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Welcome to International Women’s Day 2022. A day of the year when we celebrate women’s success in the workplace and society over the year and raise awareness around issues of women’s equality.

This year the theme is #BreakingtheBias. Whether bias is deliberate or unconscious it needs to be broken for women to move ahead and find the equality they deserve at work and home. This will take conscious thought and deliberate action.


Imagine a gender-equal world.

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women's equality.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

This year we wanted to do something different and have authentic discussions around women’s issues in the workplace. We brought together a diverse panel of six Altius Group team members of different genders, ages, and cultures to talk about the experiences of women in the workplace today and other key hot topics in female equality.

The panel are all proud working members of the Altius team, they brought with them open minds a sense of curiosity to our discussion on how we can hope to #BreaktheBias.

Topics include

  • Do we really need the theme #BreaktheBias?
  • Workplace gender gaps
  • Real experiences of gender bias in the workplace
  • Creating a workplace that facilitates a family and a career
  • The gender pay gap
  • What is a Diversity and Inclusion Program?
  • Real advice for women in the workplace.

Diversity and Inclusion Program

The creation of a D&I program in a company was highlighted as a key driving force in developing inclusive policies and mindsets. Altius Group is proud to be in the early stages of creating a D&I program.

With passionate people at its helm, we look forward to being ‘Upstanders and not bystanders’.

Not sure what an Upstander is? Watch our video to become enlightened:

Meet the Panel

Matthew Counsel

Matthew has been with Altius Group for 12 years and has seen many job titles before his current role of General Manager of Business Development. Today he is proud to be the moderator for the IWD panel discussion.

Freda du Plessis

Freda was born and raised in South Africa where she qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2010. She moved to Sydney with her husband in 2018, almost 4 years ago. She joined the Altius Group team in 2018 as an OT a week after moving to Sydney and was recently promoted to Principal Consultant.

Marika Mayhew

Marika is our General Manager – People and Culture. She brings a wealth of experience to Altius Group having worked across not-for-profit and corporate sectors both in Australia and overseas. She is focused on creating an inclusive environment where all our team members thrive and can be the best version of themselves. She is passionate about creating an exceptional organisational culture anchored around people first; continuous learning; innovation and agile methodologies. She champions this agenda, as she facilitates strategic alignment of the people and culture priorities for the organisation.

Costa Cassimatis

Costa is an Occupational Therapist and Regional Manager, who has worked with the Altius Group for the last 7 years. He leads a team of over 30 employees across the workplace services and disability sector of the organisation. Costa is passionate about helping people reach their health and wellbeing goals. Costa enjoys keeping active, and spending time with his family and friends.

Rebecca Caratti

Rebecca is a proud Nanda woman from the Yamatji region in WA. Rebecca has spent the last 6 years studying part-time to gain her psychology degree. She obtained a counselling role with Altius and is currently transitioning to a provisionally registered psychologist.

Stacey Williams

Stacey is Altius Groups Customer, Sales and Marketing Director. She has been with the company for a very productive 4 months. Stacey is based in Melbourne with her partner and son. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Altius Group having previously worked in the insurer space for the past 19 years.