Foundation Members - Pride in Health + Wellbeing

Foundation Members



Flourish Australia today is the result of a proud 60-year history. Known as RichmondPRA from 2012 to 2016, Flourish Australia’s origins stem from the successful amalgamation of two longstanding mental health organisations, the Richmond Fellowship of NSW and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia (PRA).

Our mission of working together for optimal mental health and wellbeing is the continuance of the dedication of our founding organisations. We continue the legacy of recovery-oriented community support, a fundamental commitment to improving outcomes for people with a lived experience of a mental health issue, and the pursuit of independence and a contributing life.

As an organisation we strive to ensure our professionalism and expertise are balanced by our personal connections. Flourish Australia reflects the good heart that everyone in this organisation has – they simply wouldn’t be here without it.



Lifeline is a national charity that provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services to people struggling with life’s challenges.

The organisation receives about a million requests for help each year – via the 13 11 14 (24/7) and nightly online Crisis Support Chat services –  which are answered by highly-skilled and compassionate Crisis Supporters based in 41 Lifeline Centres across the country.

The caring and non-judgmental assistance provided by these Crisis Supporters seeks to draw out strength, perspective and hope from those feeling overwhelmed or thinking about suicide.

With a request for help now received almost every 30 seconds, the charity has strong insights into the many complex and varied reasons why people experience crisis, from relationship breakdown and loss of employment, to violence, discrimination or the onset of mental health issues.

In addition to its lifesaving 24/7 crisis support services, the charity also conducts research via the Lifeline Research Foundation, undertakes various advocacy activities and delivers a range of training and face-to-face programs via its regional Centres.

For more information, visit or follow us at @LifelineAust (Twitter).



Medibank is a leading private health insurer, providing private health insurance through our Medibank and ahm brands, and complimentary health services.  We also provide a range of integrated healthcare services to our private health insurance policy holders, government, corporate and other retail customers. With over 3,000 employees, our head office is located in Melbourne, with operations nationally throughout Australia. Our purpose is for better health. Everything we do is aimed at delivering better health to millions of members and better health for all Australians through our provision of health services, our health system advocacy, and our work in the community.

Medibank has a strong history of supporting LGBTI people, their families and their allies- our products and services are inclusive of all Australians, and we are proud of the position of trust we have established with the LGBTI community. In 2016, we were delighted to announce a 3-year partnership with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. In 2017, we are equally thrilled to show our further support for the LGBTI community through our Foundation Membership in Pride in Health + Wellbeing.  Through this membership, Medibank hopes to play an active role in improving the delivery and experiences of the LGBTI community when interacting with health services, and to become an active contributor in addressing the health inequality of LGBTI people, improving their overall health and wellbeing.

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 Murribmidgee PHN

Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) is a not for profit primary healthcare organisation. Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of our people, resulting in resilient communities across the Murrumbidgee.Established in 2015 under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Network Program, MPHN is one of 31 PHNs in Australia with the objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

This is achieved by:

  • undertaking population health planning and priority setting using reliable health data and evidence and on criteria that is open to public scrutiny
  • monitoring trends in service needs and utilisation, and areas likely to impact on the future health status of our communities
  • fund health services and activities to address population health needs and improve coordination of care
  • providing support and education to GPs and other health professionals to improve the management of at risk patient groups

PHNs are tasked with working across six key priority areas; mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population health, health workforce, eHealth and aged care.

MPHN covers a land area of 124,412 square kilometres and services a population of 240,755. The organisation works across fours sectors within the MPHN region; they include the Riverina Sector, Wagga Wagga Sector, Border Sector and Western Centre. Murrumbidgee PHN gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from the Australian Government Department of Health. The Primary Health Networks Programme is an Australian Government Initiative.

Quote from CEO James Lamerton for ACON – Pride in Health + Wellbeing:

“Becoming a foundation member demonstrates MPHN’s commitment to developing strategies and actions that promote and facilitate inclusive practices within health service provision.

“As a commissioner of primary health services our partnerships with service providers, consumers and communities afford us the opportunity to lead by example and foster an environment of inclusivity of the LGBTI community in all areas of healthcare”, MPHN CEO James Lamerton said.


“NurseWatch is a premium home care service provider. We are delighted to be associated with ACON’s Pride in Health + Wellbeing program as its core objectives align with our services. At NurseWatch, we value LGBTI clients and provide customised care that respects the individual and their right to determine their own continuum of care journey.

