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Raising the Rainbow Flag

Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW) raises the Rainbow Flag in a ceremony to signal its commitment to driving greater inclusion and support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) patients and families, staff and community members.

“Northeast Health held a flag-raising ceremony, signalling its clear journey towards the Rainbow Tick Accreditation in 2020”, Margaret Bennett, CEO.

“The Board of Directors at Northeast Health support this initiative and are looking forward to better care for patients, families and our staff through working towards and ultimately achieving Rainbow Tick Accreditation”, Jonathan Green, Board Chair explained.

Rainbow Tick Accreditation is awarded to organisations that have shown they are a safe, welcoming and inclusive place for people of a diverse range of sex, sexuality and gender identities. The term “Rainbow” encompasses people who identify as LGBTQIA+.

“This is an important celebration recognising the diversity of our patients, staff and the community and one that we wish to ensure that we serve the best we can”, Margaret said.

Northeast Health started the journey to Rainbow Tick Accreditation two years ago. “We established an audit of the current situation for patients and staff and then established a Rainbow Tick working group in addition to the Northeast Health  Diversity Committee”, Margaret said.

“Working towards Rainbow Tick Accreditation will include addressing the six standards that include developing organisational capability, staff development, community participation, being welcoming and accessible, enhancing documentation and being culturally safe and accepting”, explains Rainbow Tick Project Officer, Allison Leatham. “Northeast Health is planning to strive for Rainbow Tick Accreditation in late 2020” explained Allison.