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17 May 2016

Health service flies the rainbow flag

Latrobe Community Health Service raised the rainbow flag at its Morwell site for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 to celebrate gender and sexual diversity.

Health service flies the rainbow flag

Latrobe Community Health Service raised the rainbow flag at its Morwell site for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 to celebrate gender and sexual diversity.

The raising of the flag and a display in the main reception area was in conjunction with the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia, which is celebrated in more than 130 countries.

“We welcome the strength that comes from a diverse community and workforce, including people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI),” said Vince Massaro, Executive Director Assessment, Aged and Disability Services at Latrobe Community Health Service.

“We recognise the need for inclusive practices to better understand, support and meet the specific needs of the LGBTI community.”

Mr Massaro said this was important as broadly, the LGBTI community experienced reduced access to health services, significantly poorer mental health and the highest rates of suicide compared with other Australians.

“We do not discriminate against anyone because of their sexual orientation, sex or gender identity,” said Mr Massaro.

“To make our service more inclusive, we have a dedicated working group who review and recommend improvements in LGBTI specific training, policies and guidelines for all staff.”

Mr Massaro said Latrobe Community Health Service was also working on the ‘diversity’ section of its website at www.lchs.com.au/diversity.

“Community members can leave feedback about how we can improve our services to LGBTI people or express interest in joining an LGBTI consumer consultation group,” said Mr Massaro.

Mr Massaro said Latrobe Community Health Service staff participate in inclusive practice training to increase awareness and promote respect of LGBTI clients and colleagues.