Fed Up at NAB Forum

The five men who staged the Fed Up Lunch at Flemington earlier this year have continued to share the motivating message that first inspired them. Stand up, get involved and make a difference. It sounds simple and it is possible, according to one of the five, Peter Fraser, who representing McAuley Community Services for Women, spoke at the recent NAB Speak Up to Save a Life event in Melbourne.        

Peter presented to 200 NAB technology department employees at the Speak Up to Save a Life event at NAB’s Bourke St auditorium. The event was put together by Dayle Stevens, General Manager, NAB’s Support Services Technology, after she attended the Fed Up Lunch and was inspired to take action herself.

Speaking before Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, Peter explained that family violence is a community problem, a men’s problem, and a problem that we need to address head on. He personalised the issue by talking about the six most significant women in his life and his commitment to fight family violence against women, who were also peopleloved by parents, children and siblings.

Using the Fed Up Lunch as an example, his message was that everyone can contribute to change and he encouraged the audience to take the first step in making a difference themselves. The Fed Up team has already started planning the 2016 event which they hope will build on the great money and awareness raising efforts of this year’s inaugural Fed Up lunch.

McAuley Community Services for Women was invited to disseminate information at the forum and received donations from those present. As well, several NAB staff have volunteered IT support to the organisation. Importantly, NAB has also committed to running 10 Engage to Change facilitated sessions for senior managers in the coming weeks.Engage to Change is a ground-breaking social enterprise to educate employers and staff about family violence, its impact on business and what can be done to support women experiencing violence.

Family violence not only affects individual employees but can put colleagues and the workplace at risk as well. Recent surveys in Australia and overseas have estimated between 10–30% of employees may be affected by family violence in any 12 month period.

Family violence costs Australian business around $13.6 billion each year, due to lost productivity, increased use of sick leave, poor performance, absenteeism and recruitment costs. By 2021 this figure is expected to rise to $20 billion (according to The Cost of Violence Against Women and their Children, KPMG 2009).

Peter’s message was clear to big business and individuals – you can do something. If you would like to make a difference but don’t know where to start, get in touch with us or the the Fed Up team at fedup.org.au.

You can also donate to McAuley Community Services for Women or run an event.
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Caption: Three of the Fed Up five at the forum - Michael Jones, Toby Potter and Peter Fraser with Lisa Tout and Emma Last from McAuley Community Services for Women.