Health Pride is the department’s employee led network for lesbian gay, bisexual transgender and intersex (LGBTI) staff and their allies. It is supported by Senior Executive Pride Champions, who actively raise awareness for staff through events and advocate on behalf of our LGBTI employees.
The Health Pride Network provides support and representation for:
- LGBTI staff
- people who might identify with another orientation or gender identity
- LGBTI allies.
The network aims to give LGBTI staff and allies a safe, respectful environment to:
- network and plan events and activities to promote LGBTI acceptance
- provide input to the department on policies and practices that have an impact on LGBTI staff.
The Health Pride Network celebrates a number of events and initiatives during the year including: Wear it purple Day; International Transgender Awareness Week; International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT); and World AIDS Day.
The Health Pride Network Committee, in partnership with network members and Health Pride Champions, continue to:
- advocate to the department the views and perspectives of network members;
- represent the department to external stakeholders including government and non-government organisations;
- represent the department at meetings and forums where issues affecting network members are being discussed;
- provide guidance and support to network members on LGBTI+ issues’
- facilitate, in partnership with other employees/work areas, broader learning and awareness of issues relating to the network members.
- run, or assist in running, events for network members; and
- assist with the implementation of the LGBTI Action Plan.
The department is an ongoing member of Pride in Diversity, a member based organisation that supports the department to meet its responsibilities to staff, by assisting them to conduct training and awareness sessions for all staff. The department will work closely with Pride in Diversity to conceptualise its LGBTI workforce action plan which will formalise the ways in which the department supports its LGBTI staff and makes the workplace more inclusive and equitable.