On Monday 18 May, Monash Health’s LGBTI committee hosted a WebEx event to celebrate and acknowledge International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
Denise Owen Lead of the LGBTI committee hosted the event and spoke about Monash Health’s achievements and commitment in creating a safe and welcoming environment to all employees, patients, visitors and our community regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation.
Guest speaker Michelle Sheppard shared her inspiring journey as transwomen and the challenges she has faced. She also emphasised the importance of stepping up as a community and making sure you don’t stay silent, share your journey, and tell your story to your friends, your family, and colleagues.
We then heard an insightful presentation from Switchboard Victoria’s CEO Joe Ball about the services they offer and have continued to offer throughout COVID-19. Joe also spoke about the parallels between COVID-19 and the Aids epidemic in the early ’90s when Switchboard was founded and flagged that it is a particularly difficult time for the LGBTIQ+ community that lived through the Aids epidemic. Joe ended the presentation by talking to the amazing resilience of the LGBTIQ+ community and the importance of staying connected.
Thank you to both Michelle and Joe and the entire LGBTI committee.
The LGBTI Subcommittee:
To date, the LGBTI subcommittee advised and supported several key actions in the Monash Health Equity and Inclusion strategy. In addition, they completed a needs analysis for LGBTI training through surveying Monash Health employees, which ensured patient forms are inclusive of LGBTI-appropriate language. The committee looks forward to continuing to build on these commitments this year.
Hear from Monash Health Board Chair Dipak Sanghvi, our LGBTI subcommittee board champion, in a video recorded last year. Dipak shares his insights and commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all. https://coronavirus.monashhealth.org/latest-news/2019/11/04/hear-from-our-equity-and-inclusion-board-champions/
Learn more about how you can get involved and support IDAHOBIT here: https://www.idahobit.org.au/
Read more about Monash Health’s Equity and Inclusion Strategy here.