News & Media

25 May 2017

Health service celebrates diversity for IDAHOBIT day

Over one hundred people came together to show their support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community at a recent event hosted by Latrobe Community Health Service at their Morwell site.

Members of the LGBTI Reference Group raising the rainbow flag for IDAHOBIT day
Members of the LGBTI Reference Group raising the rainbow flag for IDAHOBIT day. L-R Andrea Ross, Jacqui Francis-Kelly, Alex Standen, Dean Sutton and Russell Wright

‘Love makes a family’ was the theme of the day, as community members enjoyed free activities and music, and took the opportunity to have a professional family photo portrait.  At the conclusion of the event, the rainbow flag was raised for the third consecutive year to coincide with International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia, also known as IDAHOBIT day.

“At Latrobe Community Health Service we work hard to ensure our services are inclusive and representative of the diverse community we live and work in, and we welcome occasions such as IDAHOBIT day where we can show our support in a fun and relaxed way,” said Ms Michelle Possingham, Executive Director Assessment, Aged & Disability Services.

Ms Possingham said that along with a dedicated LGBTI working group that reviews and provides advice on policies and guidelines, Latrobe Community Health Service staff participate in training to increase awareness and promote respect of LGBTI clients and colleagues.

“We want people to feel like they can access important healthcare services where they can be themselves. Research tells us many people who are LGBTI have poorer health outcomes because of the discrimination they have faced, or fear they will face, and we are constantly working to help change this,” concluded Ms Possingham.

To find out more about LGBTI inclusive practice at Latrobe Community Health Service call 1800 242 696 or email equityanddiversity@lchs.com.au.