We believe in choice and flexibility of services and provide this through our Wellness, Care and Social packages. Our tailored approach of engagement, social inclusion and sensitivity to personal relationships and family circumstances allows each person, regardless of health status, to thrive and enjoy positive living opportunities.”

Kate Spurway, CEO and Founder, NurseWatch

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Reliant Healthcare

Reliant cares deeply about enabling people to really live their best lives. It is unacceptable that the LGBTI community in Australia should be experiencing poorer health and wellbeing outcomes than their non-LGBTI peers. Using our expertise to ensure the bar is raised by everyone in serving the LGBTI community will be an exciting outcome of Reliant’s involvement with PIHW.

PIHW is a fantastic opportunity for health and wellbeing organisations like Reliant to come together, in a structured and proven environment, to understand the challenges faced by the LGBTI community in accessing services, share knowledge and build on our expertise to ultimately provide inclusive services of which we can be proud.

We believe that inclusive service delivery is just good business. Just as any business should be focused on customer satisfaction, customer satisfaction within the LGBTI community absolutely must be enhanced. Central to this is understanding and addressing the health inequalities of our incredibly diverse LGBTI communities.

No two people are the same, and Reliant Healthcare wants to work with and learn from its peers through PIHW to deliver amazing tailored health care plans that serve our LGBTI clients.


Uniting (NSW.ACT)

At Uniting we welcome everyone exactly as they are. From our Rainbow Tick accreditation in aged care and Pride in Diversity membership, to being awarded one of Australia’s leading not-for-profit LGBTI employers by ACON, we champion diversity and inclusion in all we do. That’s why we’re enormously proud to be a foundation member of Pride in Health and Wellbeing. It underlines how passionate we are in supporting our customers and staff throughout their life journeys, and Dianne Latter’s story below is just one example of our approach in practice.


ViiV Healthcare

“ViiV Healthcare is a global pharmaceutical company 100% dedicated to HIV. We are passionate about equitable access to health delivery and services that meets the needs of the individual. The Pride in Health + Wellbeing creates opportunity for the medical field to become even better at improving the health and well-being of our LGBTI community. We are proud to be a foundation member; it aligns with our values and goal to leave no patient behind.”
Michael Grant – Country Manager Australasia.

Our Company

ViiV Healthcare is an independent, global specialist HIV company combining the HIV expertise of GSK, Pfizer and Shionogi, with a broad portfolio of antiretroviral medicines, an industry-leading pipeline, and several first-of-their-kind programmes to improve access to medicines and support novel on-the-ground community initiatives.

ViiV Healthcare has established a presence in 15 countries as well as three regional hubs, where the unmet needs of patients are greatest. Through our global partnership with GSK local operating companies, we provide support for people living with HIV in the rest of the world. We are uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of advancing HIV treatment and care because we are the only pharmaceutical company 100% focused on HIV.

In collaboration with the HIV community, we develop meaningful treatment advances, improve access to our medicines and support communities most affected by the disease through programmes that have a direct and sustainable impact.

Focused on People Living with HIV

We engage with and listen to the HIV community to better understand their concerns and challenges. Through this focus on patient-centred innovation we have developed a strong portfolio of medicines that are advancing treatment and care for people living with HIV around the world Our approach to partnership for access and care is well recognised.

In 2016, ViiV Healthcare was ranked first of 47 pharmaceutical companies for the fourth time in a row in terms of reputation from a global survey of patient groups **.

Our Medicines

Our broad product portfolio includes 11 HIV medicines, offering a wide range of therapeutic options for people living with HIV.

  • Our product portfolio includes a variety of types of medicines to treat HIV
  • Our R&D efforts focus on addressing unmet needs and increasing treatment options for patients and clinicians.

Our Approach to R&D

Our scientists are 100% dedicated to finding new ways to limit the impact of HIV on the 36.7 million people currently living with the virus.*

  • We collaborate to innovate and continue to invest in new areas of research (e.g. different modes of actions and combinations).
  • We believe our approach to innovation can contribute to the global goal of reducing the spread of HIV.

*World Health Organization. HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet Updated Nov 2016. Accessed My 29,2017

** PRESS RELEASE: PATIENTVIEW, Corporate Reputation of Pharma in 2016—The Patient Perspective’