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What is the Rainbow Tick Accreditation?

The Peninsula Health Rainbow Tick Steering Committee.

Peninsula Health is currently working towards gaining its Rainbow Tick Accreditation. Once achieved Peninsula Health will be the first entire Health service in Australia to achieve the Rainbow Tick.

“The Rainbow Tick Accreditation supports organisations to understand and implement Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (GLBTIQ) inclusive service delivery,” explained Rebecca Thompson, Peninsula Health’s Rainbow Tick Accreditation Project Manager.

“Having the rainbow tick also reassures GLBTIQ consumers and staff that Peninsula Health is aware of and responsive to their needs.”

Going through this process is incredibly important, according to Rebecca.

“In general, members of the GLBTIQ community experience poorer health and wellbeing outcomes than other members of the community,” she said.

“This poorer health and wellbeing largely results from stigma and discrimination that people who are GLBTIQ can experience in their everyday lives.”

Inclusion is about recognising and valuing Rainbow diversity, including a diversity of sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations.

“The Rainbow Tick Accreditation is not about changing individual beliefs or personal values, it is ensuring that everybody has equity in their healthcare and place of work,” added Rebecca.

“It’s about ensuring the services we provide at Peninsula Health are delivered in ways that are non-discriminatory, GLBTIQ inclusive and welcoming for everybody.”

Being an inclusive service provider will improve the health and wellbeing of the GLBTIQ community in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area.

Rebecca said Peninsula Health is working hard to be an ally to the GLBTIQ community,

“Being an ‘Ally’ in GLBTIQ health and wellbeing means speaking up when a group is not treated equally, and providing services to all members of the community, regardless of how they identify in ways including sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status,” said Rebecca.

For more information about Rainbow Tick please contact the Quality Department on 9788 1836