Pride in Health + Wellbeing was established in 2017 to address the need to provide training and consultation to organisations who want to provide culturally safe health and wellbeing services to the LGBTQ community.
Getting Better – Together. Working to improve the LGBTQ inclusivity of health and wellbeing service provision nationally.
Pride in Health + Wellbeing is a national membership program that provides year-round support to all health and wellbeing organisations to support improved outcomes for LGBTQ communities.
Australian LGBTQ communities and individuals are extremely diverse and face a number of shared and distinct health and social inclusion issues. We also know that when LGBTQ individuals require access to health and wellbeing services, they often hit access roadblocks, refrain from using critical services, and as a result, experience poorer health and wellbeing outcomes than their non-LGBTQ peers.
Organisations belonging to the Pride in Health + Wellbeing program can not only contribute to the wellbeing of LGBTQ people through the ongoing provision of safe and inclusive services, but will also in the process:
- Gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals in accessing health and human services
- Become aware of and be guided by best practice as well as annual shifts/changes in benchmarked standards for LGBTQ-inclusive service delivery
- Enhance service user satisfaction within the LGBTQ community and beyond
- Reach out to a highly loyal market segment
- Enjoy recognition for commitment to equity in health, inclusion and diversity while benefiting from the widely respected Pride In brand.
Membership provides organisations with extensive sector specific support, resources, networking opportunities, training, consulting (including support to achieve some of the requirements for Rainbow Tick accreditation) and advice via a dedicated Relationship Manager and frequent interaction with other health and wellbeing organisations active in this area.
The program works with service providers across the life-time of their LGBTQ inclusion journey, from getting started (very little or no knowledge of this area) through to achieving excellence and recognition as a leader in this highly rewarding area of diversity and inclusion.
Membership is encouraged for private sector, public sector and non-government organisations (NGOs) regardless of size or reach. This may include government departments, small NGO’s, hospitals, GPs, aged care, housing, mental health, drug and alcohol, family and domestic violence, disability services; in fact any organisation providing health and wellbeing care or services across the lifespan of an individual.