Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) is excited to announce they are working towards Rainbow Tick accreditation over the next two years.
CEO Sue Medson OAM says “We acknowledge that we have just begun our journey towards the Rainbow Tick and we still have a lot of work to do, but it’s a very important goal and one we are committed to achieving.”
GLCH currently provide two LGBTI specific programs – a counselling service and the Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) project in partnership with headspace and local schools. They are also implementing the Australian Government National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy and are making changes to their work practices to respond to the needs of older LGBTI people and deliver care that is sensitive and appropriate.
The Rainbow Tick is awarded to organisations that demonstrate inclusive practice and service delivery for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) community.
The Rainbow Tick consists of six standards against which services can be formally accredited. The six standards, or areas of focus, are: organisational capability; workforce development; consumer participation; a welcoming and accessible organisation; disclosure and documentation; and culturally safe and acceptable services.
“We have a work group of dedicated staff for the Rainbow Tick project”’ Sue Medson says. “But we also need input from our LGBTI community.”
GLCH are putting a call out to the LGBTI community for input and advice, in whatever format suits the individual. Involvement and feedback could be in a variety of ways, from phone conversations or emails, to small group sessions or one-on-one. Consultation with the LGBTI community will be key in improving service delivery and we encourage anyone who would like to be involved to let us know – phone Marnie Graham.
Pictured: members of Gippsland Lakes Community Health’s LGBTI workgroup Chris Tipa, Marnie Graham, Sue Medson, Helen Taylor and Paul Patten.