties managing parental leave and transitioning back to work.

Karitane can guide managers and parents through a parent/career balance that is not only possible, but also successful and rewarding – both professionally and personally. This partnership will have an overwhelmingly positive impact on your organisation – improving talent retention, quality of work, productivity, mental wellbeing, and the culture and reputation of your company." 

Ita Buttrose AO, OBE Patron - Karitane


“Progressing a career while raising a family is challenging – even with the support of family, partners and friends. Thankfully, employers are steadily recognising the need to implement strategies to retain their talented working parents. Karitane are trusted leaders in helping organisations achieve this. 

 Grainne O’Loughlin | Karitane CEO

At Citi, we were losing far too many fantastic women who didn’t return after having children. We asked ourselves, ‘What are we doing to contribute to this pattern

Stephen Roberts | CEO, Citi Australia


The importance of retention, productivity, and return to work rates from parental leave is becoming a reporting reality for many organisations.

Supporting parents at work ensure you retain some of your best people:

• 34% of women who leave work to have a baby don’t return.*

• Increasing women’s workforce participation in Australia by 6% could increase the national GDP by approximately $25 billion.*

• Australia is ranked 8th lowest in workforce participation rates of child-bearing aged women (25 - 44 years).*


Support parents at work helps tackle the impact of mental health conditions in the workplace:

• Postnatal depression and/or anxiety can affect up to 1 in 7 women, and up to 1 in 10 fathers.**

• A moderate mental health condition can mean 45 hours of absenteeism and 150 hours of presenteeism per employee, per year. Across Australia, mental health conditions result in 1.1 million days of absenteeism and 1.5 million days of presenteeism per annum.***

• Up to 26% of first-time mothers reported suffering from postnatal depression, with only 42% of this group seeking help.****


Supporting parents at work builds your organisation’s reputation as a family-friendly, diverse, inclusive culture:

• 49% of all mothers felt that they had been discriminated against at some point during their pregnancy, parental leave, or return to the workplace.*

• Almost 1 in 5 (18%) mothers were made redundant, dismissed, received a job ‘restructure’, or were not contractually renewed: during pregnancy, when they requested or took parental leave, or when they returned to work.*

• Over  a quarter (27%) of the fathers and partners surveyed reported experiencing discrimination related to parental leave and return to work, despite taking very short periods of leave.*

* Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review Report. Australian Human Rights Commission, 2014

** Beyond Blue, 2015

*** Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace: Return on Investment Analysis. PWC Report, 2014 **** NHS, UK, 2015