Rainbows and sunshine: Marching for Pride in Care

We enjoyed a beautiful day out in St Kilda on Sunday 5 February marching for the first time to show our Pride in Care at Midsumma Pride March.   

Denise Owen, Chair of the Monash Health LGTBIQA+ Subcommittee and organiser of our march appearance has since shrugged off the rainbow tutu, but not her allyship. She’s holding on to that with Pride.  

“I am so incredibly proud to have been a part of Monash Health’s first representation in the Melbourne Pride March. It is so incredibly important to demonstrate our support of the rainbow community because it really does make a difference to a great number of our employees, patients, and community members.” 

“We had a great turnout on the day both in the march and cheering us on from the sidelines, and it was wonderful to see family members and friends join us. I can’t wait to do it all again next year, and I’m sure we’ll have an even larger group joining us!” 

Chief Medical Officer and Co-Chair of our Gender Subcommittee, Associate Professor, Anjali Dhulia, joined the march with her pup Pinot, in tow, donning a bright orange shirt and keeping employees in the assembly area challenged by requesting a human rainbow behind our banner. 

“It was a beautiful day to be at Midsumma, spending time with so many of you while we waited to march. I’m proud to have been there with you all, while you showcased the  pride in the work we do and how we celebrate and support the LGBTIQA+ community at Monash Health, and in each other, on such a joyous occasion.”  

Get involved in our IDAHOBIT Celebration 

Coming up next on our LGBTIQA+ calendar is IDAHOBIT Day (17 May), and the committee is looking for employees from the rainbow community to join the IDAHOBIT panel chat.  

They’re also inviting Managers to share their experiences supporting our rainbow employees. 

Email LGBTIQA@monashhealth.org with your questions and suggestions 

What’s next for the LGBTIQA+ subcommittee? 

  • Releasing the Employee Gender Diversity Education module Latte 
  • Establishing the LGBTIQA+ Liaison role 
  • All gender toilet project 
  • Gender policy completion 
  • Inform reviews of Transition Plan Guidelines, Support Sex, Gender Diverse Employees, and Names Change procedures  
  • Create a package within the Transition Plan Guidelines procedure to have all the information in one place to assist our people through their journey 

Midsumma Pride March 2023.
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Midsumma Pride March 2023.
Copyright Monash Health. Not for use without prior written permission.

Midsumma Pride March 2023.
Copyright Monash Health. Not for use without prior written permission.

Midsumma Pride March 2023.
Copyright Monash Health. Not for use without prior written permission.

Midsumma Pride March 2023.
Copyright Monash Health. Not for use without prior written permission.

Midsumma Pride March 2023.
Copyright Monash Health. Not for use without prior written permission.

Midsumma Pride March 2023.
Copyright Monash Health. Not for use without prior written permission.

Midsumma Pride March 2023.
Copyright Monash Health. Not for use without prior written permission.

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